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David Franzen
(dfranzen) - F

Locale: Germany
parachute fabric on 05/21/2010 19:20:39 MDT Print View

what exactly is parachute fabric?

Keegan Wagner
(keegan) - F
Sil on 05/21/2010 20:01:59 MDT Print View

I understand that Sil-nylon was first used as parachute fabric, but they might not use it today. If you're referring to a "parachute" hammock then It's probably just a nylon or rip-stop nylon.

David Franzen
(dfranzen) - F

Locale: Germany
Re: Sil on 05/21/2010 21:55:37 MDT Print View

so if parachute fabric is just another kind of nylon, then what are the differences between them? I mean, there are
parachute nylon
taffeta nylon
oxford nylon
does anyone know about their differing properties?

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: Sil on 05/22/2010 02:03:18 MDT Print View

> parachute nylon
This describes the application, not the fabric.

> taffeta nylon
> oxford nylon
Subtle differences in the weaving process, often used to fool the consumer in marketing literature. The terms can be misapplied too.

A genuine plain weave is usually finer than a taffeta, which is often (as far as I can tell) done with an air-jet loom. A plain weave is often slightly dearer. Oxford usually applies to heavier fabrics.


Don Miller
(UlTipiGuru) - F

Locale: IOWA
ripstop on 05/23/2010 18:56:32 MDT Print View

I have a military parachute that I am making a huge tipi out of,and it appears to be ripstop nylon