The Tower 9’10” Adventurer 1 iSUP is a no-frills inflatable paddle board that is stable and affordable.
In this Tower Adventurer 1 review, we’ll take a closer look at different aspects of this popular inflatable SUP, such as its specifications, build quality and construction, features, bundled accessories, the Tower warranty, and where to buy this board.
Tower 9’10” Adventurer: Board Overview
Measuring 9’10” x 32″ x 6″ and weighing in at 24 pounds, the Tower 9’10” Adventurer has a total carrying capacity of 300 pounds and is capable of supporting a small passenger or your dog.
This board has a very basic design with a clean black and white color scheme. The design has a bit of a retro feel to it and is a lot different from the bold, bright colors being used on many other inflatable SUPs these days.
Tower’s 9’10” Adventurer is built out of drop stitch and military-grade PVC, providing this board with enough durability to survive being run over by vehicles and thrown off of second story balconies. This board is made to withstand abuse, which makes it a great choice for kids and beginners who tend to be a little rougher on gear.
On the top of the Tower Adventurer 1 is a diamond grooved deck pad which offers excellent grip and is also comfortable. There’s also a convenient carrying handle mid-board which makes it really easy to carry the 9’10” Adventurer to the water and back.
Like the larger Tower Xplorer 14′ and the company’s 12’6″ iRace SUP, the nose is lacking in terms of storage since it doesn’t feature the standard bungee system to secure your gear. As we mentioned, this is a no-frills board that doesn’t offer much in the way of features, so if that’s a turnoff, we’d recommend iROCKER’s boards which are also durable and affordably priced but more feature rich. Also, the nose on this board lacks a grab handle which many inflatable SUPs come with these days.
The tail of the board features a single D-ring which you can use to attach a safety leash as well as a Halkey Roberts inflation valve. The air valve works well with the included high-pressure pump, and it’s also compatible with a large number of electric pumps on the market.
The underside of this board features three fins — two small fixed fins and a large center fin that is removable.
Tower Adventurer 1 Rating
The Tower 9’10” Adventurer 1 iSUP comes with the following accessories:
- High-pressure pump
- 3-piece adjustable fiberglass paddle
- Large removable center fin
- iSUP repair kit
As far as inflatable paddle boards go, this iSUP comes with a very basic bundle of SUP accessories. Missing is a backpack and leash, which is a big negative in terms of overall value.
As always, the warranty protection you get from an iSUP manufacturer is incredibly important to consider. All of Tower’s inflatable paddle boards come with a 2-year warranty which covers any manufacturer defects.
Where to Buy it
Tower’s Adventurer 1 board is in stock at Amazon and includes free shipping. When it comes to buying SUP gear, Amazon is always a great way to go as their prices are very low and they always provide a very high level of customer service in our experience.
The Tower 9’10” Adventurer 1 is a basic, entry-level board that is affordable and durable. While the board lacks the speed offered by longer models, it is stable, fairly lightweight, and offers great portability. If you like what this board offers but want something a bit longer with a few more features, Tower’s 10’4″ Adventurer 2 is worth checking out.
We really like the stiffness of Tower’s boards — the 6″ thickness makes them much more rigid than cheaper, thinner models like the Pathfinder 9’9″ SUP.
If you’re planning to go paddling with your dog, this is definitely a board that you can do that with. For paddling around small children, we’d instead go with the iROCKER ALL-AROUND 10′ which features integrated child safety handles at the board’s nose. The lack of a bungee storage area on the Tower Adventurer 1 leaves children without a secure place to hold onto, making this board far less appealing to parents.
Overall, this is a decent board but it leaves us somewhat unimpressed when it comes to features and overall value. We’d love to see Tower add a backpack and leash in the future, as well as some additional features which would improve the board’s overall usability and versatility.