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Drop Stitch Floor availabilty?

Posted: Sat May 09, 2015 1:24 pm
by Amuzed2pieces
the drop stitch floor for the Convertible is temp out of stock. we are planning a trip and want to know when it will be available?

and if there are an changes planned?

Posted: Mon May 11, 2015 11:10 am
Rough estimate on 6/15 for in stock date

Posted: Wed May 13, 2015 5:43 am
by Nighthawk700
And here I was hoping stocks depleted because you were about to announce a new combined dropstitch/backbone floor. :-)

You sort of implied you were looking into it here: ... php?t=1293 Sep 28, 2011. But then again, given that was almost 4 years ago, I guess it didn't work out.

Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 5:13 pm
by rlpugh1
Actually, what was discovered was that the drop-stitch floor and the backbone serve the same purpose in a lot of ways. This is why we do not recommend using the two combined.

Since we get comments on the Backbone vs. Drop-stitch floor topic quite a bit, I'm going to add the following information as a resource.

The backbone and the drop-stitch floor both provide these same benefits: added rigidity and enhanced tracking. They also provide these benefits almost equally, so using both together would be a redundancy.

So why have two items that provide the same benefit? Well...the backbone is the cheaper of both options (by far!) and it creates a V shaped hull, which is what enhances the tracking. The down side is that you have to install and remove it every time you set up and break down the kayak. Additionally, its really not advised to have a hard keel-beam running down the center of your kayak if you are paddling a lot of shallow waters with hidden "surprises" beneath the water's surface. Also, the backbone could potentially get damaged in a heavy surf beach landing.

The drop-stitch floor on the other hand creates a hull with chine, which is what enhances the tracking. Its benefits are the fact that you do not have to install and remove it during setup or breakdown, and it is high pressure which reduces the risk of over inflation. The downsides are that it is much more expensive than a backbone and the fact that you'll probably need extra padding under your butt because the floor is rock hard and can get a bit uncomfortable after a few hours of paddling.

Posted: Sat May 16, 2015 6:15 pm
by Nighthawk700
Thank you for that comparison!! Since a lot of my paddling (at least so far) has included shallow water, I'll wait until the dropstitch floor is back in stock and get one. Too bad it's not in stock at REI right now, they are having another 20% off sale. ;-)

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 4:23 pm
by Nighthawk700
JCOOLEY wrote:Rough estimate on 6/15 for in stock date
So how is the rough estimate looking? I keep hitting a few of the on-line stores to see if it's in stock. If I should wait a while longer I will... ;-) Actually, once it's in stock, how long does it usually take for various places to show it's back in?

Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:03 am
Estimated in house date is now 7/31

It usually takes a week after it has arrived for customers to receive it.

Re: Drop Stitch Floor availabilty?

Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 2:32 pm
by jsreid1
Thank you for answering that question.