TEC AIR IS NOT A PRODUCT, IT'S A PROCESS
By focussing on the key areas of the production process, we have been able to identify ways we can improve the result. This varies from detailing exactly where and how the layers are bonded together or how the rocker curve is applied to the board.
We make sure that no area of the design process is ignored. Our obsessive attention to detail on the inside of the board ensures the best experience, for you, the paddler on the outside.
PREMIUM CONSTRUCTIONRed Paddle Co boards are manufactured using specially produced, high density drop stitch that makes for a stronger and stiffer core.
If you look at a Red board, there are thousands of dimples spread all over the board. Each dimple represents an internal thread. Drop stitch is the name given to the material inside an inflatable board.
We do not use Linear drop stitch, which is a mass produced, cheap material that cannot hold high pressure. Linear boards can be identified by the straight lines of dimples on the board. For an idea of the differences check out this video by clicking here.
A SUPERB COSMETIC FINISH
A SUPERB COSMETIC FINISHFirst, we use a machine to weave the high-density inner core. Next, we cover the woven surface in an adhesive that seals the woven material, so it is completely airtight. This adhesive also acts as a bonding layer with a high-density structural PVC that is machine laminated onto the first layer.
THE RAIL TRUTH
THE RAIL TRUTHThe rail can be the weakest point on an inflatable board. It is where all layers meet and where air pressure loading is at its highest.
Red Paddle Co boards have 3 layers of taping on the rails making them the strongest boards available.
Most other boards are just 1 layer thick. Our 3-layer rail almost completely removes the risk of puncture or material failure, allowing you to use the board with total confidence.
You could completely remove the outer rail tapes and the board would be useable. Other boards would deflate immediately if you removed or made a rip in the rail tapes, making them susceptible to issues such as bulging, leaking or blowing-out.
ROCKET FAST ROCKERS
ROCKET FAST ROCKERSWe build rockers into our boards that give the board an authentic feel when paddled. All other boards on the market have up turned noses and tail which are not functional or effective in promoting glide and control. Our rockers are progressive. This means the rocker curve starts well back on the board and slowly increases as it reaches the nose. This progressive rocker is one of the key ingredients to our authentic feel.
Our Rockers are built to allow the board to perform. This is the reason why you will find boards like the 14’0” Elite Race outperform all other inflatable boards of the same size and are faster and more efficient than many hard boards.
ROCKER STIFFENING SYSTEM
ROCKER STIFFENING SYSTEMOur patented RSS (Rocker Stiffening System) is another way we control the rocker of the boards.