Red Paddle Co has introduced their new 11’0″ Compact Sport Inflatable SUP Package, the second in a series of super-portable, lightweight, packable inflatable SUP packages. The 11’0″ Compact Sport joins the 9’6″ Compact in the Red Paddle line up, offering a longer length and increased carrying capacity of 242 lbs.
Based on the popular Red Paddle Co Sport 11’0″ with a construction design similar to the 9’6″ Compact, the 11’0″ Compact features a 32″ width with 4.7″ thickness, yet packs down to nearly half the size of a conventional Red board without sacrificing performance, rigidity or durability. The package comes complete with Titan pump, backpack, cell phone case, fins, gauge, leash and carbon breakdown paddle; the entire package weighs in at roughly 31 lbs (13.8 kg), with the board alone at 19 lbs/8.45 kg.
Red Paddle accomplished this through a series of material breakthroughs and innovative design, starting from the ground-up and re-engineering each part.
Just like the original 9’6″ Compact, the Compact 11’0 Sport is constructed from a core material, featuring a high-resolution thread matrix called PACT technology. Ten years in the making, the PACT technology weaving process creates a high-tensile thread matrix at the core of the board, with a super-strong, malleable outer layer.
A unique “quad stringer” system is placed on the top and underside; as the board is inflated, the stringer becomes tighter making the Compact 11 Sport more rigid without the bulk.
The deck pad is now “split” with the handle placed just left of center. Both the inflation valve and leash have also been placed off-center, in essence creating a “living hinge,” allowing one to fold the board in half and easily roll the Compact into a smaller package.
A bungee deck-lace system with 6 d-rings provides enough space and attachment points to secure extra gear.
The removable Red Click Fin System features two fully recyclable FCS fins and fin box with an integrated pin system ensuring the fins are not lost while paddling. The fin box is compatible with most FCS fins.
The bag went through equal scrutiny and now touts a smaller footprint, yet slightly larger than the Compact 9’6″ bag; dimensions are roughly 25.5″x 17″ x 17″as compared to the standard roller backpack of 38″ x 14″ x 12″. Features include lumbar support which can be customized by adjusting the height, a cushioned, adjustable waist belt and adjustable backpack straps with concentrated shoulder padding. Each of these allow one to personally optimize the backpack for a more ergonomic fit.
The carry handle is constructed from a tubular, closed-cell foam padding, with reinforced handle and strap anchor points and rollover seams. The interior features a fin pocket, water bottle pocket and paddle storage straps. Weight reduction is saved via the smaller size, and removal of the wheels.
Each component works together, resulting in a board that is as rigid, high-performing and durable as the standard Red boards, yet easily folds and rolls up to half the size.
Included in the Compact 11 Package is Red’s innovative 5-piece, breakdown paddle, with a shaft constructed from a rigid, high-modulus carbon. Individual shaft sections have been cut on an angle to minimize twisting and are assembled with a push-pin system. The laser-etched nylon blade delivers durability and performance.
The paddle weighs 1.8 lbs/0.8 kg and can be adjusted from 70.8 in to 82.7 in (180-210cm) with a longest shaft length of roughly 17.7 to 20 inches. In addition, the individual shafts can be removed to create a paddle suitable for smaller riders (53 in to 65 in/135cm to 165 cm), making it a great choice for families.
Last but not least, the Compact 11 System comes with the popular Red Paddle Co Coiled Leash, as well as the Titan Dual Chamber pump, which lets you pump up the board to high pressures in no time.
The Compact 11 Package is perfect for the outdoor urbanite planning weekend escapes or wanderlust riders wanting a packable option without sacrificing performance. The Compact 11 is also a great choice for families, easily packed in a car or RV, light enough for most members to carry, and a carbon paddle that can be adjusted for most sizes. Max payload is 242 lbs person and gear.
The 11’0″ Compact Sport System includes Titan pump, gauge, repair kit, Compact backpack, two fins, 5 pc-carbon paddle, leash and cell phone case. MSRP is $1999.
For more details or to purchase, visit the Red Paddle Co Compact 11’0″ Sport Package product page at www.AirKayaks.com.