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Momentum and Dyneema - other than thru-hiker?
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Jeff Jeff
(TwoFortyJeff) - F
Momentum and Dyneema - other than thru-hiker? on 05/22/2009 18:43:51 MDT Print View

Has anyone found any other sources for these materials?

It'd be nice to get Momentum in increments between 2 and 3 yards or Dyneema X or Grid in some other colors.

Alexander Sergheev
(Wayfarer) - F
Momentum only in thru-hiker on 05/29/2009 10:22:49 MDT Print View

I have read somewhere that Momentum is produced only for thru-hiker.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Momentum and Dyneema - other than thru-hiker? on 05/29/2009 10:36:12 MDT Print View

It'd be nice to get Momentum in increments between 2 and 3 yards

I believe that Ayce will sell fractional yards ... but his internet store does not support that. Use his contact us link beforehand to arrange what you want. He'll tell you how to proceed.

or Dyneema X or Grid in some other colors.
Thru-hiker (and MLD, I believe) worked directly with a mill to develop Dyneema X. There is a minimum run volume for producing fabrics and I believe the economics of cottage industries don't have room for ordering the minimum run of each of multiple colors.

I suppose that might possibly change if we buy enough fabric to help them turn over their inventory faster.

Brad Groves
(4quietwoods) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Re: Re: Momentum and Dyneema - other than thru-hiker? on 05/29/2009 11:25:53 MDT Print View

Jim, I've got some Dyneema X at home, and I've got a GoLite Pinnacle... pretty sure it's the same fabric. If I'm right, someone, somewhere also makes the Dyneema X in black, red, a couple shades each of green and blue. But I've not seen those fabrics for sale anywhere. I'm happy with what Thru-Hiker offers, and I've gotta say I always find a use for extra Momentum (pillows, hats, muffs, down socks...).

EDIT: Given the choice, if AYCE is still taking color requests, I'd love some kind of green. A darker "forest" or "pine" green, maybe.

Edited by 4quietwoods on 05/29/2009 12:30:38 MDT.

Matt Mahaney
(Matt_Mahaney) - MLife

Locale: In the District
Re: Momentum and Dyneema - other than thru-hiker? on 05/29/2009 11:44:59 MDT Print View

M90 is only made for Thru-hiker and Mountain Laurel Designs. A few months ago Ayce posted in his forum that he and MLD are looking for a new run on their Dyneema. He was asking for suggestions on color. I think the thread is still active.
Dyneema X Grid color request
Edit: Updated to Ron's info below.

Edited by Matt_Mahaney on 06/04/2009 08:26:19 MDT.

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Dyneema on 05/29/2009 12:03:06 MDT Print View

ULA Packs also have Dyneema X so somebody has it in green. I kind of like the MLD Grey myself.

Tom Caldwell
(Coldspring) - F

Locale: Ozarks
Dying Dyneema on 05/29/2009 12:07:52 MDT Print View

Don't forget that you can dye the Dyneema.

Jeff Jeff
(TwoFortyJeff) - F
Re: Dyneema on 05/29/2009 20:11:14 MDT Print View

Yup, the ULA and MLD colors are what prompted my questions here. I also like the light blue used on GoLite packs.

So, does MLD get Momentum from AYCE?

Ron Bell
(mountainlaureldesigns) - F - M

Locale: USA
Dyneema X, Momentum and Fortress Silnylon on 05/30/2009 07:25:06 MDT Print View

Hi All,

MLD and work together to source, test, and develop various fabrics.

Paul at thru-hiker has a lot expertise in various areas of fabrics and I have a lot of experience in others. We combine our knowledge to source the best of the best.

We are the only companies that offer Momentum. Momentum is a trademark name we use for a special certain weave that only thru-hiker and MLD use. No one can really claim they use Momentum unless they first buy it from thru-hiker simply because it is not us using a collective two + decades of experience specing and continuously testing the product.

We are also the only companies that have the Dyneema X (tm) . Others may have similar looking weaves, but I can not vouch for their exact weave specs or coatings. So, if it does not say Dyneema X - it's not Dyneema X.

Thru-Hiker and MLD are also the only small UL companies I know that have a Suter Tester (very expensive machine) to scientifically test the water resistance of the fabrics. We constantly check all the new shipments and supplies we receive from manufacturers.

With silnylon for example, we've seen the tests all over the place. From full-on junk to the best of the Silnylon- " Shield". Shield (tm) Silnylon is the Silnylon brand we now use and it is exclusive for us.

Lots of the silnylon is really made only for parachutes and is only tested for air permability - not water resistance - and over time that type Sil become less water resistant fairly quickly due to repeated stretching. That's why there is a jump number set for chutes and then they are retired. It might be OK for a tarp for while...

Our Shield Silnylon has a different coating and is more water resistant from the start and holds that for far longer than cheaper Sil's. Lots of the parachute mfgrs or second resellers will sell you seconds for cheap- then some start a tarp company and offer great prices! You get what you pay for...

History: Over about a decade- Paul and I saw a lot of different Sil and Spinnaker and the water resistance went up and down for a lot of reasons- different coating types, base fabrics, mfg processes, etc.

MLD builds all our gear in our own shop- we see the fabrics before it gets built into the gear and we handle it every day. (Before we had the Suter Tester- we used a homemade device that was OK. After you touch thousands of yds of the same material everyday- you can usually tell very small differences in the touch alone.) Many other UL gear makers outsource the construction and don’t even see the material until the final gear product is delivered to them.

Just walking down the TrailDays vendor area this year I could reach out, touch and note the source of various silnylons. I counted four different type of Silnylon in use by about a dozen vendors in 2009. Two types good, One OK , One bad. (Most of the vendors were good or OK - but a couple had the bad and did not even know it.)

In the last two years we spotted a big shipment of bad Spinnaker rolls and bad Sil rolls that were about to be built into gear in our shop and noticed the mfgr changed the coatings and did not tell us. Well, it was junk , we did not build any product from it. Sometimes even a good roll has and funky coating spot, edge or end of roll and since we see it right then, we can discard it.

You may remember the "Spinnkaer Shortage" of 2007/08. At the time; we knew some of our other UL gear maker friends also used the same fabric we used at that time. Since they get the fabric shipped from the fabric mfgr directly to their outsource sewing production shop- there was the possibility they would have built a large qty of gear from the junk fabric. Since they were our cottage friends, We notified them and saved them ten's of thousands of dollars. ( We don't think they made any products from the bad material and know that they use good material in current products.)

So, if it says Momentum, Dyneema X or Shield Silnylon you can be assured you are getting the best. If some other company says they are using these and did not buy them from (MLD does not sell fabric) - then they are NOT these brands.


Edited by mountainlaureldesigns on 01/12/2010 19:50:33 MST.

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
Momentum and Dyneema... on 05/30/2009 07:33:35 MDT Print View

If it says MLD you can be assured your getting the best.

Ron, thanks for the information on fabric quality.

Matt Mahaney
(Matt_Mahaney) - MLife

Locale: In the District
Re: Dyneema X, Momentum and Fortress Silnylon on 06/04/2009 08:24:59 MDT Print View

Thank you for the information. I will correct the post I made above. I don't own any of your products... yet, but I'm saving for a tarp. By the way, where did your website go?

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: Momentum and Dyneema - other than thru-hiker? on 01/23/2011 22:55:24 MST Print View

Interesting information in this thread...

And a few new questions..

As I understand it, Dyneema X is a trademark of MLD and And that doesn't mean that they are the only ones that have the fabric, just that they have their own name for it. Right?

So... what are other sources for this fabric? LOTS of companies use it. And I wonder if we're being limited by wanting that "brand name". I'd like other colors and cheaper prices... What's the mill that produces this stuff? Any other resellers that sell it?

It seems that every company that is using Dyneema Gridstop has that new X pattern in it....

EDIT: a bunch of other companies are using the name Dyneema X Gridstop. Are they really purchasing their fabrics from AYCE/MLD instead of the mill? I don't get it..

Edited by Found on 01/23/2011 23:02:52 MST.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"Momentum and Dyneema - other than thru-hiker?" on 01/23/2011 23:18:56 MST Print View


Shoot Javan Dempsey a PM on the matter, he's a gear maker and I believe he's pretty familiar with the inner workings.

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: Re: Momentum and Dyneema - other than thru-hiker? on 01/24/2011 21:59:11 MST Print View

Just did a search on to see about the trademark issue. Dyneema X doesn't come up as being trademarked..

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Re: Re: Momentum and Dyneema - other than thru-hiker? on 01/25/2011 06:38:16 MST Print View


Edited by MarshLaw303 on 01/25/2011 06:39:33 MST.

Josh Leavitt
(Joshleavitt) - F

Locale: Ruta Locura
TM on 01/25/2011 10:10:54 MST Print View


Your search did not produce anything, because you were searching federaly registered trade marks. This means Dyneema X is not federaly registered, check the state in which it is sold. Based on commerce laws it would need to be trade marked in the state it is origonally sold in. If a product is trade marked in Washington, but is being physically sold out of Utah under that trade mark, there could be a trade mark law violation. This is where a federaly registered trade mark could be needed. But such a trade mark could only be obtained if said product was not already federaly registered or recognized federaly.