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Old 12-24-2011   #1
 
Fairfield, Iowa
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Kayak plastic comparisons...

Hello,
I'm wondering about the differences in the different types of plastics that different companies use, which are more durable? Does the manufacturing process affect durability? What's your anectdotal evidence? Specifically interested in Dagger vs LL vs Pyrhana.

If this conversation has been posted elsewhere pls let me know

Thanks!

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Old 12-24-2011   #2
 
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I think the three you mention all use pretty much the same plastic...super linear polyethylene. No doubt there are some small differences in the formulation, for example LL and Pyranha suggest the product they now use is tougher then what they have used in the past.
Molding, boat design and outfitting also play important roles in a boats durability. How well you treat your boat can't be understated in how long your boat will last too.
In my opinion the best plastic to buy is the one with the best warranty, not necessarily because it's the toughest but if it breaks you may be able to warranty it or get a new hull for lots less money then buying new.
One more thing unless you're paddling class 5 or lots of mank I would buy the boat that you want and don't look back
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