MSL is recognised as the industry’s leading construction process and is exclusive to Red Paddle Co. We are the only inflatable brand in the world that produces our boards in our own, private facility meaning no other board comes close. Here’s why…
The difference is in the detail. By looking at all of the individual elements of drop stitch we have been able to develop a refined process to improve all aspects of board production.
Firstly we have removed the process of coating the inner thread section with molten PVC – for us this was a redundant process, as we had no interest in producing a single layer board which only served as a base to glue our outer/double layer to. It was also a messy process with very little control. Instead, we coat the thread structure in a layer of adhesive that has been specially formulated to create both a seal and a bonding layer. We then machine laminate a layer of high density structural PVC to this adhesive layer under controlled conditions – completely removing the human factor involved in traditional double layer application.
This whole process is done at the raw material stage by carefully calibrated machinery developed for this process. The result is a consistent and high level cosmetic finish that has all of the durability and strength of our previous double layer construction. And because this process is done at the raw material stage we are now able to benefit from torsion stiffness as the material is put under tension when the board is inflated.
It all sounds simple but like the best single malt whiskey or a finely tuned engine the components and method have needed to be refined over and over again until we created the ultimate blend of performance, quality and weight.
Adding MSL to our TecAir manufacturing process makes all our boards more durable and ensures they perform better. Our Patented RSS stiffening system adds even further rigidity when needed, making SUPs so tough that you can run a 22-tonne digger over them, no problem! And if you don’t believe us check out this video.
What are the obvious benefits?
A SUPERB COSMETIC FINISH – All Red Paddle Co boards have an industry-leading cosmetic finish. No wrinkles or blemishes. The boards look cleaner and smoother and even feel better to the touch.
WEIGHT-SAVING BUT STABLE – All Red Paddle Co boards are up to 2kgs lighter than our previous double layer construction. But very importantly they are not too light. If a board is ultra-light it is more affected by wind and current while on the water. MSL boards have a reassuring lightweight feel.
STIFF AT LOWER PRESSURES – Due to the Torsion Stiffness effect all Red Paddle Co boards are stiffer at lower pressures compared to other products on the market. We recommend a pressure of between 16-22psi. Less pumping and more paddling.
ENHANCED DURABILITY – The multiple-layer coating of Red Paddle Co boards is tough and durable. With our third generation of MSL material now in use, our boards are more durable than ever.