13'2" Voyager+ MSL Description
Calling all life’s adventurers… The 13’2” Voyager+ inflatable SUP was created with epic adventures in mind and is the board of choice of many extreme explorers around the world. High sides, large volume and narrower width make it a high-speed cruiser, designed for competent paddlers. It’s got a 6 point cargo tie-down system at the front and 4 point cargo tie-down system at the back for all your gear and an extra-grippy traction pad to help keep your kit in place at the rear. Like the 12’6” Voyager, it has a RSS battens for increased stiffness and glide when loaded with gear, a removable fin from world leading surfboard fin creators FCS, which slots into the fin box easily by hand and are secured in place with a finger bolt. 5 embroidered carry handles on the board make portaging easy and comfortable while also being soft under foot. The Red embossed diamond cut deck pad offers unrivaled grip so you can focus on paddling.
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13'2" Voyager+ MSL Specs and Features
- Structure: Inflatable
- Seating Configuration: Solo
- Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
- Skill Level: Intermediate
- Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
- Skill Level: Intermediate
Red Paddle Co.
13'2" Voyager+ MSL Reviews
This is a unique ISUP…
This is a unique ISUP because of the the V hull technology, I was a little skeptical as all ISUP brands have some "revolutionary" technology that make them stiffer, faster or more efficient and sometimes they live up to the hype other times they don't. I have owned HALA, ULI, C4 waterman and Badfish boards and I can honestly say this is the best board I have owned in terms of speed, stability and tracking. I also owned a 12'6" sport from from Red paddle a few years ago and was not impressed with it, this board is different.
I first took this board out on Fort Myers beach with a strong steady south wind that made for repeated ankle to knee high chop that I thought was perfect for testing the V- hull technology which would in theory slice through the chop instead of bounce through it. Anyone who has used an ISUP knows what hull slap is, the front of the board bounces on chop, waves or wakes as the board more or less floats and bounces over the peaks and troughs in the water. This board went right the the chop like no other inflatable I have owned, there is still a slight bounce but nothing like other boards I have used. On top of that the board is rock solid underfoot, I had it up to 18 PSI, was using the battens and I definitely noticed I had less foot and lower leg fatigue. I was really pleased with the initial run and have since taken out several times on the gulf here in Florida and have been repeatedly impressed.
PROS: Tracks amazingly well, Efficient because of V Hull, Fast though it should be noted this is not a race board and thus relatively stable. A kind of solid underfoot feel I have not experienced with other inflatable boards, well built, very nice carry bag. Also a rather pleasing board aesthetically. The manual pump gets it up to the proper PSI in about 15 minutes although I use an electric pump for convenience (It worth for a board of this size!)
CONS: Camera mounts can sometimes get in the way underfoot and feel uncomfortable depending on your footwork, the deck pad though cool and grippy may sometimes get slippery if you get sun block or oil on it if you sit or somehow get it on the board. Price, this is an expensive board but really there is nothing else like it.
Lastly the twin fin system works, I have read some negative comments regarding it because it reduces speed but I really think this board is more than fast enough for most. I have had two 14" race boards from HALA and ULI and yes this board is not as fast but this it makes up for that in terms of stability and efficiency which to me makes more a pleasant overall experience on the water.
I tried this board out on…
I tried this board out on afternoon and was surprised at how stiff and fast it was. It still felt a tiny bit bouncy, but barely enough that you'd feel it. In some ways the bouncy, inflatable quality made this narrower board more forgiving in chop. I didn't think I'd enjoy paddling an inflatable as much as this one, but I honestly didn't want to give it back.
This is a great cruising and distance board, with the advantage of it being inflatable and therefore collapsible. It's a little on the narrow side (30"), so it might be tippy with a lot of gear, but otherwise I really liked it. Want!
5/5 Would buy another
After doing some research on inflatable stand up paddle board brands, Red Paddle Co. was one that really stood out from the rest. I did more research on the types of boards out there and finally landed on the 13'2" explorer +. That was almost a year ago. Since then, this board has been carried on my back to calm and glassy lakes to rough and windy rivers. It has bumped rocks and strainers in white water. It has been jostled and bumped by hard boards in a flat water race. It has carried myself and a friend with our gear during backpacking trips. It has been used to tow another friend on an inner tube when the river's current slowed too much. The experiences I've had on this board are too many to count! Overall, this board is great for touring, yoga, lazy floats, and somewhat questionable for races, though I still finished in front of some of the racers with hard boards! Anytime I am asked about SUP, I am happy to mention the good experiences I've had with the 13'2" explorer +. 5/5 stars. Would buy again. Recommended for any outdoor adventurer looking for an inflatable SUP.
Outstanding product & customer service
I purchased the 13'2" explorer + about 1 year ago and have placed many nautical miles into it. It has bumped into rocks and logs through white water (without the fin, of course). It has been through rough, windy conditions on the Columbia river with large cargo ships and the crazy wake that they create. It has jostled with other hard boards for position in a flat water race. It has been carried for miles through thick forest to secluded lakes. It has held up to carrying myself, a friend, plus our gear. So far... the board has held up fantastic! The only problem I've ran into was with the quality of the carrying bag. About 10 months into ownership, the bag tore at a seam while lifting by the carrying straps (probably from the amount of hiking I have done with the board). I filed a warranty claim and a new bag showed up at my doorstep the day after it was approved. Hopefully this new bag will last. (I might have a seamstress reinforce the stitching so it will last for the years to come). 5 stars for customer service, 5 stars for the board, unfortunately 3 stars for the bag. Regardless of the problem with the bag, I would buy the same paddle board over again. Every time I am asked about inflatable SUP's, I tell people to go with Red Paddle Co... Disappointment is a rarity with this level of product and service.