Board Review | NRS Adventurer

Board Review | NRS Adventurer

NRS knows how to make quality outdoor gear. With the Adventurer, they made a sturdy board that’s functional in a wide range of applications. While this board is plenty stable for new paddlers, we really liked to pack this thing down and go on, well, adventures. Hefty D-rings on the front of the board are good for loading up a lot of gear for multiday expeditions, although there are no options for gear storage in the back. The shape of the Adventurer makes it unusually fast for an inflatable, thanks to its length and the pulled-in nose and tail. The latter also makes it particularly maneuverable in tight spaces and during pivot turns. And where many inflatable flop when pivoting, the Adventurer is a bit more firm thanks to the company’s Axis Technology, which is an acrylic layer added to the board to enhance rigidity (the six-inch width doesn’t hurt either). We also liked the simple but bombproof webbing handles at the bow, stern and center of the board, making it easy to transport the board without deflating. To make it even easier on you, NRS includes a three-year warranty with this board for both private and commercial use, although we doubt you’d ever have to use it. —WT

This review was originally published in our 2016 Summer Issue.

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