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Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Condensation fix for single wall tents ? on 11/07/2007 17:11:04 MST Print View

The most common fabric used to make lightweight single wall tents is silnylon. This fabric is very light and extremely strong however it stretches in humid or cold weather and it does not breathe. A "fix" is to increase the amount of ventilation, as masterfully done by HS with his Tarptents. That of course makes them "cold" in windy days and or at lower temperatures.
Another material is Epic. This breathes better but is not as wateresistant as silnylon, particularly ( in my experience) when soiled.
Goretex (PTFE/Teflon) is heavy and not that breathable in some conditions.
eVent ( an oleophobic version of PTFE) is (anecdotally) much better but GE limits its use and anyway it is heavy and expensive.
There appears to be a new technology, spotted on the net , that could potentially solve the problem. It seems (to me) that we could have a very light, strong,fully breathable and "waterproof" ( possibly inexpensive) fabric.
Has anyone seen this ?
Does anyone care ?

Thomas Baker
(Shake_N_Bake) - F

Locale: WY
Condensation fix for single wall tents ? on 11/07/2007 17:14:44 MST Print View

What would the name of this new fabric be?

Greyson Howard

Locale: Sierra Nevada
Re: Condensation fix for single wall tents ? on 11/07/2007 17:19:04 MST Print View

Was there a point where you were going to say what the new technology is, what it's named, or where we can see it?

That might help for those of us who can't read minds.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Condensation fix? on 11/07/2007 17:29:27 MST Print View

That was intentional. There is very little info about this new technology, but no one has suggested using it in tent manufacturing. Sorry if this is annoying, my aim is to find out if anyone else has thought of this particular application.

Ross Bleakney
(rossbleakney) - MLife

Locale: Cascades
Miracle Fabric on 11/07/2007 17:56:21 MST Print View

I have no idea what fabric you are talking about. If there was something that was lighter than epic but just as breathable and waterproof, I would expect it to show up in jackets first. Feathered Friends sells some sort of nano-tech material that is water resistant (not waterproof) and very light. Works fine when you get a little condensation or a few drips, but you don't want to get it really wet. It would not work as either a jacket or a tent fabric. Propore laminate (the stuff in O2 style jackets) could, theoretically, be used on the top end of a tent. You certainly wouldn't put it on the ground (it would rip in a second). I don't think anyone has had the guts to make a tent out of it, though (too easy to rip).

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
New Waterproof / Breathable Tent Fabric? on 11/07/2007 18:09:55 MST Print View


If you are thinking about Big Sky's "Znorkel" wp/b fabric -- made with unobtanium -- we are NOT interested. :)

Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
Toray Entrant on 11/07/2007 18:15:56 MST Print View

What about that Toray Entrant stuff? I think it is about the waterproofness of eVent and weighs slightly more but it seems to be much more durable.

Edited by bpeugh on 11/07/2007 18:16:34 MST.

D.H. Bathon
(bathond) - F

Locale: North America
Completely, Utterly Off-Topic... on 11/07/2007 18:24:44 MST Print View

This is an interesting thread nonetheless...though I can typically avoid condensation by tarp camping...MSR Trekker Wing (yes, I know, I should make my own) rules.

Anyways, moving on...

Does anyone know of any WARM hikes that I could take my father, who is a first timer, on this December? I live in Georgia and he lives in Massachusetts, he has never asked to go camping with me before so I want to make it memorable, but I also want it easy enough that he will want to do it again.

A wilderness area would be preferable to some place more popular, touristy.

Any suggestions would be helpful, email me at or reply at my post here:

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Exciting Hike on 11/07/2007 18:27:28 MST Print View

Given this is a first -- why not make it extra special -- say a trip to Hawaii -- with some hikes built in?

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Condensation fix? on 11/07/2007 18:28:48 MST Print View

Again, sorry to be vague, but I have my reasons to be so. Incidentally it is not a fabric but a "treatment" of an existing fabric. There are no products on the market , as yet, that use this technology but there will be some in 2008.
What I am hoping for is that someone will come up with " if you are thinking of "**** ****" it will work/not work because..." Otherwise there is a chance that a manufacturer could get a head-start on the rest.

Richard Nisley
(richard295) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Condensation fix? on 11/07/2007 19:19:53 MST Print View

Franco - If you are thinking of ion mask™ treatment of a breathable fabric it will provide long term water repellency but not true waterproofness. For true waterproofness, the treated breathable fabric has to provide resistance to water pressure mm/H20 - JIS I 1092 of at least 17,586. I am not aware of any non-waterproof fabric that can be ion mask treated to provide this pressure resistance.

Eric Carlsen
(cooleric1234) - F
Re: Condensation fix? on 11/07/2007 20:12:55 MST Print View

No offense, but I think people are probably tired of the games. Why not just come out and say what it is and then people can respond? Either you keep your trade secret and don't ask people about it or you spill the beans if you actually want input. You can't have your cake and eat it too. Sorry if this seemed rude, I'm just trying to be frank.

Mike Barney
(eaglemb) - F

Locale: AZ, the Great Southwest!
Re: Re: Condensation fix? on 11/07/2007 20:35:18 MST Print View

Not that this is necessiarly the same technology, but read their website including the statement below. They are Venture Capital funded. Those guys typically have pretty solid IP licensing rights, and one would expect that would cover for most any type of textile and their applications.

"P2i has exclusive access to commercialising the ion-mask™ technology and is now commercialising it for the medical, biosciences, electronics, textile and automotive & aerospace markets."

If not, good luck with the venture!

Paul Tree
(Paul_Tree) - F

Locale: Wowwww
Not just annoying on 11/08/2007 10:02:20 MST Print View

Very annoying. -1 for you.

Casey Bowden
(clbowden) - MLife

Locale: Berkeley Hills
Condensation fix for single wall tents ? on 11/08/2007 10:58:45 MST Print View


Nano technology? I saw a brief demonstration of water rolling off denim jeans on the History Channel show Modern Marvels. They claimed breathability was not affected by the treatment.

Ryan Longmire
(longmire) - MLife

Locale: Tejas
since this is going nowhere... on 11/08/2007 11:04:25 MST Print View

Has anyone experimented with some sort of active ventilation (like an oust fan) to exhaust air through a high-vent?

i would be willing to sacrifice a few ounces if it meant a considerable reduction in condensation.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Ion Mask on 11/08/2007 14:57:11 MST Print View

Mike wins.
The technology I was referring to is indeed the Ion Mask by P2i
as you can see from their comments, they have no plan or incline to use it with tent fabrics. I realize that there is more money in shoes than tents, but I thought that it would be an obvious application. Looks like Mike also made that connection.

David Rowenhorst
(row435) - MLife

Locale: Mid Atlantic
Re on 11/08/2007 18:01:46 MST Print View

Yeah - I'm going to go with "unlikely" on this one. From what I gather they are polymerizing small amounts of hydrophobic material directly onto the the material to be treated. I don't doubt that it can make something extremely water resistant, and may change the way that we think about DWR, but I am guessing that a treatment like this probably will not hold up to any kind of water pressure, at least on a woven material. Leather is a different story since that is not nearly as porous as something like nylon, thus their application to footwear. Granted, I am only postulating given the information that I can find. With my luck the internet will preserve my buffoonery forever, and this stuff will be the best tent material ever.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Condensation fix on 11/08/2007 18:51:16 MST Print View

Dave, a comparison with Epic was what I thought of at first. P2i talk about fabric and not leather, but you might have a good suggestion there (???).

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Ion Mask on 11/08/2007 18:56:20 MST Print View

> Ion Mask by P2i

Yes, and it has actually been discussed before.
Frankly, I can't see it working on the shoes they are talking about.
Ask them about tent fabric?