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Stephen P
(spavlock) - F

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Best material for DIY rain mitts on 11/03/2010 20:58:10 MDT Print View

If there is already a thread for this, please point me in the right direction.

If not, here is my question. I want to make a pair of rain mitts. I'd like them to be a little durable, easy to make, and cheap.

I'm thinking about using the thru-hiker pattern with a few mods. Any thoughts?

I am unsure what material to use. Tyvek? Silnylon? Dri ducks material? I'm really stuck on the material part, so some advice with pros and cons would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Steve

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Best material for DIY rain mitts on 11/04/2010 00:08:18 MDT Print View

I made some out of ordinary coated nylon with no pattern.

--B.G.--

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Best material for DIY rain mitts on 11/04/2010 03:08:59 MDT Print View

> I'd like them to be a little durable, easy to make, and cheap.

Pick two out of three.

Cheers

Stephen P
(spavlock) - F

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Re: Re: Best material for DIY rain mitts on 11/04/2010 15:17:33 MDT Print View

Ok, Roger, good point. I would consider most mitten designs do-able for me. So forget the easy to make part. I'm mainly looking for affordable and durable.

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(biointegra) - MLife

Locale: Puget Sound
Re: Re: Re: Best material for DIY rain mitts on 11/04/2010 15:26:35 MDT Print View

1.43 oz. Cuben from www.zpacks.com @ 1/2 yard = $14.50 + $3.95 shipping = $18.45 for material sufficient for a a pair of mitts with gauntlet.

Ike Mouser
(isaac.mouser) - F
mitts on 11/04/2010 15:40:51 MDT Print View

im making some waders out of .7oz cuben that are going to double as my waterproof mitts. Also serve a slew of other purposes, but i will let you know when they are made so you can decide if you want to make them.

Eric Lundquist
(cobberman) - F - M

Locale: Dry side of the Eastern Sierra's
Re: mitts on 11/04/2010 16:21:52 MDT Print View

If you're choosing cheap+durable, then I would imagine that cuben fiber is out of the option. Go with some silnylon seconds available at thru-hiker or Backwoods Daydreamer. I've thought about doing the same for myself along with some silchaps too.

Stephen P
(spavlock) - F

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Re: mitts on 11/04/2010 19:14:00 MDT Print View

Ike - Let me know how the waders work out. I'm not familiar with sewing cuben. Will I need to use tape as well as stitching? I will need to do some research on that.

aaron - The price looks good. And if I ordered it tonight, I would probably have it in 2 days....Joe is excellent with service.

eric - Do you have any experience with silnylon gloves? It is really affordable...I think I am going to give it a try first before trying cuben. I can always use extra silnylon for other simple projects.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: Re: Best material for DIY rain mitts on 11/04/2010 19:24:31 MDT Print View

Apart from Cuban, which is horrible pricey, most other fabrics are cheap enough in the quantity you want. As I see it, you have a choice of
* silnylon: zero breathability, seam seal with silicone
* cheap acrylic coated nylon: coating won't last very long, then leaks badly, NOT recommended
* PU-coated nylon (typically ripstop): lasts well, slightly breathable, can be seam sealed
* heavy coated nylon: lasts better if you are using your hands much, can be seam sealed

Cheers