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Ultralite Expedition main bladder

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 3:20 pm
by shremeck
Hello everyone,

My name is Przemek and I'm new to this site.
I would like to ask a question regarding Ultra-Lite Expedition,model AE 1009-R
I'm planning to buy a second hand Ultra -Lite that does have a puncture to the main bladder. Does the main bladder from newer Frame Expedition model fit Ultra-Lite one? I'm asking in case hole in bladder that currently sits in Kayak is beyond repair as I might end up buying brand new bladder from current expedition model.Also if I decide to repair old one,does repair kit from Advanced Elements include material for making patches for bladder? Is there a big difference between old and new expedition model apart from color and lightweight bladder ? What about kayak dimensions.I did read older posts and found that problem with main bladder on older models was very common due to material they were made of.

Many thanks for all replies.

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 9:27 am
by JCOOLEY
The bladder material was improved and there are plenty of replacement poly-urethane bladders for the Ultra-Lite version. If it is just a puncture, it is probably a good tube and can be repaired with the repair kit that came with the kayak as long as you still have it.
The regular PVC tube should fit. If the valve position is slightly off, that is something that can easily be retro-fitted.
So you have three options.
1. Repair puncture
2. Buy new Polyurethane tube (what you currently have in the kayak) it would be the improved version
3. Buy a new PVC tube (may possibly need to be retro-fitted) It will add about 10 lbs. to the kayak.

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 5:36 pm
by shremeck
Hello again and thanks for your answer.
Unfortunately I don't have original repair kit that came with Ultra-Lite .
Does it mean that if I buy new factory advanced elements repair kit it won't be suitable for original punctured tube as is made of different kind of material?

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 8:49 am
by JCOOLEY
That is correct. The AE2027 Repair Kit does not contain the poly-urethane material in it.

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 11:37 am
by shremeck
Ok,I see,many thanks for your answers :D

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 11:45 am
by JCOOLEY
I sent you a PM regarding the matter further.