Riptide™ Launch Set

(39 customer reviews)

Riptide™ Launch Set

(39 customer reviews)

No assembly required means you are at the launch sight quick! Featuring a really cool chrome nose cone and fins, the Riptide is one cool rocket!



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The Estes Riptide Launch Set contains almost everything you need for hours of high flying fun! This shiny rocket is completely assembled by specially trained craftsman and is ultra aerodynamic and has totally awesome highly reflective blue chrome colored fins and nose cone.

The Riptide stands 18 inches tall. When launched on our Estes standard model rocket engines, it can reach heights over 650 feet and returns smoothly on a colorful 12 inch parachute.

Rip through the sky with your own ready to fly Riptide!

LAUNCH SYSTEM includes Estes Porta-Pad II Launch Pad and Electron Beam Launch Controller.

WHAT YOU NEED TO LAUNCH (sold separately): Estes model rocket engines, starters and recovery wadding. Four 1.5V high quality AA alkaline batteries are also required for launch controller (not included).

Projected Max Altitude

675 ft. (206 m)

Recovery System

12 in. (30.5 cm) Parachute


18 in. (45.7 cm)


1.35 in. (34 mm)

Estimated Weight

2.7 oz. (76.5 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

15 Minutes (painting and glue drying time not included)


Chrome Components

Fin Materials


Decal Type


Launch System

Includes Porta-Pad II and Electron Beam Launch Controller

Launch Rod Size


Age Recommendation

Estes model rocketry is recommended for boys and girls ages 10+ with adult supervision for those under 12, and rocketeers of all ages.

39 reviews for Riptide™ Launch Set

  1. Laery

    Amazing beginner rocket. Comes with everything you need except for the engines and recovery wadding which is pretty standard for each rocket launch. No gluing or painting required. Have bought this rocket more than once for quick and easy launch setup.

  2. V&L Angello (verified owner)

    Sooooooooooo fun will keep buying from Estes but the first time almost got stuck😅😅 but we got it down soo easy I suggest

  3. Wouter


    the riptide is one of my favorites out of all of our rockets (the larkspur rocket club, of which I am the founder) and it goes really high.

  4. Howard

    Excellent first rocket!

    I bought this as a gift for my nephew and by the 3rd launch he was doing everything himself. He struggled with the gator clips and primer hookup, but I think he was a little nervous is all. We had 3 great launches (iPhone Slow-Mo video provided an amazing keepsake video) with recoveries. I am sure if we used the C engines we would have lost the rocket altogether though (slight breeze on the ground, but did travel pretty far on the return). I think this will be the first of many more he’ll be enjoying. Thank you Estes!

  5. ev3rstorm


    It is a nice rocket.

  6. Michael

    Great Beginner Rocket

    I had this rocket a few years ago when I was 10 and didn’t know much about rockets. This kit served me well because of how easy it was to fly.

  7. Oscar

    Awesome Rocket

    I bought this rocket in a store a few years ago and by the sunset of the day I got it, it had already been launched. After that we got many launches out of it… until it got stuck in a tree two days ago. 🙁
    Anyway, it’s an awesome, super easy rocket!

  8. JENNA

    ready for liftoff

    no painting and hardly any assembly- great value

  9. Ted

    Excellent Starter Rocket Kit

    This was my son’s first rocket and was extremely simple to prep and launch. At the time of this review it has now been launched three times with B4-4 engines and has always landed withing 100ft of the launch. The engine retainer ring is looking a bit burnt, but is still fully functional. My son and I are both looking forward to launching it again… maybe even with a B6-4 or C6-5.

    The included launch pad and controller could be of better build quality, but both have worked flawlessly every time. If you are just looking to get started in model rocketry, you’d be hard pressed to find a better kit for the price.

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