TWO BARE FEET ENTRADIA 11’6 TEST REPORT
The Entradia is a stepped-down touring SUP board for teens and lighter paddlers who want the glide and go-anywhere practicality of a tourer but without the cross-wind wrestling match offered by a 12’6. The carbon-hybrid paddle option is also a nice step forward from all-rounder territory and very comfortable to use. Ambitious paddlers will find the Entradia to be a fine asset for inland and coastal touring this season.
Two Bare Feet are masters at packaging their boards with all the auxiliaries you might ever need. This touring shape Entradia came with the extendable three-piece carbon-hybrid paddle which has seamless joins once assembled and a nice parabola when under load. The polypropylene blade is not race-spec but will absorb any encounters with rocks we’re sure. A coil leash, 9” centre fin and dual-action high pressure pump complete the essentials, with a handy 90 litre drybag for storage and a kayak seat included if that’s your vibe.
The 11’6 Entradia is a scaled down touring board designed for distance paddling. It’s slightly smaller an average touring board in order to remain relatively agile and provide a great mile munching option for children, teens and adults. The pulled-in nose and squarer tail married with extra length provide superior tracking and glide when compared with an all-round board. The 6” thickness and 34” width makes this astable, confidence inspiring SUP, but can also be loaded with plenty of gear for long days out. This is the board if you are planning long A-B trips. Alternatively it can be used as an every-day SUP for larger riders that exceed the recommended payload of our smaller all-round style boards..
The Entradia 11’6 has been developed as a tourer for teenagers and smaller adults, the primary feature here being the truncation from the standard 12’6 touring length. 11’6 is a practical length for lighter riders on tour as it still offers plenty of deck space and directional stability in open water but doesn’t suffer as badly from wind hitting those high 6” sidewalls when going across wind. The nose is drawn in compared with a standard all-rounder which graduates the frontal-surface area meaning less effort needed to get upwind. The tail shape is a bit more swept in too; we found that it reduces the ‘bucking’ effect you get from wider all-rounders when you’re on bumpy water.
Essential touring board features that we were pleased to see include the forward towing point under the nose, front and rear portage handles and the four D rings to fit the kayak seat: these are also ideal leash points for extra kit if you’re out fishing or using your Entradia as a snorkelling platform.
At 34” this is a beamy board with a huge amount of positive buoyancy and would happily suit much larger riders who are comfortable on an all-rounder than just the target audience. Two Bare Feet’s Entradia is a tough, practical board and its appeal to families and SUP centres looking for a set up to foster some paddling progression is obvious.