Originally Posted by johnovice
Looks like the zipper may have busted? We actually managed to put a 6' tear in the bottom of one of our tubes on our 13' Trib on a Deso trip. It was the year that Joe Hutch flashed and we hit something in the flat water above the rapid that put a hole in the pvc, then it just ripped all the way to the back, most likely because we were loaded down for a seven day trip. When we pulled over, the bladder was definitely coming out. Personally, I was thankful to see that bladder. It didn't tear, and we were able to patch the pvc using a paco pad. We stitched it first, then used a piece of the paco pad (also pvc, by the way) to patch it. It held for the rest of the trip. We have since talked about purchasing extra bladders just in case one does rip some day. The bladder feels like it isn't very durable, but like I said, it didn't rip at all and showed no signs of damage.