RED PADDLE CO. VOYAGER + MSL
13’2” X 30” X 5.9”(350 LITE RS) $1,649 RED PADDLE CO.COM
Inflatable touring boards are critical to making SUP Magazine. These versatile, stable designs make the best photography, fifishing, touring and free-diving platforms, meaning we can always get on the water, no matter the conditions. The Red Paddle Co. Voyager checked all our boxes.
We loved the ample bungee lashings, six points in front and four in back. Glued onto the deck are three screw-in attachment points compatible with Railblaza and Ram Mount products, enabling you to securely attach extra gear like an action camera or fifishing rod holders.
The deck also came equipped with fifive handles, a huge help getting the loaded board in and out of the water. A one-inch rubber fifin built under the nose—along with two in the back—minimized wind drift and kept the board on track.
The Voyager paddled well in rough water, tracking while blasting upwind into chop, although it did feel a bit narrow in rough ocean conditions. The board stabilized when it was fully loaded, making it easier to paddle. Turning it required a couple steps to the tail and this is where you feel the inevitable inflflatable flflex. However, with Red’s patented RSS system (fifiberglass rods inserted along the rails for added stability), the overall rigidity of the board is greater than other inflflatables of a similar shape.
Red’s All-terrain bag is a tough, hybrid roller bag/backpack, built with quality material to withstand battles with baggage handlers. The bag was a bit small for the large Voyager, so there was less room for packing other items in the bag. The included Titan pump, with its dual chamber pumping system, quickly inflflates your board, but also takes up considerable space in the bag. If you need a versatile, packable workhorse, take a trip with the Voyager. —A A R O N B L AC K- S C H M I DT