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Old 28-08-2018, 07:33 AM
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Hey guys so I'm having a large order of tuftex 17" balloons as I've heard they're pretty strong, does anyone have sbh experience with these? Are they easy to pop? Do they neck well? How do they feel? How much weight can they hold? What's your best experience with them?

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Old 28-08-2018, 08:13 AM
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Definitely not easy to pop. They've got really thick latex and are tough. Difficult to neck though, you have to keep blowing when it's really tight.
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Old 28-08-2018, 10:23 AM
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They don't store well in hot and humid tropical climates though. I once had a bag of them, such a pleasure in the first few months, and when they had deteriorated enough they got real flimsy.
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Old 28-08-2018, 01:36 PM
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Can't speak higher of them! I reckon they're pretty durable but yeah they are hard to neck. Great for riding though!
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Old 28-08-2018, 10:25 PM
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They can get an amazing neck if you pre-inflate the neck a few times. They are also quite durable and can get huge after a few inflations! The biggest downside is that they degrade a lot quicker than other brands. Once they go bad, they pop very easily. Makes you wish they put an expiration date on the bag, or at least a timestamp for when they were made.
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Old 29-08-2018, 08:16 AM
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I can't recommend tuftex balloons myself. Got a bunch of 14 an 17 inch ones some time ago. They felt cheap, definitely not thick strong latex (such as Belbal or qualatex has). They felt very pliable, not tight. Some popped spontaneously when inflating. Not good at all.
And yes, they degrade very quickly, as was pointed out.

I think Belbal and Qualatex is the way to go. Tuftex is no good. Or I don't know, might got a defective batch or just some knockoff instead of the brand ones.
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Old 29-08-2018, 09:36 AM
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You have been unlucky, probably had old balloons, fresh tt17's feel as strong as qualatex or belbal balloons in my opinion and they get bigger after a few inflations. It is true that they aren't really durable over time.
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The degradation can be slowed significantly if you keep them in an air-tight container in a closet or something, where they're not in sunlight and the temperature is consistent. I have several TT36s from 2013 that have gotten softer, but they're still durable enough for riding and overinflate well.
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With overinflating you mean necking? How hard is it to neck those tt36's?
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Depends where you get them -- I had tt36 from kaboom that had defects and another batch from somewhere else that would get incredible necks.
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