| Submitted by: Caleb T. on 2014-07-13
Summary: I shopped around quite a bit and read a number of review before deciding on two of these board (pic shows 2013 model, I have the 2014 version). The key reasons I was drawn to these boards we the durability, firmness and price. Good inflatables are expensive and when you are buying two at once, deals are that much more desirable. My wife and I used them for the first time today and we loved them. They are definitely firm for an inflatable and very stable, and they glide much better than I was expecting. For reference I weigh about 175 and had a 45 lb dog on ridding with me and had no issues (I inflated to 20 psi). So far we are very happy with our purchases and can't wait to go out again.
Pros: Firm, stable, glides well, looks good (the 2014 models graphics are much nicer in my opinion) and the inflation process easy to figure out and helps give a good warm up ;-)
Cons: There is a D ring under the front of the board that provides a bit of drag. My wife didn't notice it but I wish it was removable and may find a way to cut it off. That's it for now, will update if I find anything else.
Usage: Exercise, touring, will be trying class I - III white water later this summer and from what I've heard it should do great. I could also see this working for Yoga as my wife and I both found it very stable even with a dog walking around.
Submitted by: Jen C on 2014-03-28
Summary: A great board for the all round paddler, it floats and glides easily on flat water, while still riding smoothly and predictably in surf.
Pros: Light weight, but sturdy. Really compact and convenient, all the more so given its suitable for most waters, be it lake or ocean.
Cons: When the waves are killer, I wish it would inflate that little bit quicker.
Usage: Exercise, leisure, surf and still waters. It comes with me wherever I go, allowing for me to keep my passion alive throughout the year.
Submitted by: juliankidd on 2014-03-12
Summary: Note that this a review from a dealer of this board. The Red Paddle Co 10'6? Ride is a great all round stand up paddle board. It also happens to be an inflatable which gives you great benefits. To the purists, an inflatable won't feel right, but to many, the advantages of an inflatable (storage, transportation, bombproof rails and construction) far outweigh any disadvantages (pumping it up and little flex). It's my go to board for everything but big waves.
Pros: Paddling the 10í6″ is a breeze. Itís a long-ish board with good width and has a nice planing area. First impression is that the rounded rail nature of an inflatable tends to give a slightly vague feeling when things get rougher on the water, but also mean it is extremely forgiving and stable.
Cons: Inflatables can be used in the surf however the 10í6″ Ride is on the lower end of surfability. Iíve ridden it in wave faces up to 5ft and it performs well. You need to get way back on the EVA deck and it prefers to go down the line. Itíll turn well, but watch for the nose catching and pearling. Itís length and flatter rocker line, while great for cruising, work against this paddle board in the surf. That said, I often ride small waves with it when my other board (8í5″ x 29″) is too much work.
Usage: General cruising on the ocean, lagoon and river. Small waves.
Submitted by: Martin on 2013-01-25
Summary: This is a great all round board from your first ride when your learning to small surf. It's great if you want to explore the bays around your hotel when you take it on holiday too. The fact that is comes from a company who's staff all ride the boards they produce and sell means they don't like second best. I have paddled this board on white water too and even after getting it wrong and hitting major rocks, it didn't show a single mark on it. There is a debate that inflatable boards are slower than solid boards to ride and the speed difference is true but if you are a beginner or occasional paddler then you will not need that difference.
Pros: Ride,stability,longevity,load capacity, build quality, easily stored, easy to transport.
Cons: Not so quick to turn in the surf.
Usage: Exercise,surf, touring,white water,fitness training.