Y ou may think that, for a beginner, a cheaper board is the best option, as it will allow you to practice and decide if paddling is your true call, but this isn’t always true. As a matter of fact, these types of boards are the main reason people consider paddling so difficult.
We don’t mean you need to spend all your money on a super expensive model, but you should look for a high-quality board that can provide you the steadiness and balance required when you try your first strikes. BOTE HD Aero is an exceptional option, offering a generous deck and many safety options that will allow you to navigate along lakes and rivers or explore the mighty sea with confidence. That being said, let’s take a look at its specs and features to see what makes it so popular among buyers.
Paddlers need their space, and we are not talking only about finding a good place in the crowded waters but about the deck, which should be broad enough so the relaxing paddling session doesn’t turn into a stressful experience. Luckily, Aero is large enough to accommodate a user weighing up to 315 lbs. It measures 11 feet and 6 inches in length and is as wide as 34 inches, with a deck thickness of 6 inches. Furthermore, it is built of military-grade PVC, designed to resist abrasion and puncture, so it is practically indestructible and ready to tackle the wildest waters.
Perfect for beginners, it features an entry-rocker-style hull that sheds water and keeps the board’s nose up. The paddle is made of fiberglass and allows you to adjust the height according to your needs. Furthermore, it disassembles in 3 pieces, so it will fit in the travel bag as well.
For increased comfort and safety, a BVA deck pad is available, and it is heat-sealed to shed water. With a non-slip grip and good padding, it reduces fatigue and helps you stay on the board. Plus, if you need more support, you can always grab the bungee strap, or use it to secure your supplies and additional gear.
Another practical feature is the grab handle, which is situated at the board’s nose to ease transportation on the beach. Not to mention the specially designed paddle sheath that allows you to place the paddle into the slot and keep your hands free for yoga, fitness, and other activities. The 3-fin system is located at the bottom of the boat and it includes 2 fixed lateral fins and one removable center fin, being one of the best setups when it comes to tracking performance.
As most paddling kits, this includes a fin, pump, paddle, and a travel bag, but the difference lays in the quality of the accessories. The performant pump will help you inflate the board in minutes, all up to a pressure of 15 psi, so you can get a rigid deck that doesn’t sink under your weight.
Besides that, a rigid board means more stability and resistance in front of the waves. Easy to deflate and roll, it will easily fit in the included waterproof backpack, which has the right dimensions for airplane travel, so you will be able to bring it with you wherever the ultimate fun awaits.
The all-around shape is popular among paddlers due to its versatility, and the HD will prove a reliable friend, whether you decide on paddling on flat waters, cruise style, practice your SUP yoga, or exercise your skills and become a champ of the choppy waters.
|Length||11 feet and 6 inches|
|Paddle Type||3-Piece Adjustable Fiber Glass|
|Weight Capacity||315 lbs.|
- Built of puncture and abrasion-resistant military-grade PVC
- Thick deck provides excellent stiffness and increases control
- Paddle sheath allows you to keep your hands free for fishing or yoga
- Generous deck and high weight capacity accommodate heavier users and extra cargos
- High-quality accessories
- Safety leash is not included
- It weighs 30 pounds, so it is a bit heavy
If we haven’t mentioned it before, the design is amazing, with wonderfully-picked details and including a multi-textured traction pad, designed to ensure the maximum of comfort. Moreover, everything is high-quality, from the military-grade PVC material, fiberglass paddle, and 3-fin system, to the robust hand pomp and waterproof carry bag. Versatile and strong, with a detachable slot that allows you to leave the paddle for a minute and enjoy diverse hands-free activities, it is an excellent choice for SUP fitness or fishing.