Posted by: airkayaks | November 19, 2016

2016 Guide to 12 Cool Paddling Gifts Under $25

It’s “that time” again, and the pressure is mounting to find the perfect gift for a fellow paddler. AirKayaks has put together the 2016 Guide to 12 Cool Gift Ideas under $25 – guaranteed to please a variety of water enthusiasts without breaking your budget. (Please note: This blog was updated on Nov. 7, 2016)

Seattle Sports Digi Wallet and Audio Case

1) Seattle Sports Digi Wallet & Audio Case – $9.95
Two compartments with two levels of protection for phones or personal items while on or near the water. The wallet side is waterproof and totally protects phones, cameras, MP3 players, money, credit cards and personal items – you can even talk, text and manage music right through the case. Features a headphone pass-through port with audio capability for your smartphone or MP3 player.

TearAid Type B

2)  TearAid Type B Repair Tape for PVC Inflatables – $9.95

Quickly repair your PVC inflatable kayak bladder or other PVC products with this flexible, airtight, waterproof patch – just peel and stick!

Chinook 20-Liter Dry Bag

3) Chinook 20-Liter Rolltop Dry Bag – $13.95

Economical dry storage in a 20 liter size, perfect for small items. Measures 9.5 by 18 inches with top rolled up.

 

 

 

Seattle Sports Padded Cell Phone Case

4) Seattle Sports Emerse Waterproof Padded Cell Phone Case – $15.95
Protect and use your larger cell phone and valuables while on the water – text, call and access APPS right through the case! The E-Merse Padded Cell Phone Waterproof Case from Seattle Sports offers maximum, submersible, waterproof protection for your electronics – up to 10 feet when properly closed – while the padded back side provides shock protection and flotation.

Seattle Sports Paddling Leash

5) Paddle Leash from Seattle Sports – $17.95
Don’t be caught “up a creek without a paddle!” The streamlined, low-profile, retractable Paddle Leash cord is easy to pack and stays out of the way while providing an eight-foot expansion. A unique quick-release feature allows your paddle to be quickly and easily attached to and from the leash. Length 34.25 inches expanding to 8 ft, weight 1.8 oz

Seattle Sports Diamond Dry Bag

6) Seattle Sports Diamond RollTop Dry Bag – $19.95
An economical solution to protecting your gear. The large H2Zero Diamond RollTop Dry Bag from Seattle Sports offers a good combination of functional privacy at an economical price. Built with a rugged polyester exterior, the H2Zero Diamond RollTop Dry Bag features a clear, diamond-shaped window for easy visual access to gear. Great for clothing, food, gear.

Seattle Sports PVC-Free Map Case7) Dry Doc PVC-Free GPS Chart Case from Seattle Sports – $19.95
Keep your charts, trail maps, phone, or GPS dry and conveniently accessible. This tri-fold case features 2 separate dry pockets: one for maps and charts, and one for your home phone or GPS. Ziploc style closures offer quick and easy access to both. Use your GPS or phone right through the case. And it’s environmentally-friendly!

Jobe Paddle Board Ankle Leash8) Jobe Paddle Board Ankle Leash – $19.95

A 9 ft straight recreational paddle board ankleleash in hi-vis orange – designed to keep you comfortably tethered to your paddle board. Made from a high-visibility orange transparent TPU, the leash also features a velcro key pocket in the ankle strap!

Roll top dry bag9) Advanced Elements Rolltop Dry Bag – $21.95
Keep your valuables out of the spray! The Advanced Elements Roll top dry sack measures 14 x 7″ and comes with 4 deck clips to fasten to the kayak hull, providing easy access.

chinook5mapgry60010) Chinook Aquatight 5-Map Chart Organizer – $23.95
A unique dual-section, trifold map case holds up to 5 standard-sized maps! Two waterproof compartments with view windows and four attachment points for lashing to kayaks, canoes, backpacks and bicycle handlebars. A winner!

Chinook Waist Pouch11) Aquatight Waterproof Paddlers Waist Pouch from Chinook Technology – $24.95.
Keep your valuables dry and nearby! The waist pouch is constructed from 70 denier ripstop nylon with watertight seams and a rollover velcro and double ziplock closure on all main openings. The compartment size is 9 x 5 inches, while the adjustable clip system fits a 23 to 49 inch waist.

PackLite™ Roll Top Dry Bag Set: AE3506

12) Advanced Elements Packlite Dry Bag Set – $24.95
A nifty, ultra-lightweight set of three rolltop drybags in three sizes – 3, 5 and 10 liters – for dry storage options. Bag measurements are 7 x 8.5 inches, 6.5 x 10 inches and 9 x 16 inches. Available as a set only.

Visit the AirKayaks.com website to see all of our paddling gear under $25.

Posted by: airkayaks | November 16, 2016

Video: 2017 Red Paddle Co Ride 10’6 MSL Inflatable SUP

Watch our latest video on the Red Paddle Co Ride 10’6″ inflatable standup paddle board, updated for 2017!

Featuring a 32-inch beam and 120mm material, the Ride 10-6 is a great all-round paddle board and top seller! And with Red Paddle’s new MSL Fusion Technology, the Ride 10’6″ is stiffer than ever, yet at a mere 20 lbs, light enough to easily haul around.

With the included, newly-updated dual-barrel Titan hand pump, and the Red Paddle Co roller-wheel back pack, you’ve got a winner!

As reported in our previous write-ups, the first Red Paddle Co inflatable paddle board models for 2017 started arriving in the States earlier this year.

Red Paddle Co Sport 11-3 Inflatable SUP

Founded in 2007, Red Paddle Co. is a UK-based company which focuses solely on the design and manufacture of inflatable paddle boards and accessories – the Red Paddle Co boards are now well-known for performance, innovation and ruggedness. Each year, Red Paddle Co raises the industry bar with new models and new features, now sporting 22 models ranging in size from 8’10” to 22’0 for single to multi-paddlers.

Our first 2017 boards arrived in early September, and we were excited to try out one of the exciting new models in the lineup – the Sport 11’3.

So, following is our second write up on the Red Paddle Co 2017 line, with the 2017 Sport 11-3  – our first focused on the popular Ride 10-6. (Please note, some of this is repeated from previous writeups.)

Getting Started with the Red Paddle Co Sport 11’3″

The box as received weighs 39 lbs, measuring 38 x 15 x 15 inches.

What's in the Red Paddle Co Sport 11'3 Box
Inside the box is the SUP body, roller backpack, Titan pump, pressure gauge, RSS fiberglass battens, FCS II fin, cinch belt, instructions, repair kit and cell phone case. Once rolled up, the SUP board and pump fit into the backpack, as well as a breakdown paddle under 37 inches.

Weight is 34 lbs for backpack, board and pump, which all easily fit in the back of a small car. The board alone is 22 lbs.

The 11-3 Sport inflatable SUP arrives rolled up around the high pressure Titan pump, inside the backpack. The instructions (Welcome Guide) are located in a mesh pocket inside the backpack. These include generic information on using the pump, using the valves, deflating the board, basic tips on using a paddle board, fin details and board care.

Unfolding the Sport 11-3

First step, unroll the SUP body. Lay it out face up (fins down) so that you can access the military valve.

Opening/closing the military valve

The Red Paddle Sport 11-3 utilizes one spring-loaded military valve for inflation. These are very simple to use and feature an inflate mode (spring plunger is UP) and a deflate mode (spring plunger is DOWN). By using your finger to gently push on the plunger, it can be moved to the inflate mode (air goes in and doesn’t come back out) and deflate mode (air goes in and comes back out).

Red Paddle Co Titan Dual Barrel Pump

The included Titan dual-barrel (or twin cylinder) pump comes with a built-in pressure gauge, so you can monitor the board’s PSI. It also now comes with multiple adaptors, which can be used on inflatable kayaks, dinghies and kite equipment. To start off, you will be using both barrels, allowing the board to be filled in less time, and with less strokes. To do this, make sure the red plug near the pump handle is inserted in the hole – not to worry, the instructions are printed on the pump body.

Military valve adaptor

Screw the hose onto the pump. Tip #1: Make sure you screw the hose on carefully – if it gets cross-threaded, air will leak out and you will have a difficult time pumping the board up to necessary pressure. Then take the military valve adaptor (adaptor on the end of the hose), and screw it onto the valve slightly to lock into position. Make sure to remove the clip attaching the pump body to the red plug (we know the hard way what happens if you forget.) You’re ready to pump.

Pumping up the Red Paddle Co Sport 11'3

The first step is to fill out the board enough that the two Rocker Stiffening System (RSS) fiberglass side battens can be installed. To do this, inflate the board until it has some shape – but is still relatively flat – as this will make inserting the battens easier.  We pumped about 60 strokes until the board unfurled. This gave us enough bulk to stand the board on its side without “flopping over.”

RSS Rocker Stiffening System batten

Locate the side pocket openings then gently slide the battens into each of the side slots. As you push, the batten will reach the curve in the board side; by pushing down on the batten slightly, you can guide it along.

Installing the RSS Rocker Stiffening System batten

Having used the RSS system in the past, we were aware that the first time you attempt to install the battens, you could be facing a major challenge! Before inserting the batten, we worked over the sleeve by pressing on it. The first batten slipped in fairly easily to the halfway point; while the last several inches were a bit tough, by straddling the side and pulling (rather than pushing), they slipped into place. This gets even easier with subsequent installations.

RSS Rocker Stiffening System batten

New for 2017 is a velcro tab on the end of the batten tether, which can be attached to the side of the board rather than dangling. The tab also makes it a bit easier to push/pull.

Installing the RSS Rocker Stiffening System batten

Flip the board and install the second batten. AirKayaks note: If you are a smaller person, you might not even need to install the side battens as the board is pretty stiff as-is.

Pumping up the Red Paddle Co Sport 11'3

Continue to pump up the board. At this point, the gauge was fully registering and with another 15 pumps we were at 5 PSI – the the pumping was getting tough.

We removed the red plug on the Titan, and started using the single barrel. A breezy 50 more pumps brought us to 8 PSI, and another 40 to 12 PSI. The pumping again started getting harder, but with another 26 pumps we were at 15 PSI and quit. So, about 190 strokes and under 10 minutes – even fussing with the battens.

The higher the pressure, the stiffer the board. The Red Paddle recommended pressure is between 16 to 22 PSI; if you are a smaller person, you will find it tough to pump up much higher than 15 PSI, but you can also get away with less pressure; for my height of 5’4″ and weight, 15 PSI is more than adequate. Larger people will find it easier to pump up to the higher pressures.

Remove the adaptor, replace the valve cap.

US Fin Box and included FCS Fin

Last step, flip the board over and install the tracking fin. New for 2017, the Sports now use a more standard US Fin Box which fits 90% of the US Fins. The Sport 11-3 comes with an FCS Connect Tool-less system fin. What does this mean? Just pop it in place and go – no more nuts/bolts to lose or “screwing around” with fin set up.

Installing the fin.

To install, take the side of the fin with protruding pin, slip it into the center slot opening, push back and then push down on the fin until you hear it pop into place. A very easy two-seconds. Pull up slightly to make sure it is attached.

Lightweight and easy to carry
And that’s it! You’re ready for the water. Despite the upper arm workout, it’s surprisingly easy!

Red Paddle Sport 11-3 iSUP Construction

Red Paddle inflatable paddle boards are well known for being some of the best on the market – this has to do with the internal construction.

Drop stitch material and screen printed graphics

First, the Red boards are constructed using “dropstitch” technology. The top of the board is held together with the bottom via thousands of “stitches” – in the Red Airs, 10 stitches per inch. These threads are “double stitched” so if one were to break, another holds. This allows the boards to be pumped up to very high pressures of 16 to 22 PSI and ensures that air doesn’t move around inside the board, creating a stable ride. The Sport 11-3 utilizes 120mm dropstitch technology, making the board 20% more rigid than many boards yet still allowing the rider to keep a low center of gravity.

Second, the boards use a double layering technique which – in the simplest terms – means they construct a board, and put another board around it. It’s a board-within-a-board, which adds strength and durability.

Side rail taping

The weakest link in an inflatable paddle board is the rail (side edge) area – where the top and bottom panels join together. Most ISUPS are constructed with one rail layer – Reds feature four layers of staggered taping to ensure minimal chance of air leakage due to punctures.

Red Paddle Co construction cross-section

In 2016, Red Paddle Co kicked it up a notch with the introduction of Monocoque Structural Laminate, or MSL fusion technology. In the past, the “board within a board” was glued together, creating extra weight and the potential for hand-gluing errors. The new process consists of industrially fusing the second layer of polymer to the dropstitch core at the raw material stage. The end result is a material that is structurally more sound, even more rigid, as well as lighter – in fact, many of the boards are now 5-10 lbs lighter than previous models. For 2017, Red Paddle again tweaked the material, making the injected, reinforced second layer thicker with increased bond strength.

Features and Specifications on the Red Paddle Co Sport 11’3

Front d-ring and RAM Mount attachment

There is one nose (tether) d-ring located 4 inches from the snout on top of the board.

Integrated RAM mount socket with optional RAM mount.

New for 2017 is an integrated thread which allows one to add an optional universal RAM mount socket (shown above), available in two sizes. With this socket, paddlers can purchase a myriad of optional RAM mount accessories, allowing one to attach a cell phone holder, camera mount, fishing gear, Go-Pro fixture, cup holders – you name it! This is located next to the front d-ring, 5 inches from the nose.

Bungee deck lacing

A bungee deck-lacing system with four metal d-rings begins 33 inches from the snout, measuring 15.5 to 20 inches wide and 20 inches deep – a perfect spot to attach gear. There is approximately 5.5 inches overlapping the deckpad.

Comfortable carrying handle

A textured, traction pad is 74.5 x 25 inches, beginning 47 inches from the nose. In the center is a low profile, padded handle, centered 23 inches from the top of the traction pad. Roughly 3/4 of the traction pad features a low-profile, crocodile texture, while the rear 19 inches is comprised of diamond groove.

Comfortable carrying handle with ankle leash d ring

A padded, rear carrying handle makes it easier to pull the board into the water, and also has an integrated ankle leash d-ring. The handles have been redesigned to be more robust, yet easier and more comfortable to grab. This is located 9 inches from the tail.

Military valve

There is one military valve to inflate the board – this is imprinted with inflation instructions. The Hull-ID number is located just behind the valve.

Crocodile print deck pad

The logo and many of the deck pad design features are now screenprinted on the board, keeping everything low-profile while reducing potential problems with deck lift.

Installing the RSS Rocker Stiffening System batten

The Sport 11-3 utilizes the patented Rocker Stiffening System (RSS), featuring two fiberglass battens to increase rigidity. The RSS pocket sleeve is built separately, then laminated to the board rails to ensure the best fit and performance. By inserting the two stiffening battens along the rails of the board, the battens work against the downward force of the rider to produce a stiffer board by preventing flex – similar to how a stringer works on a hard board. The stiffening battens are removable for easy board rolling and can be stored in the carry bag for transportation to and from the water. Each batten is 35 by 1.25 inches with a velcroed “pull tab” that attaches to the board rail while paddling.

FSC Tool-Less Fin System

The Sport 11-3 now utilizes a fairly standard US Fin box which fits 90% of the fins on the market. The Sport comes with an FCS II Tool-less Connect 9.0 Touring fin which just snaps into place without the need for tools or hardware. This particular fin is ideal for flat water paddling with a leading edge that sheds weeds quickly, yet features a streamlined design offering quick maneuverability and turning.

The "bump"

At this point, we want to mention “the bump” which can appear to be a defect to first time paddlers. As previously mentioned, the drop stitch material consists of threads connecting the top and bottom layers. To install the military valve, the threads must be removed in that area, creating “the bump” which can be seen on the underside, below the valve. This is normal and not something to worry about.

Roller backpack

The newly-redesigned roller back pack is well thought-out. It features a quilted front and padded back with adjustable padded shoulder straps, a molded rubber top handle, two padded side carrying handles, and a molded rigid handle on the underside – basically, you can carry it just about any way you can think of. Two-way zippers (with very slick Red Paddle branded zipper pulls) allow the pack to be open on three sides, making it much simpler to get the board in and out. A clear pocket on the back is provided for identification labels.

Red Paddle Co roller backpack

Integrated roller wheels allow it to be easily hauled through airports or on sidewalks, if one doesn’t feel like carrying it on their back. A “hidden pocket” on the back – called the Sherpa Carry System – allows the shoulder straps to be un-cinched and stashed inside; this is particularly good for travel/planes as the straps won’t catch on items. Inside this are the adjustable waist straps. Both these and the lower connecting straps are accessed from another two lower side compartments, located near the roller wheels on the back.

New foil lining and paddle holder

Inside, one integrated cinch belt keeps the board in position. New for 2017, the roller packs are foil-lined, minimizing potential extreme heat on the boards. A new interior mesh pocket houses the “Welcome” instructions. Another nifty new feature is the integrated paddle containment system – paddle outlines show how to stash your 3pc breakdown paddle inside the bag so it doesn’t move around.

Outer measurements on the backpack are 40 x 14 x 11 inches, allowing the pump and an optional breakdown paddle to fit inside. The bag weighs approximately 6.4lbs.

Red Paddle Co Titan Dual Cylinder Pump

The Sports come with the highly-acclaimed dual barrel (twin cylinder) Titan pump. This features a large and small barrel; when initially pumping, both cylinders are used, putting in more air rapidly. When it gets tough to pump, remove the pump plug which utilizes just the slim barrel. The smaller barrel makes it easier to pump at higher pressures. The updated 2017 Titan pump is killer. While similar to the original Titan pump, a few updates are quite notable. The handle is now reinforced, so that it can withstand more pumping pressure. While the military valve adaptor is permanently affixed to the hose end, the Titan pump now comes with a variety of additional adaptors – a Boston valve adaptor, nozzle adaptor and two screw-on adaptors. These are attached via a very nifty system, allowing one to use the Titan pump on inflatable kayaks, dinghies and kites. In conjunction with this, the gauge now features three “green” zones – one from 1 to 4 PSI for lower pressure inflatables, one from 6 to 8 PSI for higher pressure kayaks and kites, and then the third from 15 to 20 PSI for paddle boards. The instructions state the pump can inflate up to 30PSI, but I think you would suffer a heart attack before then.

But that’s not all. The gauge now begins registering immediately (before it started at about 5 PSI) and  also reads real time, without the “needle bump” on previous versions, making it easier to see what pressure you have attained. Additionally, the pump no longer “telescopes” if you lift it by the handle; this is also aided by a clip system that attaches from the pump body to the red plug string, making sure the pump stays compact. Not noticeable is the internal redesign to drastically improve pump performance and efficiency. The Titan pump weighs 5.2 lbs.

Red Paddle Co Sport 11-3 Inflatable SUP

We did measurement tests. The Red Paddle Eleven Three Sport inflated is approximately 11 feet 2.5 inches long, 32.5 inches wide, and roughly 4.75 inches deep – pretty much on target with the published specs. Payload is up to 242 lbs/110 kgs.

New 2017 Red Paddle Sport 11’3″ ISUP Features

So, in a nutshell, what’s new on the 2017 Sport models versus the 2016 models?

  • Integrated threads for attaching optional RAM mounts and accessories.
  • Improved MSL dropstitch material with increased bond strength and thicker second layer.
  • Rollerpack updates as outlined above including the new foil liner.
  • Improved features on the Titan pump as outlined above
  • Slight graphics and design changes.
  • Improved US fin box now fits 90% of US fins.
  • New FCS Connect Tool-less Fin System with FCS II 9.0 Touring Fin.
  • Velcro tabs on the RSS fiberglass battens

The 2017 Red Paddle Sport 11-3 On the Water

Red Paddle Co Sport 11'3

First of all, this is a great-looking board! The graphics, color and shape on the 2017 Red Paddle Co line really pop out.

I had previously taken out the 2016 Sport 12-6 with MSL technology and a pre-MSL 2015 Sport 11 – the new Sport 11-3 model rounds out the series by spanning the gap.

Red Paddle Co Sport 11'3" on the water.

I took it out on a calm day. First impressions – very smooth paddling, great glide, and it’s pretty fast! The slightly wider 32-inch beam feels very stable and was very easy to stand up and drop down without a ripple. Turning was also easy – still with a feeling of stability. The near 5-inch thickness provides plenty of buoyancy – the only thing that I felt was slightly under performing was the tracking, which I put down to my weight – or lack of.

I headed back to shore to get a pack, when it suddenly dawned on me ….  I HAD INSTALLED THE FIN BACKWARDS. Despite having set up scores (if not hundreds) of kayaks and boards with removable tracking fins, I had done the unthinkable. So, I removed the fin (a very easy two-second click out) and reinstalled it properly pointing towards the tail (another easy two-second click in place) and took the Sport 11-3 back out.

What a fabulous board! Paddling was a joy, and I can’t begin to state how much better it moves when the fin points in the right direction. The board is smooth, turns well, and has a wonderful glide.

The Sport 11-3 is stable.

Either standing or kneeling, paddling and tracking was straight. In fact, the board feels substantial and rugged – yet very nimble.

Paddling with Woodie on the Red Paddle Co Explorer 13-2

While I did not take members of the pack out on the Sport, I have taken them on previous versions. Here is Woody on last year’s Explorer Plus 13-2 with the new MSL material. The boards are rugged and I would not hesitate bringing along a canine companion.

Lightweight and easy to carry

Best of all, it’s a mere 21 lbs, making it quite easy to carry.

Packing Up the Red Paddle Co Sport 11’3

To deflate the board is pretty simple. Remove the tracking fin and the two RSS fiberglass battens. Burp the valve plunger a couple of times to release pressure, then push the plunger to the open (down) position and immediately the air will swoosh out.

Rolling up the Red Paddle Co Sport 11-3

Leaving the plunger in the deflate mode, move to the snout of the ISUP, top side up. Put the Titan pump on the board (remove the hose if you want to make sure it doesn’t get “squished” and roll the board up around the pump. As you roll it up, air will continuously be pushed out of the open valve.

Rolling up the Red Paddle Co Sport 11-3

When fully rolled up, replace the valve cover and then take the attached strap and cinch it around the bundle. If you’ve rolled up tight enough, the board will easily slip back into the backpack – but stow your paddle in the bag first. Use the interior cinch straps to position the load.

Bottom Line on the 2017 Red Paddle Co Sport 11-3

Once again, Red Paddle Co has hit a winner with the new Sport 11-3 inflatable SUP – by constantly listening to customer feedback, they continue to be innovative in expanding the product line. The Sport 11-3 maintains that excellence as a fabulous cruising board – fast, nimble, very rigid, remarkably stable, paddles well and tracks/glides nicely. The sleek silhouette and striking colors are a head-turner – when you’re on a Red, people know it.

Red Paddle Co Sport 11'3" on the water.

This is the perfect bridge in the Red Paddle Co Sport line – the bullet shape and longer water line make it zippier and better performing than the Rides, yet easier to inflate and carry around than the bigger Explorers. The 32-inch silhouette cuts through the water cleanly, the elongated nose section makes for a better glide, and the squared-off tail provides more stability when standing towards the back of the board. Coupled with a 120mm material and RSS batten system, the Sport 11-3 can be handled by smaller paddlers, yet provides super-rigidity and speed for larger paddlers up to 242 lbs.

Sport on the water

The slight quilting and rubberized pads on the carrying handles are comfortable to grip, while the molded, stainless steel d-rings and bungee lacing look like they’re built to last, and ample enough for an afternoon of gear.

Textured deck pad

The new MSL fusion technology has smoothed out “the bumps” resulting in a board that looks streamlined, sleek and finished. The lower profile crocodile print deck pad offers standing comfort and just enough grip.

Optional RAM Mount attachment.

 

The new RAM mount expands the user experience, allowing paddlers to easily attach some of their favorite gear – such as camera, cell phone and GPS – or trick it out with fishing accessories.

US Fin Box and FCS Fin

The updated US fin box with the tool-less fin makes set up a “snap.”

Titan Pump

If that isn’t enough, the Titan pump – with the new interchangeable fittings, is now my go-to pump.

Easily fits in the trunk of a car.

And let’s not forget the roller backpack, which has to be one of the most well-thought out SUP packs out there. The Sport easily rolls up into the included backpack – which can house the pump and a breakdown paddle – making it a great inflatable to toss in the trunk of a car, pack down a beach or wheel through airports.

Virtually indestructible

According to the manufacturer, Red Paddle inflatable SUPs are virtually indestructible. In one video, a Red board is dragged through every knothole in the world – hurled repeatedly from the roof of a warehouse; repeatedly run over with tractors and trucks; dashed against high surf and rocks; and the ultimate decimation – used as a snowboard.

Red Paddle Co Sport 11'3" on the water.

The Sport design is focused on flatwater; it’s good for shorelines, calm and choppy waters, rivers, ocean bays and inlets. It’s perfect for a day cruising along the shoreline and if the sun becomes too much – just slide off the board into the water to cool down.

Red Paddle Co Sport Series

Which Sport to choose? The Sport 11’0” – with it’s smaller air volume – offers fast inflation, more weight-savings and great flat-water performance for riders up to 200 lbs, while the Sport 12’6” is also suited to longer touring trips and can be used by larger riders up to 300 lbs.

Red Paddle Co Sport 11'3" on the water.

The Sport 11-3 from Red Paddle Company is a top-notch choice, providing speed, style and comfort – an all around cruiser for those that want performance without bulk.  In fact, it has now become one of my favorite boards. At $1529 MSRP, it’s on the higher end of the retail market, but worth it.

To purchase or for more info, visit the Red Paddle Sport 11-3 product page on AirKayaks.com.

For more details, you watch our YouTube video on the 2016 Red Paddle Sport 12-6 Inflatable SUP, below. This is the slightly larger model featuring the new MSL technology material.

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We first stumbled across the Red Paddle Co inflatable SUPs in early 2012.

Red Paddle Co Ride 10'6 Inflatable MSL SUP

Founded in 2007, Red Paddle Co. is a UK-based business focused solely on the design and manufacture of inflatable paddle boards and accessories, now well-known for performance, innovation and ruggedness. Each year, Red Paddle Co raises the industry bar with new models and new features, now sporting 22 models ranging in size from 8’10” to 22’0 for single to multi-paddlers.

In September, some of the new 2017 models arrived in the States. Having previously reviewed the Ride 10-6 in 2015, we decided to take a look at the new features on our biggest selling board.

Following is our write-up on the 2017 Ride 10’6″ from Red Paddle Company. (Please note, some of this is repeated from previous write ups.)

Getting Started with the Red Paddle Co Ride 10-6

The box as received weighs 39 lbs, measuring 38 x 15 x 15 inches.

What's in the Red Paddle Ride 10'6 Box

Inside the box is the SUP body, roller backpack, Titan pump, pressure gauge, cinch belt, instructions, repair kit and a bonus cell phone case. Once rolled up, the SUP board and pump fit into the backpack, as well as a breakdown paddle with shafts under 37 inches.

Weight is 34 lbs for backpack, board and pump, which all easily fit in the back of a small car. The board alone is 21 lbs.

The 10’6 Ride inflatable SUP arrives rolled up around the high pressure Titan pump, inside the backpack. The instructions (Welcome Guide) are located in a mesh pocket inside the backpack. These include generic information on using the pump, using the valves, deflating the board, basic paddle boarding tips, fin details and board care.

Unfold the board body

Remove the fin guards and unroll the SUP body. (AirKayaks note: the fin guards should be considered packing materials, they are not meant to be permanently used.) There are three integrated tracking fins at the rear of the board. Lay it out face up (fins down) so that you can access the military valve.

Military valve

The Red Paddle Ride 10’6 utilizes one spring-loaded military valve for inflation. These are very simple to use and feature an inflate mode (spring plunger is UP) and a deflate mode (spring plunger is DOWN). By using your finger to gently push on the plunger, it can be moved to the inflate mode (air goes in and doesn’t come back out) and deflate mode (air goes in and comes back out). Before you go to all the effort of inflating the board, make sure the plunger is in the inflate position.

The included Titan dual-barrel (or twin cylinder) pump comes with a built-in pressure gauge, so you can monitor the board’s PSI. It also now comes with multiple adaptors, which can be used on inflatable kayaks, dinghies and kite equipment. To start off, you will be using both barrels, allowing the board to be filled in less time, and with less strokes. To do this, make sure the red plug near the pump handle is inserted in the hole – not to worry, the instructions are printed on the pump body.

Military valve

Screw the hose onto the pump carefully – if it gets cross-threaded, air will leak out and you will have a difficult time pumping the board up to necessary pressure. Then take the military valve adaptor (adaptor on the end of the hose), and screw it onto the valve slightly to lock into position. You’re ready to pump.

Titan Pump

This is where we came upon our one and only problem. We were so eager to get started, we forgot that the new Titan pump features a clip which attaches the pump body to the red plug tether, ensuring that the pump handle doesn’t telescope when being carried. We pulled up on the pump handle and immediately snapped the plug tether, popping the plug into the air. Luckily, the high visibility color allowed us to find it after a couple minutes of searching. So …. make sure to remove the clip before pumping!

Pumping up the Ride 10-6 Inflatable Paddle Board

With 57 strokes (just over a minute) the board had unfurled and we were at 3 PSI. At 75 pumps, we were at 5 PSI and – even with my entire body weight – couldn’t push any more air.

Pumping up the Ride 10-6 Inflatable Paddle Board

We removed the red plug on the Titan, and started using the single barrel. A breezy 40 more pumps brought us to 8 PSI, and another 40 pumps to 12 PSI. The pumping started to get a little harder, but with another 25 pumps we were at 15 PSI and quit. So, about 180 strokes and under 5 minutes.

The higher the pressure, the stiffer the board. The Red Paddle recommended pressure is between 16 to 22 PSI. If you are a smaller person, you will find it tough to pump up much higher than 15 PSI, but you can also get away with less pressure; for my height of 5’4″ and weight, 15 PSI is more than adequate. Larger people will find it easier to pump up to the higher pressures, and they may need the extra rigidity.

Schrader valve and adaptor

Here I will digress on another nifty Red Paddle product, the Schrader valve adaptor. While I didn’t use it this time, I did use it on the previous model. This adaptor allows you to couple a bike/tire pump or compressor to the board. After co-opting my husband’s bike pump, with another couple minutes of very easy pumping, the Ride was at 18 PSI. (Airkayaks note: You may also want to see our detailed writeup on Choosing a Pump for your High Pressure Inflatable SUP.)

So keep plugging. All in all, it takes about 5 minutes – once you get the hang of it, it truly is just pump and go!

Lightweight and easy to carry.

Remove the adaptor, replace the valve cap and that’s it, you’re ready for the water. And despite the upper arm workout, it’s surprisingly easy!

Red Paddle Ride 10-6 iSUP Construction

One attribute making Red Paddle inflatable paddle boards superior to others on the market has to do with the internal construction.

Dropstitch technology and printed graphics

The Red Airs are constructed using “dropstitch” technology. The top of the board is held together with the bottom via thousands of “stitches” – in the Red Airs, 10 stitches per inch. These threads are “double stitched” so if one were to break, another holds. This allows the boards to be pumped up to very high pressures of 15 to 25 PSI and ensures that air doesn’t move around inside the board, creating a stable ride. The Ride 10-6 utilizes a slightly thicker 120mm dropstitch technology, making the board 20% more rigid than many boards yet still allowing the rider to keep a low center of gravity.

The boards also use a double layering technique which – in the simplest terms – means they construct a board, and put another board around it. It’s a board-within-a-board, which adds strength and durability.

Multiple side rail taping

The weakest link in an inflatable paddle board is the rail (side edge) area – where the top and bottom panels join together. Most ISUPS are constructed with one rail layer – Red Paddle features four layers of staggered taping to ensure minimal chance of air leakage due to punctures.

Red Paddle Co construction cross-section

Last season Red Paddle Co kicked it up a notch with the introduction of Monocoque Structural Laminate, or MSL fusion technology. In the past, the “board within a board” was glued together, creating extra weight and the potential for hand-gluing errors. The new process consists of industrially fusing the second layer of polymer to the dropstitch core at the raw material stage. The end result is a material that is structurally more sound, even more rigid, as well as lighter – in fact, many of the boards are now 5-10 lbs lighter than previous models. For 2017 Red Paddle again tweaked the material, making the injected, reinforced second layer thicker with increased bond strength.

Features and Specifications on the Red Paddle Ride 10-6 ISUP

D-ring tether and RAM mount fitting

There is one nose (tether) d-ring located 4 inches from the snout on top of the board.

RAM Mount optional attachment

New for 2017 is an integrated thread which allows one to add an optional universal RAM mount socket (shown above), available in two sizes. With this socket, paddlers can purchase a myriad of optional RAM mount accessories, allowing one to attach a cell phone holder, camera mount, fishing gear, Go-Pro fixture, cup holders – you name it! This is located next to the front d-ring, 5 inches from the nose.

Bungee deck lacing

A bungee deck-lacing system with four metal d-rings begins 23 inches from the snout, measuring 16 to 22 inches wide and 20 inches deep – a perfect spot to attach gear.

Crocodile print deck pad

A textured, traction pad is 79 x 27 inches, beginning 38 inches from the nose. In the center is a low profile handle, centered 28 inches from the top of the traction pad. Roughly 3/4 of the traction pad features a low-profile, crocodile texture, while the rear 20 inches is comprised of diamond groove.

Military valve and carry handle

There is one military valve to inflate the board – this is imprinted with inflation instructions. A padded, rear carrying handle makes it easier to pull the board into the water, and also has an integrated ankle leash d-ring. The handles have been redesigned to be more robust, yet easier and more comfortable to grab.

The Hull-ID number is located between the valve and the handle.

The logo and many of the deck pad design features are now screenprinted on the board, keeping everything low-profile while reducing potential problems with deck lift.

Rugged fixed fins

Three integrated 6-inch wide by 4.25-inch deep molded fins – two are slightly v-angled and one is straight – provide control and tracking. These are designed to be ultra-durable, and low profile enough to easily pack away. Another neat feature – if they get bent while packed or during use, just pour hot water over the fins (or use a hair dryer) to reshape them into position.

Red Paddle Co roller backpack

The newly-redesigned roller back pack is well thought-out. It features a quilted front and padded back with adjustable padded shoulder straps, a molded rubber top handle, two padded side carrying handles, and a molded rigid handle on the underside – basically, you can carry it just about any way you can think of. Two-way zippers (with very slick Red Paddle branded zipper pulls) allow the pack to be open on three sides, making it much simpler to get the board in and out. A clear pocket on the back is provided for identification labels.

Red Paddle Co roller backpack

Integrated roller wheels allows it to be easily hauled through airports or on sidewalks, if one doesn’t feel like carrying it on their back. A “hidden pocket” on the back – called the Sherpa Carry System – allows the shoulder straps to be uncinched and stashed inside; this is particularly good for travel/planes as the straps won’t catch on items. Inside this are the adjustable waist straps. Both these and the lower connecting straps are accessed from another two lower side compartments, located near the roller wheels on the back.

New foil lining and paddle holder

Inside, one integrated cinch belt keeps the board in position. New for 2017, the roller packs are foil-lined, minimizing potential extreme heat on the boards. A new interior mesh pocket houses the “Welcome” instructions. Another nifty new feature is the integrated, elastacized paddle containment system – paddle outlines show how to stash your 3pc breakdown paddle inside the bag so it doesn’t move around.

Outer measurements on the backpack are 40 x 14 x 11 inches, allowing the pump and an optional breakdown paddle to fit inside. The bag weighs approximately 6.4lbs.

Red Paddle Co Titan Dual Cylinder Pump

The Ride comes with the highly-acclaimed dual-barrel (twin cylinder) Titan pump which features a large and small barrel. When initially pumping, both cylinders are used, putting in more air rapidly. When it gets tough to pump, remove the pump plug which utilizes just the slim barrel, making it easier to pump to higher pressures. The updated 2017 Titan pump is killer. While similar to the original Titan pump, a few updates are quite notable. The handle is now reinforced, so that it can withstand more pumping pressure. While the military valve adaptor is permanently affixed to the hose end, the Titan pump now comes with a variety of additional adaptors – a Boston valve adaptor, nozzle adaptor and two screw-on adaptors. These are attached via a very nifty system, allowing one to use the Titan pump on inflatable kayaks, dinghies and kites. In conjunction with this, the gauge now features three “green” zones – one from 1 to 4 PSI for lower pressure inflatables, one from 6 to 8 PSI for higher pressure kayaks and kites, and then the third from 15 to 20 PSI for paddle boards. The instructions state the pump can inflate up to 30 PSI, but I think you would suffer a heart attack before then.

And that’s not all. The gauge now begins registering immediately (before it started at about 5 PSI) and  also reads real time without the “needle bump” on previous versions, making it easier to see what pressure you have attained. Additionally, the pump no longer “telescopes” if you lift it by the handle, also aided by the clip system that attaches from the pump body to the red plug string. Not noticeable is the internal redesign to drastically improve pump performance and efficiency. The Titan pump weighs 5.2 lbs.

We did measurement tests. The Red Paddle Ten Six Ride inflated is approximately 10 feet 6 inches long, 32.5 inches wide, and roughly 4.75 inches deep – pretty much on target with the published specs. Payload is up to 225 lbs/100 kgs.

New 2015 Red Air Ten Six Ride ISUP Features

So, in a nutshell, what’s new on the 2017 model versus the 2016 models?

  • Integrated threads for attaching optional RAM mounts and accessories.
  • Improved MSL dropstitch material with increased bond strength and thicker second layer.
  • Rollerpack updates as outlined above including the new foil liner.
  • Improved features on the Titan pump as outlined above
  • Slight graphics and design changes.

The 2017 Red Paddle Ride 10-6 On the Water

Easy to carry

First of all, this is a beautiful board. While some inflatables slap on standard graphics and colors, the 2017 Red Paddle Co line pops out – when you’re on a Red, people know it.

Red Paddle Co Ride 10'6 Inflatable SUP with MSL Technology - On the water

With two years passing since I last took out a Ride 10-6, I had forgotten how very much I like this board – it feels like a well-fit glove. The new MSL technology shaved a few pounds off the weight, while the deck pad upgrades made for a comfortable “ride.”

As on the previous boards, the Ride has a great glide, and it’s highly maneuverable. Either standing or kneeling, paddling and tracking was straight. In fact, the board feels substantial and rugged – yet very nimble. While we don’t have surf options here – other than boat wake and white caps – I could imagine the Ride would handle well in a variety of situations.

This is an incredibly easy board for beginners to use – it is surprisingly simple to stand up and gain one’s balance. The 32 inch width feels very stable, I rarely felt like I was going to fall over – and I never did.

 

Paddling with a furry friend.

While I did not take members of the pack out for a Ride, I have taken them on previous versions. Here is Woody on last year’s Explorer Plus 13-2 . The boards are so rugged, I would not hesitate bringing along a canine companion.

Red Paddle Co Ride 10'6 Inflatable SUP with MSL Technology

Best of all, it’s a mere 20 to 21 lbs, making it quite easy to carry.

Red Paddle Ride 10-6 Inflatable SUP: Packing It Up

To deflate the board is pretty simple – push the plunger to the open (down) position and immediately the air will swoosh out. As there is so much pressure in the board, it is best to “burp” it (press down a couple times) to get some of the air out, before opening the plunger.

Rolling up the Ride 10-6

Leaving the plunger in the deflate mode, move to the snout of the ISUP. Start rolling up the board from the snout, top side up and fins down, with the bottom on the outside. As you roll it up, air will continuously be pushed out of the open valve. One can also place the Titan pump on the snout so the pump is rolled up inside – remove the hose first, so it doesn’t get crushed.

Repacking the Ride 10-6

When fully rolled up, replace the valve cover and then take the attached strap and cinch it around the bundle, between the fins – this keeps the package tightly rolled and the fins keep the strap from slipping off. If you’ve rolled up tight enough, the board will easily slip back into the backpack – but stow your paddle in the bag first. Use the interior cinch straps to position the load. As a tip, though (thank you Andrew!) make sure the fins are pointing away from your back, or the trip will be uncomfortable.

Bottom Line on the 2017 Red Paddle Co Ride 10-6

Red Paddle Co Ride 10'6 Inflatable SUP with MSL Technology - On the water

The 2017 Red Paddle 10’6 Ride inflatable SUP is a classic and an all-time winner! With a 32-inch beam, it’s not too wide to make it boring and not too narrow to make it tippy. The slightly thicker hull (4.7 inches) provides buoyancy and rigidity, yet still offers a good degree of maneuverability. It’s a great choice for users up to 220 lbs (100kgs) for both novice through advanced.

Lightweight

At 20 to 21 lbs, the Ride is lightweight, very simple to set up, paddles well and track/glide nicely. And at 15 to 22 PSI, they are extremely rigid.

Diamond groove deck pad

The new MSL fusion technology has smoothed out “the bumps” resulting in a board that looks streamlined, sleek and finished. The lower-profile, crocodile-print deck pad offers standing comfort, providing just enough grip.

The thicker 120mm material provides more rigidity for paddlers on the higher end of the limits without sacrificing paddling versatility, while the bungee deck lacing system enhances the board functionality without sacrificing performance.

RAM Mount with optional accessory holder

The new RAM mount expands the user experience, allowing paddlers to easily videograph their excursion, keep in touch with the world, or enjoy a hard workout with some heart-pumping music.

The Red Airs "take a licking and keep on ticking."

According to the manufacturer, Red Paddle inflatable SUPs are virtually indestructible. In one video, a Red board is dragged through every knothole in the world – hurled repeatedly from the roof of a warehouse; repeatedly run over with tractors and trucks; dashed against high surf and rocks; and the ultimate decimation – used as a snowboard.

Red Paddle Co Ride 10'6 Inflatable SUP with MSL Technology - On the water

The 10’6 Red Paddle Ride is a great all-around board – good for standup, kneeling, diving and “lolling” around on shorelines, mild surf, slow-moving rivers, bays and inlets. It’s perfect for a workout session, and offers a great vantage point into shallow coastline water, allowing a paddler to quietly approach and observe sea life. And if the sun becomes too much – just slide off the board into the water to cool down.

It’s a great choice for families as the Red Paddle Ride 10-6 can be enjoyed by all ages, children to adults. With its near-indestructible construction, parents can relax when the kids start tossing it around. The integrated fins are pretty indestructible and if bent, easy to straighten, while their low-profile allows the board to ride over shallow areas without hanging up on rocks.

The board is just long enough for a parent to bring along a child – in fact, one of our customers mentioned she had gone out for a paddle with her 8-year old, and picked up another two along the way!

Fits in the trunk of a car

Best of all, it easily rolls up into the included backpack – which can house the pump and a breakdown paddle, making it a great inflatable for traveling or for heading into the back country.

2017 Red Paddle Co Ride Family

Which to choose? The Ride 10-6 is an excellent choice for a typical adult wanting versatility. Smaller paddlers – or those wanting a degree more maneuverability – might look at the Ride 9-8 with it’s slightly smaller size and thinner profile. Larger paddlers – or those wanting to bring more gear or another paddler – should take a gander at the Ride 10-8.

Red Paddle Co Ride 10'6 Inflatable SUP with MSL Technology - On the water

The Red Air Ten Six Ride from Red Paddle Company is a winner and an industry classic. And at $1299 – bundled with the remarkable Titan pump and very handy roller backpack – it is quite competitive with other inflatable SUPs on the market.

Red Paddle Co Ride 10'6 Inflatable MSL SUP

To purchase, visit the Red Paddle Ten Six Ride product page on AirKayaks.com.

You can also read our blog on the Red Paddle Co 2017 Product Line Up or our Guide to Choosing Your 2017 Red Paddle Co Inflatable SUP.

Also check out our YouTube video (below), which features the 2017 Red Paddle Co 10′ 6″ Ride Inflatable SUP.

The 2017 Red Paddle Co inflatable paddle boards have hit the market! With all the models, activity types, sizes and features, how does one choose the best board? Each year we update our previous posts to reflect the new Red Paddle Co models and product upgrades – use this guide to take away some of the guesswork when looking at the myriad of options with Red Paddle Co iSUPs.

2017 Red Paddle Co Product Lineup

For 2017, Red Paddle Co has 22 models for surfing, whitewater, recreation, touring and racing, ranging in size from 8’10” to 22’0. This includes the introduction of 5 new models – Sport 11’3, Race 14’0, Dragon 22’0, Windsurf 10’7″ and Ride L – revamped graphics, added features on several of the current models and updated accessories.

New 14'0 Ride L from Red Paddler for up to 4 paddlers

The more noticeable new features include:

  • Further advances in Red Paddle’s innovative new Monocoque Structural Laminate (MSL) fusion technology. For 2017, Red Paddle again tweaked the material across the entire product line, making the injected, reinforced second layer thicker with increased bond strength – producing a lighterweight yet more rigid board than most competitor’s. See the Red Paddle Co YouTube Video on MSL Technology.
  • Boards with removable fins now sport standard US Fin boxes which fit 90% of the fins on the market.
  • Introduction of the FCS II Connect Tool-less Fin System on several models –  these quickly snap into position without need for hardware or tools.
  • Integrated RAM mount threads on several models, allowing one to add an optional universal RAM mount socket. With this socket, paddlers can purchase a myriad of RAM accessories allowing one to attach a cell phone holder, camera mount, fishing gear, Go-Pro fixture or cup holders.
  • Forward Flex Control (FFC) stiffening rod on the two Elite racing models. Working in conjunction with the RSS Rocker Stiffening System fiberglass battens, nose flex is removed, ensuring an incredibly rigid ride while retaining the portability and storage advantages of an inflatable.
  • Beefed-up features on the Titan dual cylinder hand pump as well as an internal upgrade.
  • Foil lining on the wheeled backpack and integrated paddle holder.

New Foreward Flex System (FFC) on the Elite race boards

Prices are generally remaining the same with some slight increases over 2016. (See a complete list of the new 2017 Red Paddle Co Line and new features on this blog article.)

Well-known for their ruggedness throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand, each of the Red Paddle Co boards utilize high pressure drop-stitch technology – allowing them to be inflated from 16-22 PSI – and feature quadruple rail construction, double layering, traction pads and fins.

Titan twin cylinder pump

All 2017 Red Paddle Co iSUPs come with the roller backpack featuring integrated wheels, making it easier to thread through airport lobbies, while still comfortable enough to pack into the remote country. Most of the boards come with the Titan dual action pump; the two smaller Whip 8-10 and Snapper 9-4 boards – as well as the larger Dragon, Ride XL and Ride L – come with the Red Air HP EZee pump.

How do you use the following tables? First, ascertain your size from the list:

  • Big & Tall – 210+ lbs and 6’1″ plus inches in height
  • Average – 140-200 lbs, 5’7″ to 6’0″ inches in height
  • Small – Under 140 lbs, Under 5’7″ inches in height
  • Child – Under 100 lbs, under 5’0 inches in height

Then decide the type(s) of paddling you want to do (paddling situations):

  • Touring – Ocean, waves, long paddles, camping
  • Recreational – Lakes, sloughs, slower rivers, coastal, calm
  • Whitewater – Fast-moving maneuvering with eddies, drops.
  • Downriver – Wide-open moving water.
  • Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Racing
  • Yoga

Determine what attributes are important (or not!) to you – do you want versatility or storage capacity? Stability or speed?

Rank your experience level, realizing that the more you get out on the water, the better you will get. More experienced paddlers can get away with smaller boards. Last of all, will this be used by various members of the family? Do you want the ability to bring along a child, dog or gear? Might two people be on this together?

  • Multi Paddlers/Family: Two small adults, Adult and child or dog.
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate/Medium
  • Advanced Paddler

Follow the color key to decide what board is good for varying sizes and activities:

  • Blue – The board is great!
  • Green – The board is good.
  • Yellow – This board is not recommended.

For instance, if you were 5 feet 10 inches with a weight of 180 lbs, and whitewater rivers was the highest priority with a bit of recreational paddling, the Flow 9-6 would be a good choice. But, if you wished to do predominantly recreational paddling with a bit of whitewater, the Ride 10-6 would be best.

For easier viewing, the Red Paddle Co boards in the following tables have been separated into three categories: recreational, specialty and race. If you are having trouble viewing the details in the three tables,  follow this link for a larger and printable PDF version of the Choosing Your 2017 Red Paddle Co Inflatable Paddle Board iSUP.

2017 Red Paddle Co Recreational Inflatable SUPS.

This section outlines the recreational models, which include the Ride 9-8, 10-6 and 10-8, the Sport 11-0, 11-3 and 12-6, and the Explorer 12-6 and 13-2.

2017 Red Paddle Co Recreational Inflatable SUPS

2017 Red Paddle Co Recreational SUP Specifications

2017 Red Paddle Co Specialty Inflatable SUPS.

The table below outlines the specialty boards, which include the Whip 8-10, Snapper 9-4, Flow 9-6, Windsup 10-7, WindSurf 10-7, Activ 10-8, Ride L and the Ride XL.

2017 Red Paddle Co Specialty Inflatable SUPS

2017 Red Paddle Co Specialty SUP Specifications

2017 Red Paddle Co Racing Inflatable SUPS.

The last table below outlines the racing boards, which include the Max Race 10-6, Race 12-6, Race 14-0, Elites 12-6 and 14-0 and the Dragon 22-0.

2017 Red Paddle Co Racing Inflatable SUPS2017 Red Paddle Co Racing SUP Specifications

Why are there varying board thicknesses?

Some of the larger boards feature heavier drop-stitch materials, thus making the boards thicker. What does this mean? The thicker the board (and larger the board) the greater the air volume. This will increase the board rigidity at lower pressures. The Sports, Ride 10-6 and 10-8 boards – constructed from 120mm materials – will have roughly 20% greater rigidity at 15 PSI than the 100mm material boards (Whip, Snapper, Ride 9-8), thus will carry more weight. The 150mm material boards – such as the Flow, Race, Elites and Explorers – will exhibit roughly 50% greater rigidity. But, the 100mm boards (as well as the 150mm Race and Elites) have been beefed up with the Rocker Stiffening System (RSS), which also gives them a roughly 20% boost over the 100mm boards built by other manufacturers.

Do I really need to pump this up to 25 PSI for best performance?

No. Recommended pressure is 16-22 PSI, with an optimum of 18PSI. We suggest starting off at 15 PSI, and then deciding if you need to go higher – no sense spending time and effort reaching the highest PSI, when it may not get you any better performance. For instance, as a smaller person, I generally don’t pump up my boards higher than 12 PSI. And one of our customers – at 6’3″ and 300 lbs – found his 12-6 Explorer was perfectly fine at 20 PSI.

You can read more about SUP pumps in our Guide to Choosing a Pump for your High Pressure Inflatable SUP.

Leverlock paddle adjustement system

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, you can view details on the various Red Paddle Co Inflatable SUPS at http://www.AirKayaks.com.

We also have detailed product reviews on the following:

Still having trouble? Feel free to Contact Us via email, or give us a call at 707-998-0135.

Here is Red Paddle Co’s video on the new 2017 product line.

 

 

Posted by: airkayaks | October 17, 2016

New 2017 Red Paddle Co Inflatable Paddle Board SUP Lineup

We recently received details on Red Paddle Company’s exciting new inflatable SUP lineup being introduced for 2017.

2017 Red Paddle Co SUP Lineup

Well-known throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand, the Red Paddle Co line has steadily gained traction in the US. Noted for their ruggedness and performance, each of the boards utilize high pressure drop-stitch technology – allowing them to be inflated from 16-22 PSI – and feature quadruple rail construction, double layering, thick traction pads and fins.

Leverlock paddle adjustement system

For 2017, Red Paddle Co has 22 models for surfing, whitewater, recreation, touring and racing, ranging in size from 8’10” to 22’0. This includes the introduction of 5 new models – Sport 11’3, Race 14’0, Dragon 22’0, Windsurf 10’7″ and Ride L – updated accessories, revamped graphics and added features on several of the current models. Prices are generally remaining the same with some slight increases over 2016.

2017 Red Paddle Co Inflatable SUP Construction

Red Paddle Co construction cross-section

In 2016, Red Paddle introduced a technologically innovative new process named Monocoque Structural Laminate (MSL) fusion technology. In the past, the “board within a board” was glued together, creating extra weight and the potential for hand-gluing errors. The new process consisted of industrially fusing the second layer of polymer to the dropstitch core at the raw material stage. The end result was a material structurally more sound, even more rigid, as well as lighter – in fact, many of the MSL boards are now 5-10 lbs lighter than previous models. For 2017, Red Paddle again tweaked the material across the entire product line, making the injected, reinforced second layer thicker with increased bond strength. See a Red Paddle Co YouTube on MSL Technology.

FCS Connect Tool-less Fin System

Except for the boards featuring fixed fins (Rides, Snapper) the Reds with removable fins have been revamped with a fairly standard US Fin box which fits 90% of the fins on the market. Theses are divided into two types – the Sports, Explorers and Whip now feature FCS Connect Tool-less Fin Systems which quickly snap into position without need for hardware or tools. The racing boards (Elites, Races) come with a glass race fin.

Integrated RAM mount socket with optional RAM mount.

New for 2017 is an integrated thread which allows one to add a universal RAM mount socket, available in two sizes. With this socket, paddlers can purchase a myriad of RAM mounts, allowing one to attach a cell phone holder, camera mount, fishing gear, Go-Pro fixture, cup holders – you name it! The RAM mount threads can be found on the recreational boards such as the Rides, Explorers, Snapper, Whip and Sports.

New Foreward Flex System (FFC) on the Elite race boards

The big news is development of the Forward Flex Control (FFC) stiffening rod on the two Elite racing models. The patented FFC system works in conjunction with the current RSS Rocker Stiffening System fiberglass battens. Before fully inflating the board, the FFC rod is clipped to a mounting lever near the top of the deck pad and put under compression, stiffening the board from midpoint to nose. With the RSS and FFC systems, nose flex is removed, ensuring an incredibly rigid ride while retaining the portability and storage advantages of an inflatable.

New RSS pull tab with velcro

Other smaller tweaks include relocating many of the tether rings to the upper deck, and the addition of velcro pull-tabs on the RSS fiberglass battens.

2017 Recreational and Touring Series Inflatable Paddle Boards

For 2017, Red Paddle Co is maintaining status-quo on many of the models.

2017 Red Paddle Co Sport models

One of the new models introduced for 2017 is the 11’3 Sport, joining the Sport 11 and Sport 12’6″ in the flatwater “sports car” category. With a 32″ beam and 242 lb carrying capacity, the Sport 11’3 bridges the gap between the smaller Sport 11 (with a payload of 198 lbs) and the slankier Sport 12-6, which can carry up to 330 lbs. Bungee deck-lacing, multiple d-rings and the RSS side stiffening system position the Sport 11’3″ to become the “Ride 10-6” of the cruising world. MSRP $1529. All three Sports now feature the updated US Fin box and FCS II 9.0 Touring Fins – part of the FCS Connect Tool-less System. The current Sport 11 and Sport 12-6 remain virtually the same, with updated MSL material and integrated RAM mount socket. The Sport 11 has a slight price increase to $1499, while the Sport 12-6 remains the same as 2016, at $1599.

2017 Red Paddle Co Ride Series

The best-selling Ride “all-around use” trio – the Ride 9-8, the Ride 10-6 and the Ride 10-8 will continue into 2017 without major changes except for the MSL material tweaks, relocation of the tether d-ring, graphics tweaks and the integrated RAM mount socket. Prices will remain at the 2016 level at $1299, $1299 and $1379 respectively.

exp-fin

The Explorer 12’6 and 13’2 touring models also remain fairly unchanged in design except for the following tweaks: updated MSL material, integrated RAM mount sockets, updated US Fin-Box with FCS II 9.0 Touring fin and the FCS Connect Tool-less system. Prices remain the same as 2016 at $1599 and $1649 respectively.

2017 Red Paddle Co Specialty Boards

2017 Red Paddle Co Flow Whitewater SUP

Also status-quo is the specialty series consisting of the Whip 8’10 surfing model, the Snapper 9’4 youth SUP, Flow 9’6 downriver/whitewater board and Activ 10’8 yoga fitness model. Each of these models features the standard fixed fins, except for the Whip, which now sports a US Fin box with FCS II 7.0 Connect Tool-less fin. Other updates include the tweaked MSL material and integrated RAM mount socket. MSRP is the same as 2016 at $1199, $1099, $1349 and $1429 respectively.

Center daggerboard on the Red Paddle Co 10'7 Windsurf SUP

The Windsup 10’8 is now the Windsup 10’7, and has been joined by the Windsurf 10’7 – both have integrated mast base threads to take optional sails. Available last year in Europe, the Windsurf 10-7 expands the range of Red’s on-water activities. While the WindSup 10’7″ is focused on paddle boarders who want to try their hand in windsurfing, the WindSurf 10’7 is geared towards those wanting a portable, more authentic windsurfing experience. The key is a large, drop-in dagger board which increases stability, tracking and lateral control. Payload for both is 265 lbs. Each comes with the upgraded MSL material and integrated RAM mount socket. MSRP is $1449 and $1599 respectively.

New Windsurf sails from Red Paddle Co

With the introduction of the two WindSups, Red Paddle has also introduced a line of windsurf sails available in four sizes from 1.5 to 4.5 meters. Prices range from $399 to $579.

Red Paddle Co’s racing inflatable SUPS for 2017

For 2017, Red Paddle has focused on streamlining and expanding their Racing series.

2017 Red Paddle Co Race models

The four racing models – Max Race 10’6, the Race 12’6, Elite 12’6 and Elite 14’0 – are joined by the new Race 14’0 and the ultra-exciting, multi-paddler Dragon 22’0. The Race 14’0 is reminiscent of last-season’s Elite 14’0, with an ultra-slim girth of 26 inches, a less-pointed tail and without the FFC stiffening rod. Payload is 265 lbs with an MSRP of $1649. All 5 single-person boards feature the new US Fin Box with glass race fin, updated MSL material and RSS Rocker Stiffening System. As previously mentioned, the Elites also include the new FFC stiffening rod, while the Elite 14’0 has undergone a resculpting, now featuring a razor-like tail. Prices on the four original models are also the same as 2016 at $1249, $1599, $1629 and $1799 respectively.

New Red Paddle Co Dragon 22'0 inflatable SUP

The new Dragon 22’0 promises to change the face of SUP racing. With a fairly narrow 34-inch beam, the Dragon can carry up to 4 riders, opening up the world to competitive team sports. The Dragon retains much of the same features as the rest of the race family, with profiled nose and high sides. Other features include 8 carrying handles, an extra-long deck pad and three inflation valves. The Dragon comes with a carrying tarp and three HP EZee pumps. MSRP $2499.

Red Paddle Co Multiple Paddler Boards for 2017

New 14'0 Ride L from Red Paddler for up to 4 paddlers

Besides the Dragon 22’0, in the multi-user category the new 14’0″ x 48″ Ride L joins the current “big boy” 17’0″ x 60″ Ride XL. While the Ride XL can handle up to 8 paddlers, making it great for larger events and family activities, the Ride L is focused on small families or groups of friends – up to four paddlers. Both boards are 8 inches thick and come with the integrated RAM mount socket, carrying tarp and multiple HP EZee pumps, inflation valves and handles – three pumps for the L and four for the XL. MSRP is $2999 and $3299 respectively.

New Titan SUP Pump from Red Paddle Co

Updated Titan twin cylinder pump with multiple adaptors

All the boards – except the smaller 8’10” Whip, 9’4 Snapper and the larger behemoths – come with the popular Titan twin-cylinder hand pump. For 2017, the Titan has undergone some structural redesign to make it more rugged and efficient, resulting in a killer pump. The “new” Titan now comes with additional multiple adaptors – such as Boston valve, nozzle and screw-ons – that work with numerous inflatable kayaks/canoes, kites and air mattresses. Better yet, the pump gauge now registers real-time pressure, and comes with a clip to keep the handle from “telescoping” while moving. MSRP increases slightly to $149.99. The new Titan pump will be available in 2017.

Updated 2017 Wheeled BackPack

Updated roller backpack with foil lining and paddle holder
Not to be outdone, the popular wheeled backpack – which comes with all Red Paddle Co boards except the 3 “giants” – has also been tweaked. The new backpack comes with a partial foil lining to protect the boards from extreme heat. A new, integrated “paddle holder” system neatly allows one to keep their optional breakdown paddle contained. MSRP remains the same at $149.95. The new backpack will be available in 2017.

2017 Red Paddle Co SUP paddles

New Red Paddle Co Sport 11'3

The 2017 Red Paddle Co paddle line has also been revamped with the new Leverlock adjustment system, allowing one to easily change the paddle length “on the fly.” The three-piece breakdowns are available in aluminum, fiberglass and carbon, and can be adjusted from 170cm to 210/220cm. Prices range from $99 (kid’s version) to $329.

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The 2017 Red Paddle Co boards are in transit, available 10.31.17 – pre-orders are being accepted. Visit the Red Paddle Co product pages at AirKayaks.com

You can also watch a YouTube video overview on the new product line.

Posted by: airkayaks | October 12, 2016

Save $250 on Innova Sunny Inflatable Kayak for 1-2 Paddlers

Special purchase on the Innova Sunny inflatable kayak, regularly $999, now $749 – a 25% savings!

Innova Sunny inflatable kayak for 1 or 2 paddlers

The Innova Sunny is a high-quality, PVC-free, inflatable kayak for 1 or 2 paddlers. At only 33 lbs, the Innova packs small enough to qualify as carry-on luggage!

Innova Sunny on the water

Featuring a PVC-free construction, the Sunny  is built from a 1200 denier rubber-coated laminate material called Nitrylon – this consists of a synthetic rubber coating over polyester on the inside and outside of the tube. Nitrylon is the same material used in high-end Zodiac-type yacht tenders, and is stronger, more abrasion and puncture resistant than PVC as well as being greener – there is no out-gassing.

Innova Sunny backpack

The Innova Sunny comes with a very nifty and compact backpack with adjustable shoulder straps containing the kayak body, two seats, a foot rest, repair kit, instructions, tracking fin, valve adaptor and sponge. It’s perfect for lakes, slow-moving rivers, coastal waters and inlets.

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Now is a great time to purchase a long-time Innova favorite at a whopping 25% savings.

To purchase or for more info, visit the Innova Sunny product page at AirKayaks.com. You can also read our Detailed Product Review on the Innova Sunny. While supplies last.

 

Posted by: airkayaks | September 30, 2016

Sale! 20% Off AquaGlide Kayaks, Paddle Boards & Gear

AquaGlide’s semi-annual 20% off sale starts Oct. 1st.

AquaGlide Chelan HB Tandem XL Inflatable Kayak paddled solo

Get 20% off all in-stock AquaGlide inflatable kayaks, paddle boards and gear during the Super Fall Sale from Oct. 1st through Oct. 10th.

Blackfoot Angler SUP on the water

Shop early for the best selection, with kayaks priced at $183.95 to $879.95 and paddle boards as low as $559. 95. No tax and free US shipping via UPS ground on orders over $398.

AquaGlide Panther inflatable kayak

Visit the AquaGlide product pages at www.AirKayaks.com for details or to purchase.

 

Posted by: airkayaks | September 19, 2016

Closeout Sale on 2016 Red Paddle Co Inflatable Paddle Boards

AirKayaks is pleased to announce a special purchase of remaining 2016 Red Paddle Co inflatable standup paddle boards, now 15% off.

Red Paddle Co Sport 12-6 Inflatable SUP

Rapidly becoming the number one inflatable paddle board manufacturer, Red Paddle’s SUPS are known for their ruggedness, featuring quadruple rail construction, double layering, thick traction pads and fins. Each board comes with the Red Paddle Titan pump, allowing one to inflate a paddle board to 20 PSI in less than 10 minutes.

2016 Red Paddle Co Inflatable SUP Lineup

The 2016 line featured 17 models with major breakthroughs in technology, in particular, the introduction of MSL (Monocoque Structural Laminate) fusion technology. MSL Fusion increases the tension on the boards – making them more rigid – while also reducing board weight up to 20%. The 2016 Red Paddle boards now weigh from 15 to 25 lbs, down from 20 to 34 lbs.

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In anticipation of the new product line for 2017 – expected to hit the market in early December – AirKayaks is clearing out the inventory. Now is your chance to get one of the best inflatable SUPs on the market, with prices ranging from $939 to $1529. The incredibly popular Ride 10-6 is now $1099, the Sport 11 is now $1229, while the Explorer 12-6 is at an all-time low of $1359. Those interested in further savings can pick up the few remaining 2015 Sport 11 inflatable paddle boards for $999!

If that isn’t enough, AirKayaks is throwing in a free adjustable, breakdown SUP paddle. Check out the remaining available inventory on the Red Paddle Co product pages on AirKayaks.com – but don’t hesitate. When they’re gone …. they’re gone.

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Each board comes with the rugged Titan hand pump, cell phone case, repair kit, instructions and wheeled roller backpack. Not sure which one is right for you? See our 2016 Guide to Choosing Your Red Paddle Co Inflatable Paddle Board.  Or, give us a call at 707-998-0135, email info@airkayaks.com or visit the website at www.AirKayaks.com.

Up to 15% off, free paddle, free shipping in the continental US and no US tax – what are you waiting for!

 

The Innova product line has recently been acquired by the manufacturer, Gumotex of Czech Republic, now operating as Gumotex USA LLC out of Burlington, Washington. With the transition comes the introduction of several new products to the Innova kayak line, as well as an expanded line of accessories. In Europe, Gumotex manufactures over 20 models of inflatable kayaks, canoes and rafts, of which only a small portion has been available in the States to-date.

New Innova Solar 410C in green

Innova recently introduced the new Solar 410C at this summer’s Outdoor Retailer show, a cross between the Innova Sunny and new Twist 2 LN, with expanded options for 2+ paddlers. The Solar features an open-cockpit design, and is best suited for recreational paddling on calmer waters, slow-moving rivers and lakes.

Innova Solar 410C in red

The new 13’5″ model weighs 37 lbs with a carrying capacity of 595 lbs., and is constructed from Gumotex’s Nitrylon material. Nitrylon is a 1200 denier, heavy-duty rubber-coated material which is puncture resistant, easy to clean, quick-drying and environmentally-friendly – no outgassing!

Solar 410C paddled solo.

The kayak comes with two foot braces, two seats, tracking fin, Innova backpack, sponge, repair kit and instructions. By moving the adjustable seats, the kayak can be set up for one or two paddlers, still leaving space for extra gear, a small child or a dog. An optional third seat can also be purchased.

MSRP is $759 and will be available in two colors – green or red – in Spring of 2017. For more info, watch the Innova product pages at AirKayaks.com, or contact us to get on the notification list.

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