Width: 65mm | 2.55”
Kevlar Rail Tape
Kevlar Rail Tape is custom made (purpose built) for strengthening the rails and tail area of surfboards, the area’s most affected by high impact and back foot pressure.
The Kevlar Rail Tapes uses a blend of woven non-crimp 3K Kelvar flat-waven twill. This construction ensures a highest strength to flex ratio and doesn’t effect on the natural flex of the board. Aramid (Kevlar) fabrics are suitable for laminates that require increased strength. Woven Aramid (Kevlar) fabrics offer a lighter, tougher and more damage tolerant laminate.
Tail Rails Manufactures place the Carbon Tapes on the back rail of surfboards to prevent the tails from shattering, strengthening the deck from foot compressions and prventing rail cancer.
Bottom of the board The Carbon Tapes are also used on the bottom of the surfboards to create additional spring or pop out of the board. This is know as a kinetic flex, as the board is place under pressure while in transition, during or out of a turn the board springs back to its natural curvature and delivers additional speed.
Full Rail of the board The Carbon Tapes are often used along the full length of the surfboard rail with stringerless surfboards. This is to add additional strength or to replace the strength that a timber stringer would provide, therefore creating a Parabolic Frame. The Parabolic Frame helps prevents the board from twisting which increases the liveliness/responsiveness, this also creates a parabolic flex pattern that allows to board to deliver more drive, speed and power.
Lay-ups: The Carbon Tapes are used during the lamination process. The tapes are place on the foam before the cloth is laminated. Most manufactures mark the area they wish to place the Carbon Tapes, and brush a small amount of resin on the foam (to prevent to the Carbon Tapes from moving). The Carbon Tapes are then placed on the resin (making sure the resin has soaked through) and then continue to lay the cloth over the board and laminate as normal.
Shapers Kevlar Tapes have a better result wetting out with Epoxy Resin.