The Isle Explorer has impressive construction, excellent stability, admirable glide, and a reasonable price. It earned a top spot in our testers' hearts, landing it the Best High-Performance Buy award. This model handled everything from long distance paddles on the lake to windy afternoons and 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. There's also plenty of room on deck for all of your accouterments. Even with all of these features, this contender was still one of the lightest in the test. A roomy and comfortable backpack earned it a high score in our ease of transport test. The Explorer has an impressive feature list but won't break the bank.
For an absolute top of the line all-around board, we recommend the Hala Carbon Straight UP, our Editor's Choice. If you're looking for a much cheaper model and don't mind sacrificing some performance, look at the PEAK Inflatable instead.