Inflatable / October 10, 2018 / Zurie Chandonnet
But as with most things in life things change. In the last five years most U.S. "manufacturers" have thrown in the towel and are no longer making their own Inflatables. Theyre now importing China made Inflatables and passing them off as "Made in the U.S.A." In addition a new breed of internet phonies are posing as "manufacturers" and selling "China made Inflatables" or acting as a distributor for some other inflatable company importing from China. The fact of the matter is there are only a few manufacturers left that still build their entire product line of Inflatables right here in the good old U.S.A. Its more expensive but far superior in durability. And yes in spite of what you have been told there is a big difference in Safety Quality Craftsmanship.
Inflation occurs through several strategies: pumps ram-air billowing and suction. Examples Typical examples of an inflatable include the inflatable boat the balloon the airship furniture kites and numerous air-filled swimming pool toys. Air beams as as structural elements are finding increasing applications. Balloons are inflatables. Smaller-scale inflatables (such as pool toys) generally consist of one or more "air chambers" which are hollow enclosures bound by a gentle and flexible airtight material (equivalent to vinyl) which a gas can enter into or leave from through valves (regularly one on each air chamber).
If youve owned one of the older cheaper style inflatable boats you know you also have to invest in repair patches or a roll of duct tape. New high quality inflatable kayaks are changing peoples impressions of inflatable boats. New inflatable crafts are made from puncture and abrasion resistant rubber often reinforced with polyester fabric. This is much stronger than the PVC material used for most cheap inflatable boats. Under normal circumstances it is quite unlikely that you would puncture these new rubber materials. Even if you did most inflatable kayaks have at least three separate air chambers.