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Surftech Sport Touring Escape

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Category: $1,000-$1,500

Who is it for?

If you’re looking for a fast, non-inflatable touring board to paddle then the Sport Touring Escape from Surftech is worth a look. The stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the TEKEfx construction by Surftech which is made from bamboo veneer and fiberglass, which is pretty durable and has its ups and downs. Because of its 28 inch width the board is relatively unstable but its construction makes the board a bit lighter. The board has 2.26 lbs per foot, weighing 26.02 lbs total. Its shape makes the Sport Touring Escape perfect for touring that can be used by intermediate and advanced paddlers. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid to long-range distance paddling (up to 10 miles). Retailing at $1,499, the board is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

First Impressions

On first impressions, the graphics and color are stunning, the shape design is thoughtful and the construction strikes as durable. The Sport Touring Escape has some exquisite looks, coming with a bamboo finish and gorgeous graphics. The shape design is unique for boards in these categories with features suited primarily for recreation and touring and the construction does appear rather durable, as something that can be used often but with care. This paddle board is easy to carry due to it being 26.02 lbs which is pretty light for an 11’6” paddle board. The glide feels fast, which is to be expected since with lightweight construction and speed centric design being at focus. And once you put it all together, the Sport Touring Escape is a fast board that most people should be able to stand on it and paddle away with no problem.

Benefits

  • Primary Use

    Touring Use

    Paddle Boards fall into two broad categories, All-Around and Specialty boards, with all-around designed primarily for recreation while speciality boards for top performance in specific disciplines

  • Durability

    Strong

    Durability is largely a result of the board construction and shape, with more durable boards typically carrying more materials (added layers, PVC, etc) and as such adding to the weight.

  • Carrying

    Easy

    Carrying ease is determined by board weight and handle type, where a board weighing under 20lbs with a Liftsup handle is extremely easy to carry while a 35+lbs board quite difficult.

  • Stability

    Unstable

    Stability is a product of construction and shape, where boards w/ 30”+ wide and 200+ liters in volume offer plenty of stability for your AVG adult while a board under 26” wide is a challenge.

  • Glide

    Average

    Glide is a result of board shape and construction, w/ boards weighing under 30lbs and designed for racing offering best glide while recreational boards normally being on the slow side

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Learn more on the Surftech website.

Features

  • Dimensions

    11'6" x 28" x 7.75"

    Industry standard in board dimensions reads: L (length, from nose to tail) x W (width, from rail to rail at midpoint length), and H (height, from top to bottom of board at midpoint length).

  • Weight

    26.02 lbs

    Standup paddle boards tend to fall into 4 different weight classes: extremely lightweight (under 20 lbs), lightweight (20-28 lbs), average weight (28-35 lbs), heavy (above 35 lbs).

  • Volume

    265 L

    Volume is a key metric to determine how much weight a board can carry. Boards w/ 200+ liters offer most floatation with boards under 150 liters typically for high-performance surf

  • Capacity

    Unknown

    Capacity is the max cargo weight a stand up paddle board can carry, considering not only the paddler’s weight but whatever else the paddler may choose to carry alongside him/her.

  • Add On's

    Bungee

    Add-on’s include bungee cords, a minimalist way to haul things; Connexsup, which allows for all sorts of attachments, even fishing rods; and FCS II/Connect, for easy fin instal.

  • Handle

    Internal Ergo Grip

    Handles directly affect carrying ease, with external grip handles (Liftsup & EZgrab) offering most comfort, Internal Ergo Grip the mid-tier comfort, and box handles as least comfortable.

  • Holders

    No

    Fishing rod holders and/or paddle holders can make paddling that much more pleasant, esp. when needing holders for the rod or having a safe place for the paddle during yoga.

Sizes Available

LengthWidthThicknessVolume
11 Feet 6 Inches 28 Inches 7.75 Inches 265 L

 

Learn more on the Surftech website.

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