Red Paddle Co All-Around SUP Reviews

Red Paddle Co All-Around SUP Reviews (2020)

 

Since you ended up here, I can only assume you’ve taken interest in the Red Paddle Co inflatable stand up paddle boards. But I also get the gist you’re a little unsure, looking for confirmation.

QUICK REMINDER: there is no single “best” Red Paddle Co all-around board, each all-around iSUP from the Red Paddle Co is designed for certain type of rider and for certain types of conditions, otherwise they’re equally of high quality (and relatively expensive).

 

But which one is the right fit for you?

 


Overview Of Red Paddle Co All-Around SUPs

Before jumping in, a simple quick look at what exactly we are dealing with here. This piece of content is about their ALL-AROUNDs.

They’ve got 9 iSUPs in their all-around lineup, but I would consider only 4 of them to be typical all-arounds, the rest are a little more specialized: 2 are windSUPs, 1 is a kids’ iSUP, and the remaining 2 are simply extra large multi-person iSUPs.

In this Red Paddle Co all-around SUP review post, you will learn about those 4 all-around iSUPs in particular.

 

Overall stats of the 4 Red Paddle Co all-around iSUP boards range from:

  • 3.93″ – 4.72″ (thickness);
  • 31″ – 34″ (width);
  • 9’8″ – 10’8″ (length);
  • 19 – 22 (weight in lbs);
  • 426 – 653 (weight capacity in lbs).
  • 210 – 265 (optimal paddler weight in lbs)

Thicker boards are stiffer and more stable than thinner boards.
Width dictates how stable the board is side-to-side.
Longer boards allow to build up more speed.
Shorter boards are more maneuverable.

 


Reviews Of Red Paddle Co All-Around iSUPs (RIDE Series)

I’ve put this piece of content together with the intention of giving you a good overview of the boards so it’s easier to make up one’s mind about them.

Basically, if any one of them resonates with you as you kind of skim through this here, do check out their corresponding review for a little more insight.

 


1/4) Red Paddle Co Ride 9’8

The Red Paddle Co 9-feet-8-inch Ride MSL iSUP measures 9′8″ x 31″ x 3.93″ (length x width x thickness), weighs 19 pounds (lbs) and carries up to 426 pounds (lbs), for riders weighing around 210 lbs or less, ideally 180 lbs. Rigid and durable – built to last. REVIEW: Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride MSL iSUP or check it’s price here

Red Paddle Co 9'8 Ride MSL

It might be for you:
Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride MSL inflatable SUP might be for you if you weighed around 210 lbs or less (ideally 180 lbs for flatwater activities) and were looking to do mostly surfing or whitewater river riding with less or occasional flatwater paddling or other related SUP activities. Appreciate its maneuverability (small fins leave enough leeway, the board being thin and short with narrower rounded tail also helps) and don’t mind the rather high price.

It might NOT be for you:
The Red Paddle Co 9’8 Ride MSL iSUP might not be for you if you weighed well above 210 pounds (closer to 426 pounds and you’ll be under the water with this) and/or considered yourself to be way too tall (starting from 6.3 feet, it might start to feel a bit short, if not sooner). It’s more geared towards surfing and is less for flatwater paddling. Although it doesn’t exclude anything, its wide rounded nose together with its short length + small fins might leave you a little frustrated if you planned to take it mainly for flatwater paddling as it won’t track all that well (small fins) and thus won’t quite allow you to build decent enough speed (wide rounded nose and short length also bottleneck your efforts on flatwater). And, of course, it might not be for you if the relatively high price didn’t sit with you all that well.

 


2-3/4) Red Paddle Co Ride 10’6

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). REVIEW: Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride MSL or check its price here. REVIEW: Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride MSL or check its price here.

Red Paddle Co 10'6 Ride MSL

Red Paddle Co 10'6 Ride MSL (10-year anniversary edition)
10-year anniversary edition, exactly the same apart from colors.

It might be for you:
If you’re looking for a high quality, durable and lightweight true all-around and weigh around 220 pounds or less yourself, the Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride MSL inflatable SUP is pretty much a good fit for you. It’s viable in some surf (obviously, it’s not a dedicated surfing iSUP), but also for flatwater paddling and other related SUP activities to a decent degree as long as you are up to them. It’s mainly suprisingly maneuverable.

It might NOT be for you:
If you weighed well above 220 pounds (at 529 lbs the board would be fully under water due to too much weight) and were looking for more of a speedy all-around (rather than a maneuverable one), then the Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride MSL iSUP might not be for you. It doesn’t track all too well (small fixed fins) and wide rounded nose that doesn’t cut through water too well doesn’t help in flatwater conditions or small chop either (if I was to nitpick).

 


4/4) Red Paddle Co Ride 10’8

The Red Paddle Ride 10-feet-8-inch MSL iSUP measures 10′8″ x 34″ x 4.72″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 22 pounds (lbs) and is meant for larger paddlers weighing around 265 pounds (lbs) or less. REVIEW: Red Paddle Co 10’8 Ride MSL or check its price here.

Red Paddle Co 10'8 Ride MSL

It might be for you:
Since it’s a relatively wide board, it’s meant more for crusing, but it’s still an all-around, so it doesn’t exclude anything. If you weighed around 265 pounds or less, and prefered a maneuverable cruiser of a high quality, durable and lightweight all-around, then the Red Paddle Co 10’8 Ride MSL iSUP might very well be for you as long as you don’t mind the rather high price point.

It might NOT be for you:
If you weighed considerably more or considerably less than 265 lbs (starting from 653 lbs, this board would be forced under water due to too much weight) and were looking for a performance-oriented affordable all-around, this Red Paddle Co Ride 10’8 MSL iSUP might not be for you. It’s more of a cruiser, but as an all-around, it doesn’t exclude anything. (too wide and long for full-on surfing; speed is bottlenecked by the overall width, also by the rounded nose and tail which are relatively wide too, but also and probably mainly by the small fixed fins).

 


CONCLUSION

Nowadays, pretty much all the SUPs you see are of high enough quality. This is to say, unless a SUP board has obvious negativity (red flags) surrounding it, there’s likely no reason to write one off if it’s otherwise a good match for you.

What makes one board better than another then? Ultimately, it’s how well the SUP fits with what you plan and be able to do with it, but otherwise, generally speaking, it comes down to associations (brand, “lots of other people do it too” etc) and the added value or lack thereof (customer support, warranty, extra features, etc).

In that sense, although the Red Paddle Co all-around SUP (inflatable) boards are of high quality, they’re relatively pricey. So unless you feel like, after having read through the review(s), that none of them perfectly meet your expectations and/or needs, you may want to look around a little more. But otherwise, if any of them did meet your needs and/or expectations, there’s not much room to go wrong with one of the world’s most popular inflatable all-around SUP selection from Red Paddle Co I’ve listed in this review post.

 

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