I had the opportunity to rent an inexpensive SUP in Costa Rica. It was a hard board made of similar material to that of a kayak purchased from a big chain of discount general stores. It was fun, but I knew that I wanted a better quality unit when it came to buying one. I researched low to mid-range boards in the $300-$800 range and Tower was one of the names that kept coming up as a top performer in the mid-range class. The direct to consumer business model is appealing. The fact that they also make surf boards, skate boards and other beach equipment, told me that they know the type of equipment that they make and they seem like they are boarders themselves! This made the decision easy. Get a Tower board! Then I had to choose a model. The Adventurer 2 kept calling to me, but then I saw the "Yachtsman" and was hooked! Great look, but essentially an "Adventurer 2" in Yachtsman clothing. It was perfect!
My first time out was a little shaky as it was only my second time on a board. Pumping it up was a little tougher than anticipated, but very doable in the parking lot. The paddle is very high quality with a bit of a directional design that seems counterintuitive. I may change paddles one day, but for now the one it came with is plenty good. The removable center fin secures nicely to the board and I am confident that it will stay in place.
Once underway, the board feels stable and keeps my 210lb body high and dry. It was a little less stable than I expected it to be, but it is likely my inexperience and not the board. Glides nicely and tracks straight.
Very well constructed. Seems very durable and I have full confidence that it will last me a very long time.
Would be nice if it came with a bag, but at the sale price that I paid, I am not complaining.
All in all I highly reccomend doing business with Tower! Fast shipping, great product... What more could you want?