Tossing up whether the Red Paddle Co Ride 10’6” MSL is for you?
We’ve taken the time to include all you want to know below.
We’ve assessed the materials, durability, performance and extra features. We’ve even got you a list of pros and cons for quick skimming.
If you already know about the board but just need that gentle push to sway you into purchasing one, let us leave you with this.
You can’t beat Red Paddle Co manufacturing! You may pay a higher price than other iSUP’s that are seemingly the same board but that’s only because you can’t see what lies underneath!
Another note is that these guys know what they’re doing – they have been at it since 2008 and their customer service will make you feel like you’re a guest at the Hilton.
NOTE: We are covering the Red Paddle Co Ride 10’6” MSL 2018 model.
|Capacity||100 kg / 220 lbs|
What You’ll Get When You Purchase The Red Paddle Co Ride MSL 10’6″
- The Inflatable SUP Itself
- Ergonomic and Wheeled (!) Back Pack
- Titan High-Performance Hand Pump
- Repair Kit
- Cell Phone Case
You wouldn’t expect anything less than amazing at Red Paddle Co when it comes to materials of their inflatable standup paddleboards. Well known in the SUP industry for their leading innovation when it comes to board technology, this 2018 model of the Ride MSL is a perfect example of their craftsmanship.
It’s Tough and Light!
You’ll find the same drop stitching core with an outer layer of PVC that you see across nearly all inflatable SUP’s, however, there is a slight difference with the 2018 Ride.
Though introduced earlier than the Ride 2018, here on out if you weren’t already aware Red Paddle Co only constructs board using their own invention; Monocoque Structural Laminate (MSL) fusion technology.
Instead of the labor-intensive hand gluing of the PVC layering, Red Paddle Co came up with a new system of machine fusing the extra layering. The result is the board has shed 2kg of weight from the previous year’s models and is stiffer at lower levels of PSI.
They’ve also gone as far as making a video of a 22-tonne digger driving over the board to prove their SUP’s are as hardcore as they say. You can watch it here.
2017 models saw the introduction of a diamond grooved tail end of the deck pad and we are overjoyed to see it continue into the 2018 model.
We love how it makes you feel like one with the board, you only have to slide your foot around to feel the change from the crocodile skin cut to the diamond grooves to find the exact spot you want to anchor down.
Though the deck pad doesn’t reach to the nose of the board, the tie down storage area means you wouldn’t use that area to sit, kneel or place another person/animal anyway.
Want to know something cool?
They’ve introduced a limited edition of the 2018 model that see’s a new deck color scheme too!
D-rings + Bungee
D-rings for all occasions!
You’ll find one under the nose for tethering and at the rear to attach your leg rope ( same as 2017 ).
The improvement for 2018 can be found with an extra set of D-rings on the deck complete with tie downs, improving the overall storage space.
The introduction of their own iFin system saw Red Paddle Co making headlines. They’ve invented a few different types but we’ll only go into what you see on the 2018 Ride.
The molded fin.
3 small fins that are perfect for shallow waters and rough conditions like whitewater. The performance 3 smaller fins provide also means the board cuts through waves like Kelly Slater.
The particularly fascinating part about the molded fin is that if you happen to damage the fin, you can pour hot water over them and reshape by hand. You can find a video instructing how here. This feature makes up for them not being removable in our eyes.
If you are beginner you may find the tracking a little trickier to start without the large center fin you’d normally find on touring boards. So don’t feel hopeless if you finding yourself switching from side to side – you will find the rhythm soon!
Another highlight of the 2018 model is small details on the handles and backpack.
Using the handles to carry the board that now have a printed material logo is like stroking velvet (the right way). It makes transporting more pleasant especially if you need to walk a little way!
Finding the most risk-free way to carry the board is easy with handles featured on the center and end of the board too.
The backpack we are covering in full further down.
The 2018 Ride is a simple push valve inflation/deflation along with what’s been rated time and time again (according to customer reviews) to be the best manual hand pump; The Titan High-Pressure Pump! (Which we cover more on further down)
Make sure the valve head is in the outer position to inflate and yep, you guessed it! Pushed in for deflation.
It’s a fail-safe system with a twist lock valve cover.
Recommended PSI is between 16-25 PSI and should take between 5-7 minutes depending on how fast you pump.
Year after year the Red Paddle Co Ride has been leaving its owners in pure glee.
This 2018 model will be no different, aside from all it’s fun little extras it delivers the same stable, comfortable and enjoyable ride.
Getting aboard the 10’6 if you feel like you need more volume ( the 10’6 can take 220lbs /100kg ) there is also a 10’8 available.
Some users depending on their skill level will notice a slight improvement even in the performance because of the extra density and less weight from the new improved construction.
Perfecting the all-rounder iSUP is a mighty task that many companies try to take on, most do well but not many shine as bright as Red Paddle Co has done with the 2018 Ride MSL.
All-rounder means the board is suited to all conditions up to an intermediate level of SUPing.
As we mentioned earlier, beginners may struggle with tracking a little at first due to the lack of large center fin. Given that in most flatwater conditions; lakes, rivers etc you’ll be spending most of your time trying to track a straight and gain speed, you may find the performance in this area not feel up to standards – though we just advise keeping at it because the flexibility having the tri-fin brings is well worth it.
For the more experienced SUP-er, you’ll find it a dream paddling around as a cruiser. The 32” width provides a solid base under your feet, the deck pad providing ample amounts of cushioning, support and grip and while it isn’t the fastest cruising board, it may well be the easiest to use.
Whitewater / Chop
A big point for whitewater is the issue of stability and as we just explained, you’ll be standing as strong as Goliath. The small fins that avoid damage, easy to feel diamond grooved tail for a strong back foot stance is excellent features for whitewater too. Even though 4”7 thickness can result in flex, the composition of the board brings extra stiffness so that we’ve never experienced flex before which is vital for the stability in choppy conditions.
Choosing a line and being able to stick to it, being able to execute a bottom turn and having a board that moves with you are all vital aspects of taking a SUP into the surf.
While you won’t be riding your 2018 RIde in 6ft Hawaiian barrels (we at least don’t recommend it) we fancy it for a session of smaller wave shredding. Plenty of giving in the rails for turning abilities, extremely responsive on the tail for a step back turns and enough rocker to take the face of small waves.
Unfortunately, no paddle is included with the 2018 model but Red Paddle Co does have a fantastic selection of paddles available as a separate purchase. You can have a look here.
Again, no leash is included in the 2018 package. Any leash you already own will do or if you are looking to purchase one, we recommend finding a coiled leash. Coiled leashes have a less chance of snapping back in your face.
The pump is included!
Red Paddle Co’s High-Pressure Titan Pump has been constantly innovated over the years to produce one of the highest quality manual pumps on the SUP market.
Included is a built-in pressure gauge to follow where your PSI is the pumping is as easy as slicing warm butter. Naturally, as pressure raises you will feel some resistance but nothing like compared to cheap knockoffs.
Lugging your SUP has never been more comfortable!
On the Ride 2018 model, you can see improvements on the bag with extra padding and added support.
Aside from that, the usual “bag that has it all” is what you’ll get. For transport, you have wheels or padded straps that can be tucked away for travel purposes. The materials used have been chosen to handle sun, salt and water and no chances of ripping with double stitching at the seams.
Ample amount of room so you can get the board in and out with no hassle and cinch straps to keep it all in one place, avoiding uncomfortable weight distributions if you’re backpacking.
They’ve even been considerate of keeping the board comfortable by using foil as an inner lining so your board stays nice and cool.
Not too much to see here, just the usual patching kit and tools to help replace the valve in case of any damage. You can find videos detailing how to repair your board on the Red Paddle Co website.
You get some goodies. Ram Mount and Railblaza Mounting System on the nose so you can record the momentous amounts of fun you’ll be having. There’s also their tested waterproof phone case, which if you are going on long trips can be particularly helpful!! Tip: take some nice photos and send them to us!
- Undoubtedly high quality of materials
- Stable, comfortable
- Extra goodies, RAM mount, and waterproof phone case
- Definitely suits all conditions
- 5 Star customer service
- Bit pricey if you are looking for an entry level board
- No included paddle and leash
- Beginners can find tracking tricky, to begin with
You just simply can’t go past Red Paddle Co if you are looking to get the most out of your money. Performance, materials, durability – they really do tick the boxes.
The best part is that if you look back over the years, they constantly are updating their boards, we don’t know how they can improve this 2018 model really, aside from making it fly maybe?
This show of dedicated craftsmanship is a testimonial to their passion for providing the best iSUP to their customers. You may pay a slightly higher price than other brands like iRocker but you’ll never feel as though you’ve wasted a penny.
If something was to happen and you weren’t a happy little SUPer in the water they have a 24-month warranty on their products and no need to be afraid of dealing with cranky underpaid customer service.