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It's easy to outfit your canoe or kayak with Minicell closed cell foam. 3" thick, 12" wide, it's light, easy to cut, shape and glue. Sold up to four feet long in one-foot increments.
Glue in with H2Glue.

We fold the 3' and 4' foam lengths for shipping. Please specify in the Shipping Comments section during checkout if you would like the foam shipped flat.

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  • Sold in 1 foot increments up to 4 Feet
  • 3" Thick x 12" Wide
  • High density L-type foam, weight 2 pounds per cubic foot
  • Closed cell foam
  • Easy to Cut and Shape

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5.0

Mini ell Foam the rise size

By The Water Dragon

from Knoxville, tn

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Just The Right Price
  • Just The Right Size

Cons

  • No Cons

Best Uses

  • Knee Pads

Comments about Minicell Foam:

I finally found just the right amount of foam. Several places wanted to sell me a large block for 50 dollars. This block was just the right size for my knee blocks and was priced well,

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5.0

Fast

By Paddler Nerd

from Atlanta, Ga.

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        Comments about Minicell Foam:

        Minicell for foot braces in my kayak. Prompt, fast delivery in time to head to the river.

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        5.0

        mini cell foam

        By L.C.

        from Hanford Ca.

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        Pros

        • Easy To Shape Multiple U

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Foot Blocks Gasket Forms

        Comments about Minicell Foam:

        I use this foam for foot blocks, and forms for gasket replacement's. There is nothing better. Easy to shape, easier to work with.

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        5.0

        Sponson canoe outfitting

        By Spider

        from Alabama

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        Pros

        • Extremely Light Weight
        • Flotation Supplement

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Used As Sponson

          Comments about Minicell Foam:

          After knee surgery unable to canoe kneel for low weight control so I built sponsons on outside canoe edge to aid in keeping me upright with 4' long x 6" wide x 3" thick flotation sponsons to counter rolling over. With other mini foam I built a paddle saddle

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          4.0

          Does the job

          By matt

          from southern california

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                Comments about Minicell Foam:

                If you need to shape somethings specific and a pre-shaped pad won't work then this will do the job. Shapes reasonably well and easy. Not much else to say....it is a rectangular foam block.

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                • Minicell Foam

                  Q:

                  What kind of bouyancy it has. How big of a piece do I need to support 85 lb canoe plus gear?
                  Asked on 7/15/2015 by matt from Woodinville, wa

                  6 answers

                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    You should use float bags. I used the foam to make custom ankle supports which are helpful if you have a saddle in your canoe instead of a traditional seat.
                    Sent from my iPhone

                    Answered on 7/18/2015 by Anonymous
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    I don't know how to calculate the amount of foam needed, but this is as buoyant as any product I know of. It can be easily cut with a kitchen knife, and pieces can be glued together using common contact cement. This is really superior flotation!
                    Sent from my iPhone

                    Answered on 7/17/2015 by Anonymous
                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Matt, a 3" x 12" x 12" piece of Minicell is 432 cubic inches, or 1.87 gallons in volume. A gallon of water weighs ~ 8.4 pounds, so that block of foam would displace a bit less than 16 pounds of water. Discounting the weight of the foam, it would take about 5 of those blocks of foam to support the weight of your boat. I suggest you check out our canoe float bags for safety flotation for your boat - http://www.nrs.com/category/3049/kayak-touring/flotation?f-boat+type=canoe

                    Answered on 7/16/2015 by Clyde from NRS
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    This mini cell foam is not primarily a bouncy provider. It's primary use is for kayak cockpit outfitting, knee brace, hip fit, for firm connection of a paddler to his boat. I would not recommend this foam for flotation.
                    Sent from my iPhone

                    Answered on 7/16/2015 by carldcg from Phoenix, AZ
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

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                    Dear fellow shopper:
                    I am having to make some assumptions here as I don't know the weight of your gear or yourself, but I think this will give you the tools to figure the total amount of minicell foam needed.
                    Rough Numbers:
                    Water weighs about 61#/ft3
                    Minicell foam weighs about 3#/ft3
                    1 cubic foot (ft3) of minicell foam then would be about neutral buoyancy at something less than 58#.
                    Assumption: 85# canoe plus 50# plus 150# person equals about 285#. 285# divided by roughly 50# (minicell buoyancy) equals about 5.7 cubic feet. If you just want your canoe and assumed gear 85# plus 50#, then you would need only 2.7 cubic feet of minicell foam.
                    Assuming that you are probably doing light white water, remember for the foam to do any good, it must be strapped or attached to the canoe. If the foam floats free of the canoe, one become the proud owner of an expensive river bottom decoration.
                    Bill

                    Answered on 7/16/2015 by Anonymous
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    That is a good question. I use float bags to float the boat, haven't used mini cell for that. Just use it for the seat and ankle blocks.
                    Beau Larkin - mobile

                    Answered on 7/15/2015 by Beau from Western Montana
                • Minicell Foam

                  Q:

                  Why am I unable to ship Minicell Foam into Canada?!?
                  Asked on 6/24/2015 by Dennis from Wasaga Beach, Ontario Canada

                  1 answer

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                    A:

                    Dennis, Minicell foam is able to be shipped to Canada. If you are ordering some glue with the Minicell foam, that would stop the order from being processed as flammable items cannot be shipped across international borders.

                    Answered on 6/25/2015 by Kyle from NRS
                • Minicell Foam

                  Q:

                  Is this foam big enough for a typical sea kayak seat? Seems like one would need about 15 x 15 inches square. Does that mean have to glue a 3 inch pic on to a 12 x 15 pc?


                  Is h2 the best glue available for gluing seat to rotomold kayak?

                  Thanks
                  Asked on 3/11/2015 by Adam from Seattle

                  4 answers

                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    I don't own a sea Kayak so I don't know. It is fairly firm and might be a
                    bit stiff as a kayak seat in my opinion - I'm assuming you'll be spending
                    long periods seated on it.. That said, you can glue and carve it into
                    whatever size you need.

                    Answered on 3/12/2015 by Anonymous
                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                    A:

                    You can shape and form foam to your liking and fit as responses above stated. It is also available in longer lengths if extra material is need. I recommend H2 Glue for permanently adhering foam to your kayak.

                    Answered on 3/12/2015 by Kyle from NRS
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    I sliced the foam into 1" thick pieces. Glued it to my plastic boat with
                    Gorilla glue. Shaped it with a flap sander and electric drill so the
                    thinnest part is 3/4" thick. I am tall, so I don't need the seat any
                    higher. The lower the seat, the lower your center of gravity and the more
                    stability. I don't need any more than 12 X 12.. You can experiment with a
                    dining room table. The bones which are closest to the skin on my butt are
                    8" apart.

                    Answered on 3/11/2015 by Anonymous
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    Adam,
                    This minicell is a rather dense material. I would purchase what you think you need then cut or glue up to fit. You may wish to sculpt this slightly to conform to your personal needs with very sharp tools. Of course, this depends on your weight and size.
                    As far as adhering minicell to your kayak, personally, I would try out using it on several trips before permanently adhering to the bottom of my Kayak. Most marine adhesives (like goop) including H2 want to hold things really well. A light application of rubber cement hold your minicell in place for several tryouts. Then, affix with a real adhesive.
                    Bill

                    Answered on 3/11/2015 by Anonymous
                • Minicell Foam

                  Q:

                  Can this be cut into strips by the dealer?
                  If not what is the best way to cut an accurate 3" x 3" x 4' strip?
                  Asked on 2/27/2015 by Jack from Bay Area CA

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                    A:

                    This product cuts pretty easily. Oddly enough, I've found using a good bread knife works really well with foam.
                    * David

                    Answered on 3/2/2015 by David from Connecticut
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    This material can be cut and shaped with a number of different tools. I prefer a standard bandsaw, however, nearly any saw, such as a hacksaw, a carpenter's handsaw, copping saw, or a backsaw will cut this material relatively well. Typically, the finer the saw blade, the cleaner the cut.
                    I use this material for non-scratch kayak supports on my car. I also use this material for kneeling pads for my knees.

                    Answered on 3/2/2015 by Anonymous
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    band saw its best. if not available use a regular carpenter's hand saw,
                    lay the block flat, pull back with long strokes making sure to keep the
                    blade vertical along the measurement line.

                    Answered on 2/27/2015 by SourMash from Montucky
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    Cut it on a bandsaw.

                    Answered on 2/27/2015 by Jim from SW Montana
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    I split mine in half to make a seat 1" thick. This is very easy to work
                    with. I used a dovetail handsaw, but any handsaw would work, even an
                    inexpensive coping saw.

                    Answered on 2/27/2015 by Anonymous
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    I cut this with a band saw, your can cut it with a box knife, but it is not very neat.
                    Cutting with a band saw is the easiest way to cut.
                    Bob

                    Answered on 2/27/2015 by Anonymous
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    Use a coping saw.

                    Answered on 2/27/2015 by MikeyMcMellons
                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Jack, we aren't able to cut it for you but it cuts easily with most power saws. A band saw would be ideal, but you can set up a jig to use a jig saw or skil saw. The blocks are 3" thick, so that gets you one of your dimensions. Please be aware of the bolded note on the product page, that states we fold 3' and 4' lengths for shipping unless you specify to ship them flat.

                    Answered on 2/27/2015 by Clyde from NRS
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    1. Wood band saw
                    2. Jig saw with long blade. If blade does not reach through 3", then cut again from opposite surface.

                    Answered on 2/27/2015 by MDH Kayaker from San Francisco
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    I've been able to cut it up quite easily for my boat outfitting. The easiest way was using a circular saw. I clamped a board to make sure the line is cut straight, but it makes things real easy to cut in any size.
                    Brian Green

                    Answered on 2/27/2015 by Anonymous
                • Minicell Foam

                  Q:

                  do you have any idea if its possible to shape this foam with a hotwire cutter? thanks
                  Asked on 2/24/2015 by brett from United States

                  3 answers

                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    Yes this could be cut with a hotwire cutter. I would work quickly as it is very susceptible to deformation and deterioration when exposed to heat (though slightly less susceptible than styrofoam). Cutting with a hot wire or hot knife leaves a cleaner edge than other mechanical methods. I have used a saw and smoothed it up with propane torch as well. Best of luck.

                    Answered on 3/9/2015 by Anonymous
                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Yes, Brett, that will work with this foam. Cuts like butta. Does darken the surface.

                    Answered on 2/25/2015 by Clyde from NRS
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    I'm not sure if hot wire cutters would do the trick. I personally used a small thin blades saw, and then eventually a palm grater. I shaped a motorcycle seat out of my piece of foam, it has been great thus far and the foam has held its shape very well. I don't know if that helped, but that's my 2 cents.

                    Answered on 2/24/2015 by Anonymous
                • Minicell Foam

                  Q:

                  I need a neck gasket form, & 2 wrist gasket forms. How much mini cell foam do I need? Is there anyway to buy pre-cut forms from NRS? Pay buy square foot + the extra labor? I will also be buying both wrist gaskets, & the neck gasket from you.
                  Thank you for your time, help, & knowledge.
                  Asked on 11/16/2014 by no nickname. Dad husband. from Hanford, California

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Neck gasket openings typically vary from 9.5"-10" and wrist openings from 3.25"-3.75". You'll need a 2 foot piece of Minicell to get all three of them. We don't sell the completed forms but they're easy to make. Wrap them with nylon strapping tape to prevent the Aquaseal from sticking. This video shows you how - http://www.nrs.com/boating_tips/gasketrepair.asp

                    Answered on 11/17/2014 by Clyde from NRS
                • Minicell Foam

                  Q:

                  what is necessary to install a stern bulkhead for a 18ft perception kayak?
                  Asked on 8/21/2014 by jim from Seattle, Wa.

                  2 answers

                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    Hello,
                    I assume your kayak is
                    roto-molded polyethylene. The mini cell
                    Foam makes a pretty good bulkhead.
                    My Boreal Muktuk has mini cell
                    Foam bulkheads. I have used a
                    Sealant/adhesive called Marine Goop
                    for bonding minicell foam. This is a
                    Strong polyurethane product. Available
                    In hardware stores. If you are replacing a
                    Bulkhead make sure you are locating it
                    As the original manufacture had it.
                    If you are adding a bulkhead or relocating
                    One you need to carefully consider
                    What you are doing as this has an
                    Effect on the stability and safety of
                    Your kayak.
                    Sent from my iPhone

                    Answered on 8/22/2014 by Anonymous
                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Jim, Minicell Foam will work well for this; it is easily shaped. You'll probably want to first cut a template out of cardboard to get the right starting cross section. Cut the Minicell slightly larger, then trim to fit. You can't use a contact cement here; I believe Aquaseal Adhesive, Item # 35001.01, would work well.

                    Answered on 8/22/2014 by Clyde from NRS
                • Minicell Foam

                  Q:

                  I am looking for foam to make shadow boxes in my toolbox. Would this be a good product for that application?
                  Asked on 2/24/2014 by Joe from Wichita Falls, TX

                  9 answers

                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    Joe,
                    This is an excellent foam for many applications. I have used it primarily for outfitting the seats in my sea kayaks. As far as using this for shadowing your tool box I would think this foam is little pricy. Probably better off finding something less expensive. Seek out a foam products manufacture in your area to see if they have scrap pieces which they might be able to give you.
                    Hope this helps.

                    Answered on 2/25/2014 by Anonymous
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    Yes, it is high density and rigid.

                    Answered on 2/25/2014 by Anonymous
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    It has good rigidity, but difficult to cut out straight cuts unless you
                    have some sort of maching ability. Sands well.

                    Answered on 2/24/2014 by Anonymous
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    Yes I think so. It is very tough stuff and should resist scrapes and
                    scratches.

                    Answered on 2/24/2014 by Anonymous
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    This foam would make excellent tool box dividers. It is a closed-cell foam,
                    so it won't saturate with oil or grease (but it will stain). It cuts well
                    with a serrated knife (a bread knife works great) and you can glue it in
                    with several different adhesives (I've used contact cement and Shoe Goo).
                    The only downside would be the expense, but if you are willing to spend, go
                    for it!

                    Answered on 2/24/2014 by J.T. from Eastern Arizona
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    I don't know what a shadow box is, but I do know that this foam is very
                    stiff.

                    Answered on 2/24/2014 by Jackson from Mountain City, TN
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    I would think so.

                    Answered on 2/24/2014 by Dan from Worcester Mass.
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    This is a very firm foam that can be sculpted.

                    Answered on 2/24/2014 by Anonymous
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    Yes would work great

                    Answered on 2/24/2014 by sky the kayaker from Southern Oregon
                • Minicell Foam

                  Q:

                  Is this L2 or M2 foam?
                  Asked on 11/3/2013 by Stevan from United States

                  3 answers

                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    I am not familiar with the terms L2 or M2. However I have used this foam for years when outfitting my sea kayak cockpits. It is dense, highly buoyant, easy to shape with a Stanley Shurform rasp, and holds it's shape well.

                    Answered on 11/5/2013 by Anonymous
                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Hi, Stevan, it is the L-type foam, the denser, stronger version.

                    Answered on 11/4/2013 by Clyde from NRS
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    Am not familiar with those designations. It's dark grey, closed-cell foam
                    that sticks tight to contact cement. Just installed some in a 17ft canoe
                    for a trip through the Florida Everglades. Didn't sink yet but it'll be
                    great insurance when I do.

                    Answered on 11/3/2013 by Anonymous
                • Minicell Foam

                  Q:

                  Will this product add floation to The front end of my recreational 10 foot kayak?
                  Asked on 10/7/2013 by thutch from kewanee Il

                  5 answers

                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    Yes, you can cut and shape it to fite inside the front of your boat,
                    but buying an inflatable airbag designed for that would give you more
                    floatation. The foam would keep you boat from sinking, but it would
                    be hard to handle full of water. The airbag would keep more water
                    out.

                    Answered on 10/7/2013 by Anonymous
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    Good afternoon,
                    Although minicells a great product recreational kayaks generally have open
                    cockpits. You're better off installing flotation bags which provide two
                    important points:
                    .. Flotation
                    .. Water displacement
                    The second point's extremely important because flotation bags prevent water
                    from filling a hull; the bags fill a space. The reason, less water enters
                    the cockpit during a capsize meaning the boat floats higher. Also, the
                    flotation bags mean you're pumping out less water from the hull when a
                    problem occurs. IMO, prepare for the worst case scenario. Yes, the
                    minicell may float the boat, but I'm add flotation bags fore and aft in the
                    hull.
                    I hope the information helps..
                    Rich

                    Answered on 10/8/2013 by Anonymous
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    Hello,
                    I have used this mini-cell foam for
                    outfitting my kayak cockpit only for
                    Comfort and performance. I would
                    Not depend on this material as a
                    Primary source of boat flotation. In my
                    Opinion you would be better off with
                    Traditional
                    Internal inflatable type kayak flotation devices.
                    Sent from my iPhone

                    Answered on 10/8/2013 by Anonymous
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    YES!
                    Matt Wilson

                    Answered on 10/8/2013 by Matt from South Carolina
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    Yes, but that would be an expensive way to do it, there are flotation bags you can get that are specifically designed for your boat. ��
                    Yogi Berra
                    Sent from my iPad

                    Answered on 10/8/2013 by Jim from Georgia
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