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With our Gatorshell boards, we’ve achieved seamless construction by combining all new materials with ballistics grade composites. The result, a no compromise outer shell that is smooth, solid, and tough…very tough.
For years we’ve experimented with advanced materials and came to recognized the benefits of producing a board from advanced plastics – lightweight, strength and durability. Unfortunately, simple plastic is, well ... ugly. At BOTE we don’t do ugly. If we were going to develop a board from advanced plastics, it needed it to have character and soul like the rest of our line-up. With our new proprietary Gatorshell technology we’ve created an advanced plastics board with the look and feel of our classic construction, resulting in another stunningly beautiful BOTE.
According to energy impact comparisons, our Gatorshell board achieved six times tougher construction vs. our handcrafted epoxy boards. We conducted extensive tests within our Darkroom lab, not only with our own products, but also products from other manufacturers. This resulted in zero damage to our Gatorshell board.
Because plastic is less dense than epoxy, our Gatorshell boards are more buoyant as compared to their epoxy equivalent. This makes them float higher in the water for a more comfortable paddle, while also adding increased capacity.
ABRASION RESISTANTAn abrasion resistant out shell means you don’t have to sweat the small stuff, like that time you got too close to that dock.
BEAUTIFUL FIT & FINISHGatorshell BOTE paddle boards are constructed to the highest standards in the industry and feature uniquely beautiful designs on par with our hand-crafted epoxy boards.
SEAMLESS CONSTRUCTIONOur proprietary process allows for seamless construction. No cheap looking rubber gaskets or unsightly fissures down the sides of our boards.
GATORSKIN TEXTURED DECK PADHigh-quality, heat-sealed multi-textured deck pads feature a unique gatorskin embossed texture only found on Gatorshell models.
INNOVATIVE FEATURESGatorshell BOTE paddle boards feature all the innovative features found on our hand-crafted epoxy boards, so you can outfit them the way you want, for the things you like to do.
IMPACT RESISTANTGatorshell construction is 6x tougher than our hand-crafted epoxy boards giving you the freedom to be, well, yourself.
RESPONSIBLY CRAFTEDThe advanced plastics we use to build Gatorshell BOTE paddle boards are made from partially reclaimed material. As if that wasn’t good enough, excess material from its construction is again repurposed, meaning less waste, and that’s good for all of us.