Red Paddle Co 10’6” Ride: Original and Special Edition
The Ride comes in a variety of sizes; each one crafted for every type of rider, it has some of the best gliding capabilities for an all-around iSUP and the Ride 10’6” is just so good, Red Paddle Co released a Special Edition (SE) of the board. If you could purchase one final iSUP, it would be the Ride.
- Smooth glide.
- Great as an all-around board.
- Durable and stable.
- Rigid and easy to maneuver.
- Responds well.
- Mild turns.
- Unique construction technology.
- Simple graphics are pleasing to the eye.
- Great for all riders.
- Deck net.
- Multi-purpose D-rings.
- Durable fixed fins.
- Comfortable deck pad.
- 2-5 year warranty.
- Pricier than others.
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Get to Know Red Paddle Co 10’6” Ride: Original and Special Edition
The Red Paddle Co, a leader in the stand-up paddleboard industry, is a company driven by innovation, passion, and performance. Red Paddle Co products are all made in an in-house production facility under close supervision guaranteeing nothing but the best hits the market. Red Paddle Co boards are the ultimate combination of function and form.
The Red Paddle Co invests their time in their products with close attention to detail and their customers with a full 2-Year warranty on each of their boards. As a bonus, if you purchase any of the inflatable SUPs from the 2020 range you are qualified for an extended 5-Year warranty. All you need to remember to do is register your board within three months of purchase.
The Board Basics
The 10’6” Ride and Ride SE are some of the most versatile and high-performing iSUPs. The 32” wide base makes this an ideal platform for all levels of riders; it is neither too wide and awkward nor too narrow and unstable. The added thickness of the board causes it to feel more like a composite board rather than an inflatable and does not affect the maneuverability in the slightest.
The Ride can hold up to 220 pounds and weighs only 22 pounds itself. This all-around iSUP can even hold furry friend or small child, sharp claws and pointed objects are no match for the durability of the Ride.
|10’6”||32”||22 lbs||220 lbs|
Fin configuration: Tri-fin; fixed
Building the Board
The process of constructing a Red Paddle Co board is a fine art that is constantly being improved to maintain its status as ‘the best.’ Red Paddle Co exclusively constructs their boards in a private facility under a watchful eye using one-of-a-kind technology. MSL fusion is a unique technology that removes that chance for human error resulting in flawlessly constructed rigid boards designed to deliver. MSL boards not only have the perfect outer layer but a lightweight indestructible inner core designed to outperform even when inflated to lower pressures.
The top of the board is covered in a soft EVA embossed deck pad with a diamond grooved kick pad for added grip when trying the board out on small surf. A soft carrying handle is in the center of the board for easier transport, as well as a grab handle at the nose and tail of the board for pulling it in and out of the water. The Ride original features a bold blue color scheme while the Ride SE comes in a brighter purple.
A 6-point deck net is located at the nose of the board for bringing along a dry bag or SUP cooler. The whole system is connected by 6 D-rings which can be used for attaching accessories. The front grab handle can also be switched out for an accessory mount which you can purchase separately. The tail of the board features the high-quality inflation valve as well as a D-ring for attaching a safety leash.
The three attached smaller fins are flexible and durable even in shallow waters and can be rolled up easily for storing your board.
When you purchase the Ride or the Ride SE you receive a custom Red Paddle Co travel backpack, a dual-chamber Titan pump, a repair kit, and a waterproof pouch. The backpack is a company-exclusive original product, with enough room for your board, pump, and all necessary accessories, the entire inside of the bag is also insulated to keep your gear safe in any climate.
The Titan dual-chamber pump was designed to cut your inflation time in half. Two stroke settings allow you to inflate your board faster and spend more time paddling. You can also use your pump on other inflatables like air beds and lie-lows. A repair kit comes with two patches and a valve tool in a waterproof case and lastly you will receive a waterproof clear phone pouch to keep literally everything but you dry.
On the Water
With a perfectly curved plane this all-around iSUP doesn’t move too fast and handles turns effortlessly. From flat waters to small surf the Ride was designed to handle it all. The fins are just long enough to keep the board tracking well and short enough for shallow waters. The Ride doesn’t fly too fast though so those looking to race or to simply get there faster will have to practice some patience.
The board feels stable under your feet and high atop the water, there is no bending or bowing. The embossed deck pad provides a soft comfortable grip under your feet even when things get slippery. The board is easy to move and get the hang of especially for beginners. The paddle feels strong and requires less effort to glide along smoothly.
Pros and Cons: An Explanation
There is not much to dislike about the Ride from Red Paddle Co. It is a no-fuss, no-frills board that gets right to the point; performance. Our only complaint would be the price and even that is justified since Red Paddle Co and their retail partners both need to put food on the table.
If you are on the hunt for a Red Paddle Co board for yourself, you’re in luck. You can purchase these amazing boards directly from the company website; from a number of retailers online and unlike many other companies, you can even find Red Paddle Co boards in select retail stores.
The Ride is a beautiful and top-performing all-around iSUP that will suit every level of rider. This ultra-stable board performs in any body of water and is convenient enough to take on the go whenever adventure calls. With a winning combination of functional features and included accessories, it’s easy to see why the Ride has been declared the world’s most popular iSUP over and over.