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Old 22 July 2007, 10:46   #11
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Originally Posted by jeilsoe View Post
=> Biggles: How about them you elaborate on that... do one material deterrior more over time than the other ? Since both materials are some kund of PU covering they should be equally good ...or..?
If they are both a similar material then its not an issue.

Hypalon is percieved to be the best material for tubes. I wasn't too sure of the make up of the Zodiac.


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Old 09 September 2007, 13:05   #12
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Zodiac Or Tornado

Get the Zodiac I tested a number of Ribs and the Zodiac is a better built boat and handles very well Ive just bought a new pro open with a 90 e tec engine and love it

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Old 10 September 2007, 08:31   #13
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Tornado PU tubes vs Zodiac PU tubes

The PU materials currently used by Tornado are improved versions of their original PU material, and have been used for several years with excellent feed-back on performance and durability.
All UK/European manufactures using PU, except Zodiac, use equivalent grade materials.
There are other PU materials on the market, used extensively in the USA.
The Zodiac PU material, as far as I'm aware, is of a different design, and might not be as good. If anyone has technical details I can comment in depth.
The view that Hypalon is better is contentious to say the least and there is much evidence to the contrary - see RIB International June/July 2007 for details. Not to say that Hypalon isn't very good of course. However, it is interesting that Zodiac are using PU for their largest RIBs.

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