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AlphaEcho

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now that SnapDragon is closed?

FYI, I emailed SnapDragon last fall asking if they had any remaining sprayskirt stock that I could buy, as I heard they had closed down. They replied that they closed for the 2020 season. I don't know if/when they will open for 2021, but I was relieved to hear they weren't gone for good.

Speaking of neoprene product makers, is Brooks gone for good?
 

JohnAbercrombie

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FYI, I emailed SnapDragon last fall asking if they had any remaining sprayskirt stock that I could buy, as I heard they had closed down. They replied that they closed for the 2020 season. I don't know if/when they will open for 2021, but I was relieved to hear they weren't gone for good.
I've heard a couple of different stories about the SnapDragon closure.
It would be good if they re-opened. It's hard to understand why they would close for 2020-21 ; all I hear is that retailers can't get enough products to meed the demand for everything 'outdoorsey' - kayaks, drysuits, wetsuits, tents, etc.

Speaking of neoprene product makers, is Brooks gone for good?
Good question.
There's Brooks Paddle Gear and Brooks Dive Gear websites- I don't know the relationship between them. I thought the sprayskirt & tuilik business had stopped some time ago, but I could be wrong on that, too. :)
I don't think Brooks ever made sprayskirts with the shock cord sewn-through (which I prefer for skirts and hatch covers) - all the Brooks skirts I've seen had the shock cord loose in a sewn tunnel.
 

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I've heard a couple of different stories about the SnapDragon closure.
It would be good if they re-opened. It's hard to understand why they would close for 2020-21 ; all I hear is that retailers can't get enough products to meed the demand for everything 'outdoorsey' - kayaks, drysuits, wetsuits, tents, etc.


Good question.
There's Brooks Paddle Gear and Brooks Dive Gear websites- I don't know the relationship between them. I thought the sprayskirt & tuilik business had stopped some time ago, but I could be wrong on that, too. :)
I don't think Brooks ever made sprayskirts with the shock cord sewn-through (which I prefer for skirts and hatch covers) - all the Brooks skirts I've seen had the shock cord loose in a sewn tunnel.

Brooks Paddle Gear is still in business.
From my experience with them, standard Necky or Seaward replacement neoprene hatch covers seem to be a routine item for them.
In Covid-19 times the disclaimer obviously is: "subject to material availability".
 
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JohnAbercrombie

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Brooks Paddle Gear is still in business.
From my experience with them, standard Necky or Seaward replacement neoprene hatch covers seem to be a routine item for them.
In Covid-19 times the disclaimer obviously is: "subject to material availability".
That's good to know; thanks.
 
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