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ISLE Explorer Inflatable

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ISLE Explorer Inflatable

Paddle Board Make & Model

Brand:
Isle
Model:
Explorer Inflatable
MSRP ($):
845

With its pre-installed scotty mounts and extra width, the ISLE Sportsman is definitely a difficult board to beat when it comes to fishing. However, ISLE also has the Explorer inflatable in their line-up which shouldn’t be overlooked. While it lacks the scotty mounts and is 4” narrower than the Sportsman, it is 12’ in length, weighs 3 lbs less and can be bought for cheaper. The Explorer is also more of an all-around inflatable paddle board, so it can be used for other activities when you are not fishing.

For the rest, the ISLE Explorer comes with the same great features that make this brand such a hit with stand up paddle board enthusiasts. The Explorer is at home in virtually any condition and offers great tracking in addition to being easy to paddle. ISLE has also thrown in a three-piece adjustable paddle, which has a carbon shaft and nylon blade, in the package so you can get out on the water without delay. It also has a tool-less snap-in fin that is a breeze to install. For durability, ISLE used a process called airtech-fusion lite, which means the drop stitch of the board is machine coated with a special seal and bonding layer. A machine-laminated, higher -density PVC layer is also fused as part of the process. The result is a consist and unique bond that just isn’t possible with traditional hand-gluing and ensures more durability for the board.

The Explorer has two sets of bungees to stow away your gear; one in the front with six touchpoints along with one in the rear that has four touchpoints. Nose and tail grab handles, along with a center grab handle, make it easy to transport on land when inflated and center D-Rings provide you with additional options for adding more bungees or simply securing extra items, such as a cooler. At the rear of the board you’ll also find a high-pressure inflation valve that allows for rapid inflation or deflation. While older models by ISLE featured a diamond groove traction pad, the ISLE Explorer Inflatable has a soft brushed EVA traction pad, which is much more comfortable without compromising stability.

At the end of the day the ISLE Sportsman Inflatable beats the Explorer in terms of features, but newcomers to the hobby or those who are a bit strapped for cash won’t regret purchasing this stand up paddle board.

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