Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride MSL iSUP Review

Red Paddle Co 10’6 Review (2019)

 

Red Paddle Co 10'6 Ride MSL iSUP Package

Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride MSL is a premium quality all-around inflatable stand up paddle board meant more for smaller paddlers weighing up to 220 pounds. The package has a warranty to it and there seems to be customer support on top if that, but the package doesn’t include a paddle nor a leash.

Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride MSL inflatable stand up paddle board is not a new iSUP in Red Paddle Co’s lineup, but that doesn’t mean it’s forgotten. Rather, it’s been updated every year since and has become modern looking high quality of an iSUP.

Check its price and delivery conditions here: Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride MSL iSUP package.

Quick Overview For The Hasty

The Red Paddle Ride 10-feet-6-inch MSL iSUP measures 10′6″ x 32″ x 4.72″ (length x width x thickness), weighs 22 pounds (lbs) and is ideal for riders weighing up to 220 pounds (lbs).

Who is this for? Any1 weighing less than 220 pounds and looking for a high quality lightweight all-around iSUP. It looks like the most all-around it can get, meaning it’s suitable for some surfing (not dedicated surfing SUP), flatwater paddling and perhaps even river riding if you’re up to that.

How’s the performance? Red Paddle Co 10’6 is NOT one of those all-around iSUPS that is more focused on some SUP activity over another, rather it tries to be available for them all to a moderate degree. For that reason, it may feel like it doesn’t track perfectly (doesn’t keep a straight line when paddling from one side only), doesn’t build up extreme speeds nor is ultra stable. It’s otherwise a perfect of a true all-around iSUP. Maneuverability is surprisingly good though (responsive).

 


Who And What Is The Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride iSUP Designed For?

Here you go, the Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride iSUP is for:

  • who: paddlers weighing up to 220 pounds;
  • what: all-around (can handle basically everything to decent enough degree).

As a true all-around, I’d recon this Red Paddle Co 10’6 is suitable for any1, including you as well (as long as you weigh less than 220 lbs). It’s not too wide nor too narrow (32 inches wide), neither too short or long (10′6″), and maneuvers well for an all-around like this, so it’s in the middle of all SUP activities (riding waves and flatwater paddling).

Although it maneuvers well, the Red Paddle Co 10’6 is probably NOT the fastest nor best tracking all-around for flatwater conditions. It’s got a round nose which doesn’t cut through water very efficiently (compared to a rounded point nose for example), so it may be difficult to go against wind or smaller waves at speed, and has rather small fins (allowing for better turns to be viable when surfing, but won’t keep a nice straight line in flatwater conditions compared to one with a bigger fin in the middle). But it is stable (not ultra stable, but not wobbly either).

Who and what is Red Paddle Co 10'6 Ride MSL iSUP board designed for?
Who and what is Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride MSL iSUP board designed for?

How Does The Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride iSUP Perform?

The Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride MSL iSUP is mainly:

  • maneuverable
  • relatively stable

The SUP is maneuverable because it’s not too long, not too thick nor too heavy, and has a rounded tail which makes for smooth turns (compared to say a squash tail or pointed tail). So yes, absolutely, maneuverable, no question about that.

When it comes to the stability of the Red Paddle Co 10’6 iSUP, it seems to have quite a few elements contributing to that. It’s got a relatively wide rounded nose and tail, so there’s less tipping from side-to-side, and considering it’s not exactly narrow either, rather fits in the middle when it comes to typical SUP’s width, it all adds up to perfect balance between being wobbly and too stable.

Until now, I’ve described elements that allow this Red Paddle Co 10’6 all-around to live up to its name by being a viable option even for surfing, but, where maneuverability isn’t all that important, how about flatwater conditions?

The small fins won’t track as well as a bigger fin would, and since they’re permanently fixed there, you can’t change the mout either, but I feel like that’s an intentional design choice for the Red Paddle Co 10’6. You see, it’s so wide of a board from the nose to tail, it gets bottlenecked when building up speed anyway, so having it track well (keep a straight line) wouldn’t probably make all too much sense – it won’t build up to such a speed for superb tracking to be necessary (unless you take it as your work out and exceed the optimal slow speed, which is not hard to do I recon…).

All in all, it’s a decent all-around – for what it is, the Red Paddle Co 10’6 performs better in waves or rivers with flow compared to casual everyday paddling in flatwater conditions, if I were to nitpick. It’s really just a true all-around.

How does Red Paddle Co 10'6 Ride iSUP board perform?
How does Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride iSUP board perform?

Specs Of The Red Paddle Co 10′6 Ride iSUP When Inflated

Specs
TypeAll-around
ConstructionInflatable
Length10’6″
Width32″
Thickness4.72″
Tail WidthN/A (rounded tail)
Weight (lbs)22
Weight Capacity (lbs)220
Volume (liters)240

1 – type
Red Paddle Co 10’6 is overall an ALL-AROUND iSUP. Usually all-around boards tend to be better at some specific SUP field, but this one’s a pretty decent balance between them all, a proprer all-around.

2 – construction
Simply put, it’s an INFLATABLE board. As it’s a Red Paddle Co’s iSUP, this too has essentially a double-layer construction where the first layer of PVC is fused with the drop-stitch core fabric layer and the second PVC layer is laminated on top (more info about their double-layer construction | more info about what a PVC is). It’s durable.

3 – lenght
Red Paddle Co 10’6 board is 10 feet and 6 inches in length. Not too long and not too short. Usually all-around iSUPs are 10-12 feet in length.

4 – width
This inflatable stand up paddle board is 32 inches wide at its widest point. Width dictates how stable the board is side-to-side. The Red Paddle Co 10’6, considering how wide the nose and tail are, is not overly stable, but it’s not wobbly either.

5 – thickness
Red Paddle Co 10’6 inflatable SUP is 4.72″ thick. Normally, inflatable boards are 4 to 6 inches thick. Thicker SUP feels stiffer and more stable than thinner SUP, but is harder to turn, so the thinner the board, the more manerverable it becomes.

6 – tail width
The tail of this iSUP is rounded and pretty wide in relation to the widest point of the board, but no exact measurement can be given here. Turning is smoother with a rounded tail compared to, say, a squash tail or a pointed tail, and makes the board more stable, too.

7 – weight
The Red Paddle Co 10’6 weighs just 22 pounds, it can be considered lightweight. If you deflated this iSUP, rolled up and put it in the Red Paddle Co’s backpack carry bag with everything else you needed as well, the bag would weigh around 31 lbs, measuring 38″ x 14″ x 12″ (hight x width x depth) – more about the backpack somewhere below.

8 – weight capacity
N/A. However, starting from 529 lbs, the Red Paddle Co 10’6 would be forced under water due to the weight.

9 – volume
The volume is reported to be 240 liters (L). If you weighed around 240 pounds (109 in kilograms; 1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds; 1 kilogram = 1 liter), that means you would be at around 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 220 lbs (100 in kilograms), then the board would be a little less under water and more above water. To put it in perspective, at 529 lbs (240 in kilograms; 1 kilogram = 1 liter), the board would be under water completely because of too much weight.

Red Paddle Co 10'6 iSUP Board Specifications
Specifications of the Red Paddle Co 10’6 iSUP board.

What is This Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride MSL iSUP Board Made Of?

Following are the main components making up this board:

  • dual-layer drop stitch material

Similarly to other Red Paddle Co’s board, this Red Paddle Co 10’6 iSUP, too, 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 to it.

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

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 10’6 Ride iSUP Board?

The Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride MSL iSUP comes in just 1 set of colors (overall white, blue deck pad, red logo, red fins).

Red Paddle Co 10'6 Ride iSUP Board Features
Features of the Red Paddle Co 10’6 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-Rings. There’s a carry handle in the middle of the board along with diamond grooved deck pad. At the very rear of the iSUP, there is a high pressure inflation valve and a grab handle with a D-ring on the side of the grab handle for a leash.

Following are the Red Paddle Co 9’8 iSUP features:

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

1 – D-ring (1)
Located at the nose of the board, there’s one D-ring which can be used for towing or for attaching an anchor to it, but it’s also got a mounting system for RAM Mount and Railblaza mounting solutions and accessories.

2 – D-rings (6) + bungee net
Close to the nose, there are 6 D-rings, 3 on either side of the board near the rail. Bungee cords are attached to those D-rings and so create a storage area.

3 – Carry handle
In the middle of the Red Paddle Co 10’6 iSUP board, there’s a carry handle for lifting up the board and carrying around.

4 – deck pad
The Red Paddle Co 10’6 has a large deck pad covering a little more than half the lower end of the iSUP. It’s got Red Paddle Co logo stamped on it. The rear section of the deck pad has diamond groove patterns that are designed so you will more or less feel where your foot is located in relation to the middle without having to confirm by looking down every now and then, allowing for a comfortable ride. The deck pad has a good grip.

5 – Inflation valve
Located at the rear of the board, the Red Paddle Co 10’6 has a high pressure inflation valve. This is where you inflate the board with the pump.

6 – rear grab handle
At the very rear of the board, there’s a grab handle for pulling the Red Paddle Co 10’6 out of the water more conveniently. You might be tempted to drag the board on the land, but, and even though this iSUP is so strong they’ve driven a 22-ton digger over it just to prove their claim, it’s best if you didn’t just drag it on land, not even on sand, as it can have a negative effect still which shows with time.

7 – D-ring (1)
A D-ring for a leash that’s located on the side of the grab handle, sort of integrated into the grab handle on the right side of it (looking from rear to nose).

8 – tri-fin setup
3 relatively small fins that are glued onto the second layer of PVC and not integrated into it. They claim the fins, glued like that, can easily last longer than the board itself, so it’s not something to worry about. They are stiff, rigid and durable.

 


What Else Is Included With The Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride MSL iSUP Package?

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

Included in the Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride MSL package is the iSUP board itself, but also the Red Paddle Co’s:

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

Backpack
Red Paddle Co’s backpack has adjustable comfortable shoulder straps for carrying the bag on your back as a backpack. Then, at the bottom, there are 2 wheels which together with the grab handle on top allows you to roll the bag like a traveling bag. There are grab handles on the sides as well.

The backpack has enough room to store almost everything you need, such as the Red Paddle Co 10’6 iSUP itself when deflated and rolled up, the Red Paddle Co’s Titan pump, repair kit and other potential accessory items, but also, if you had one, a 3-piece paddle, wetsuit, leash, PFD, bottles, change of clothes, and so on (but will all that it’s probably pretty tight by now).

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.

Titan Pump
The Red Paddle Co’s Titan Pump is dual-chamber and efficient. One of the chambers is bigger (for lower pressure) than the other (for higher pressure). The higher the pressure, the harder it is to pump, and the way to see at what pressure level you’re at, there’s an integrated pressure gauge on top of the pump.

You start with pumping via both chambers and quickly get the air into the Red Paddle Co 9′8″ Ride up to around 10-15 PSI or whenever you feel like tit’s getting too hard to pump, at which point you release the bigger chamber’s air flow from going into the inflatable SUP, and inflate via the smaller chamber only (for it is now higher pressure inside the SUP).

Optimal air pressure is 16-22 PSI, max 25 PSI.

Pumping your Red Paddle Co 9’8 like that may take you as little as 3 minutes (or longer if you took your time).

Repair kit
The Red Paddle Co’s repair kit comes in an orange cylinder plastic container which contains PVC patches together with adhesive (glue) to patch things up in case of problems, and a wrench valve with which you can remove the valve, which normally is not necessary, but may prove useful in case of problems.

 


So Is Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride MSL iSUP For You?

Is Red Paddle Co 10'6 For You?
NOTE: the Red Paddle Co 10’6 does NOT have eyes on it – this is an illustration.

If you happened to weigh less than 220 pounds, are into surfing and whitewater river riding to some degree for it has snappy maneuverability, but also into cruising at a relaxing pace with not ideal tracking in flatwater conditions, and don’t mind a rather hefty price, this true all-around, the Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride MSL iSUP, might very well be for you.

It’s lightweight (22 pounds) and relatively thin (4.72 inches thick), but that doesn’t mean it’s less durable or less rigid because of that, it is actually very durable and rigid, just that they’ve simply used a patented technology in its construction that allows for all those otherwise paradoxal benefits (if you were to compare with any other SUP brand), and this is likely why its priced so high. It’s built to last.

 

Why it might not be for you:
As a true all-around, naturally, it’s a jack of all trades and master of none.

(most other all-around iSUPS are geared towards some certain water condition whereas the Red Paddle Co 10’6 tries to balance itself among all SUP activities equally, sacrificing some aspects in some conditions just to be viable in some other water condition, and vice versa, sacrificng some aspects that were meant for that other water condition just to be viable in that first condition – hopefully this makes sense to you…)

What that means is if you know you’re going to paddle in some more specific condition the most and not in all of them equally (sufing, whitewater, flatwater, yoga, fishing, etc), then you might want to look around a little more and find one that’s geared a little more towards what you like and will be able to do the most.

It may feel like it doesn’t track well and is too slow in flatwater conditions, basically like a cruiser, and feels better in surf or whitewater, but even for the latter it may feel underpeforming at the end of the day (mainly because it’s a little too long) for it is, after all, an all-around.

So if you want to see more options, do check out this Red Paddle Co all-around SUP review post (link opens in a new tab).

 


Where To Buy Red Paddle Co 10’6 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 10’6 Ride MSL package.

 


CONCLUSION

The Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride MSL iSUP is a bit pricey, the package doesn’t include a leash nor a paddle which can cost quite a bit if you didn’t have beforehand, adding to the already high price.

But looking past the price, it’s a decent all-around that’s viable for almost all water conditions as a jack of all trades (good for both flatwater and waves, a bit more for moving waters though as it won’t be able to build up good enough speed in still water conditions, unless cruising speed was what you were after in still water conditions). It’s lightweight, rigid and durable high quality iSUP.

As long as you weight less than 220 lbs, the price is not a problem and this kind of all-around is what you needed, I don’t see why not to go for it. The Red Paddle Co 10’6 was built to last.

Red Paddle Co Brand
The company behind this Red Paddle Co 10’6 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 10’6 iSUP Board
The Red Paddle Co Ride 10’6 MSL iSUP is to be considered an all-around. It may not track well and thus may not build up decent enough speed in still flatwater conditions, but that’s not to say you can’t use it there.

The Red Paddle Co 10’6 is otherwise a decent true all-around as it performs relatively well even in surf (maybe a little too wide) or whitewater conditions for it is thin, maneuverable, long and wide enough by design.

Also, making use of Red Paddle Co’s patented construction technology (MSL Fusion), they’ve managed to create a thinner board that’s as durable and rigid as a typical 6-inch iSUP with a few more PVC layers, but that’s also something which brings the price so high.

Its weight capacity is probably somewhere around 529 pounds (or more) and is ideal for riders weighing less than 220 lbs.

Built to last.

Included Accessories
Included with this Red Paddle Co 10’6 iSUP are quality Red Paddle Co’s backpack, dual-chamber Titan Pump, repair kit, a manual, waterproof phone case, and a wrapping strap to tighten the board once it’s deflated and rolled up.

Where To Buy
It’s simple, buy here: Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride MSL package.

 

FURTHER READING

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