The Isle Explorer has impressive construction, good stability, and admirable glide, a combo which earned it a top spot in our testers' hearts and landed it the Editors' Choice award. This model handled everything from long distance paddles on the lake to windy afternoons to spicy descents down creeks and rivers. With a dual cargo system and an easy-to-use carry handle, the Explorer is intuitive and a cinch to get in and out of the water, plus there's plenty of room on deck for all of your accouterments. With all of this, this contender was still the lightest in the test, and a roomy and comfortable backpack allowed it to score well in ease of transport. With such an impressive feature list, the Explorer won't break the bank.
For more performance and less versatility, we recommend the Red Paddle Co Voyager+ MSL, and if you're looking for a cheaper board with a high level of performance, look at the iRocker 11 or PEAK Inflatable.