Technology and materials
Pelican is the leading North American kayak manufacturer to use Twin Sheet Thermoforming (TST) technology. TST produces a stiffer, stronger, lighter product than is possible with other manufacturing methods. The combination of Pelican’s proprietary materials combined with the TST process results in a lightweight product that has unparalleled rigidity, exceptional impact and breakage resistance, outstanding longevity and superior safety.
TST is a high-precision technology that shapes the deck and hull and fuses them together under extreme heat and pressure. This technology also enables us to produce two tone coloured kayaks, similar in appearence to composite kayaks but at much more aggressive pricing.
RAM-XTM is a multi-layer material exclusive to Pelican. It is known for its high impact-resistance, its ability to regain its initial shape after violent impacts and its UV-protected exterior finish. RAM-XTM has become the benchmark of quality in the industry.
RAM-XTM Premium is a multi-layer polyethylene with an advanced resin in the top layer imparting a glossy finish and providing significantly more rigidity than standard polyethylene.
|RAM-XS is made of a single polyethylene layer with variable thickness along the gear controlled by the machine when manufactured. The polyethylene is melted and extruded into a mold. Air is then blown into the mold to inflate it into the required shape. After the plastic has cooled sufficiently, the mold is opened and the kayak/SUP is ejected. The RAM-XS process produces a nicer finish as it eliminates the need to join together the hull and top of the kayak.|
|Drop stitch material is made into a very light-weight inflatable product that can create inflatable structures and components with very high stiffness. Made of vertical fibers of uniform length connecting the upper and lower faces and covered with polymer coating to form air tight cavity, it forms extremely stiff panels when inflated to 15 psi or higher. Drop stitch construction is what allows an inflatable SUP to maintain its shape. Without drop-stitch material, the board would bulge out in the middle.|