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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a fast, non-inflatable, premium touring board to paddle mid to long-range distances then the Traveller from BOTE is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the chainmail construction, which is durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its width of 28 inches the board is somewhat stable and it has 2.04 lbs per foot weighing 25.5 lbs total which is pretty lightweight for a 12’6” board. Its shape makes the Traveller perfect for touring and best for intermediate and advanced paddlers to enjoy recreationally. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid to long-range distance paddling of 5-10 miles plus. Retailing at $1,799, the board is at a premium price point but comes with the best that the brand has to offer.
On first impressions, the graphics and color are stunning, the shape design is quite thoughtful and the construction strikes as durable. The Traveller has some gorgeous looks, coming with an exceptionally beautiful play on color and graphics, intended to be potent and yet with class. The shape design is unique for boards in these categories, offering features tailored primarily for recreation and the construction does appear relatively strong, as something that can survive constant but delicate use. This paddle board is easy to carry and the glide does feel fast which is no surprise since lightweight construction and speed-centric designs are a focus of this board model. The board comes with a grip of extra design perks including a paddle sheath which conveniently holds your paddle upright, a stash pod to hold your keys or any small items, tackle rack inserts and cooler tie downs which are great for fishing. And once you put it all together, the Traveller is a pretty stable board that most paddlers should be able to hop on and paddle away with ease.
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.
Dimensions12'6" x 28" x 6"
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/Stash Pod/Cooler Tie Downs/Tackle Rack Inserts/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 Sheath
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 6 Inches||28 Inches||6 Inches||275 L|
|14 Feet 0 Inches||29.5 Inches||7 Inches||350 L|
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