THE O'SHEA 12'6" GTR HPx...
"The O’Shea GTR HPx 12’6 inflatable SUP offers high performance for SUP racing and touring. Its top-tier construction ensures lightweight rigidity and efficiency, appealing to riders wanting a multipurpose, competitively priced paddleboard.
As with all O’Shea inflatables, the manufacturing and quality are bang on. HPx construction ensures a light and rigid lay up. This provides the best combination of stiffness and weight. The board’s light weight allows it to drive through the water hard (when required). Whilst its rigidity provides efficiency. In combination, this equates to less effort required from the paddler but with better returns on performance.
Combination of riders
During testing, we had a combination of riders use the board, and all commented on the GTR’s glide. Keep in mind this is an iSUP, which is top drawer. Stick a few strokes in, and the 12’6 keeps going. For those considering SUP racing, this would be a massive plus point.
But the GTR isn’t limited to SUP racing alone. With paddlers wanting more bang for their buck, the O’Shea steps up to deliver on the touring front.
Multiple SUP disciplines
The GTR, at 28” wide, is just enough to accommodate a few essentials being lashed to the deck. You won’t necessarily be able to carry the kitchen sink with you on your travels, but a few bits can be taken. And then it’s a rapid rise to your chosen destination. So, fast touring if you like. Being able to cope with multiple SUP disciplines should certainly get your attention, and take note of the O’Shea GTR 12’6.
O’Shea’s comprehensive range of inflatable paddle boards means there’s something for everyone. The GTR 12’6 HPx fits the bill for riders who want to paddle fast and be competitive on a race course. Yet, at the same time, adventure paddling and touring are applicable with the same board. With that added value, the GTR is a sure-fire winner for riders wanting a performance-orientated iSUP that does multiple jobs. Tip-top construction and decent looks only add to the board’s appeal. Thanks also to Adrian Taylor and Tom Pringuer, who helped with this test.
SUP MAG UK OCTOBER 2023
+ O’Shea PRO board bag which can carry the board as a back pack and made from highly durable 600D recycled nylon
+ HIGH QUALITY 3 piece adjustable CARBON HYBRID paddle.
+ O’Shea HP2 Double Action Power Pump
+ US Box Fin
+ O'Shea Heavy Duty Coil Leash
The most advanced ISUP construction in the WORLD TODAY.
Innovation in partneship with our material manufacturer, we have evolved not only the LIGHTEST, but also the stiffest board on the market today... a game changer in ISUP construction.
The benefits of HPx construction include:
+ 20% Lighter Than Any Fusion or MSL
+ Stiffer Than Fusion or MSL
+ Durable Surface Finish
+ High Cosmetic Finish
+ Better Glide On Glassy Water