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Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Stretch mesh on 05/29/2010 08:44:15 MDT Print View

Anyone know of a source for 4 way stretch mesh similar to what ULA uses on the Ohm pack?

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Stretch mesh on 05/31/2010 22:38:53 MDT Print View

Anyone, Bueller?

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"Stretch mesh" on 05/31/2010 23:25:37 MDT Print View

That's a tough material to find, perhaps Leno Mesh is the material you are looking for OR could work?

Leno Mesh Sample #1/ The

LenoLeno Mesh Sample #2/ Seattle Fabrics

Leno mesh as described on The Rainshed Inc. Outdoor Fabrics and Supplies website:

Leno Mesh is made with a twist in the warp yarn to create a mesh that is extremely durable and flexible. It is an excellent choice for applications where air or water must pass through, but high strength is required. Examples are mesh panels on pack frames, wand and ski pockets on climbing packs, and vent panels on dive bags, It is a versatile all-around stiffener as well. Machine wash warm, line or tumble dry, remove promptly.

Ken, here's the website where I found the sample and description:

The (scroll down to bottom of page for Leno Mesh)


Seattle Leno Mesh

I pulled out my Ohm to compare materials, it's hard to tell if it's the same material just from viewing my screen. The rule on the Seattle Fabrics website seems to match the thread count roughly on my ULA Ohm. But who knows?

Edited by Eugeneius on 05/31/2010 23:28:25 MDT.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"Stretch mesh" on 05/31/2010 23:34:28 MDT Print View

Apparently, there is also a "Soft" Leno finish and a "Stiff" Leno finish, both are available in comparable widths and price/yrd. The weight I found for the material was rather heavy at 7.4 oz./sq.yard., although so little is used on a pack that it shouldn't be a problem.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Power Stretch Net 4-Way stretch material on 06/01/2010 00:02:15 MDT Print View

Or, bear with me on this, perhaps the ULA mesh is similar to the Power Mesh 4-Way Stretch material, 2.01 oz./sq.yrd. (+/-), 86% Nylon / 14% Spandex. It is a dynamic 4-way stretch material consisting of spandex and Lycra. The specs seem rather light as this material is used in several clothing applications, but it is described as durable. This might work?


Power Stretch Mesh 4-Way

I've found it several places:

Power Mesh Net/Seattle


Power Mesh Net/

Well, that's all I have, hopefully one of those is the answer or at least a solution. Good luck Ken.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: "Stretch mesh" on 06/01/2010 01:54:22 MDT Print View

> perhaps Leno Mesh is the material
That is very very tough stuff! Probably tougher than OP wants for pockets. But it is really good stuff.


Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Stretch mesh on 06/01/2010 07:15:41 MDT Print View

Thanks Eugene!

Lucas Boyer
(jhawkwx) - MLife

Locale: 38.97˚N, 95.26˚W
re: mesh on 06/01/2010 10:26:38 MDT Print View

Ken, I'd second that lycra 4 way mesh as the better choice. I'd also recommend checking out the 5 yds to SUL backpack article comments. One reader used old running shirts cut up to make stretch pockets. I'd venture to guess that a Walmart/Target special running shirt would work too if you don't have one lying around. These shirts last a long time (if you can stand the smell) and don't really stretch out of shape.

David Lutz

Locale: Bay Area
"Stretch mesh" on 06/01/2010 21:38:39 MDT Print View

Hey Ken -

I was just looking at a Gossamer Gear side pocket.

The pocket itself is a non-stretch woven fabric that is sort of bellowed at the top with an elastic band.

It looks like calendared silnylon on the bottom.

A viable alternative to a 4-way stretch fabric?

Is the woven fabric easier to find?

What is the antonym for the word "stretch"?

/A .
(biointegra) - MLife

Locale: Puget Sound
Re: "Stretch mesh" on 06/01/2010 22:20:07 MDT Print View

Q: "What is the antonym for the word "stretch"?" (i.e. stretchy)

A: static (adj.)

Edited by biointegra on 06/01/2010 22:21:45 MDT.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"Stretch mesh" on 06/02/2010 06:56:30 MDT Print View


I emailed Seattle Fabrics regarding the Leno Mesh and Power Mesh, as Roger confirmed, the Leno Mesh is rather burly and tough material, it's much more durable and firm handed than your requirements for UL side pockets. However, the staff member from Seattle Fabrics who responded said the Power Mesh was on the right track with the Leno Mesh being too heavy and stiff.

The ULA side pockets appear to simply be a medium weight nylon durable 4-way stretch material, the Power Mesh available from a few online vendors should work. I looked closer at the ULA used mesh on my pack and the Power Mesh samples online and the pattern almost looks identical, the open sections of weave are in a diamond pattern versus a rectangular orientation.

Edited by Eugeneius on 06/02/2010 06:58:20 MDT.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Stretch mesh on 06/02/2010 19:29:28 MDT Print View

Thanks again Eugene. I have come to the same conclusion. Going to order some samples and see. Too bad Seattle Fabrics shipping is so costly.

Jared Cook
(rooinater) - F

Locale: Northwet
Re: Stretch mesh on 06/21/2010 12:10:05 MDT Print View

People have in the past actually contacted ULA and ordered some stretch fabric from them. If I'm recalling correctly it's pretty similar to the Lycra 4-way stretch fabric I used in my golite ion project. Quest outfitters used to sell it... It's super stretchy.

madeline nguyen
(madscot) - F

Locale: MW
still need fabric? on 10/01/2010 22:12:54 MDT Print View

I know this is a very delayed response but I just ordered some power mesh in black. I don't expect you will need much for water bottle pockets and so I am very willing to send a bit your way if you still need it. I also have some black athletic mesh if you think that would fit your needs better.

good luck with the MYOG I am about to begin my own bag