Wish/suggestion: a way to tell when Expedition Main Chamber 1 is properly inflated

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Wish/suggestion: a way to tell when Expedition Main Chamber 1 is properly inflated

Post by rd8 » Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:03 am

Hey Jeremy and team, I have a suggestion after a handful of outings with 2 new Expedition Elites. The instructions say "inflate the kayak approximately 35 full strokes until the kayak begins to take shape" and that "The kayak will still be soft/under-inflated."

35 full strokes seems about right for the first-ever inflation when the chamber has absolutely zero air. With subsequent inflations, even after it's been packed in the bag, the tanks still have some air left - and 35 would be way too much air. One only discovers that because the pressure reading goes up way before 35 strokes.

AE makes it very clear that chambers shouldn't be overinflated and for the other chambers, this seems pretty straightforward (read the gauge!). For main chamber 1, it's not, particularly for someone's first few experiences where they/we have no sense of what a partially-inflated chamber 1 looks like. In other words, someone can follow the instructions perfectly (given the information they have) and still end up overinflating chamber 1, or can stop well short and underinflate it.

So, my wish/suggestion: a way of telling when chamber 1 is inflated that doesn't involve guesswork, or if that's not possible, some photos of what one should be looking for (or a link to a YouTube video that shows over-inflating it vs. correctly inflating it). The manual only has line art diagrams, not photos.

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Re: Wish/suggestion: a way to tell when Expedition Main Chamber 1 is properly inflated

Post by JCOOLEY » Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:35 am

Thanks for the suggestion.
The manual has been gone through many times and we fell it is pretty clear.
"Using the AE2011 Double Action hand pump, inflate the kayak approximately 35 full (up then
down) strokes until the kayak begins to take shape. If using another pump, the key here is to
just partially inflate the kayak. The kayak will still be soft/under-inflated.
NOTE: This will be a minimal amount of air pressure. DO NOT inflate this chamber to 2.0 psi!
DO NOT PUT ALL OF THE AIR PRESSURE IN THIS CHAMBER."

As it states, Pump until the kayak begins to take shape. Even if there is a little air left in the kayak, the "approximate" 35 pumps is not enough to overinflate the chamber.

Although this is the previous version of the AE1009-XE, it is still the same concept as with all of the two chamber boats of ours. Here is a setup video located on our youtube channel. Link to you tube is on our website.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mhaH5cOhBQ

Than you again, and if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to customer service

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