The Xplorer measures a whopping 14' x 32" x 8". It's a big, heavy awesome board. This board will make you reconsider your ultralight addiction for sure. It glides nicely and solidly cuts through rough choppy water or boat wakes with ease. The Xplorer offers great tracking and maneuverability. It was the least convenient board we've tested to transport, but once on the water, it was well worth it.
Tower Xplorer Review
Cons: Humongus, not super easy to transport or pump up
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|Price||$949.00 at Amazon||$1,049.95 at Amazon||$795.00 at Amazon||$1,649.00 at Amazon||$589.00 at Amazon|
|Pros||Glides well, stable||Technical design, quality construction, multi-level friendly||Stable, sturdy, thick, dual cargo system, handles on both ends||Glides nicely, dual cargo system, stable for such a long narrow board, dual chamber pump||Stable, sturdy, fin arrangement optimizes glide|
|Cons||Humongus, not super easy to transport or pump up||Expensive||Not super fast||Can feel unstable to beginners||Lacks dual cargo system, not super fast|
|Bottom Line||Excellent stability and maneuverability make the Xplorer a standout performer.||This is a fantastic board for anyone looking for high performance on a multitude of adventures.||A reasonably priced, high-performing board that earns our Best High Performance Buy.||The Red Paddle Co Voyager packs a serious performance punch for longer missions.||The Inflatable by iRocker is a high-performing model that testers loved.|
|Rating Categories||Tower Xplorer||Hala Carbon Straight Up||Isle Explorer||Red Paddle Co Voyager+ MSL||iRocker All-Around 11|
|Glide Performance (25%)|
|Ease Of Transport (10%)|
|Ease Of Inflation (10%)|
|Specs||Tower Xplorer||Hala Carbon...||Isle Explorer||Red Paddle Co...||iRocker All-Around...|
|Dimensions inflated||14' x 32" x 8"||10'6" x 32' x 6"||11' x 32" x 6"||13'2" x 30" x 5.9"||11' x 32" x 6"|
|Weight (lbs)||36 lbs||23.5 lbs||22 lbs||25 lbs||24 lbs|
|Weight Capacity (lbs)||800 lbs||350 lbs||275 lbs||330 lbs||435 lbs|
|Dimensions folded up (inches)||36" x 18"||32" x 18" x 12"||12" x 33"||32" x 19" x 9"||12" x 33"|
|Time to inflate (minutes)||5-10||10-15||4-7||4-6||4-7|
|Pump included?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes, high-pressure, dual chamber||Yes|
|Fin configuration||Large detachable center fin||2 removable side fins, 8" center flex fin||2+1 plastic fins, with large detachable center fin||FCS Connect Fin||2+1 plastic fins, with large detachable center fin|
|Bungee cargo system||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Comes with backpack||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Warranty||2 years||3 years||1 year||1 year||2 years|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Xplorer is stable, but it's tall on the water. It measures 8" thick which is the thickest board that we've tested. The one thing that was great about it being so thick is that it maneuvered more easily than most others tested, especially if you leaned into the turn.
Most of the other boards tested seemed to take a bit more paddle action to turn. This board easily maneuvered turns with a lot less effort and was extra responsive to maneuvering via leg movements and leaning and less paddling than other boards tested. It is a delightful board to paddle on. The Xplorer glides well through the water. If you're looking for something that glides great, check out our Editors' Choice award winner, the Isle Touring.
Ease of Transport
The Xplorer didn't score very well in this metric because at 36 pounds it is the heaviest board that we've ever tested. Forget about transporting it fully inflated. It's too big.
Ease of Inflation
The Xplorer lost some points in the category because it's so huge that it takes a long time to pump up by hand. It did earn extra points for having an inflation valve and pump hose ends that are the same as most other boards tested. This is nice to have just in case you want to use an electric pump.
Touring flatwater lakes or possibly yoga might be the best uses for the Xplorer. This board might not be the best board for river adventuring because it is extra long. It measures 14' x 32" x 8" and is by far the largest board that we've tested. If you live near a lake that has a lot of boat traffic, keep in mind that the Xplorer cuts through boat wakes with ease.
This board has one D ring on both the nose and the tail and doesn't come with a cargo system or extra D rings to install a cargo system on your own. The Xplorer did come with the best paddle. It has a twist to tighten adjustment/attachment system like most of the other paddles that came with boards, but this paddle has a 13.5" long foam grip pad added which was awesome and instantaneously a favorite. This board also comes with stock pump and gauge. We would like to see at least a small cargo system and perhaps a handle or two. It is made with the same durable material as the Tower Adventurer 2.
This massive no-frills board is great to paddle on busy lakes with lots of boat traffic because it cuts through waves easily. It's heavy and huge, but it is surprisingly easy to maneuver if you lean into the turns. It sits tall in the water with its massive eight-inch thickness. The Xplorer is rated to hold a whopping 800 lbs.
— Valentine Cullen