BOTE Paddle Boards – HD Aero Inflatable Review

BOTE Paddle Boards – HD Aero Inflatable Review

The continued year-on-year growth in paddle boarding has seen many manufacturers expand upon their ranges with the introduction of multi-disciple or adaptable boards. BOTE are one example of a manufacturer that has a wide range of both high quality rigid and inflatable SUPs.

Today we will be taking a look at the BOTE HD Aero 11′ 6” Inflatable SUP (note: the HD Aero range features a variety of different boards – length, specs etc.)

Specifications

BOTE HD Aero Amazon Package

Length: 11′ 6” (350 cm)
Width:
34” (86 cm)
Thickness / Depth: 6” (15 cm)
Construction: military-grade PVC/composite core
Weight: 30 lbs (13.6 kg)
User Weight: 315 lbs (143 kg)
Volume:
info note available
Inflation PSI: 12-15 psi
Paddle: 3-piece adjustable shaft
Fin: detachable centre with 2 fixed side fins
Pump: single chamber dual action
Leash: N/A
Warranty: 2 years

Why Paddle Board

As a recreational activity, paddle boarding offers some tremendous health and fitness benefits ranging from a full body workout engaging many of the core muscles albeit in a low impact way through to improved balance, improvements in endurance and stamina, injury rehabilitation, weight loss and improving our cardiovascular health. Its an exciting way to unwind and decompress whilst at the same time engaging with nature. As one of the fastest growing water sports globally, if you have access to water then its definitely worth giving it a go.

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About BOTE

Founded by their CEO Corey Cooper in 2008, BOTE are a US manufacturer of high-end paddle boards both rigid and iSUPS. Based in Florida, BOTE had very little start-up capital but were intent on producing conceptually simple, aesthetically pleasing and functionally innovative products. With a nationwide following BOTE have set themselves a mission to “stand apart through industry-shaping innovation, fresh ideas and simplicity to create a product that defines a lifestyle.”

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Overview of the Package

The BOTE HD Aero 11′ 6” Inflatable SUP is a feature packed visually striking paddle board that comes with all of the versatility that you could really need. Its multi-functional design has a little something for everyone so it will appeal to a very broad audience.

Let’s take a look at what’s in the box:

The Board – like other high-end iSUP’s these days, many manufacturers are achieving superior levels of rigidity via the use of their own unique construction techniques and methods. The skin of the HD Aero is made from military-grade PVC offering a highly scratch proof surface. The inner core of the AeroBOTE has tens of thousands of composite drop-stitch fibers that connect the top and bottom halves of the board and when under pressure create superior rigidity.

The board is feature packed with inclusions:BOTE HD Aero Description of Accessories

– a proprietary detachable Paddle Sheath located at the front of the board. Used for holding the paddle by slotting the blade into the sheath which frees up your hands when not paddling
– front rocker to keep the boards nose up and shed water which assists stability and manoeuvrability
– cushioned front, rear and centre grab handles
– removable paddle strap with bungee which fits into a channel on the side of the board
– RAC compatible mounting points for installation of accessories
– BVA deck pad which is heat sealed to shed water. Well cushioned and anti-slip traction to assist with reducing fatigue
– tie downs (D-rings) for accessories
– front and rear bungee system for storage of accessories and personal items
– tri-fin configuration using the FCS fin box for the centre fin as well as two (non-detachable) side fins
– thick rails for increased stability
– cooler tie downs – for cooler or other accessories
– Travelink, a feature that lets you carry your board without using your hands

Accessories

– a single chamber dual action high pressure Pump
– 3-piece adjustable Paddle featuring an ABS edge blade
– waterproof Travel Bag made from high quality non-rip nylon. Features external cam straps for pump and paddle with an adjustable shoulder harness and waist belt. Dimensions – 19” width / 39” length / 12” depth

Repair Kit which includes patches, glue and valve tool

BOTE Paddle BoardsThe Verdict

Pros
* aesthetically striking and available in different could schemes
* great rigidity and stability
* clever design features and high quality board add-ons
* unique integrated Paddle Sheath on the bow
* front rocker
* RAC compatible mounting points
* quality accessories integration system for easy customisation
* 2 x bungee systems (most boards only have 1)
* removable paddle strap
* soft front, rear and centre grab handles
* multi-textured deck pad with water shed design feature
* thick rails for increased stability

Cons
* for a board within this price range its maximum user weight is only 315 lbs which is relatively low compared to comparably priced boards that typically come in at 350 – 400 lbs
* its on the heavier side relative to high quality boards at 30 lbs
* the SUP package does not include a leash (optional extra). BOTE’s 10′ adjustable coiled Velcro leash comes in at $40 so this would need to be priced in

A high quality all round board that comes in an all-inclusive package. Suitable for paddlers of all levels with a high degree of adaptability. The optional add-on features make it one of the most adaptable boards in the market so it can be used for most boarding disciplines – general recreational paddling, surfing, fishing, yoga, dog SUPing. While its priced at the upper end of the market, it is a highly durable versatile board so definitely one to put on the list if you are in the market.

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Until then, stay safe and get wet.

8 thoughts on “BOTE Paddle Boards – HD Aero Inflatable Review”

  1. This is by far the best review of HD Aero Inflatable I’ve stumbled so far. I’m interested in getting a paddleboard for myself and this one seems like a great choice. Thanks a lot for this thorough review. So these are actually inflatable? I thought it’s a classic (wooden or PVC) board. How safe is this from puncturing?

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    • Thanks Ivan. Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards or iSUPS’s have been around for a good few years now. The technology continues to evolve as you would expect so much so that the better quality boards are near on as rigid as the hard or solid core boards. They’re quite durable so unless you’re hitting a sharp object then all will be well. They also have repair kits so again an easy fix in the event of a genuine problem.

      All the best – Jason.

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  2. This is a very interesting article on paddleboards, I really never heard of these before reading about them on your website. So how popular do you think this product is going to be or is, I live in a place without any beaches so that might be why they are not as well-known where I live.

    Can you use these on waters in states like Pennsylvania with lakes instead of beaches

    Jeff

    Reply
    • Hi Jeff. Its definitely popular and is in fact the fastest growing water sport globally. There are boards that suit all waterways but the most popular by far are the standard recreational boards that are used by us regular folk on flat / calm waterways. You can use them pretty much anywhere unless the water is particularly rough. Perhaps take a look at our Guide to SUPing for Beginners if you’d like to know more.

      All the best – Jason.

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  3. Thank you for this very detailed review. I have been researching paddleboards for a relative and will send them your review. I think this particular paddleboard would be a great option for them.

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    • Thanks Amanda. There are a bunch of options out there so research is always great. If you take on board the skill level of the paddler, their budget and the type of paddling that they will likely be doing then that should be a good starting point. Happy to assist if you need any pointers.

      All the best – Jason.

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