| Submitted by: G. Parr on 2014-10-12
Summary: This was my first and second paddle board. It's not expensive. A tough as nails inflateable. Packs the smallest of any paddleboard I've had. Have traveled with it twice. Very easy to travel with. Can float like 400 lbs. so a nice board to swim, snorkel, fish etc off of- just watch the hooks. Not great for the ocean/ waves. Good for lakes, bays & rivers. Makes a great guest board. or board to keep on your boat. Kids LOVE it. Great for bumper boats & general having fun on the water with. But you will not be fast or sleek, you can cruise but for touring you'll be in the back of the group unless you work hard.
Pros: Travel, lake camping. Inexpensive. Guest paddler, kids.
Cons: At 9'6", & inflateable you have to work harder to get anywhere. But being only 9'6" & inflateable have also made it easy to take anywhere.
Usage: Lake camping, bays & packed on my boat.
Submitted by: John on 2014-06-24
Summary: I've had this board about 10 weeks now and love it. It's my first paddle board of any kind - I actually bought it without having ever even tried paddle boarding before. I don't have great balance/coordination and have fallen off it a few times but now I've adapted and haven't fallen off in over a month. I use it mostly on lakes and flatwater sounds. The Tower website has reviews posted but they were all 5 stars so I was skeptical - turns out it really is a great product and it deserves 5 stars.
Pros: It's light, easy to store, and easy to transport yet it still works great - I'm about 175 pounds and it floats me no problem. It's also remarkably inexpensive compared to the boutique inflatable boards out there (Uli, Red, NRS, etc.).
Cons: Not really a con but I hated buying straight from the company without getting the extra protection of buying through a retailer. I'm also not a huge Mark Cuban fan.
Usage: Exercise, touring
Submitted by: bill on 2014-03-28
Summary: I bought this for traveling and whitewater, I never deflate it. I don't like inflatables for whitewater
Pros: light, stable, great for Yoga, as it is soft on knees and feet. excellent value for price
Cons: Inflatables are not like hard boards. You have to get use to these boards. In rapids they tend to go up rather than through the rapids, like an inflatable kayak vs a hard shell. Takes a long time to pump--I recommend using a commercial blower or shop vac then top off to 12 pounds with your hand pump.
Usage: Yoga classes best. I have tried using it in surf, touring, open ocean. Doesn't perform as well as a hard board. However, this in not specific to the Tower, all inflatables are this way. The Tower inflatable is the best bang for your inflatable buck.