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BOTE Rackham Aero Bug Slinger™ Inflatable SUP Review

BOTE Rackham Aero Bug Slinger™ Inflatable SUP

BOTE Rackham Aero Bug Slinger™ Inflatable SUP Review

BOTE Rackham Aero Bug Slinger™ Inflatable SUP Review

Summary

When most people think about inflatable SUPs, they only imagine the basic, run-of-the-mill boards that are just good enough for a leisurely paddle around the bay. After all, what else could an inflatable paddle board possibly have to offer? Well, buckle up because the BOTE Rackham Aero Bug Slinger Inflatable SUP is here to shatter those expectations! 

Overall
4.6

Pros

  • Engineered with a wide structure, a well-balanced density core, and impressive weight capacity, this SUP provides a strong and reliable foundation to counter waves and currents.
  • This SUP is constructed with a combination of a dense linear drop stitch core and a protective PVC shell, offering unmatched durability and sturdiness.
  • This SUP has an exceptional weight capacity of 400 lbs. and comes with a range of accessories to take your paddling experience to another level. 
  • This board has a MAGNEPOD retention system, so you won’t have to worry about losing your accessories to the water.

Cons

  • Although strong and robust construction is a definite plus, the board’s 45 lbs. weight may tire you out when you’re carrying it around (Suggest getting the carry strap)
  • The board also comes with a dual chamber pump which may require more muscle power and time to get your board beach-ready. But once you do, you’re guaranteed to get a smooth ride in the water.

Blending top-notch performance with an eye-catching design, this inflatable board takes the concept of a “versatile paddling experience” to entirely new heights. And we mean literally everything you could dream of—fishing expeditions, overnight camping trips, and even a few rounds of SUP yoga under the stars—this board has you covered. 

In this review, we’ll discuss all the nitty-gritty of this fantastic piece of gear and explore all the jaw-dropping features that make it a must-have for adventurous souls out there. Let’s get started!!

BOTE Rackham Aero Bug Slinger™ Inflatable SUP: Specs Sheet

 

Specifications Details
Main Category All around, inflatable
Board Dimension 12’4” x 38” x 7”
Weight 45 lbs
Max Weight Capacity 400 lbs
Recommended PSI 10 to 15 PSI
Material Aerotech AeroBOTE Inflatable Technology
Price Range High end
Warranty 2 years

In-Depth Review of the BOTE Rackham Aero Bug Slinger™ Inflatable SUP

Stability

One of the most pivotal features of an inflatable SUP is its stability. If your board isn’t rock steady in the water, you might find yourself taking an unplanned swim more often than you’d like! When stability is at the top of your checklist, the BOTE Rackham Aero Bug Slinger™ Inflatable SUP pushes the boundaries and then some. 

Unlike most standard boards that feature a usual thickness of about 6″, this one takes things up a notch to a hefty 7″. This difference may seem minuscule on paper, but that extra inch translates to an incredible amount of rigidity and improved buoyancy.

The featured design is also nothing short of innovative brilliance. The deck boasts a recessed design with a whopping 34″ width. This literally means more room for you, be it to nail that warrior pose in SUP yoga or to set down your fishing gear. This dependable board won’t tip, roll over or sink, even when you’re on choppy waters. 

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Weight Capacity

When it comes to paddle board, we understand that your journey on the water involves more than just you and your board. Maybe it’s your eager labrador budding with energy or a cooler filled with your favorite refreshments for a day out paddling. And let’s not forget the multitude of fishing gear for those angling adventures!

For that reason, your board must be a bonafide powerhouse built to handle all the weight without cap-sizing. And to our delight, the BOTE Rackham didn’t disappoint. The board weighs in at a sturdy 45 lbs., showing its high-grade construction and quality materials. 

But despite its own weight, this inflatable paddle board has an impressive weight capacity of 400 lbs. This is great for families who want to take their children out on the water with them. Or for those looking for an inflatable paddle board that can handle their dog’s tugging and pulling without going under! 

BOTE Rackham Aero Bug Slinger™ Inflatable SUP

Tracking

When we first hit the water, we weren’t quite sure how BOTE’s trackability would stack up. The kayak felt more stable than many of the other touring models we tested, which was a good start. 

But what actually set this kayak apart was its three-fin configuration. It boasts two side fins and a removable center fin, which gives you a ton of control. This genius setup also means less zig-zag and more straight-up paddling, often resulting in higher acceleration. 

If there’s one thing that BOTE could have done better, it would be adding slightly larger, detachable side fins. The fins were a bit too small for our liking, and we often needed to reach down and adjust them while paddling. This wasn’t a huge deal, but this wee bit of convenience would have turned this already great kayak into an exceptional one.

Maneuverability

At 34 feet by 12 feet, the BPOTE Rackham is substantial and impressive, but it’s got us asking the million-dollar question: how easy is it to steer? After all, what’s size without the agility to back it up? To answer this question, we put Rackham through a series of performance tests.

We won’t tiptoe around the truth—yes, initially, we did have to put a sizeable chunk of mental and physical effort into guiding this beast when faced with sudden twists and turns. We used unconventional paddling techniques like braced back paddling and cross-body strokes to navigate around tight corners. This took a lot of effort and wasn’t very efficient.

To be fair, Rackham has never claimed to be a nimble creature. If anything, it’s more of a lumbering giant that doesn’t move unless you give it a good push. But that’s where the included paddles came to the rescue. 

Offering the right blend of power and balance, they allowed us to effortlessly surge forward with a few quick strokes. And once we were on our way, it was smooth sailing—or paddling—for hours at a time.

And let’s not forget about its rudder system that helped us steer it through different water mediums. The BOTE Rackham boasts a spring-loaded rudder system that efficiently moves over shallow water and hidden debris without getting damaged. Plus, these intelligent rudder system controls are located on either side of the seat, making it convenient for both left and right-handed individuals. 

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Construction Quality

BOTE’s inflatable paddleboards are synonymous with high quality and remarkable durability, and its Rackham model is no exception.

If you’re wondering what gives this paddleboard its fantastic rigidity, it’s the dense linear drop stitch core. This internal infrastructure is what keeps the board firm under your feet, achieving that elusive balance between flexibility and stiffness.

Adding to its durability is a double layer of PVC material. This outer layer adds protection from scratches, dings and other minor damage. The Rackham is also equipped with two separate air chambers. This dual-chamber design means you’re not just getting a board that maintains optimum buoyancy but also one that offers an extra level of safety. If one chamber faces an unlikely blowout, the board will still keep you afloat.

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Included Accessories

BOTE Rackham Aero Bug Slinger inflatable SUP comes with a range of accessories to enhance your overall experience. This includes:

The 3-Piece Adjustable SUP Paddle

The BOTE 3-piece adjustable SUP paddle is a masterpiece of design, combining versatility and durability effortlessly. It can easily be adjusted from 235 cm to 260 cm. This adaptability ensures optimal performance and enhances stroke power while reducing fatigue. Plus, its 3-piece design means it can be compactly packed away, making transportation a breeze.

Slide-in Aero Rac Receiver

The slide-in aero rac receiver is designed to offer secure fittings for Rac systems like Bucket Rac or Tackle Rac. Since these receivers offer a plug-and-play solution for attaching accessories swiftly, you won’t have to worry about them coming loose during your exciting outings.

Aero Paddle Sheath

This clip-on accessory is about keeping your paddle secure when you need a break, take a photo, or get caught up in some epic fishing action.

KULA 2.5 Cooler Citro

Heading for a long water excursion on a hot day? Thanks to this included cooler, you can keep your refreshments within reach and chilled.

Besides these essentials, this SUP comes with a PFD belt, aero repair kit, one hand pump and one travel bag to store all your essentials. 

Summary Review of the BOTE Rackham Aero Bug Slinger™ Inflatable SUP

Being in the business for over a decade, BOTE has truly mastered the craft of creating stand-up paddle boards that not only look good but also bring a sense of adventure and ultimate performance. 

The Rackham Aero Bug Slinger™ Inflatable SUP is a shining example of BOTE’s commitment to excellence. From the unique structure and exceptional accessories to the user-friendly touches, this SUP delivers an unparalleled paddling experience for all. 

While its weight, fins and pump may require some improvement, the unbeatable smooth ride and precise trackability make it an excellent choice for any paddler looking for a stable, versatile and fun ride!

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