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5 yds of spinntex: what shelter to make?
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Peter Snajczuk
(snajczuk) - F

Locale: Mass, USA
5 yds of spinntex: what shelter to make? on 09/24/2010 15:05:30 MDT Print View

So I have 5 yards of spinntex that needs to be made into a shelter of some sort. Has anyone made a mid with this much fabric? All designs and ideas are welcome; this fabric needs to be put to good use. Cheers.

Edited by snajczuk on 09/24/2010 15:06:52 MDT.

Everett Vinzant
(wn7ant) - MLife

Locale: CDT
I'm just finishing a design... on 09/29/2010 05:50:48 MDT Print View

I'm just finishing a design for a one man tent. I used Google sketchup to design it. Once it's complete I'll post it and you can decide if it's something you are interested in.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: 5 yds of spinntex: what shelter to make? on 09/29/2010 09:40:57 MDT Print View

I'm not sure how wide spinntex is or how big of a mid you want, but the shelter in my avatar right now uses about 5 yards of fabric and it is plenty big for one person. You should be able to come up with something.

Stuart R
(Scunnered) - F

Locale: Scotland
Re: I'm just finishing a design... on 09/30/2010 10:19:11 MDT Print View

I'd be interested in your design if it does not rely on the use of treking poles.
I have drawn a design of my own but am concerned that it may be a bit too ambitious. I will have to make a full size skeleton in order to make accurate patterns for the panels but I am more worried about the sewing!

Sam Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
"skeleton" on 09/30/2010 20:18:21 MDT Print View

Tried making skeletons with old tent poles, and discovered that even if they are only slightly flexible, they will distort when the fabric is upholstered over the frame. Result - panels were wrong shape.
Now I use wood frames that are built rock solid. Of course this is for us techno-challenged ones who have not mastered Cadware. But it works for me.
Some good pictures are posted by Roger on in the DIY - My Designs - Summer Tents section. Worth a read, I think.

Michael Davis
(mad777) - F

Locale: South Florida
Re: 5 yds of spinntex: what shelter to make? on 10/04/2010 18:48:37 MDT Print View

Where did you get your Spinntex? The site says they are out of stock. I emailed them about a week ago to ask when a new supply would be coming but, I haven't received a reply.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
thru hiker spinn tex on 10/09/2010 08:18:40 MDT Print View

thruhiker has been "out of stock" for maybe a year

I read somewhere that they have a hard time manufacturing it, but then people sell products with it so ???

You can get polyester spinnaker fabric with DWR finish from They don't recommend it for tents because it's loud when it flaps in the wind. 0.75 ounce per yard^2. I would think that DWR would provide enough rain protection.