The Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride is the most popular SUP board in existence today. It is an extremely versatile inflatable stand up paddle board that is equally capable of performing in flat water and surf, and the board’s unique construction gives it above-average rigidity.
While Red Paddle Co has a line full of super fun boards, the 10’6″ is notably special. In fact, if you can afford the premium price tag, we think that the 10’6″ Ride is one of the best paddle boards available today.
In this Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride review, we’ll take a look at the board’s best features, technical specs, construction and materials, and what comes with it. We’ll also go over Red Paddle Co’s warranty coverage, and who this iSUP is best suited for.
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Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride – 2016 Overview
If you’re looking for a fun, versatile, stable iSUP that ranks at the top of the class when it comes to overall fun factor, the Red Paddle SUP 10’6″ should be a serious consideration. It’s a board that was designed to float well and glide effortlessly through the water, and Red Paddle’s extreme attention to detail is noticeable no matter where you look.
Red Paddle Co has been making inflatable stand up paddle boards since 2008, and they continue to push the envelope when it comes to design, performance, and overall quality.
For 2016, Red Paddle Co introduced a new SUP board construction process called MSL. MSL, or Monocoque Structural Laminate, is a unique process that fuses a second layer of durable polymer to the board’s drop stitch core. The result of this process is a stiffer SUP board at lower PSI pressures, lighter weight (cutting about 2kg), and the elimination of hand gluing errors.
The 10’6″ Ride features Red Paddle Co’s most popular fin setup—their iFin system. The iFin system consists of three built-in, molded plastic fins that are extremely durable and easy to pack up. With Red Paddle’s iFin setup, you won’t have to worry about special tools or carrying around spare fins.
Also, another benefit of the 10’6″ fin setup is if you ever need to reshape a fin, all you need to do is simply pour hot water over it and straighten it out. A super easy solution, and one that doesn’t require you to shell out more money for replacement fins.
Red Paddle Co 10'6" Ride Rating
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Red Paddle 10’6″ Ride PSI and Stiffness
Red Paddle Co recommends that the Ride 10’6″ be inflated to 18 or 20 PSI for best performance. By combining their MSL and Tec Air construction processes, the Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride paddle board is more rigid and durable than competitors.
Red Paddle also utilizes a patented stiffening system which they refer to as RSS (Rocker Stiffening System). This is a very unique system which involves slotting two stiffening battens into pockets on the side of the board. The result of RSS is a 40% increase in rigidity, and the 10’6″ Ride is now up to 50% more rigid than other comparable boards.
Specs and Measurements
|RIDER WEIGHT||up to 100kgs/220lbs|
What’s in the Box?
In addition to making some of the highest-quality SUP boards available today, Red Paddle Co is also well-known for their killer accessories.
Included with the Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride inflatable stand up paddle board is the Red Paddle Titan pump, the Red Paddle Co backpack, a water resistant phone case, and an iSUP repair kit.
The Red Paddle Co Titan pump features a dual cylinder system that boosts the amount of volume you’re able to put into the board, while reducing the overall effort required to reach higher pressures. Pumping the 10’6″ Ride to 20 PSI is super quick and very easy, thanks to this revolutionary design.
Red Paddle’s backpack also exudes extreme quality. Featuring double stitched seams, side carry handles, comfortable shoulder straps, and integrated wheels, it pretty much kills most other bags that are included with competitor’s boards.
Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride Price & Warranty
Red Paddle Co now offers a 2-year warranty on all of their SUP boards, and it covers any type of manufacturing defect. You can check the current price of the Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride here.
While Red Paddle makes amazing gear, we understand that not everyone can afford their boards. If you’re looking for a great alternative that is also more affordable, be sure to read the iROCKER vs. Red Paddle comparison section on our website.
Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride Board FAQ
Can I bring my dog along for a paddle?
Of course! Red Paddle Co used ultra-durable materials that are nearly indestructible—your dog’s nails won’t damage your board. Having said that, it’s always recommended that you keep your dog’s nails trimmed. Also, it’s best to use a dog life jacket — an often overlooked SUP accessory!
Where is the best place to store the 10’6″ Ride?
Your 10’6″ Ride iSUP can be stashed under your bed or in a closet. If you’re going to be storing it in the garage or an outside storage shed, it’s a good idea to throw it in a sealable plastic bin to keep critters away.
What comes with the included repair kit?
The Red Paddle Co Ride 10’6″ repair kit includes patches, glue, and a valve tool.
What’s the best way to clean my inflatable SUP board?
Just rinse your 10’6″ Ride off with fresh water after you’re done paddling, dry it off completely, and roll it up. If your board requires a bit more cleaning, just wash it with some mild soap and water.
I’m 250 pounds, is the 10’6″ Ride a good board for me?
We would recommend that you move up to the Red Paddle Co 10’8″ Ride.
We absolutely love the Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride and give it an enthusiastic two thumbs up. It’s a board that will serve you well for many years if taken care of, and is versatile enough to be super fun in a variety of conditions.
The construction quality and materials on the 10’6″ Ride are all top-notch, and Red Paddle’s attention to detail is inspiring. Even the accessories are on the next-level, as far as quality goes.
If you’re in the market for a great all-around inflatable SUP board and are willing to pay a little more for the very best in quality, the Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride board is a wonderful choice.