many many moons ago, I purchased a "silverback" pad thinking I was getting a JPW silver back. I was on a trip where one of the oarsmen had a JPW Silverback pad and was taken back by how comfortable the pad was. So, I ordered a Silverback pad soon as I got home.
After a couple years the foam collapsed on me and my hip bones were on the ground.
I called up JPW to complain and happened to get Jack on the phone. He listened to my complaint and asked me what valve system was on my pad.
Turned out I had purchased the silverback pad made with cheap foam imported from China.
My face was a bit red. I ordered a Paco Pad Silverback from Jack and have never looked back. Jack uses expensive foam made here in the US of A. That is the main reason Paco Pads last so long. IE the foam. I believe JPW has trade marked Paco Pads but not silver back.
Since then I have been a real fan of JPW stuff. Like Partner Steel products it is made in the USA. JPW is down in NM and is made in their shop. I have received great service in spite of a lot of hard use. Their pads and dry bags have never failed me on the rivers and that is the reason I do not mind giving JPW a recommendation.
JPW and Partner Steel are expensive to buy. Over the long haul they are very reasonable and made in USA by American workers.
Originally Posted by Osprey
Aire uses Summit valves which are a bit lower profile and bulky and about 1/3 the price of a Leafield. Not as heavy duty. I only know because the kids broke my covers and I had to figure it out to replace them. I think Maravia uses the Leafield but its a bit thicker so the bigger would work.
Hey, I just noticed, when you guys are talking about the Silverback, are you talking about Maravia's Silverback or Paco Silverback? I didn't even realize there was a paco one with the same name until just now.