Common sense would dictate that making expensive whitewater spray skirts for serious whitewater kayakers makes no sense at all. It takes years of trial and error, sourcing, and prototyping- all for a small sport with an even smaller amount of elite paddlers, and the demands put on these skirts borders on the absurd. But you know what? We don’t care. In fact, we love it. Whitewater is our passion, and from this comes our desire to make simply the best class V spray skirt ever made: the Royale. Big water chargers- this one’s for you.
The work that went into this skirt is hidden by it’s simplicity, but its performance will amaze. The foundation of the Royale is our proprietary “fin” shaped rand designed to make maximum contact with the rim and resisting implosion to the very end. In addition to the rand shape, we also place two sticky rubber patches under the deck on the sides to provide additional implosion resistance. We also extended the deck neoprene 2″ past the rand (like on the Klingon) to offer unsurpassed dryness on a variety of rim shapes. In the high wear areas we use the most expensive and strongest 4-way stretch kevlar we could find, and all of the seams are glued, taped and stitched. We also have studied dozens and dozens of the most popular rims to dial in a fit that will accomodate a very wide range of boats.
Does every paddler need an expensive whitewater sprayskirt designed to survive the stoutest of drops? No, of course not. But for those of you who do, we think you’ll find the Royale to be an essential piece of paddling gear.
The most accurate measurement for skirt fit is the circumference of your rim taken around the outside edge of your cockpit rim. Most common rim circumferences can be found at SkirtFit.com. If your boat is not listed, you can measure it with a fabric measuring tape. If you don't have a fabric tape, use a piece of string, mark it, and then measure the string. If you're feeling helpful, submit the measurement to skirtfit. It's a great website that's helping all skirt manufacturers.
Because boat manufacturers are generally making rims bigger and bigger, we have had to adjust our deck sizes. We know. It's a headache. But what can we do? Anyway. Our 2015 skirts have a light gray deck. These skirts will have a new fit chart- see below. Our older skirts have either a black or blue deck. They have a different, smaller fit- also listed below. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.
- If your rim is in-between sizes, tighter will be drier, but harder to put on. If you are running class IV whitewater, we typically recommend tighter.
- Bungee skirts tend to be easier to get on and drier, but implode easier. Rand skirts tend to be harder to put on, but are much more implosion-proof
- If you paddle a Pyranha Burn or Everest, we recommend a rand skirt.
- Proper skirt fit can be a process of trial and error. Have patience- we will too. Feel to call us with any questions. 814-395-9191
- For rims bigger than 100" see this article
2015 Deck sizing
2014 Deck sizing
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