2018 red paddle co racing paddle boards - 2018 range of inflatable race SUP paddle board

For 2016, Red Paddle Co introduced a new inflatable paddle board construction method/technology called MSL Fusion. In the video below head honcho over at Red Paddle Co, John Hibbard, walks us through the various inflatable stand up paddle board construction materials and methods available on the market today. He goes over the construction process, the advantages and disadvantages of each method/technology, and the advantages and disadvantages of the final result. He demonstrates the advantages and disadvantages with 3 “mini-SUPs” of each construction. There are 3 standard constructions, single layer, double layer and MSL Fusion (exclusive to Red Paddle Co).

Broken down by each construction, here we see a summary of the advantages and disadvantages:

Single Layer

Advantages

  • Lighter

Disadvantages

  • Loses shape
  • Not airtight
  • Not stiff
  • Not durable
Double Layer

Advantages

  • Stiffer
  • Maintains shape
  • More durable
  • Airtight

Disadvantages

  • Heavier
  • Harder to roll
  • Cosmetic blemishes
MSL Fusion

Advantages

  • Up to 2kg lighter (translates to about 20% lighter than equivalent 2015 model or 5-8lbs)
  • Stiffer
  • Stronger
  • Maintains shape
  • More durable
  • Airtight
  • Easier to roll

So you can see, Red Paddle Co have done their homework and true to their moto, are now offering an even more authentic paddle boarding experience. See which Red Paddle Co inflatable SUPs we have in stock here.

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About the author: Julian Kidd
I have been an avid stand up paddle boarder since 2009. I retired from professional kiteboarding to focus on SUP. Green Water Sports grew from this love of all things SUP. As well as being a keen paddle boarder, I'm a hockey fan, football fan, closet petrol head, web tinkerer, husband and father.

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