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(Taylor) - F

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. on 04/21/2006 13:11:43 MDT Print View

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Edited by Taylor on 08/20/2009 15:24:42 MDT.

Erich Foster
(erichlf) - F
Re: Foam type and source for straps and belts? on 04/21/2006 14:29:15 MDT Print View

You could always use a sleeping pad. Yoga mats are heavy aren't they?

Edited by erichlf on 04/21/2006 14:29:48 MDT.

Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Foam type and source for straps and belts? on 04/21/2006 18:34:59 MDT Print View

Shoulder straps: 1/4" closed cell foam used for lining automobile tops. 1/8" closed cell foam used under hardwood floors. For applications needing more padding, sleeping pads work pretty well.

Ryan P. Murphy
(rmurphy) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re:Foam type and source for straps and belts? on 04/21/2006 22:05:45 MDT Print View

I personally use neoprene foam for packs and I couldn't tell you about its recycled content or lack thereof. If the yoga mats are made from recycled/reclaimed material then go for it. Something that might be worth looking into are recycled foam carpet pads. They come in all sorts of thicknesses starting at 1/8". Most are made from open cell foam scraps so would need to be sealed in some way, but if your intent on a recycled product they might be worth a look. I have no idea how well this material would actually function in real world use, but it's an idea.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Foam type and source for straps and belts? on 04/23/2006 05:30:25 MDT Print View

Just curious what kind of foams you're using for backpack shoulder straps, framesheets, and hipbelts

Closed cell EVA or PE. Minimum of EVA 40 or PE 40 - the lighter stuff fails under load. Open cell is useless. Reconstituted foam is poor quality - more glue line than foam. Neoprene is very high quality, but expensive. The really light stuff is a bit fragile.