Red Paddle Co – 11’3 Sport Review

Red Paddle Co – 11’3 Sport Review

As the take up rate of paddle boarding continues to increase year-on-year, so too does the quality of inflatable paddle boards (iSUPs). With boards designed for everything from recreational all-purpose use through to specialised surf, yoga, racing and fishing boards, iSUPs continue to stretch the boundaries of design and quality and are now seen as true competitive options to their more rigid hard board cousins.

Today we will be taking a look at Red Paddles 11’3″ 2020 Inflatable Sports SUP Package.

Specifications:

Red Paddle Sports SUP PackageLength: 11’3″ (343 cm)
Width: 32″ (81 cm)
Height / Depth: 4.7″ (12 cm)
Construction: proprietary MSL Fusion drop stitch
Weight: 22 lbs (10 kgs)
User Weight: 240 lbs (110 kg)
Stiffening System: RSS Battens
Volume: 306 Litres
Inflation PSI: up to 25 psi
Paddle: options available
Fin: detachable FCS US Box Fins
Pump: titan double chambered
Warranty: 5 years

Why Paddle Board – as a recreational activity, paddle boarding offers some tremendous health and fitness benefits ranging from a full body workout engaging many of the core muscles albeit in a low impact way through to improved balance, improvements in endurance and stamina, injury rehabilitation, weight loss and improving our cardiovascular health. Its an exciting way to unwind and decompress whilst at the same time engaging with nature. As one of the fastest growing water sports globally, if you have access to water then its definitely worth giving it a go.

*** New to SUPing, take a look at the Top 10 Benefits of Paddle Boarding for more insights ***

About Red Paddle Co

Founded in 2008 by John Hibbard, Red Paddle are at the forefront of the paddle board industry known for their innovation in design and construction methodology. As a professionally sponsored full-time windsurfing competitor, it was John’s aim to develop high performance inflatable boards given the transportation challenges that he continually faced traveling on the pro tour. Over a number of years of continually testing and retesting the boundaries, Red Paddle have positioned themselves as a high spec manufacturer of boards ranging from all round recreational through to racing, white water, surf, yoga, multi-person and wind surfing. Their range also caters for children and beginners through to seasoned riders.

Red Paddle also have one of the better interactive websites in the market. The site delves into considerable industry information which precedes Red Paddle themselves speaking to the origins and developments within the iSUP market. Each of their boards includes detailed specs and graphics, a full breakdown of the construction methodology, board selection and comparison tools, strong customer support with how to tips and video tutorials and much more. If you are new to paddle boarding or simply looking for a better understanding of the industry and what is on offer, then Red Paddle should be one of if not your first point of call.

The Board

Red Paddles Special Edition 2020 11’3″ board comes with a new striking purple deck design with changes to the rail colours and graphics. Catering for intermediate (and up) riders, its streamlined design makes it one of the faster recreational iSUPs on the market albeit without sacrificing stability, tracking and glide.

Construction – known as one of the industry leaders in iSUP innovation and technology, Red Paddle have continued to use their proprietary MSL Fusion technology and construction processes making their boards lighter and stiffer. The MSL or Red Paddle CoMonocoque Structural Laminate is a high-definition drop stitch which uses a unique pressure application and reinforced laminate making the boards up to 4.4 lbs (2 kg) lighter albeit with greater stiffness. This machine pressed process eliminates human error and the usage of excess glue. Whilst other board manufacturers use drop stitch technology, they are typically made from a mass-produced cheaper linear drop stitch which is not able to withstand high pressure for prolonged periods of time.

Red Paddle also use their designed and patented Rocker Stiffening System (RSS) on their specialist boards which heightens stiffness and ultimate performance. The system uses 2 fibreglass stiffening battens which are inserted into individually laminated exterior side pockets which increases the boards rigidity by up to 40%.

Suitability / Performance – its reduced weight and batten system allow a high level of rigidity under a relatively low level of pressure. At 22lbs, the board is light although not too light so as to compromise its performance particularly in windy or rougher water conditions.

Unlike some iSUPs that have a tri-fin system, the board still tracks nicely with its single touring fin. The narrow nose of the board aids its speed through the water although this is nicely balanced by a wider mid-section which is more heavily situated to the rear of the board enhancing its stability. The squared off tail helps with manoeuvrability when body weight is distributed to the rear of the board for turning. Its shape also aids an ability to play around in light wave conditions where you can dig in for quicker and deeper turns.

The diamond textured rear deck padding is comfortable under foot and provides extra cushioning and positioning awareness given its change in texture as compared to the forward deck padding.
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The Package

Included within the package is:

Bag – arguably one of the best bags on the market given its quality and versatility. It is made from a highly durable waterproof material featuring heavy-duty stitching, hide away shoulder straps making for easy transportation, and Red Paddle SUP Backpackintegrated wheels. It also contains an internal paddle sleeve and carry handles on both sides of the bag as well as the top and bottom. Its internal waterproof foil lining also ensures the board will stay cool under warmer temperatures.

Pump – titan double chambered pump with Hi Flo handle and multi-purpose attachments for other (non-SUP) inflatables. Claimed to be the fastest manual pump on the market (non-electric) with board inflation in approx. 4 minutes.

Fin – a single tool-less fin using the US box system making for versatility and easy attachment. The system also uses a thumb bolt and plate locking mechanism which aids a secure connection.

Paddle – the base package comes standard with a 3 piece adjustable alloy paddle. You can then opt (at an additional cost) to upgrade the paddle to the Carbon Nylon, Carbon 50 or full 100 Carbon Paddle. Each paddle is adjustable and uses Red Paddles proprietary LeverLock technology.

Accessories – front and read colour matched patches, a valve tool, phone dry case, carry strap and instructions.

Pros & Cons

Pros

– aesthetically the board is sleek in design and has a no nonsense look and feel to it
– the colour scheme and deck padding design top off a cosmetically attractive product
– great stiffness and rigidity aided by the design and RSS side battens
– fast inflation via the titan pump
– whilst sleek, the board offers good stability and quality tracking and glide
– upgradable paddle options
– well-designed and versatile durable carry bag
– thicker rear deck padding for manoeuvrability

Cons

– certain package options do not include either the 10′ standard or 8′ coiled leash – needs to be priced in separately.
– the battens (not being built it) can be a little difficult to insert.

The Verdict

If you’re prepared to up your spend and aim for the higher end of the market, then the 11’3″ 2020 Inflatable Sports SUP is definitely one to put on the list. Made to the exacting high standards that Red Paddle are known for, the board offers great stability and rigidity. It is light and reasonably quick through the water when compared to other comparable boards whilst still offering good tracking and glide. The package includes high quality accessories which will meet all of your needs. Definitely a worthwhile spend and one that I give the thumbs up to.

As always we would love to get your feedback so please feel free to leave your comments below and we will get back to you.

Until then, stay safe and get wet…

14 thoughts on “Red Paddle Co – 11’3 Sport Review”

  1. Very nice review and a great looking board! I have never been surfing but the benefits you mention make me wish I could. The weather is perfect for it now and I love any sports that have to do with the water. Would that board also be fit for say a beginner like myself?

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    • Hi Melissa. It is a great sport so do give it a try.

      This particular Red Paddle board is for someone who has a bit more experience as it has a sleeker design so better suits a faster more agile ride. Red Paddle do offer other more suitable boards for beginners but as a manufacturer, they are at the upper end. If your looking for something a little more affordable but still of reasonable quality then take a look at Nixy perhaps. I’ve written a review of one of their boards on the site as well if your interested to know more.

      All the bet – Jason.

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  2. I quite like this review, but I’ve always wondered with this kind of sport – does someone who is either overweight or underweight find it more difficult to become skilled at it, when compared to a person that is a fairly normal body weight?

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    • A good question Simon. On the lower weight scale, no issue as small children also use them as well so as long as the board is suitable for their skill level (beginners / intermediate etc.) then that’s fine. The one caveat there is that smaller people may struggle a little in windy or rough water conditions as they might well lack sufficient strength. A hurdle that can be overcome with good technique though. The larger boards can cater for weights up to 450lbs (200kg) so unless you’re really big then again okay. Stability might be a challenge here so again, selecting a suitable board also makes sense. If you’d like to know a little more Simon perhaps take a look at our Tips for Beginners post which I’m sure will give you a little more insight into the sport.

      All the best – Jason.

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  3. Hello there! This SUP is great on flat water and in wavy/choppy water as well; you can ride pretty good size swells without wobbling. The pump has a really cool feature that allows you to remove a plug when you get to 6 PSI which then makes pumping much easier from 7 PSI on.

    Thanks!

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    • Hey Joy. Its a high quality board and accessories package so if you have a little experience and a few dollars in your pocket then its definitely worth the investment.

      Stay safe and happy paddling – Jason.

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  4. Paddle boarding has never been an interest of mine so this information is an eye opener for me. I can however appreciate the need for light weight boards and immediately safety comes to ming. I guess that once you decide to be a paddle boarder, swimming must be a skill that you have. For those who are into this sport, I guess that the Red Paddle Special Edition is a great option. 

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    • Thanks for your comment Russell. Its not a sport for all and I appreciate that its not your thing either. A quality board and accessories is always a great to have item and definitely enhances the paddlers experience. Red Paddle offer a great product so for those that are keen to better their game so to speak then definitely worth the investment.

      All the best – Jason. 

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  5. Hi Jason 👋
    I really enjoy canoeing in the lake we have in Northwest Arkansas. I thought it might be fun to try out a paddle board to see how it compares to my kayak. I am able to move up tributaries in my kayak.
    I do you know how durable an inflatable paddle board would be moving up small tributaries? Do they puncture easily? Sometimes on the lake you don’t see trees and limbs under the water until it is too late.
    Thanks

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    • Hi Greg. If you can canoe/kayak then you have your sea legs so to speak so getting up on a board shouldn’t take you too long. The better quality boards can withstand weights +/-400lbs and will still remain rigid so unless you are doing some serious rougher water paddling where a more specialised board is preferable, then this board should be fine. The inflatable boards actually handle impacts quite well (branches, rocks etc.) as they are manufactured out of high quality materials although if its a sharp object with a reasonable amount of impact then you could get a tear. Repairable but a possibility. I hope you get the chance to give it a go nonetheless.

      Stay safe – Jason.

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  6. Hi Jason
    These are super cool. We are spending some time this summer with extended family and they have a whole host of water sports equipment including kayaks and paddleboards which we will be trying too. I’m quite sure they do not have any inflatable boards as they live directly on the water so portability was not an issue. If we do get hooked on this though I can see how inflatable boards would really work well for us as we are a few miles from the water and we like to cycle a lot. So the timing of this review is right on for us right now. Thanks for this and best regards, Andy

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    • Hey Andy. Make sure you definitely give it a go. The inflatable boards these days (the better quality ones) are near on as rigid as the hard boards and will remain inflated for quite some time so they are a great option as you suggest if space and portability is a factor. Easy to get hooked on so a must try this summer.

      All the best – Jason.

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