I have used my new Adventurer 2 six times at this time. I wasn't planning to get a SUP until next summer, but when my girlfriend picked one up, while she was in Montana, I decided to pull the trigger and get one too, as we had been talking about how much fun it would be to do together. I knew that I wanted an inflatable for easy storage, taking on rivers, longevity, and ability to carry heavy loads. I am currently 250 lbs. I read reviews on all the top rated SUP's in my price range (under $800.00), and I kept coming back to the Tower Adventurer 2. I am glad that I did so much research, and I couldn't be happier with my decision.
It seems to be a great all around balance of maneuverability and tracking. I did not have much experience with SUP's, but have ridden some with my brother, who has been doing it for a while. It felt slightly wobbly at first, but I had not been on one for a while. It was plenty easy to stand on. After a day on the Lake, I felt very stable on it. I didn't think, from reading the reviews, that I would be able to feel it flex at all. I have to say that, for the most part, it does feel like a hard paddle board, only more forgiving, but I can feel it flex slightly when I bounce on it. I am running it around 13 PSI. In no way does it bother me.
As I mentioned before, the ability to handle a heavy load (up to 400 lbs) was a key factor for me in choosing the Tower. Both my girlfriend and I are able to stand on it, and our feet stayed dry. That is pushing 400 lbs, so I can attest to this being a legitimate weight rating.
So far, I have used it on lakes and rivers. We just did our second river run yesterday. Man, was that a blast. I did a combination of standing in the deeper sections of the river and kneeling through the lower rapid sections. I love how easy it is to remove the center fin. The river that we were on is currently very low. Some of the rapids were just a few inches deep in places. After removing my center fin, I lost a great deal of tracking, but had no problem with any of the rapids. I rubbed the bottom a few times, but it did no damage, as it was smooth river rock. It handled great in the rapids without the center fin, and so much fun... My girlfriend had to get out and walk several times. She has a cheap soft top with a screw in fin. Yesterday, she admitted that she had just a little bit of board envy, and commented on what a great decision I had made. She also loves the cargo bungie straps on my board. Hers are way more flimsy and just feel cheap. Comparing my board to hers, it is astonishing how much better the quality is in all aspects with my board, and she agrees. She is thinking about upgrading soon to a good inflatable.
I could not be happier with my purchase. I love that Tower allows for Affirm payment plans as well. I am setting aside $27.00 from each check to make my payments. I did not get the package deal, as I am currently borrowing a paddle from my brother until I decide on which 3 piece paddle to get. I am strongly leaning towards the Isle carbon fiber traveller (Sorry Tower), as my budget is under $200 for the paddle. I am confident that my Tower Yachtsman will serve me well for years to come. The way I see it, I could have gotten a cheap SUP with a cheap paddle and had them wear out or become dissatisfied within a year or 2. In the end, after upgrading to a better board and paddle, I would have spent significantly more money. For me, it is a no brainer.
I love this SUP. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a great quality SUP and is on a limited budget.