An innovative paddle board company that is constantly pushing the boundaries when it comes to SUP performance and design, Fort Walton Beach-based BOTE Boards has a growing lineup of feature-packed paddle boards and paddling accessories.
Spearheaded by BOTE founder Corey Cooper, the company currently offers boards in the following styles:
- Native (rigid SUPs with artistic paint schemes)
- Classic (hard boards with wood inlays)
- Gatorshell (durable rigid boards made with advanced plastics)
- AeroBOTE (inflatables)
In this review of BOTE’s 2018 SUP lineup, we’re going to focus exclusively on the company’s AeroBOTE inflatable line. At the moment, BOTE’s inflatable paddle board lineup consists of five models that are designed for all-around paddling, fishing, and touring:
- Flood Aero (most affordable)
- HD Aero (all-purpose)
- Rackham Aero (max capacity)
- Traveller Aero (touring)
- Rover Aero (motor compatible)
Where to Buy BOTE SUP Boards
BOTE’s popular line of paddle boards is available at REI. In addition to their low prices, great sales, and excellent customer support, REI offers a free shipping option with REI store pickup.
BOTE Inflatable Paddle Board Comparison Chart
|BOTE Flood Aero||11′x32″x6″||28 lbs||275 lbs|
|BOTE HD Aero||11’6″x34″x6″||30 lbs||315 lbs|
|BOTE Rackham Aero||12’4″x38″x7″||45 lbs||400 lbs|
|BOTE Traveller Aero||12’6″x30″x6″||35 lbs||275 lbs|
|BOTE Rover Aero||12’6″x40.5″x5″||63 lbs||500 lbs|
BOTE Paddle Board Reviews
BOTE Flood Aero
BOTE’s most affordable inflatable SUP, the Flood Aero is a feature-packed, all-around board that can be used for everything from recreational paddling to SUP fishing. This incredibly durable board features cooler tie-downs, attachment points for fishing accessories and gear, and dual bungee storage areas.
Measuring 11′ x 32″ x 6″ and weighing 28 pounds, the BOTE Flood Aero provides excellent stability and enough versatility to be enjoyed by paddlers of all skill levels in a variety of conditions.
BOTE HD Aero
Another all-around model in BOTE’s inflatable SUP line is the popular HD Aero. The most versatile inflatable paddle board currently offered by BOTE, the HD Aero iSUP offers a nice blend of speed, stability, and top-shelf features. BOTE is well-known for their stunning color schemes and graphics, and the HD Aero is offered in three beautiful, eye-catching designs: Bug Slinger, Classic, and Core.
This board measures 11’6″ x 34″ x 6″ and it weighs in at 30 pounds.
BOTE Rackham Aero
An incredibly stable iSUP that is capable of supporting an impressive max weight of 400 pounds, the BOTE Rackham Aero is a great option for larger paddlers, fishing, and overnight SUP expeditions that require a ton of gear. The Rackham Aero is available in BOTE’s Classic and Verge Camo styles, and it features Rac compatibility, cooler tie-downs, a paddle sheath, dual bungee storage areas, and more.
This serious SUP fishing rig measures 12’4″ x 38″ x 7″ and it weighs in at 45 pounds.
BOTE Traveller Aero
The BOTE Traveller Aero is a fast paddling, high-performance inflatable touring board that glides well and provides respectable overall stability. Currently available in BOTE’s stunning Native style, the Traveller Aero measures 12’6″ x 30″ x 6″ and weighs in at 30 pounds.
Featuring dual bungee storage areas and plenty of tie-down attachment points for securing additional gear, BOTE’s Traveller Aero is a great option if you’re looking for a premium inflatable touring SUP.
BOTE Rover Aero
The newest addition to BOTE’s impressive inflatable SUP lineup is the Rover Aero. Essentially a boat in a bag, this massive iSUP offers the ability to mount a motor and can be used as a skiff, dinghy, tender, or SUP. Measuring 12’6″ x 40.5″ x 5″ (cockpit) and weighing in at a hefty 63 pounds, this board is capable of hauling up to 500 pounds.
Whether you’re paddling, fishing, or motoring around, this ultra-durable board is capable of handling anything you throw at it.
BOTE’s Aero Inflatable SUP Warranty
All of BOTE’s new 2018 Aero iSUPs are covered by a 1-year warranty on all manufacturing defects. BOTE requires you to complete their online warranty registration form within 30 days of the original purchase in order for the warranty to be activated, and you should hang on to your sales receipt in the event that it’s needed in the future to show proof of purchase.