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Old 08-23-2011   #1
 
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Ducky malfunction in Wall Slammer

The zipper on my Tributary Tomcat tandem inflatable kayak burst open while I was running the Wall Slammer rapid in the Royal Gorge on Sunday. The bladder popped out and it resulted in a "wall slam" and a swim. Has anyone else had a zipper failure like this? There was no damage but I did have to let some air out to stuff the bladder back into the tube and zip it back up. I'm glad most of the rapids were behind me because it was tricky to paddle out with one partially deflated tube.

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GAAHHH! wtf? never heard of this, and hope never to again as we just bought one ourselves. did you have the ring on the zipper?
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I"m guessing the zipper un-zipped, the zipper didn't break?...If the zipper is still intact then an o ring through the two zipper pulls should keep the zippers from un zipping, glad you are OK, zippiddeeee do dah.

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The two zipper cars were properly secured to each other with the keychain-style ring. If you look closely at the video the zipper started coming apart from behind me and stopped unzipping when it reached the zipper cars which were near my feet.
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wow that's crazy man. you should try not inflating it super full. it sucks having a squishy boat, but they say that you should be able to push into the tubes on a tomcat like a half inch, instead of having it rock hard. that's nuts it unzipped like that tho. i've had a tomcat for a few years and never heard of that happening. did it zip back up ok??
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Wow, amazing will power. I didn't hear one swear word in entire video
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I have 6 tomcats in my rental fleet 3 tandem and 3 solo and have not had any zipper trouble.

I had an aire cat that lost the split ring and unzipped a few inches over the course of a week. The zipper was in need of lube or it may have gone more.
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I have 6 tomcats in my rental fleet 3 tandem and 3 solo and have not had any zipper trouble.

I had an aire cat that lost the split ring and unzipped a few inches over the course of a week. The zipper was in need of lube or it may have gone more.

That's what she said!
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Nice recovery......
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Let us know what happens with AIRE. I have two Tomcats and an AIRE raft. I would like to know how they treat you. Great Video! Way to keep your head!
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