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Old 06-27-2005   #1
Golden, Colorado
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Rapid Air, Quick Air problems with valves

The o-ring on the breathing valve for my new Rapid Air fell out the first day I had it in the water. Talked to another paddler yesterday who said the same thing happened to him.

I have been taking a Quick Air with me too (stashed in my boat). Almost every time I take it with me the spring that keeps the breathing valve closed (to keep water out of the tube) gets popped out of place and is no longer holding the o-ringed plunger in place. I have to take it apart and fix it all the time.

Both of these failures allow water where you don't want it.

Not too happy about it. It seems like the valve has the following problems:

1) oring is a little bit too big for the plunger it is on.

2) the spring that pushes the plunger into place is very lightweight and thin (like it should be) but that makes it easy for it to work its way out of position with the loose tolerances in the valve. The spring needs to be fastened to the plunger so it can't escape.

Anybody else seeing the same thing? Seems like design flaws to me and it makes me nervous. I am going to always assume that my rapid/quick air is full of water before I breath from it.
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