What Fabric Is This
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Kyle Purcell
(dufus934) - F

Locale: North Texas
What Fabric Is This on 03/03/2008 10:46:42 MST Print View

I found this at Wal-Mart last night. Its not breathable (at least I can't blow through it) and 100% waterproof. It rustles real loud and is really light (don't have a scale to weigh it). Please someone, let me know what this is for sure. I think its spinnaker, but I'm not sure.

Mike Hinsley
(ArchNemesis)

Locale: England, UK
What fabric is this? on 03/03/2008 12:39:25 MST Print View

It's likely to be 2oz PU coated nylon - but with a CRISP coating. [PU fabrics bave two possible coatings - soft and crisp).

If the fabric looks like it has a grid on it then it will be RipStop

Polyester doesn't tend to rustle/crackle. Spinnaker cloth feels much thinner than paper.

Remember that spinnaker cloth is many times the price of PU , will be RipStop and it's unlikely to be anywhere outside of specialist stores.

Kyle Purcell
(dufus934) - F

Locale: North Texas
Re: What fabric is this? on 03/03/2008 12:45:17 MST Print View

this stuff is super thin and very light. However, if it is PU, is this useful in outdoor (tarp) situations?

Edited by dufus934 on 03/03/2008 12:46:55 MST.

Mike Hinsley
(ArchNemesis)

Locale: England, UK
What Fabric is this on 03/03/2008 15:32:02 MST Print View

Yes,

I use crispy PU for tarps and groundsheets. It's excellent for tarps and pasasble for groundsheets.

If it's spinnaker then it will stretch a little if strongly encouraged. Nylon doesn't tend to stretch or tear.

Either way, it's likely to be 2oz or under per square yard.

If you are buying it to experiment with then consider that it might be worth paying $2-3 yard just to have a play.

It's not worth getting hooked on "is it or isn't it spinnaker". Instead consider is it light enough for what you want, is it strong enough and is it waterproof enough. Think about function.

Kyle Purcell
(dufus934) - F

Locale: North Texas
Re: What Fabric is this on 03/03/2008 16:00:46 MST Print View

well I bought it last night from wal-mart for $1/yd. Thanks for the help mike!

Joseph Valenti
(shsesc) - F
Testing fabric on 03/04/2008 23:28:01 MST Print View

I always feel funny trying to blow or suck air through fabric at Walmart.