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Isle Explorer Pro 12’ SUP

Isle Explorer Pro 12’ SUP

Isle Explorer Pro 12’ SUP

Summary

In a nutshell, the Isle Explorer Pro 12′ SUP Kayak is a fantastic choice for water enthusiasts who want a versatile, lightweight, and feature-packed board.
With its top-notch construction, using Infinity fibers, and Powerfuse technology, this board offers excellent durability and stability. The board offers a smooth and comfortable ride, making it perfect for casual paddlers and more experienced riders alike.
Although it has a few cons, they’re pretty minor in the grand scheme of things, making this board a solid contender for your next SUP adventure!

Overall
4.6

Pros

  • At just 23 lbs., this SUP kayak is extremely lightweight, making it easy to carry. Plus, it comes with a lot of additional add-on accessories that make the experience on the water extremely fun and incredible.
  • Whether you’re into stand-up paddling, touring, adventuring, kayaking, or just having a blast on the water with friends and family, the Isle Explorer Pro 12′ has got you covered. It delivers excellent performance in various situations, so you can enjoy the ride no matter what.
  • This board is packed with small-but-mighty features like accessory mount hooks for your phone or camera, a paddle holder, and more.
  • Made with Infinity fibers and Powerfuse technology, this board is super durable, sturdy, and buoyant.
  • The board is easy to inflate or deflate, so you won’t have to spend hours before taking it out on the water.

Cons

  • While the Isle Explorer Pro 12′ has a lot going for it, it’s missing a kick pad. This would have been a nice addition for performing advanced maneuvers and turns.
  • Although the soft traction pad provides grip and comfort, some users might find it a bit slippery, especially in wet conditions. A more aggressive or grooved deck pad could have improved traction even further.

When it comes to water adventures, having a reliable watercraft is key. You want something sturdy enough to hold up against strong currents and big waves yet feather-light for effortless handling and transportation.

And if you want to use your watercraft for more than just leisurely cruising — say, fishing, yoga, or wildlife watching — you’ll need something that’s easy to maneuver and stable enough for standing. The Isle Explorer Pro 12′ SUP Kayak ticks all these boxes, making it an exceptional choice for a wide range of activities.

At first, when we looked at this SUP, we weren’t entirely sure if it would live up to its promises. But, you know, sometimes you just have to give things a try! So, we decided to test its durability, stability, and versatility in various water conditions and activities. And let me tell you; we were genuinely impressed by its performance!

Now that we’ve had such a great experience with this SUP, we can’t wait to share our findings with you. In this review, we’ll dive into all the details, covering everything from its construction and design to how it handles different water conditions and activities. We’ll even share some tips and tricks we picked up along the way to help you get the most out of your Isle Explorer Pro 12′ SUP Kayak.

Isle Explorer Pro 12’ SUP: Specs Sheet

 

Main Category All-around
Board Dimension
(9’6”)
(10’6”)
(11’6”)
9’6” x 32” x 6”
10’6” x 34” x 6”
11’6”x 36” x 6”
Weight
(9’6”)
(10’6”)
(11’6”)
20 lbs.
23 lbs.
26 lbs.
Max Weight Capacity
(9’6”)
(10’6”)
(11’6”)
195 lbs.
300 lbs.
450 lbs.
Recommended PSI 15 PSI
Material Airtech Prolite construction
Price Range Medium
Warranty 2 years

STABILITY

Stability is one of those factors that can turn your water adventure from a struggle into an absolute blast. While most touring and adventure-style SUPs tend to lack either stability or maneuverability, the Isle Explorer Pro 12′ SUP Kayak manages to strike the perfect balance between the two.

One of the key features that contribute to its stability is the board’s unique construction. It’s as rigid as a hard board through the middle section, but you still get a little bit of flex in the nose and tail. This stiff core ensures a steady ride, while the flexed areas allow for smoother turns and better responsiveness while gliding over different water bodies.‘

But what really sets this SUP apart in terms of stability is its innovative design, particularly the inclusion of Isle’s new InfinityFiber™ stringers. There are six different stringers – four that run alongside the rails and two that run along the top and bottom. These stringers cover about ⅔ of the board, providing additional reinforcement and rigidity without compromising the overall weight or performance.

In fact, we have experimented with carrying more weight than mentioned capacity while using it as a SUP and kayak for 2 persons, and this SUP didn’t disappoint.

SPEED TEST

When we first saw that the Isle Explorer Pro 12′ SUP Kayak was 31.5 inches wide, we weren’t expecting it to be much of a speed demon. Generally, wider boards tend to be more stable but can sacrifice some speed, while narrower boards are generally faster but might be a bit wobblier.

So, we decided to conduct a speed test to see just how fast this SUP could go. We paddled at a steady pace of 40-45 strokes per minute for 30-60 seconds and closely monitored the results. The Isle Explorer Pro 12′ SUP Kayak is not the fastest SUP on the market, but it is still one of the faster boards. It has a decent top speed of about 5.6 mph and a cruising speed that’s closer to 3.9 mph, which is pretty impressive for a board of its width.

TRACKING

When you’re out on the water, you want a board that can handle twists, turns, and everything in between. And guess what? This SUP delivers on that front!

With its low-volume design and 9 inches touring fin, this is a board that can take on the roughest waters without any problem. Plus, it comes with a split US fin box, which makes it super easy to swap out fins and use this SUP as an all-around fun board!

Remember your weight, paddling technique, and water conditions may affect the performance of this SUP. For example, if you are an aggressive paddler who has a heavyweight or uses their SUP in rough water conditions (e.g. whitewater), we recommend going with a different fin configuration.

Maneuverability

As for its maneuverability, we found that it only took about five reverse sweep strokes to turn the board a full 360 degrees. You can dodge obstacles, glide around buoys, or change direction with ease.

But when passing through tight corners, you may notice its length getting in the way. Although it may require a bit more effort on your part, the Isle Explorer Pro 12′ SUP Kayak still manages to handle those situations quite well.

Plus, it features a wide tail that provides more control, making step-back turns a breeze. This means you can perform pivot turns, quick adjustments, or even tackle small waves with confidence.

However, we did find ourselves wishing for one thing: a kick pad. A kick pad would have made it even easier to perform advanced maneuvers and turns, providing extra grip and control when stepping back on the tail.

Despite this minor drawback, we believe that the board’s versatility in maneuverability makes it suitable for various water conditions and activities, from leisurely paddling to more challenging SUP adventures.

CONSTRUCTION QUALITY

The Isle Explorer series takes the lead because of its unmatched construction quality. Boasting industry-revolutionizing airtech prolite technology and patented Isle’s InfinityFiber stringers, the Isle Explorer Pro 12’ is a next-level hybrid SUP that’s as rigid as a hardboard.

The Isle Explorer 12’ features a drop stitch woven base that provides a solid foundation for the board, ensuring it’s super durable and can handle sharp rocks, salt water, and rough conditions without flinching.

The thick fused PVC shell adds to its durability, protecting it from dings, scratches, and other wear and tear. Its powerful, metallic bonded side rails are not only sleek and stylish, but they also add extra strength to the board’s overall structure. Talk about form and function!

What makes this SUP a true beast is the six InfinityFiber™ stringers that provide additional reinforcement and rigidity without adding extra weight, so you get a super stable board that still performs like a champ.

FEATURES

Just like other SUP from Isle, this one also comes with a range of features that makes it stand out from the crowd and expands its functionality.

The Explorer Pro has a link management system with molly hoops along both sides of the board’s length that attach bungee cords. These loops allow you to strap on additional accessories like a tackle box, fishing rods, cooler, snacks, and more. The side rails have a dedicated velcro attachment to attach the paddle to your board! The front grab handle has an accessory mount to attach a camera, phone, or Bluetooth speaker. Thanks to its brushed deck pad, you won’t have to worry about losing your grip while standing on this board with wet feet.

INCLUDED ACCESSORIES

Isle Explorer Pro 12’ comes with very limited but useful accessories. It has helped the company to keep the prices low. These include:

Rigid Touring Fin

This fin is all about performance, giving you smooth tracking and agile maneuverability. Plus, it’s got a click-n-go design that makes it a breeze to attach and detach.

9′ Lightweight Straight Leash

This leash is so lightweight, you’ll barely even notice it’s there. But when you need it, it’s got your back (or, more accurately, your ankle). When not in use, it stays out of the way and out of the water to minimize drag. Talk about a low-key lifesaver!

Pro Series Wheelie Backpack

This backpack features a nylon reinforced 1680D ripstop bottom panel with rugged, oversized wheels that’ll take you and your SUP anywhere you want to go. The padded design with adjustable sternum strap and waist belt ensures maximum comfort, whether you’re trekking through the city or hitting the great outdoors. Carrying less gear and want to reduce the bag size? No problem! Just cinch down those external compression straps, and you’re good to go.

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In a nutshell, the Isle Explorer Pro 12′ SUP Kayak is a fantastic choice for water enthusiasts who want a versatile, lightweight, and feature-packed board.

With its top-notch construction, using Infinity fibers, and Powerfuse technology, this board offers excellent durability and stability. The board offers a smooth and comfortable ride, making it perfect for casual paddlers and more experienced riders alike.

Although it has a few cons, they’re pretty minor in the grand scheme of things, making this board a solid contender for your next SUP adventure!

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