Mountain Surf introduced kevlar, now called Aramid, to the market as well as a myriad of other design features that have become industry "standards." Our skirts are hand made in our factory with the most durable materials available including 3mil double diamond articulated neoprene decks, 4 mil aramid fiber reinforced high density neoprene gussetts, and a unique semi-circular O-ring seal. The EZ-ON fit with Gold ripcord has a high performance fit appropriate for most paddlers. Mountain Surf designs and manufactures high quality sprayskirts and accessories for whitewater, and touring kayaks and decked canoes. The best paddlers in the world depend on our off the shelf "Bombproof" high performance skirts for their safety in heavy violent whitewater. Most of you will never need the extreme performnce of the bombproof Dur-O-Ring, but the lessons we have learned through keeping the bad boys safe are a watershed that optimizes the performance of our complete line of skirts relative to their fit characteristics and durability.
What this means to YOU is Drier, more secure, and durable skirts that are easier to install and remove relative to their performance.
We don't make one skirt to fit everything from a Dancer to a Tornado, but we do make the best line of high performance sprayskirts to fit these two boats and all boats in between. By paying close attention to the interdependent relationships between the deck, seal, barrel placement, and the cockpit rim, we achieve an extremely dry and secure skirt without relying solely on seal tension. What this means to you is the most secure, dry, and durable skirt possible relative to how hard the skirt will be to install and remove from the cockpit rim.
All whitewater sprayskirts are available with optional, Double Barrels, or shorter ladies barrels, designed for greater stretch at the deck to make these skirts easier to fit small waists and larger hips.
Dur-O-Ring and Lindberdeck skirts are available in extreme performance bombproof fits as well as our far more popular EZ-ON fit. Bombproof indicates a very tight fit required for the highest level of performance. The EZ- ON skirt fit provides high performance without the difficulty of installation associated with our bombproof fit. Ripcords are bar tacked AND box X tacked with UV resistant heavyweight nylon thread for long term durability.
The unique half round seal of the Dur-O-Ring skirt was designed to fit the radius under the cockpit rim of plastic boats. We do not recommend Dur-O-Ring style skirts for composite boats since this tenacious seal can be difficult to remove from an aggressive composite cockpit rim. Originally developed for squirtboats, Lindberg technology provides a dry, secure, and removable, seal on composite boats. We maintain an extensive library of tracings and patterns, and basic custom charges to fit the wide variation in composite cockpit sizes are included in Lindberdeck pricing, although in some rare cases it may be necessary to develop a new pattern.
If your boat is not listed here, call Mountain Surf for recommendations. For custom orders, please include your waist size and measurement from the small of your back to the outside of the cockpit rim. K1 barrels are 10.5" tall; C1 barrels are 14" tall. We may need a cockpit tracing to assure a proper fit. Custom orders require additional charges.
Skirt fit is extremely subjective and there is no universal fit characteristic appropriate for all paddlers on a particular boat. This is why we offer multiple skirt models and in the case of the Dur-O-Ring two available fit characteristics per size. It is very important when choosing any sprayskirt that you can install and remove the sprayskirt reliably, safely, and without assistance, while sitting in your boat. This is also a good opportunity to test the tenacity of the seal by pressing on the deck. When removing your sprayskirt it is important that you pull up and then back on the ripcord releasing the seal from the cockpit rim. Pulling up and back requires less effort and does less damage to your deck and ripcord.
The greatly increased durability and longevity of Mountain Surf skirts, (due to our introduction of Aramid (Kevlar) laminates), is allowing skirts to last far longer than they have in the past. A Kevlar skirt can last to the point where UV degradation will destroy the materials it is built from. If your skirt becomes discolored this is an indication that Ultra Violet Rays have begun to break down your skirt. We take every precaution to design and build the safest most durable sprayskirts possible, but in the rough and tumble world that a sprayskirt lives in a lot can happen. We recommend proper care and maintenance with all sprayskirts. Please always inspect your sprayskirt and gear for wear or damage before every boating trip! Be especially wary of abraded thread or ripcord webbing that can be weakened by extensive exposure to sunlight and abrasion. If you discover any wear on a ripcord that could possibly weaken it, do not use it until it is repaired. A ripcord is like a climbing harness or rope. You depend on it in an emergency. Make sure that it will be ready when you need it. We will be happy to inspect any skirt free of charge minor repairs will be done free of charge. We only ask that you pay a nominal shipping and handling fee. More extensive repairs can be done for a nominal fee.
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EZ-ON Dur-O-Ring Spray Skirt
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