Originally Posted by Peev
Experience Bliss Stick, since you're a reseller for Skirtworks and two of the Mountain Surf designers started the company, what has been done differently?
Important question: They changed the rands. They are using an all natural UV protected rands, this means the sun light does not effect it . It will not break down and crack the way sinthetic rubber does. It also goes back to natural form better. It is truely just better rubber!! Also they put their own rands together to insure they are properly sealed. Most rands you see today are a hard synthetic rubber based rand, theirs are not!! This creates a better seal.
Also, in building skirts for years, they have noticed paddle marks, so they added more Aramid to the casings. Their casing are 4" to help accomadate paddle marks!! Which inturn means they had to cut down the deck, but still allow for the stretch, that took some time!!
All of their handles are double sewn and boxed. They chose Fire Orange so it is more visible even under water!! When someone is in trouble they feel this may help. The handle that they decided to go with is a heavier handle which holds the handle open for a better grip.
They have noticed that some companies use a material called diamond faced neoprene. It is a ruffer texture which tends to scar from paddle marks and even where the tunnel rubs the deck from side to side motion. They chose to use 3.5 mil neoprene because it has the most stretch for comfort and performance. The nylon is laminated on both sides. It has been their experience that nylon laminated decks can endure more abuse.
Once you pick up and hold their skirts you'll feel and see the difference.