We recently received details on Red Paddle Co’s exciting inflatable SUP lineup being introduced for 2018.
Red Paddle Co boards are well-known throughout the world for their ruggedness, innovation and performance. Each of the boards utilize high pressure drop-stitch technology – allowing them to be inflated from 18-20 PSI – and feature quadruple rail construction with double layering. In 2015, Red Paddle introduced the game-changing Titan dual action pump. The following year, 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 drop-stitch 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.
During 2017, Red Paddle racked up numerous awards throughout the product line, including Gear of the Year from Outside, Men’s Journal and Backpacker magazines. In 2017, Red introduced the integrated RAM mount socket to many of the boards, allowing 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 and cup holders. The threads also work with RailBlaza accessories.
2018 heralds the 10-year anniversary of the brand. For 2018, Red Paddle Co has 23 models for surfing, whitewater, recreation, touring and racing, ranging in size from 8’10 to to 22’0. This includes the introduction of one new model – the Voyager Tandem 15’0” – 6 renames, a limited-edition anniversary model, a consolidation of the racing boards, revamped graphics and added features on several of the current models. Prices are generally remaining the same with some slight decreases over 2017. For 2018, Red Paddle continues to tweak the material across the entire product line, making the injected, reinforced second layer thicker with increased bond strength.
Except for the boards featuring fixed fins (Rides, Snapper) the Reds with removable fins continue to use 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, yet now come with a finger screw to ensure the fins are secure. The racing boards (Elites, Max Races) come with a glass race fin. Each board will also include an extra screw in the repair kit.
Other smaller tweaks include a