Inflatable Paddle Board Reviews 2018

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THE VERDICT

Red Paddle Ride 10 6 2018

Inflatable Paddle Board Review

The Ride boards are Red Paddle's core product range. The 10 6 is extremely well made and features all the quality fixtures and fittings we have come to expect from Red Paddle. However, its performance does fall short of some of the other boards in the Allround category.

 

It's a nice stable board which is ideally suited to beginners but lacking the performance to keep more experienced paddlers interested. The Sport range has been brought in to appeal to those looking for more from their ISUP and the Sport 11 is an option which still offers an Allround iSUP experience.

 

The Ride 10 6 is a great family board but more experienced paddle boarders should consider the Red's Sport range.

The Red Paddle Ride 10 6 is a good family board which doesn't quite excel in any of our key performance criteria. It's a nice stable board which will give beginners confidence. Speed and tracking would benefit from a bigger central fin.

 

At 4.75" thick the Ride 10 6 is not as stiff as some (even with the RSS) but this will not be noticeable to most paddlers.

Expect to pay £849 (with an aluminium paddle included).

 

More information and where to buy at https://redpaddleco.com/uk/

PERFORMANCE

As with all the boards reviewed in 2018, the Red Paddle Ride 10 6 is manufactured at one of the World's top iSUP factories. We can therefore guarantee the materials, accessories and manufacturing processes are of the highest quality.

 

The board has a double layer polymer fusion construction (pioneered by Red) with double layered rails. The RSS system adds further rigidity but not as stiff as most high-end 6" thick boards.

MANUFACTURE

The Ride 10 6 comes with the iFIN tri -fin set-up.

 

These are small moulded fins which make the board easy to fold and store. They are also tool-free for additional convenience. However, this convenience is at the expense of the improved performance provided by a large central fin.

FIN SET-UP

The Red Ride 10 6 comes with the Red Paddle Titan pump which is generally considered the best hand pump available in iSUP packages. Inflation is quick and easy with the only downside being the size of the pump which obviously adds some bulk to the overall package.

 

The bag is a hardwearing wheeled back pack. Suitable for travel and general storage. Little to differentiate from most similar wheeled iSUP bags.

 

The paddle supplied is a standard aluminium paddle.  Some retailers offer free or discounted upgrades to a glass fibre paddle. We would strongly recommend an upgrade as it will greatly improve your paddle boarding experience over a standard aluminium or alloy paddle. A carbon paddle would be an upgrade but not really an essential expense, other than for the most experienced paddle boarders.

PUMP, BAG & PADDLE

2017-Launch-300x250 Red Paddle Ride 10 6 2018