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Old 08-19-2013   #1
Bellingham, Washington
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Hyside Neoprene vs Hypalon

It is looking like I will need to preorder my Mini Max as everyone seems to be out of them. So that brings up a new question. neoprene or hypalon?

The extra money for hypalon is not a big concern, but at the same time I kind of like the idea of a small raft that looks like the old inner tubes I used to float rivers in as a kid.

The guys at Hyside said the ability to pick your color was the main advantage of hypalon. Anyone else have any pro and cons for either material over the other?

Does anyone who has one of the new Hyside neoprene boats able to give a review on how it is holding up?



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Old 08-19-2013   #2
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Although I don't have any experience with the neoprene boats, I bought a hypalon mini-max last fall. I have put some miles on it this summer, from technical runs like slaughterhouse and bailey to longer trips like westwater, with plenty of cruiser runs in between. So far I have had absolutely no issues with the boat at all, no repairs needed. Holding up great, and love the boat.

I would imagine the neoprene boats hold up great as well, I just have no experience with them. My questions would be if it is as easy to repair as hypalon, and maybe if it rolls as well as the hypalon boats. A lot of people think I have a duckie rolled up in the back of my car.

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Old 08-20-2013   #3
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From the research I did today and when I was fixing my Scout I found out that neoprene is not as smooth as hypalon, so it is easier to repair. While I am sure there are specialty glues for it you can generally use the same glues and even patch material on both. I am not sure if one will roll better than the other. Neoprene has a reputation for being more pliable, but also heavier than hypalon, so I could see that one going either way.

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Old 08-20-2013   #4
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I have a Airtight Inflatable's Shredder - its made of neoprene. These boats have been around for a few decades and work great. My shredder weighs 46 lbs and rolls down tight. The main drawback is that it's black - on a hot summer day it gets hot. Other than that it works just fine. FWIW - I also own a 14' (blue) hyside that I love. If the money doesn't matter and you're waiting 'till spring anyway I'd go with a yellow hypalon boat.
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Old 08-20-2013   #5
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After what people have said here, and what I found elsewhere I would definitely trust the neoprene Minis.

However I just found a blue hypalon one instock at Pacific River Supply, and snatched it up!

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Pretty sure DIB's are neoprene and those boats LIVE FOREVER!
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There's also a brand new hayp mini in the swap right now. just posted yesterday.
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Old 08-23-2013   #8
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I just wanted to give the thumbs up to Pacific River Supply. I ordered the Mini and a ammo can Tuesday, and received them Thursday. All for $12.95 shipping ($7.95 shipping, + an ironic $5 handling charge for the ammo can!). They were a great outfit to do business with!


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