Great option for RED fans looking for more performance.
The Red Paddle Sport 11 is a contriversial choice to include in our review of Allround Inflatable Paddle Boards as it is generally considered a Touring board. However, there is a growing change in emphasis in Allround iSUP design, moving towards faster, better tracking boards. The Sport 11 fits this trend and at 11' is just short enough to maintain a decent level of manouevrability which is obviously a key characteristic of Allround boards. It also performs considerably better than Red's Ride series.
The Sport 11's Glide Speed is good, as you would expect with an 11' long, 30" wide board. Stability and manouevrability suffer and beginners will initially find the board more of a chanllenge.
A sleek and sporty board which would suit more experienced paddle boarders who are looking for improved manouverability over Touring boards. The FCS Fin is also a boon.
The Red Paddle Sport 11 is the fastest iSUP we looked at in the Allround category. Red Paddle describe it as a touring board but we think it offers some allround capability for more experienced paddle boarders. Quroc and JP have developed sleeker design lines and the Red Sport 11 fits this move to greater speed and paddling ease over surf performce. Manouverability does suffer, especially with the 11' Sport, but it does offer an option for those looking to explore without the hassel of a larger board. At 4.75" thick the Sport 11 is not as stiff as some (even with the RSS) but this doesn't seem to greatly effect performance.
The 9" FCS Fin provides great tracking and is an improvement on the standard US Fin Box Fins.
Expect to pay £949 (with an aluminium paddle included).
As with all the boards reviewed, the Red Paddle Sport 11 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. This results in a light weight (9kg) yet stiff and responsive board.
The Sport 11 come with a single fin set-up.
The centre fin is a 9" FCS Fin. FCS are recognised as the leading fin manufacturer in the surf and SUP market and a number of companies favour these fins in their ranges. This is a move we welcome as a good fin is vital to a boards performance
The Red Sport 11 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.
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