We recently received details on Red Paddle Co’s inflatable SUP lineup being introduced for 2020.Red Paddle Company inflatable boards are well-known throughout the world for their ruggedness, innovation and performance – each Red board is the result of rigorous quality assurance during the 72 hours of build time. Red Paddle Co’s private board facility is touted to be completely waste free with all materials being reused or recycled.
Throughout the past 12 years, Red Paddle Co has been the industry leader, racking up numerous awards throughout the product line, including Gear of the Year from Outside, Men’s Journal and Backpacker magazines. Innovative features include the game-changing Titan dual action pump, Monocoque Structural Laminate (MSL) fusion material technology, Rocker Side Stiffening (RSS) system and the Forward Flex Control (FFC) nose rod on the racing boards.
In 2019, Red Paddle Co launched the season by unveiling the Compact 9’6″ inflatable SUP package, a revolutionary new board that rolls up to half the size of a standard inflatable paddle board.
For 2020, Red Paddle Company raises the bar by offering an unheard-of 5 year warranty on all Red Paddle boards (with product registration), the result of the Red Paddle TEC quality assurance program.
Red Paddle’s philosophy? If you plan on taking to the water on an inflatable board then you need a super durable board that is up for the challenge. And if you haven’t seen them, the Red Paddle endurance videos – pitting Red Paddle boards against teens, dogs, tractors, big rigs, martial arts and more – are definitely a testament to durability.
The 2020 product line continues with 24 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 limited edition color scheme, revamped graphics unifying the product line appearance while keeping subtle differentiations between paddling categories, and added features on several of the models. Prices are remaining the same.
The Red Paddle Co 2020 recreational line encompasses all-round paddling for a wide variety of paddler sizes and water conditions, beginning with the best-selling Ride “all-around use” trio – the Ride 9’8″, the Ride 10’6″ (in two color choices) and the Ride 10’8″. On the smaller side, the 9’4″ Snapper is designed for kids while the 9″6″ Compact shines for lighter-weight traveling. The big boy “party animals” the 14 foot Ride L and the 17 foot Ride XL – are for multi-paddlers. Each of these has undergone subtle graphics and color tweaks, most notably in the larger Rides, unifying the board look. All boards in this series now feature front carry handles. Prices remain the same for 2020 at $1199, $1299 and $1349 for the trio, $1049 and $1899 for the Snapper and Compact, and $2999 and $3299 for the big guys.
The “glide series” consisting of the three Sport models -the Sport 11, Sport 11’3″ and Sport 12’6“– are rapidly becoming the SUP of choice for flat water paddling. No major changes are seen in the series except for the introduction of the Sport 11’3″ LE (Limited Edition) which features the same color scheme as the Ride 10’6″ LE. All Sports now feature the front carrying handle. Prices remain the same at $1449, $1499 and $1599 respectively.
The Red Paddle touring series consists of three models – the Voyager 12’6″, Voyager 13’2″ and fifteen foot Voyager Tandem. These three have undergone the most distinctive graphic and color redesigns. While most features remain status quo, the Voyager 12’6″ now touts the front carrying handle. Prices remain the same at $1599, $1649 and $1999 respectively.
Included in the Specialty Series are five models – the Whip 8’10″ surfing model, the Wild 9’6″ downriver/whitewater board , the Activ 10’8″ yoga fitness model and the two windsurf models – the 10’7″ Wind and the 10’7″ WindSurf. The Wild and Activ feature the most notable graphic redesigns, with the others sporting subtle changes. All models retain the same pricing for 2020 with prices running $1199, $1349, $1399, $1399 and $1599 respectively.
The 2020 racing series consists of four models – the Max Race 10’6″, Elite 12’6″ in 26 and 28 inch widths, the Elite 14′ in 25 and 27 inch widths, and the multi-paddler 22-foot Dragon. All models have virtually no changes, except for the Dragon which sports redesigned graphics more in keeping with the other race boards. Prices remain at $1249 for the Max Race, $1599 for both Elite 12-6s, $1699 for the Elite 14s and $2499 for the Dragon.
All boards – except the two smaller and three larger boards – come with the popular Titan dual barrel pump and the All Terrain Roller Backpack. The Whip and Snapper come with the slimmer original HP EZ pump and the standard backpack, while the Ride L, RIde XL and Dragon come with four HP pumps and a carrying tarp.
The Red Paddle Co accessory line – such as the cargo net, Schraeder valve adaptor, Titan pump, coiled or flatwater leashes and standalone All Terrain and Original wheeled backpacks – remain the same. The dry bag has been replaced with a new Red Original dry bag.
The 2020 Red Paddle Co boards and accessories are in transit, with an expected availability of Oct. 29th – pre-orders are being accepted. To order or for more information, visit the Red Paddle Co product pages at AirKayaks.com.