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Old 08-19-2015   #1
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PVC vs Urethane vs Hypalon vs neoprene

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This is a great comparison of raft materials and their attributes and limitations. This is not intended to push one brand or construction method but to provide everyone with the information to make informed decisions about their next boat.

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Old 08-20-2015   #2
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Interesting Jack says pvc has better uv resistance than hypalon. I always thought it was the other way round.

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Now I'm no rocket surgeon but I'm pretty sure if I call any other PVC boat manufacturer they'll share that opinion. If I call NRS or Hyside they'll say no no no you idiot, you have it backwards. Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one. So, just to keep it fair...

Click on "Read More" under the Hypalon heading

I'm a wicker guy personally, it's much more durable and way cooler looking.
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Old 08-20-2015   #4
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My experience with pvc and hypalon is that hypalon is much more uv resistant. I run pvc now bcz it's stiffer.

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Old 08-20-2015   #5
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I personally found this to be very helpful information when deciding what to buy. Ultimately it came down to price as I was able to score a Tributary for nearly 45% off.

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