Standup paddle boarding is now becoming more than just a friendly sport; it is a great destination for anyone who wants to try something new and different. The Red Paddle Co is following up with everything concerning this great water sport, and it is doing it professionally.
This review is about the outstanding inflatable paddle board the Flow; it is 9.6 feet tall, 34 inches wide and 5.9 inches thick. This board is made to last and blast; I’m not just saying, because when you’ll get your hands on it you’ll know what I’m talking about.
The Flow is designed for those of you who take life as an adventure; if you’re a rider who enjoys taking on the white waters, this board is your new friend. Now since going down rapid rivers is our case, the Flow is given a shape that offers extreme durability and extreme performance. It is constructed with high quality materials as it is built using the new Monocoque Structural Laminate (MSL) technology which fuses the second layer of hard-wearing polymer to the drop-stitch core at raw material stage providing the board with incredible stiffness even at low pressure.
Also, the Flow takes up to 20 psi which will guarantee you the ultimate performance you’d want from a board like this one. You’ll find an included titan pump which does the work inflating this strong guy which takes up to 265 lbs, which shouldn’t be hard at all since you’re already considering the Flow.
Additionally, you’ll find that more than 2 thirds of the board are covered with an EVA pad to avoid any slippage while riding it; it’ll add up greatly to your balance when you’re controlling the board and maneuvering the water.
Further, you’ll be happy to know that the 5.9 inches thickness of the Flow is perfect for white water’s taking; its high sides allow it to break in and out of the river flow while it’s pronounced nose allows it to ride over the bumps exceptionally well, and honestly speaking, a board this tough can pretty much be great and useful for anything; it’s so rigid and balanced that you won’t believe the amount of stiffness and sturdiness it features.
Moreover, the Flow is featured with 5 carry handles; 2 are fixed on the sides, one is on the nose, the other is on the tail, and the last one is right in the middle of the board; they come very handy when you need to carry the inflated board as they will support you when you are trying to get back on top of the board. Also, you’ll find that the Flow is furnished with 4 irremovable fins while there is space to include a big removable fin when in the flat.
Furthermore, 4 D-rings are located on the front of the board as they are connected with a bungee cord to support any probable cargo which might be needed on board, you can also use it to fix your paddle to it while taking a break, as well as fixing a meal-box to have a snack when needed.
Now if there is anything missing about the Flow I’d say that it’s the fact that it comes without a paddle which is quite common with some companies, however, the Red Paddle Co provides you with a large list of options to choose the best paddle for you so you can order it along with the board.
Coming to an end of this review, my favorite part is now to be talked about; the Red Paddle Co features most of their 2016 models with an amazing roller back pack which will make the Flow so easy to pack, store, carry or drag around. It looks great and fancy and it is so comfortable to carry.
Finally, the Flow comes with a repair kit which you might not need thanks to its strong and rigid construction, and a waterproof phone case which might come of use for those of you who need their phone on them all the time.