- Helmet. Check.
- PFD. Check.
- Paddle. Check.
- Boat. Check.
- Hmmm what am I missing…
- Spray decks, no matter how durable they are to begin with, eventually wear out because they are constantly being stretched, dried out, stretched, dried, repeat.
Reinforced Wear Points: When we snap the deck over a cockpit rim, we tend to push at the joint between the shock chord and neoprene deck, severely testing the stitching of the joint. Spray decks, no matter how durable to begin with, eventually wear out because they are constantly being stretched, dried out, stretched, dried, repeat. Thus is the life of a whitewater piece of equipment. SnapDragon does a good job of trying to include reinforced material in these spots, and tends to wear better than other comparable skirts.
Sizing: SnapDragon does an amazing job with production of multiple sized tunnels & decks. If you know the make and model of boat, they’ll know the best fit; and no matter how many cheesy JoJo’s you ate this winter, they’ve got the right tunnel size. If they do not have the right sized skirt for your boat in stock, they will build you a custom one for no additional charge.
I have found very few companies are as paddler friendly as SnapDragon. They racked their brains to get me a fresh skirt in Nepal when I reported a seam failure. A friend dug a freshly delivered Armortex EXP out of his bag with my name on it upon arrival in Guwhati, India thanks to SnapDragons commitment to its’ customers.
During my paddling endeavors, I have employed many spray skirts, from Palm to NRS to SnapDragon. A Snap Dragon Spray Skirt has been with me on 2 international trips and plenty of PNW paddling adventures. I’ve tested them on anything from vertiginous drops in India to Idaho big water and highly recommend Snap Dragon for any of your own kayaking adventures.