What max PSI for an inflatable? Manufacturer or gut?

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asked Jan 29, 2017 in Stand Up Paddle Boarding by MrFloats (78 points)
There's the manufacturer recommendation, but then there's a gut factor that says you can go a bit tighter (including what a rep might say for their product given their own experiences). What do you do?

3 Answers

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answered Mar 24, 2017 by Big Papa (113 points)
I wouldn't exceed the max rated psi. You can usually get by with less than the max. Remember the pressure in the board will increase when it warms up. High density drop-stitch boards are usually rated at a higher psi than the cheaper linear drop-stitch boards.
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answered Jun 13, 2017 by ohallork (175 points)
Don't exceed recommendation, but if you want higher buy a board that can go higher. You are usually getting a better quality anyways.
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answered Oct 23, 2017 by richardehyman (2,630 points)
The SUP I sell recommends 15-18 psi. I have used it at lower levels, e.g. 10 and been very comfortable, safe and satisfied. As others have said, I would not exceed the manufacturer's recommendation (just like, well sort of like, the psi of tires on your car or bicycle.)
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