Originally Posted by FlyingDutchman
Have you tested these rafts in the sun? I have a dark green super puma, and when the raft sits on shore in a sunny spot, the surface gets very hot to the touch, and the pressure inside increase quite a bit. When shuttling, I usually let air out and then top off again at the put in. When we do three or four runs in a day, it can get annoying. I have worked for crabapple whitewater for 10 years and I love hysides. But we have had at least one or two blue boats get damaged from sitting in the sun awaiting customers at the put in. Floor always need to be topped off on sunny days too, or we splash buckets of water on them to keep me cool.
Yes, Neoprene has been field tested for decades under the hot sun
. It's been used in military applications, on J-rigs in the Grand Canyon and it's very popular on the east coast (Shredders). It's inherent color will definitely absorb more heat than other lighter colors, but really the precautions we recommend should technically be applied for any boat, in any color.
We definitely recommend you bleed valves when taking out, especially if your boat's not in the shade. You can top off when you hit the water. If you're gearing up in a parking lot, we'd definitely recommend half pressure as asphalt can get to scorching temps and air will find the quickest way out! So, yes, precautions should be made to avoid over inflation from temperature change, even more so with black or darker colored boats.
Originally Posted by tommycolorado
why doesn't the Hyside website show a paddle cat under "products?"
It's not linked from the products page but is in our Online Store. We'll be unveiling our new website most likely this Fall, so stay tuned and let us know what you think!
In the meantime, here's the link to the PaddleCat: https://hyside.com/store/product.php...&cat=48&page=1