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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a stable, non-inflatable, touring board to paddle mid to long-range distances then the HD Low Rider Core from BOTE is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in an innegra fiberglass co-mingle construction which is meant to be very durable and has its ups and downs. The board is 29 inches wide which makes it relatively stable and has 2.51 lbs per foot which puts the board at an average weight. Its shape makes the HD a great touring board that could also be used in a race because of its race-board hull design. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for intermediate paddlers. Retailing at $1,550, the board sits just above the mid-tier market in terms of affordability.
On first impressions, the graphics and color are stunning, the shape design is quite thoughtful and the construction strikes as rugged. The HD Low Rider Core has some beautiful looks, coming with an exceptionally appealing play on color and graphics and the deckpad design flows perfectly with the color of the board. The shape design is different for boards in these categories, with features made specifically for touring. And the construction does appear very strong, as something that can withstand heavy use. This paddle board is difficult to carry since it weighs over 30 lbs and the glide feels average. This board has a ton of cool accessories and additions that cater to touring and fishing. It has ConnexSUP inserts which allow for endless opportunities to hook up cool gadgets and tools, it has a a paddle holder on the rail of the board, cooler tie downs, fishing post inserts and is also compatible with the Travelink system which makes carrying the board much easier. And once you put it all together, the HD Low Rider Core is a stable board that most people should be able to paddle around and stand on easily.
Primary UseTouring 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 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.
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 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.
Dimensions12' x 29" x 5"
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).
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 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 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'sBungee/Connexsup/Stash Pod/Cooler Tie Downs/Travelink Compatable
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.
HandleInternal 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.
HoldersYes: Paddle Holder on Rail/Fishing Post Inserts
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.
|12 Feet||29 Inches||5 Inches||290 L|
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