Red Paddle Co 9’8″ Ride MSL Review

Red Paddle 9’8 Ride Review (2020)


Red Paddle Co 9'8" Ride MSL iSUP Package

Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride MSL is a premium quality surf-oriented all-around inflatable stand up paddle board that’s more suitable for smaller paddlers weighing up to 210 pounds. Red Paddle Co provides customer support and a warranty for the package which doesn’t include a paddle nor a leash.

Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride MSL inflatable stand up paddle board has been around for a few years now, but every year the company has updated it for the better.

Check its price and delivery conditions: Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride MSL iSUP package.

Quick Overview For The Hasty

The Red Paddle Ride 9-feet-8-inch MSL iSUP measures 9′8″ x 31″ x 3.93″ (length x width x thickness), weighs 19 pounds (lbs) and can carry up to 210 pounds (lbs).

Who is this for? Paddlers under 210 pounds (ideally under 180 lbs) can make use of this iSUP as an all-around board for cruising in flatwater conditions, but it’s geared more towards surfing and a little bit of whitewater river riding.

How’s the performance? Since the Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride MSL iSUP is geared more towards surfing and some whitewater, I’d say it probably won’t feel fast enough in flatwater conditions due to its design. It probably won’t track all that well either (doesn’t go straight without you having to switch the side every other paddle stroke). BUT it is maneuverable, responsive (not a dedicated surfing iSUP, it’s an all-around after all).


Who And What Is The Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride iSUP Designed For?

In summary, the Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride iSUP is designed for:

  • who: paddlers weighing less than 210 pounds (beginners, experienced, taller, or multiple paddlers);
  • what: all-around (more for surfing and some whitewater, less for flatwater SUP activities, everyday paddling).

The weight capacity (210 lbs) isn’t too great, so a considerably larger paddler can’t really use the Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride MSL. Individuals weighing less than 210 lbs (ideally less than 180 lbs) can use it for either flatwater paddling (<180 lbs) or surfing (<210 lbs). Otherwise anybody can use it, be it a beginner or experienced paddler. However, this inflatable all-around SUP seems to be less for flatwater paddling and more for surfing or some whitewater river riding, but it may be a little too narrow for full-on whitewater.

More for surfing/whitewater – less for flatwater conditions (doesn’t exclude anything).

Who and what is Red Paddle Co 9'8" Ride MSL iSUP board designed for?
Who and what is Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride MSL iSUP board designed for?

How Does The Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride iSUP Perform?

Primary characteristic of the Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride iSUP:

  • maneuverable

Being as short as this iSUP is (9′8″), naturally, it’s maneuverable, which makes it good for surfing/whitewater.

Doesn’t have that much of a speed to it, so it will probably feel slow in flatwater conditions, almost like a cruiser, but with snappy turning ability. And at the speed it does go, it will likely not keep a straight line because of the fully wide rounded nose alone, so you’ll probably have to paddle from either side every 2 or 3 strokes.

It’s relatively stable though. The rounded nose will not cut through the water, but will help keep the Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride iSUP from tipping side-to-side. Another downside would be if you went against wind with it, the rounded wide nose will catch all the wind, or, likewise, against smaller waves in choppier conditions (won’t cut through, will be at the mercy of the wave).

How does Red Paddle Co 9'8" Ride iSUP board perform?
How does Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride iSUP board perform?

Specs Of The Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride iSUP When Inflated

(more for surfing, less for flatwater)
Tail WidthN/A (rounded tail)
Weight (lbs)19
Weight Capacity (lbs)210
Volume (liters)193

1 – type
ALL-AROUND. Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride is an ALL-AROUND iSUP, but it’s geared more towards sufing/whitewater and less for flatwater SUP activities (doesn’t exclude anything though).

2 – construction
INFLATABLE. It’s basically a double-layer construction where a sort of adhesive is applied to the drop-stitch core layer to which a second layer of PVC is laminated (more info about their double-layer construction | more info about what a PVC is). What this means it can be deflated and inflated, is strong and durable. This makes it easy to travel with compared to a solid SUP board.

3 – lenght
Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride iSUP is 9 feet and 8 inches in length. Usually, all-around iSUPs are anywhere from around 10 to 12 feet in length, sometimes quite a bit more than 12 actually.

4 – width
The Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride inflatable stand up paddle board is 31 inches wide at its widest point. Width dictates how stable the board is side-to-side. That makes this iSUP relatively stable.

5 – thickness
Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride inflatable SUP board is 3.93″ thick. Normally, inflatable boards are 4 to 6 inches thick. Thicker SUP feel stiffer and more stable than thinner SUP. Thinner ones are easier to maneuver with.

6 – tail width
This iSUP’s tail is completely rounded, so there’s no tail width to speak of. A rounded tail makes a SUP board feel snappier when turning on the water, especially when surfing, but also creates reduced drag on the water, making it a little faster.

7 – weight
The Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride iSUP is lightweight, weighing just 19 pounds. If you deflated this iSUP, rolled up and threw it in the carry bag with everything else you needed inside too, the bag would weigh 28 lbs, measuring 37″ x 14″ x 12″ (hight x width x depth) – more about the backpack somewhere below.

8 – weight capacity
N/A. It’s something above 210 lbs. At around 426 lbs, the weight would force this iSUP under water.

9 – volume
The volume is reported to be 193 liters (L). If you weighed around 210 pounds (95 in kilograms; 1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds; 1 kilogram = 1 liter), that means you’re at the optimal weight for this Red Paddle Co Ride 9’8 and the board would be half under water, half above water. If you weighed less, say 180 lbs (81 in kilograms), then the board would be a little less under water and more above water. To put it in perspective, starting at 426 lbs (193 kilograms; 1 kilogram = 1 liter), the board would be under water completely because of too much weight.

Red Paddle Co 9'8 iSUP Board Specs
Specifications of the Red Paddle Co 9’8 iSUP board.

What is This Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride MSL iSUP Board Made Of?

In short:

  • dual-layer drop stitch material

The Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride iSUP has the first PVC fused with the drop-stitch core fabric layer, they call it the MSL Fusion. The second layer of PVC is laminated on top. This makes the board stiff and durable enough while maintaining slimmer look and lighter feel.

What is PVC? PVC material (link opens in a new tab).

They’ve also added the removable stiffening battens to the rails which makes the board even more rigid.

Red Paddle Co Fusion Technology
Illustration. The fabric is fused with PVC, and another layer of PVC is laminated on top.

What Are The Features Of The Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride iSUP Board?

The Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride MSL iSUP comes in just 1 set of colors (overall white, blue deck pad, red logo, red fins).

Red Paddle Co 9'8" Ride iSUP Board Features
Features of the Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride iSUP Board: starting from the top, a D-ring with RAM mount system at the nose of the SUP, quite a ways below is a bungee cord storage area attached to the 6 6-Rings. There a carry handle in the middle of the board along with diamond grooved deck pad that has a kick pad closer to the rear of the board. At the very rear of the iSUP, there is a high pressure inflation valve and a D-ring behind it for a leash.

From top to bottom, here are the features of this Red Paddle Co 9’8 iSUP:

  1. D-ring (1) with RAM mount system
  2. Nose D-rings (6) with cargo storage bungee
  3. Carry handle
  4. Deck pad with kick pad
  5. Stiffening battens on the rails
  6. Inflation valve
  7. D-ring (1) for ankle leash
  8. Fins (3)

1 – D-ring (1)
A D-ring with RAM Mount system at the front end of the Red Paddle Co 9’8 for towing the board or for attaching an anchor to the D-ring, or for attaching an awesome accessory item (fishing rod holder, GPS, phone holder that’s in waterproof casing, etc)  to the RAM Mount.

2 – D-rings (6) bungee net
Heavy duty bungee net storage area held together with 6 D-rings.

3 – carry handle
As with most iSUPs, the Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride has a carry handle somewhat in the middle of the board as well. It’s for carrying the SUP.

4 – deck pad with kick pad
The Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride has a diamond grooved deck pad with a kick pad at the back. This kick pad is useful for beginners mainly because one doesn’t have to look down when surfing or just step-back turning as it indicates where the deck pad ends.

5 – removable stiffening battens on the rails

6 – inflation valve
Located at the rear of the board, the Red Paddle Co 9′8″ has a high pressure inflation valve for inflating the iSUP. A full inflate takes about 2-10 minutes and the optimal air pressure is at around 15-20 PSI.

7 – rear D-ring for ankle leash
At the back (rear) of the board, there’s a D-ring for attaching your ankle leash. If you decide to go for whitewater river riding, do check out which type of leash and PFD to use and why (link opens to a section in a SUP guide in a new tab).

8 – fins (3)
The Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride iSUP has a tri-fin setup consisting of 3 small fixed red fins. They’re reported to be rigid/stiff.


What Else Is Included With The Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride MSL iSUP Package?

NOTE: the package does NOT come with a paddle, leash nor a PFD.

Included with the Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride MSL iSUP purchase, are the Red Paddle Co’s:

  • backpack/wheeled carry bag
  • pump
  • repair kit
  • (stiffening battens, waterproof phone case, manual, wrapping strap for holding deflated and rolled up board together)


Red Paddle Co’s backpack has 2 wheels at the bottom and a grab handle on top for rolling the bag similarly to a traveling bag. There are grab handles on the sides as well. Adjustable shoulder straps for comfortably carrying the bag on your back like a backpack.

The backpack is roomy enough to store everything you need, that includes the deflated and rolled up iSUP itself, the pump, repair kit and other accessory items, but also (if you have one) a 3-piece paddle, leash, wetsuit, PFD, change of clothes, etc.

The size and weight of the Red Paddle Co’s backpack:

  • Dimensions: 38″ x 14″ x 12″ (tall x width x depth);
  • Weight: 5.5 lbs.

The Red Paddle Co’s Titan Pump has two chambers, one lower volume chamber (for higher pressure) and another larger volume chamber (for lower pressure). It also has a pressure gauge integrated on top.

The way it works is you start off with both chambers pumping great deal of air into the Red Paddle Co 9′8″ Ride up to around 10-12 PSI or whenever you feel like the pressure gets too much for you, at which point you change the pump to inflate through the lower volume chamber (for high pressure) only.

This way, pumping your Red Paddle Co 9’8 shouldn’t take longer than 3 minutes or maybe up to 8 if you really took your time with it.

Repair kitRed Paddle Co 9'8" Ride MSL iSUP Repair Kit
The Red Paddle Co’s repair kit comes in a cylinder plastic container where you will find PVC patches along with adhesive (glue) in order to apply the patches onto the damaged area(s) when needed, and a wrench valve for removing the valve in case you suspect any problems with the valve.


So Is Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride MSL iSUP For You?

If you were a quick learner of a beginner with dedication and happened to weigh less than 210 lbs (for surfing), or better yet, weighed less than 180 lbs (for other SUP activities to be viable), the Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride might be a good match for you. Surfing is usually a more tricky sport than flatwater paddling.

BUT you’d have to also be into surfing more than into everyday flatwater paddling for me to consider this iSUP to be perfect for you. It’s maneuverable, relatively stable, though not exactly fast nor does it track too well on the water.

Still, it’s an all-around, but it’s just geared more towards surfing, some whitewater too, and less for other SUP activities (not a dedicated surfing iSUP, a bit too wide for being one), but it doesn’t exclude anything.


Why it might not be for you:
The Red Paddle Co 9’8 might not be for you if you considered yourself to be a larger paddler (close to or more than 210 lbs) looking for a speedy and extra stable iSUP for flatwater conditions. It doesn’t build up decent speed nor track too well because of its design. Its short length (9’8″), rather low weight capacity (210 lbs), completely rounded nose and small tri-fin setup won’t quite help in flatwater conditions but rather hold you back when trying to build up speed. It’s rather pricey on top of it.

Another thing: the Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride MSL iSUP purchase doesn’t come with a fully ready-to-go package – you ought to buy a paddle and a leash separately (unless you had them laying around already)

So if this Red Paddle Co all-around iSUP is not to your liking, perhaps you can find a more fitting one by quickly going over this Red Paddle Co all-around SUP review post (link opens in a new tab).


Where To Buy Red Paddle Co 9’8 iSUP Package?

Best way to buy stand up paddle boards would be from physical shops. That way you could gain much needed info, advice and tips from the enthusiastic sellers there (assuming they were enthusiastic…).

If purchasing from a physical store was not an option, there are still online stores to check out.

Check the price or buy here: Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride MSL package.



You’ve found the right iSUP when you were after a decent quality all-around that was geared more towards surfing, waves or river, and less for flatwater SUP activities.

All that assuming you weighed less than 210 lbs, ideally less than 180 lbs, and were quick learner for a beginner or already a little experienced (because surfing is more difficult than paddling on flatwater conditions).

It does come with a pump and a backpack, but not with a paddle nor a leash…

Ultimately, only you can decide if this Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride MSL iSUP fits with your needs – the quality is there.

Red Paddle Co Brand
The company behind this Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride MSL iSUP seem to be producing iSUPs only and have been around since forever (2008), so they’ve got long experience in making good quality iSUPs.

Red Paddle Co 9’8 iSUP Board
The Red Paddle Co 9’8 RIDE is presented as an all-around, but it’s geared more towards sufing, some whitewater and riding waves by design. Ideal for paddlers weighing less that 180 lbs. It may not feel fast enough nor track all that well in flatwater conditions.

It’s not a dedicated sufing board though – it’s a little too wide to be one.

Included Accessories
Included with this Red Paddle Co 9’8 iSUP are quality Red Paddle Co’s backpack, dual-chamber Titan handpump, repair kit, a manual, waterproof phone case, and a wrapping strap to secure the board once it’s deflated and rolled up.

Where To Buy
It’s simple, buy here: Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride MSL package.



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