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gong inflatable

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Created by supsean 23 days ago, 23 Dec 2020
supsean
101 posts
23 Dec 2020 10:13PM
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Anybody have experience with the Gong inflatables? I was thinking of a race/touring board in the US, as I don't have space or money for a hard board, and they seem like a good deal, even with shipping.

airsail
QLD, 523 posts
24 Dec 2020 5:09AM
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Just remember all inflatables have a limited lifespan, depending on storage conditions this can be 5-10 years but probably closer to 5 years. The glue used to assemble the boards deteriorates and the board falls apart. I have had this happen to high end isups so I guess the cheaper ones go that way too.
Happy to be proven wrong.

supsean
101 posts
24 Dec 2020 7:14AM
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airsail said..
Just remember all inflatables have a limited lifespan, depending on storage conditions this can be 5-10 years but probably closer to 5 years. The glue used to assemble the boards deteriorates and the board falls apart. I have had this happen to high end isups so I guess the cheaper ones go that way too.
Happy to be proven wrong.


I assumed so, but I can't fit anything above 9' in my apartment. So to get a little glide, I need to go inflatable.

colas
4071 posts
24 Dec 2020 1:28PM
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Note that they are now available (2021) model in a new technology, with a flat weave in the skin and oblique threads for even more rigidity and less weight. Details on the Gong site.
Note that not all inflatables are made of the same quality material. For instance the double skin that was used by quality brands like Gong was 20% lighter for the same strength than the average one (more structural weave, less PVC filler), and much stronger than the second choice one on no-name brands.

airsail: inflatables - in most brands - progress every year, for instance a lot of glued parts are now welded, so your experience with 5+ years old boards is probably not exactly transposable to modern boards.

Disclaimer: I am a Gong ambassador.

supsean
101 posts
25 Dec 2020 6:49AM
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Any idea of the max psi?

colas
4071 posts
25 Dec 2020 4:15PM
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It is in the user's guide flyer downloadable from their web page. It states between 15 and 20 PSI.

I know they are inflated to 33+ PSI at the factory for the QA tests.

supsean
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26 Dec 2020 2:30PM
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colas said..
It is in the user's guide flyer downloadable from their web page. It states between 15 and 20 PSI.

I know they are inflated to 33+ PSI at the factory for the QA tests.


Thanks??



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