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Re: Orange Bladders

Postby CaptainArgh » Sat Apr 02, 2011 4:58 am

There was a lot of hype about these bladders, and lately I haven't heard squat.

Is anyone using them? (other than the OP)

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Re: Orange Bladders

Postby windmaker » Sat Apr 02, 2011 5:33 pm

Ivel wrote:
Also, it's not flexible, so if the repair is too big, the flat tape around a curved bladder will buckle and you'll end up with little tape furrows that bleed air. Even if you stick the tape on a perfectly flattened bladder, once it expands the furrows can form.
My exact problem.
Funny that you mention leaks from installing the bladder, I assisted caveman in putting a brand new OB in his 13m and it immediately leaked. Upon removal it had many random pinholes.

I suppose i will just find a new bladder for this kite.
thanks guys
Had the exact same problem multiple times so stopped using them as I was not getting anywhere. The good thing is that this forced me to improve my repair skills to the point where there is now almost no bladder beyond repair :D

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Re: Orange Bladders

Postby wadoepotatoe » Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:09 pm

Kupono wrote:Kite Aid says to use a good quality packaging tape (3M), and they're right to an extent.
Kite Aid replaced the first one for free.
Do you mean airtime and not kite aid?? I'm confused...but that usually doesn't take much :lol: .


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Re: Orange Bladders

Postby frankm1960 » Sun Apr 03, 2011 10:21 pm

CaptainArgh wrote:There was a lot of hype about these bladders, and lately I haven't heard squat.

Is anyone using them? (other than the OP)
Did you skip over the first page of this thread? There's a bit of squat there :lol:

They don't sound like a good replacement judging from what I've read so far.
Only a few peoples opinions I know but still...

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Re: Orange Bladders

Postby Kupono » Sun Apr 03, 2011 10:47 pm

Apologies to Kite-Aid. I meant to say AirTime. I'll change the post.

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Re: Orange Bladders

Postby gozokiteboarding » Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:46 am

I had one of those Orange bladders like a year ago and had similar problems. I thought they quit making them?

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Re: Orange Bladders

Postby kitesafe1 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:24 am

I've tried to repair orange by myself, many tiny holes, hole after hole. IMO problem is that the bladder is too stiff and it cracks on the edges of the folds after number of inflations.

At the end I've switched to another, better bladders.

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Re: Orange Bladders

Postby surf-turkey » Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:30 pm

I need to replace a leading edge bladder on a 2010 north fuse and was about to order one of the orange airtime bladders before reading this. After reading the problems with them I will have to go with something else. Can anyone give me other options of where to get stronger bladders from?? Or if there are any shop owners reading this thread if you have a LE bladder for a 10m 2010 fuse or rebel in stock?? I can't find any at any shops within my area. I am in BC canada but can have it sent to an address in Wa. Thanks!!!

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Re: Orange Bladders

Postby cnski » Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:50 pm

Does anyone know if the 2011 North kites are using these bladders? Thanks.

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Re: Orange Bladders

Postby dave12341234 » Wed Apr 06, 2011 5:50 pm

Tuff bladders from work great. There a complete different material than what airtime uses.

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