What is a woven drop stitch core and why should my isup have one?
Drop stitch fabric sheets are what?
The drop stitch core fabric is typically made from a mix of synthetic fibers, such as polyester, nylon, and polypropylene, as well as other natural materials. The fibers are woven together in a special way to create a unique combination of flexibility and strength. This combination makes the fabric ideal for use in inflatable paddle boards, as it is able to maintain its shape and strength while being able to flex and move with the waves or other water conditions.
How much layer construction is typical?
The woven drop stitch core fabric is typically constructed in two layers. The upper layer is made of a thicker fabric and is used to provide the board with its shape. This can be made from a variety of materials, such as PVC, neoprene, or polyurethane. The bottom layer is made of a thin fabric, which is used to provide the board with its strength and stability. This layer is usually made from a more durable material, such as nylon or polyester.
How is the core construction normally attached?
Inflatable paddle board manufacturers normally use the cheaper and less reliable method describe below.
The drop stitch core fabric is attached to the board using a series of stitches. These stitches are usually made from a strong, flexible thread, such as Kevlar or Dacron. The stitches are then secured to the board using a series of plastic grommets. This means that the drop stitch core can be securely attached to the board, and will not come loose or tear.
At Glide we use a unique and fusion technique that allows for a more reliable and dependable board construction while also allowing us to infuse the inflatable paddle boards with our unique patent pending Glide stiffness that lets our boards perform closer to hard boards without the drawbacks of a hard board.
The drop stitch core fabric is also typically heat-sealed to the board, which helps to provide the board with a waterproof seal. This helps to ensure that the board stays dry, even when submerged in water. The heat-sealing process also helps to make the board more rigid, which helps to make it more stable in the water.
Is a woven drop-stitch core important?
Yes it is, for a more detailed look check out this article.
The drop stitch core is an incredibly important component of an inflatable paddle board, as it provides the board with its shape and strength. It is also able to flex and move with the waves or other water conditions, which makes it ideal for use in various different water environments. As a result, it is essential to ensure that the board has a quality drop-stitch core in order to get the most out of your paddle board.