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Tad Englund
(bestbuilder) - F - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
What to do with... on 01/17/2009 12:46:53 MST Print View

I was cleaning out the basement and found 14 yrds of 60" wide 1.9 oz Urethane Coated Polyester Ripstop.
One idea I had... use it as the bottom of a couple of Bivy's, not too UL but it would be better then no bivy- I have a lot of kids and I could make a few(I would still have to buy the top material)

Any other ideas would be appreciated- I hate to waste anything!

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: What to do with... on 01/17/2009 14:15:10 MST Print View

For years I used that material for ground cloths under expensive tents. Use it coated side up to preserve the coating. I backpack for more than 30 days per year and one of these ground cloths would last for 5 or more years. Use a blade attachment on your soldering gun to make a nice hot-knife cut.

Tad Englund
(bestbuilder) - F - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Don't waste fabric on 01/19/2009 17:34:21 MST Print View

Denis, thanks for the response- that is what I bought the material for in the first place but I don't use any of those tents any more.
I don't want the fabric to go to waste!

Jason Brinkman
(jbrinkmanboi) - MLife

Locale: Idaho
Re: What to do with... on 01/19/2009 19:10:29 MST Print View

1.9 oz urethane is usually very waterproof, so could be made into lots of things. Bivy floors of course, but also rain mits, rain chaps, poncho-tarps, etc. The extra weight over silnylon is not that significant. Especially if you are making custom sized gear for kids.

Oh, and poly ripstop will usually not stretch when wet like silnylon, so tarps will stay taunt in the rain. Even if tarp/bivy camping is not your thing, a tarp can be nice to have for hanging out in the rain, or keeping gear dry without having it in a tent.

If nothing else, you could sell it on the Gear Swap.

Brad Groves
(4quietwoods) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Re: What to do with... on 01/20/2009 15:19:06 MST Print View

Man, I love finding extra stuff! Ok, so the material weighs more than 0.6 ounces... who cares? If you compare the weight of your 1.9 oz to 1.1 oz sil for, say, a 6x9 tarp, you end up with less than a 5 ounce difference. If you've got a lot of kids, why not make up a couple of tarps, maybe throw on a couple of beaks? Or a bomber mid? Use the material as flooring, buy a little noseeum netting and make individual or 2-person bug shelters for use under a tarp? Cheers-