At the very core of SIC lies the DNA of Downwinding. There is something magical about feeling the board release and pick up the momentum of the sea during a downwind run, but not everyone has room to store a 17.4 Bullet Unlimited at their place. Meet the new kid in the parking lot at Maliko Gulch (and he came on a mountain bike and he’s taking the bus back after the run). For 2018 SIC will be offering its iconic 17.4 Bullet in an Air-Glide construction. Now you can hop in a taxi and catch a ride, pump up your Bullet 17’4 Air-Glide and catch some glides.
- Ultra durable and stiff Fusion skin (FST)
- Double reinforced rail construction (DSW)
- High pressure drop stitch construction (DSC) core
- Two stage pump: dual action to rapidly inflate and single action to bring up to max psi (10 psi min. to 15 psi max)
- Carry handleCoil leash (8’x 7mm)
- Cargo net, patch kit, wheelie backpack for easy transport and storage
- U.S. finbox compatible w/toolless FCS Connect 9.0” fin for quick setup and breakdown
Air Glide Technology
DROP STITCH CONSTRUCTION (DSC): All SIC Air-Glide boards feature the highest quality Drop Stitch Construction (DSC) construction. Drop Stitch material is composed of a top and bottom layers of cloth which has hundreds of thousands of fibers that connect the top deck and bottom deck of board. This material is then laminated on the top and bottom cloth with either a single layer PVC (SLS) or a PVC Fusion skin (FST). The better the quality of the DSC material, the stronger the board is under inflation and the less distortion of shape and the boards hold and maintain their shape much better over over time. While much of the drop stitch material appears the same, the quality and consistency of these internal fibers can vary greatly. Quality of materials is a core differentiating factor determining good
vs bad quality products/brands. SIC uses only the finest DSC in on all it’s SIC Air-Glide Series boards while applying different material options on the top skin such as SLS and FST.
SINGLE LAYER SKIN (SLS): SIC uses the highest grade of Drop Stitch (DSC) material, which is fused to a Single Layer of high grade PVC. This is lighter than a double layer construction and even Fusion. That said, Single Layer has a bit more stretch under load than SIC’s Fusion construction. However, SLS is well suited for boards 11.6 and below. For longer length and/or high performance paddleboards, the Fusion Skin gives the board greater stiffness, which contributes to speed and performance. The SLS construction boards get additional PVC Strips along the center of the board, top and bottom and from nose to tail to add stiffness and control unwanted twisting. This construction is offered on our new TAO Surf and TAO Fit.
STRINGER SUPPORT TECHNOLOGY (SST): SST is a PVC reinforcing belt that is applied to the bottom and top of the board of the SLS boards. This provides additional stiffness and also controls the potential unwanted twist during production and even after extended use. SIC combines SST with its double sidewall construction, making for a high quality, consistent shape at a comfortable weight and accessible price. This construction is offered on our new TAO Surf and Tao Fit.
FUSION SKIN TECHNOLOGY (FST): The Fusion Skin is substantially stiffer than Single Layer PVC, which translates into rigidity, stability and speed. SIC introduced FST as a running change for 2017, raising the benchmark for performance in inflatable board technology once again. The greater stiffness increases not only the performance but control over the board. Less flex and bounce mean more
stability and thus power transmission from the paddler. It also carries a higher top-end speed for cruising, race and surf shapes. Your board will maintain a consistent shape over the life of the board. This construction is offered on our new X, FX, Bullet and Recon Series boards.
DOUBLE SIDEWALL CONSTRUCTION (DSW): SIC always goes the extra mile when it comes to performance, durability and wherever possible, enhanced safety. Inexpensive inflatables have to cut corners to make a cheap board. At SIC we want the best for you so we only use the best materials and manufacturing techniques. A double sidewall construction (DSW) means that you can inflate the
board to a higher PSI, as the sidewall sections are double reinforced effectively with 2 layers of high quality PVC. When glued and laminated the rail stiffness and rail reinforcement more than doubles. This enhances overall performance and strength. Under inflation minimizes flex. DSW nearly eliminates the possibility of a blow out when using the board properly. DSW construction is used on all SIC
boards. This construction is offered on all SIC Air-Glide Series boards.