Red Paddle Co: Voyager 13’2”
- Extra room on deck.
- Front and rear deck nets.
- Stable and rigid.
- Sleek design.
- Durable lightweight construction.
- Extra grab handles.
- Glides well.
- RSS battens.
- Nose runner fin for tracking in side winds.
- Great for longer excursions.
- Suitable for taller and larger riders.
- Best for more experienced riders.
- Comfortable deck pad.
- Slim accessory package.
[ez-toc]The Voyager lineup from Red Paddle Co was designed for the thrill seekers and long distance explorers. The 13’2” touring model is jam packed with features and increased volume and stiffness to take you farther for longer. The narrow body of the Voyager models is perfect for those paddlers seeking a little more speed in a cruiser. The Voyager lineup features three gorgeous boards each suited for bigger riders; let’s find out why the 13’2” is getting all the attention.
Get to Know Red Paddle Co
The Red Paddle Co, a leader in the stand-up paddle board industry, is a company driven by innovation, passion and performance. Red Paddle Co products are all made in an in-house production facility under close supervision guaranteeing nothing but the best hits the market. Red Paddle Co boards are the ultimate combination of function and form. The Red Paddle Co invests their time in their products with a close attention to detail and their customers with a full 2-Year warranty on each of their boards. As a bonus, if you purchase any of the inflatable SUPs from the 2020 range you are qualified for an extended 5-Year warranty. All you need to remember to do is register your board within three months of purchase.
The Board Basics
With a squared tail, a long narrow nose and body, the 13’2” Voyager is another standout performer in the Voyager family from Red Paddle Co. With a narrow 30”base the Voyager is best suited for more advanced riders, just as stable as the rest though, a rider with a better understanding of balance can take on the Voyager. Riders of all sizes can enjoy the speed and thrill of this good looking board, with a weight capacity of 330 lbs and added stiffness, the Voyager never bends or bows. The board itself may be large and in charge but looks can be deceiving, when rolled up for transportation the board only weighs 25.3 lbs and can be conveniently stored in the included all-terrain backpack from Red Paddle Co.
|13’2”||30”||25.3 lbs||330 lbs|
Fin configuration: Tri-fin+; single removable center, two fixed side fins, removable nose runner.
Building the Board
Red Paddle Co produces some of the most rigid iSUPs on the market with their exclusive construction methods. MSL fusion technology is used to create the board itself, with a drop stitch core wrapped in a single layer of durable adhesive; a machine reduces human error to produce a flawless finish. RSS or Rocker Stiffening System is also exclusive to the company and uses metal battens that you insert into the rails of the board after inflation. This heavy duty combination increases stiffness by up to 40% making Red Paddle Co boards some of the most rigid on the market. The top deck of the Voyager models are covered in a diamond grooved embossed foam traction pad for added grip and comfort. In the center of the board are three soft embroidered carrying handles as well as two extra grab handles at the nose and tail of the board. The best part about the size of the Voyager 13’2” is the ability to bring along so much extra gear or even a small passenger. Use the extra handles as grips for little hands and the dual deck net bungees to secure your gear. At the nose of the board is a 6-point bungee system and an additional 4-point system at the tail with special traction strips for keeping all of your precious cargo in place. Attach a safety leash to any one of the multi-purpose D-rings place along the deck of the Voyager. On the underside is a tri-fin system with a removable tool less center fin, and an additional removable nose runner for control in side winds.
Red Paddle Co includes a premium backpack to carry all of your gear in; it features a special foil lining to keep your board and accessories safe in extreme heats. A Titan dual chamber pump with two stroke options will allow you to cut inflation time in half. In case of any accidents you also receive a repair kit with two patches and a valve wrench. Lastly, Red Paddle Co threw in a thoughtful gift, a waterproof phone pouch for keeping your expensive accessories safe.
Big paddlers, tall and small paddlers can all enjoy the high cruising speeds of the Voyager. This top performing board glides effortlessly and quickly atop flat waters, but does not navigate white waters well because of its flat rocker. Adding the RSS battens makes a world of a difference in rigidity though, no matter the weight the Voyager will not budge with these extra stiff inserts. All four fins work in harmony to keep the board tracking in a straight line and keep you on the water even in high winds. While the body may be narrower than most other iSUPs, the squared tail picks up the slack when it comes to stability. The entire top deck is comfortable especially for longer cruises and if you have incredible balance you could even try out some SUP yoga on the Voyager.
Pros and Cons: An Explanation
There is just so much to love when it comes to Red Paddle Co boards, they seem to have thought of just about every useful feature and they make some seriously high performing platforms. So what’s the catch? Well perfection is subjective and the Voyager comes so close, the only thing missing is a few more accessories, like an included paddle to truly complete the ultimate package.
If you are on the hunt for a Red Paddle Co board for yourself, you’re in luck. You can purchase these amazing boards directly from the company website; from a number of retailers online and unlike many other companies, you can even find Red Paddle Co boards in select retail stores.
With all the bases covered; stability, rigidity, performance and looks, the Voyager stands out as one of the best touring iSUPs on the market. The 13’2” is a great platform for riders of all sizes, especially tall and wide, to get out on the water and enjoy a little extra wind in your hair at optimal cruising speeds.