The Neumatic Surf Mat Range

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The Neumatic Surf Mat Range

Post by Admin on Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:39 am

Dale Solomonson's surf mats are custom made to suit the dimensions, experience and weight of the rider. However, there are 5 basic models that he offers and they include the Advanced 200/70, the Contrail, the K mat, the Triscuit and the Basic.

1) The K-Mat is a specialized/ narrow range design, usually 200 denier top/ 70 denier bottom, sometimes the lighter 70/70. Often minimal nonskid application. Usually three conventional (round) chambers, minimal internal structure/ no I-beams, flat profile, large front corners/small rear corners. Originally developed for long, weak, small waves. For use at lowest "magic towel" inflations resulting in a very wide planing area. Best for longer arcs, fast trimming and gliding. K-Mats have slower (more stable) response, as air flow between chambers is restricted. George Greenough's preferred vehicle in marginal conditions.

2) The 200/70 Advanced design has a wide operating range of waves and surface conditions w/ emphasis on hollower, smoother, more powerful walls. Two conventional inner/mid chambers w/ two bisected, wider outer chambers. Usually 200 denier top/70 denier bottom. Aggressive nonskid application. More complex unventilated internal structure (usually 200 denier), slight rockered profile, large front and rear corners, sometimes smaller rear corners. Internal structure and bottom material have slight elasticity. For use at lower inflations. Precise handling, excellent for hard carving turns, as well as fast trim and glide. The 200/70 Advanced Design has quick air flow between chambers.

3) The Contrail design (formerly Flatliner) has a very wide operating range of waves and surface conditions. Usually 200 denier top/ 70 denier bottom, sometimes the lighter 70/70 denier. One conventional inner/mid chamber w/ two bisected, wider outer chambers. Progressive nonskid application, e.g. more aggressive toward front/sides, less toward back/center. Complex, vented internal structure w/ quick, yet controlled, air flow between chambers. For use at lower inflations. Flat profile, large front and small rear corners. Quick, precise handling, outstanding for long and short carving turns, very fast fast trim and glide.

4) The Triscuit design (T Series) is similar to 200/70 Advanced, but wider, thicker and longer for increased glide and stability. Extra chambers and internal structure. Usually has reinforced edge laps w/ grommets and shock cord.

5) The 200/200 Basic design is a simple mat design. Wide operating range. Usually four or five conventional chambers separated by three or four I-beams. Flat profile. For use at lower inflations. A little more durable, but slower and less sensitive. Shorter arc turns. All large corners. Progressive nonskid application.

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