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Re: Call the industry to unify inflation valves

Postby OzBungy » Mon Apr 04, 2022 5:36 am

Cabrinha call those valves the Airlock 2. There's quite few brands that have the same valve (a quick look on the internet show Cabrinha, Slingshot, Cloud, Switch, Best, North)

The Airlock valve is essentially a refinement of the Boston valve. Boston valves require a tapered adapter jammed into the valve. Airlock has the adapter built into the valve.

The problem with Boston valves is that when the adapter is jammed in some people press down hard on the valve which is sitting on the ground. It can cause the bladder material around the valve to tear.

I have both Boston and Airlock. I never had a problem with the Boston valves, but I think I prefer the Airlock. No adapter is better.

The beauty of the Boston and Airlock valves is their simplicity. It's basically a hole with a rubber flap and sealing dust cap. No springs, rings, clips, adapters.

I have zero problems with the Boston/Airlock valves. I can't help but wonder what problem or advantage brands are trying to deal with using complicated valves.
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Re: Call the industry to unify inflation valves

Postby bragnouff » Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:41 pm

I've managed to lose the rubber flap at the bottom of an AirLock style valve, and I'm wondering if any of you have any idea of where to find those critically important pieces of rubber. Seems like it's called Umbrella valve Seals.

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Re: Call the industry to unify inflation valves

Postby Toby » Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:57 pm

would be great if there would be one type only.

And I guess cheaper if all brands buy the same, higher demands.

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Re: Call the industry to unify inflation valves

Postby Windigo1 » Sat Aug 06, 2022 12:55 pm

Fully agree I have both types as well no issues for me also after using them for years on dozens of kites. I also have a slight preference for the Airlock. I don't like the trend of using Halkey Roberts (SUP) valves on kites they are too heavy and bulky.

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