Zombie Kit wrote a review of Tahoe SUP Alpine Explorer Stand-Up Paddleboard on June 9, 2014
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Normally I like to get more familiar with gear before reviewing it, but given the crazy sale on the Alpine Explorer, I figured I'd write this now before they're all gone.
Inflatable SUPs are getting very close to the performance of a fiberglass board, and this one is no exception. I have used it around 12-13 psi (15psi is max) and it feels very solid underfoot. The only way I can get it to flex is if I purposefully bounce up and down on it. When you figure in the convenient transport and portability of an inflatable, it's really quite an attractive option.
The displacement hull does very well on flat water and in choppy water as well. It's not the most stable design, but it's plenty stable enough for a beginner. The twin fins provide superb tracking. When I angle into the wind just right, I can easily do 20-30 strokes without switching arms. In fact, it's almost too good at going straight as it takes a bit of effort to turn it.
Where this board really shines is its portability. It easily meets requirements for airline checked luggage, even with a collapsible paddle. And the included bag seems rugged enough to handle the baggage handlers. I've taken it up to Oregon on a recent trip (see pictures) and it was just perfect. It checks on the airline and fits in even the smallest rental car. Rolled up tightly, it even fits in my 70-liter Gregory backpack, and I plan to hit up some remote alpine lakes as soon as they ice off since the weight is manageable with a stoutly-framed backpack. You can take it anywhere if you're willing to work a bit, and a fiberglass board simply can't compete with that.
Lastly, I love the double set of bungees for lots of deck storage. I can fit my Chacos in the back, my PFD and drybag up front, and still have tons of room to spare.
So far I'm totally satisfied with the Alpine Explorer, and given the sale price right now, it's pretty much unbeatable.