Choosing a paddle board is about making sure it is right for you, so you get the most from your board and the best paddling experience. The good news is that by using just a few key factors we can help guide you in the right direction and find the perfect match for your requirements.
Most of these factors are easily determined, such as your weight and the style of paddling you intend to do.
We explain why these considerations are important and outline the key options below to help you make the best choice and find the right board for you in our range of the world’s most popular paddleboards.
If you have any questions or want any further guidance, feel free to contact our customer experience team. They’re all highly trained, on hand and ready to help you 7 days a week... it's all part of the Red experience.
THE IMPORTANCE OF RIDER WEIGHT WHEN BUYING A PADDLE BOARD
THE IMPORTANCE OF RIDER WEIGHT WHEN BUYING A PADDLE BOARDWhen speaking to new customers one of the first questions we will ask is: How much do you weigh?
The reason for this is we need to know if the board you are looking at buying can carry your weight. All Red Paddle Co boards come with specific rider weights assigned to them. This means that you can be confident that your board will offer the very best performance on the water.
TOP TIP: The maximum weight capacity is a good starting point for helping narrow down which board is better suited to you.
WHAT PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE AND WHAT ‘STYLE’ OF PADDLING DO YOU INTEND TO DO?
WHAT PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE AND WHAT ‘STYLE’ OF PADDLING DO YOU INTEND TO DO?Understanding how much paddling you have done in the past will help determine how stable you need the board to be and in turn will help guide the type of board you need. The less experience you have, the more stable you will want the board to be as you build confidence and experience.
Along with Red’s patented technology and innovative construction methods, stability comes from the width, length, thickness and volume of air the board can hold.
Because Red boards are so robust and made in way others aren’t, they can be pumped to a higher pressure, improving stiffness and therefore stability. However, these key dimensions vary based on the different style of board and deliver a different type of performance.
There are also some other key factors to consider, specifically how you’ll want to use the board. Perhaps you're planning to paddle for longer distances or just want to paddle with your family on the beach every so often.
The Ride Range
The Ride RangeOur best selling paddle board, our all-round Ride boards are a great option for beginners but are equally as fun and versatile for more experienced paddlers looking for easy-access, all-round adventures, especially if you have extra passengers with you. Our Ride boards are incredibly tough and stable, performing well in a variety of conditions and waterways.
They range from 9 – 11ft in length and are wider (32”- 34”) and slightly thinner (4” – 4.7”) than their touring counterparts to deliver a more stable paddling experience, great for multi-person paddling too. If you want a family board to that will serve you well for years to come – look no further.
THE COMPACT RANGE
THE COMPACT RANGEHalf the size means double the adventure! The flagship of Red innovation, our Compact boards push the boundaries of what an inflatable board can be… Unique to Red, the Compact design is a patented technology that utilises our MSL PACT material that makes paddling more convenient and more accessible than ever before as these boards pack down incredibly small whilst still delivering unrivalled performance.
Our Compact boards combine the convenience of an all-in-one package with the high performance and stylish features that Red Paddle Co boards are famous for. These boards are ideal for paddlers who want a lightweight solution to travel and explore without limitation! For those in the know, these are our some of our most coveted boards.
THE VOYAGER RANGE
THE VOYAGER RANGEIf you’re heading off on a multi-day trip or are just looking to go a bit further with a heap of kit, these are the boards for you. Its increased length and thickness compared to an all-round board make it an ideal board for cruising through longer outings, and our patented RSS system offers unrivalled stiffness.
The extra length also means it can easily handle a child or dog on the front while you paddle, and you can use the extensive cargo areas for camping or picnic gear. You’ll feel extra confident paddling out on these boards, knowing that it offers enhanced performance and stability in all conditions. The Red Voyager boards also benefit from our innovative V-hull, meaning you will glide through the water like never before.
THE SPORT RANGE
THE SPORT RANGEBuilt for speed, and performance, the Red Sport inflatable paddle boards are the drop-top roadster of the Red Paddle Co range. Ideal for paddlers looking to up their paddling game - perfect to progress onto from an all-round board, like the Red 10'6” Ride.
The Red Sports SUP range has been designed with a focus on speed and dynamic performance. The sleek shape and the drawn-out nose gives maximum glide across the water, meaning you can paddle further for longer. You’ll be amazed how much further you can go and how much quicker verses other inflatable boards. Plus, our better than ever RSS battens which are unique to Red will keep your board super stiff.