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Christos Nicolaou
Divemaster & Paddler
Christos is a passionate diver, enthusiastic paddler and amateur SUP racer

PRODUCT REVIEW

Red Paddle Co. 10’6 Inflatable Paddle Board

The multi-award-winning Ride 10 6 is Red Paddle Co.’s most popular stand up paddle board, and for good reason. The Ride 10 6 is an all round inflatable SUP that is ideal for recreational paddle boarding and touring.

A mid to upper level quality board, Red Paddle Co includes an amazing bag and a unique pump to go along with what could be one of the best paddles for SUP packages in the market.

The materials used to construct the board make it stable, sturdy and durable. The Ride 10 6 is suitable for beginners as well as intermediate paddlers looking to do some touring. It remains stable in the water especially against light choppy waves, and excels at tracking well.

Ultimately, the Ride 10 6 is an easy to use and comprehensive board for intermediate paddleboarders, as well as an accessible board for beginners.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.2

Reasons to buy

  • Beginner-friendly
  • All-round good performing iSUP
  • Extra stiffness makes it more stable
  • Tracks well in the water and flatter surfaces
  • Nice aesthetics
  • No bungee cords in the back make for easier step back turns
  • Probably the best bag we’ve seen

Reasons NOT to buy

  • Pump is not as good as it looks
  • Bunge cargo system looks good but is not working better than a regular system

Review

  • DiveIn Score: 4.2/5
  • Construction: 4/5
  • Stability: 3.8/5
  • Maneuverability: 4.2/5
  • Portability: 4/5
  • Price/Quality: 4.5/5

The Red Paddle Ride 10 6 is an excellent all around paddle board for beginners that’s ideal for calm waters to light chop. It will also be excellent for getting into touring. For intermediate to advanced users, this board will take you on most bodies of water including white water and surf, however, it is best suited to tranquil shores and lakes.

This board is built with high quality tech and materials and is made to last, it even includes a 5-year guarantee. This is a beginner-friendly paddle board that is an excellent choice for those looking to venture further into paddle boarding. Intermediate users will be able to get a little more out of this one, armed with a solid paddle this board can get some decent speed.

When we tested it over a couple of days, we had a day with some pretty strong wind gusts. This is when the paddle proved its worth. It performed similarly to the Nixy Newport G4 and the Aqua Marina Vapor, but the quality paddle makes this SUP from the Red Paddle Co stand out a little bit.

The backpack and pump also make the Ride package a unique stand out in a field of many. But while the backpack is awesome, the pump didn’t perform (ergonomically at least) to match the unique design.

The Red Paddle Co 10 6 iSUP board is a really good all round board that comes in at a higher price than similar models in the segment. The bag and paddle might make it worth it in the long run.

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Features

  • Great soft brushed traction pad made from an EVA foam with added grooves that gives good grip and comfort whether you are standing or kneeling.
  • 3 conveniently placed grip-handles located at the nose, tail and centre of the board making it easy to carry once inflated.
  • Traction pad is more grippy at the tail to help with manoeuvrability and pivoting.
  • Large bungee system on the front of the paddle for attaching gear.
Red Paddle Co. 10’6 Inflatable Paddle Board Overview

Red Paddle Co. 10’6 Inflatable Paddle Board: Key Specifications

  • Best Suited For: Beginners/intermediate/travelers
  • Material: Tec Air and MSL construction
  • Volume: 245 liters
  • Capacity: 220 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10’ 6” x 32” x 4.7”
  • Weight: 22 pounds
  • Recommended Inflation: 16-22 PSI

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Accessories

Red Paddle Co. 10’6 Inflatable Paddle Board Accessories

The Red Paddle Co. Ride 10 6 package includes all the essential accessories that compliment the paddle board. Included in the Ride 10’6” package is a robust coiled leash, a manual dual-chamber action pump as well as a Red Paddle Co. backpack.

  • Leash: Included is a Red 8′ Coil Leash, the strap is very comfortable. The coil form means that the strap does not get in the way whilst paddle boarding.
  • Pump: Included is the Titan II purpose-built, dual-chamber pump. The dual-chamber means that you can inflate your paddle board in half the time.
  • Backpack: The Red Paddle Co. all terrain backpack is perfect if you want to take this inflatable paddle board with you whilst travelling. The backpack uses double stitched seams and strong bonded nylon creating a touch exterior ideal for travelling.

Stability

With a thicker tail and nose this board is built for stability. The materials used, including the reinforced rail tape around the Ride 10 6 make this Red Paddle Co. iSUP board rigid and sturdy, mimicking a solid SUP board. It’s higher PSI also contributes to this.

The board provides excellent stability for a single paddle boarder, however, the lower weight capacity of 220lbs can influence the stability significantly. If you are looking for a more stable board the size up, 10’8” Red Paddle Co. Ride might be a better option. One of the bigger advantages of this paddle remains is that it remains sturdy even at lower PSI.

Red Paddle Co. 10’6 Inflatable Paddle Board Stability

Maneuverability

At the ideal length of 10 6 this Red Paddle Co. iSUP board boasts great maneuverability. The shape and size make it easy to turn in the water and it’s light weight makes it easy to pivot. The long traction pad also increases the stability and grip when pivoting. The lower weight capacity of the 10 6 Ride board makes it a little less stable and manoeuvrable for heavier people or a board with a lot of cargo.

Unlike most other paddle boards in this segment, the Ride has only two side fins. This curious design didn’t have any negative impact on tracking, but it seemed to be able to turn very sharply. Combined with the absence of rear bungee cords for cargo, step back turns were nice to execute (no tripping around over the chords).

Red Paddle Co. 10’6 Inflatable Paddle Board Maneuverability

Portability

The Red Paddle Co. 10 6 Ride is great for travelling and carrying to and from water. The board is made from very lightweight materials and one person can easily lift it. Once inflated the board has three handles located at the nose, tail and centre of the board. These make it easy to transport the board to and from water surfaces.

It also comes with a strong backpack which can hold the paddle board and added accessories without problems, ideal for travelling. The shoulder straps can get folded into flaps that velcro seal making checking it on a plane easy–and something insurance companies approve of. The bag was one of the more comfortable and we even found it easy to bike with. Maybe the best bag we’ve seen!

Red Paddle Co. 10’6 Inflatable Paddle Board Portability

Price/Quality Ratio

Red Paddle Co. make incredibly durable and sturdy boards with some of the iSUPs in their range capable of withholding the weight of a 24 ton roller truck. The Red Paddle Co. Ride 10 6 uses Tech Air and MSL technologies to create a lightweight, sturdy and durable iSUP. The materials are high quality and with the included accessories including, a backpack, pump and leash these boards are of great value.

It’s currently more expensive than the aforementioned Vapor and Newport G4, but the Ride’s paddle and bag give it added value that can’t be denied and has a price.

Optional Accessories from Red Paddle Co.

  • ‘Red’ original waterproof SUP deck bag.
  • ‘Red’ insulated stainless steel water bottle.
  • ‘Red’ quick dry microfiber towel.
  • ‘Red’ waterproof soft dry bags, coolers, and dry pouches.
  • ‘Red’ cargo net.

Red Paddle Co. Paddles

  • Carbon 50 Nylon Adjustable SUP Paddle
  • Alloy Nylon Adjustable SUP Paddle
  • Carbon 50 Lightweight SUP Paddle
  • Carbon 100 Lightweight SUP Paddle
  • Ultimate Carbon Ultra-Lightweight SUP Paddle
  • Midi Carbon 50 Nylon Adjustable SUP Paddle
Red Paddle Co. 10’6 Inflatable Paddle Board Close Up

What We Like

  • Beginner-friendly
  • All-round good performing iSUP
  • Extra stiffness makes it more stable
  • Tracks well in the water and flatter surfaces
  • Nice aesthetics
  • No bungee cords in the back make for easier step back turns
  • Probably the best bag we’ve seen

What We Don’t Like

  • Pump is not as good as it looks
  • Bunge cargo system looks good but is not working better than a regular system

Buy This Paddle Boards If:

We recommend this Red Paddle Co SUP. It’ll serve all levels of paddle boarders who are looking for a recreational paddle board that can do some touring–and even some surfing. It’s a good board to start out on with room to improve, whereas more experienced paddlers will appreciate its versatility and design. Ideal for travelling on account of the size and amazing bag, this board is great for those living further from the water. The Ride 10 6 is made from high quality materials and built to last.

Red Paddle Co boards are a decent value and provide an excellent and smooth ride. Overall, this is a great board for anybody looking to enjoy a smooth paddle board experience on the water.

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FAQ – Frequently asked questions about Red Paddle Co. 10’6 Inflatable Paddle Board

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    How long does it take to inflate the Red Paddle Co 10'6" Ride board?

    The Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride SUP board can be inflated in 3-7 minutes with an electric pump or 10 minutes with the included high-pressure hand pump.

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    What pressure can the Red Paddle Co 10'6" Ride SUP board be inflated to?

    The Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride SUP board can be inflated from 16 PSI to 22 PSI.

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    What does the Red Paddle Co 10'6" Ride SUP board come with?

    The Red Paddle Co 10’6″ RideSUP board comes with integrated fins, a leash, a pump and a backpack and a paddle. The Backpack and paddle are stand-outs in a crowded field of stand up paddle board packages.

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    What weight can the Red Paddle Co 10'6" Ride SUP board hold?

    The Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride SUP board can support a weight of up to 220 pounds.

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    Is the Red Paddle Co 10'6" Ride SUP board covered by warranty?

    The Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride SUP board has an incredible 5-year warranty.

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