Last Updated on November 1, 2019 by Editor
Red Paddle Co. was co-founded by John Hibbard, a previous professional wind surfer. John was was one of the pioneer of creating an inflatable paddle board after years on a solid board.
Red Paddle Co Ride iSUP is the perfect SUP for a range of users, from newbies to experts. It can be used for a wide variety of activities too, from yoga and fishing to surfing and hanging out with family. It’s uniqueness lies in its intricate and considerate design, which allows the board to reach high speeds as well as stay maneuverable and remain firm. This kind of stability is reached by the 4.72-inch thickness very rare in SUP boards, if not limited to this only model.
All in all, this 10′ SUP will be loved by anyone once they purchase it and quickly fall in love with Red Paddle Co Ride.
The board sports all the basic features any SUP enthusiast could wish for. Here are some of them to give you a picture of what awaits you:
• Super Toughness: Red Paddle Co Ride ISUP is made of monocoque structural laminate, which in turn consists of PVC, polyester, and nylon. The method of construction (discussed later) ensures that the board is very tough and can withstand many challenges.
• Stability: The board is wide enough even for a beginner to be able to balance on it. The extra thickness also contributes to its steadiness.
• Air Pressure: Another unique feature is the ability to withstand air pressure up to 25 PSI, which is a lot more than the regular 15 PSI. This increased resistance will let you inflate your board more, and consequently, you will need less effort paddling.
• Fins: Instead of one big fin, the board has three smaller ones. The benefit of this is discussed later in the review.
The board has a modern design with a white body and blue elements. The fins are done in red so that they are more noticeable too. With its accurate dimensions (discussed in the next section), the board manages to be fast and easy to use. You are always in control and keeping your balance is not hard at all.
The deck pad is shorter than usual on the Red Paddle Board, but that might only cause a small issue in case you want to take your dog on a ride. In this case, you will have to add some extra non-slip material to the part. On the other hand, the deck pads on all Red boards are very comfortable to stand on and are resistant to tearing and scratching. This is a huge plus compared to other boards that suffer constantly because of this problem.
The last thing to mention about the design is the D-rings. There are four cloth D-rings in whole for securing gear. There is also one metal ring at the rear end for securing a leash, while the metal one underneath the nose can be used for tethering.
The board is 10 feet 6 inches long and 32 inches wide. As mentioned before, this board sports a unique thickness of 4.72 inches, which makes it the perfect choice for beginners, since the board is very stable.
As for the weight capacity, it is at 220 pounds, while weighing 21 pounds 12 ounces itself. The good news is that it is pretty lightweight and you will be able to carry it with ease.
As mentioned before, the board has fins already attached, so you won’t have to worry about losing any parts. In addition to that, Red Paddle Co Ride comes with an All Terrain backpack.
You are probably thinking of all those iSUP backpacks that constantly tear. Don’t worry about this one though, because it is made from some of the best materials to have it serve longer. The bag also has two wheels in case you decide to wheel it around or take it on a trip. There are also padded backpack straps that you can tuck away when necessary. The bag is also just the right size for the board to fit in.
There are also tools that come along with the backpack. These include:
• Titan Pump to inflate your board at a speed up to 60 MPH.
• Repair Kit to be ready to fix anything at any time.
• Water-resistant phone case to protect your precious device.
The board uses an innovative iFin system designed REI. The system is basically three fins instead of one big, and what makes them different is that REI claims there have been no warranty requests for the fins after they started integrating this system in their newer models.
Moreover, the Red Paddle Boards are some of the strongest ones on the market due to their construction method. The way it works is that there are technically two boards in one, with the built board being laminated afterward to create a strong outer shell. The rails also have four layers of taping which makes them almost absolutely puncture resistant.
The price is often one of the most upsetting aspects for customers. However, this is not the issue with Red Paddle Co ISUP. On the contrary, the price is a pleasant surprise.
The board comes at only $1,299. Moreover, if you are an REI Member, you can get around $129.90 back! It is easy to become one of their members, so don’t forget to check that out too. As for the shipping or delivery, there are two options available, either shipping the board to your address or picking it up yourself. Note that picking it up from the store will let you save money because it is completely free when you do it yourself.
To sum up, this Red Paddle SUP is probably one of the most reliable choices on the market. It has all the key elements you could wish for, as well as going the extra mile to ensure the safety and comfort of the user. Being beginner-friendly, this can be your first stand up paddling board. Nevertheless, it is also suitable for experienced paddlers. This is definitely the best choice for any SUP enthusiast who wants an all-around board for a good price.