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Torn between Hala and Red Paddle
« on: March 27, 2021, 11:37:24 AM »
Lately I've been thinking about getting a second board and using my Hala Carbon Hoss as a loaner now for when wanting to paddle with someone that doesn't have one. My current Hala is a tank but it's been a great board for what I've used it for which is to learn and have fun on. Now I'm ready for speed and touring.

I've been eyeballing 2 boards.
First one is the Carbon Hala Nass-T 14'
Second one is the Red Paddle Voyager 13'2"

I'm leaning towards the Hala because of the construction, length, looks, and it's more narrow so I think for speed, it's a no brainer.

Anybody own either of these for feedback?
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Re: Torn between Hala and Red Paddle
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2021, 10:06:08 AM »
Hi Windwarrior. I've got the Red Paddle Explorer, which is the exact same board as the Red Voyager, just an earlier version before they renamed it.

I have no experience with the Hala Nass, but I do quite like my Red Explorer. But I really only use it for touring and if I'm going to be teaching. You said you're ready for speed and touring. If it's speed you're looking for, then I wouldn't be getting an inflatable. But if an inflatable is your only option, I'd also take a look at the Starboard All Star inflatable.

So for me, for the purpose I'm using it for, I really like my Red Explorer (Voyager). But again, I don't use it for speed. I've got hard boards to fill that requirement.

If you have any other questions on the Red I'd be happy to help you if I can. Good luck with your decision.
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Re: Torn between Hala and Red Paddle
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2021, 11:58:08 AM »
Hi Windwarrior. I've got the Red Paddle Explorer, which is the exact same board as the Red Voyager, just an earlier version before they renamed it.

I have no experience with the Hala Nass, but I do quite like my Red Explorer. But I really only use it for touring and if I'm going to be teaching. You said you're ready for speed and touring. If it's speed you're looking for, then I wouldn't be getting an inflatable. But if an inflatable is your only option, I'd also take a look at the Starboard All Star inflatable.

So for me, for the purpose I'm using it for, I really like my Red Explorer (Voyager). But again, I don't use it for speed. I've got hard boards to fill that requirement.

If you have any other questions on the Red I'd be happy to help you if I can. Good luck with your decision.
Thanks for the info 👍
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Re: Torn between Hala and Red Paddle
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2021, 04:34:34 PM »
Hi,
I've had several Red Paddle boards and currently use the 11' Sport. I've loved the 10'6" and the 12'6" as well. Red Paddle customer service is amazing! I've had a few small issues (the attached fins on one of my 10'6" boards started coming off the board) and they replaced the entire board, which was several years old, without me asking them to replace it. I have their deck bag and the zipper failed after one season; they immediately replaced it.  I recommend Red Paddle to anyone who needs an inflatable.

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Re: Torn between Hala and Red Paddle
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2021, 10:24:12 PM »
I paddled a Hala 14x26 last summer back to back with my Red Elite 14x26. I was surprised it was even less stable than the famously wobbly Red. I also had my 14x26 Starboard Airline and my friend's 14x30 Starboard Touring Dual Chamber to try try that afternoon AND a Hala 14 ... by 30? 32? I forget.  It was much MUCH more stable but plowed water.  The Airline is stable enough and I really like the standing pad area.  The Touring is soooo close in glide...I almost wished I had bought one instead. It's very nice for stability. Going from your VERY stable board you might like growing into the Airline (there is a 26" if you REALLY want) but you might just love the Touring. 

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Re: Torn between Hala and Red Paddle
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2021, 10:31:59 PM »
Everything but the Touring model here. I also paddled a Tower Xplorer (used to own it lol)

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Re: Torn between Hala and Red Paddle
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2021, 05:44:56 AM »
Warrior...  If it's for a loaner - there's a RED on eBay for cheap.  I grabbed one simply because it seemed the price of the pump ate up most of the $99. price...  Item # 393313434531

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Re: Torn between Hala and Red Paddle
« Reply #7 on: Today at 05:51:53 AM »
Hi,
I've had several Red Paddle boards and currently use the 11' Sport. I've loved the 10'6" and the 12'6" as well. Red Paddle customer service is amazing! I've had a few small issues (the attached fins on one of my 10'6" boards started coming off the board) and they replaced the entire board, which was several years old, without me asking them to replace it. I have their deck bag and the zipper failed after one season; they immediately replaced it.  I recommend Red Paddle to anyone who needs an inflatable.
Yeah, I know Red Paddle AND Hala both have great customer service which is why I'm torn between the two.
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Re: Torn between Hala and Red Paddle
« Reply #8 on: Today at 05:53:10 AM »
Warrior...  If it's for a loaner - there's a RED on eBay for cheap.  I grabbed one simply because it seemed the price of the pump ate up most of the $99. price...  Item # 393313434531

Note of caution: the seller has no profile.

Jim

Sounds like an EXCELLENT way to lose 99 bucks!🤣🤣🤣
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Re: Torn between Hala and Red Paddle
« Reply #9 on: Today at 05:54:48 AM »
I paddled a Hala 14x26 last summer back to back with my Red Elite 14x26. I was surprised it was even less stable than the famously wobbly Red. I also had my 14x26 Starboard Airline and my friend's 14x30 Starboard Touring Dual Chamber to try try that afternoon AND a Hala 14 ... by 30? 32? I forget.  It was much MUCH more stable but plowed water.  The Airline is stable enough and I really like the standing pad area.  The Touring is soooo close in glide...I almost wished I had bought one instead. It's very nice for stability. Going from your VERY stable board you might like growing into the Airline (there is a 26" if you REALLY want) but you might just love the Touring.

I'll look into it and see if a local company rents them or not. Thanks for the info 🤙
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