I'm looking into fabrics to make into durable packs. Xpac looks great, but it's confusing. Can someone please shed light on the various choices from Dimension Polyant? Their website does not list the typical fabrics that hikers seem to mention. Nor do they have information on the fabrics that Cilo Gear uses. I'm leaning away from Dyneema Gridstop X because it's expensive, and I wonder if xpac isn't better (for the same weight?).
Rockywood seems to be the only company to sell the stuff.. Which fabric is it? How much does it really weigh?
Cilo Gear material description
Below are various helpful comments I found through searching...
"If you are looking to save some money, you could try VX21 XPac fabric from Dimension Polyant. If you contact DimPoly they will sell you the material directly and it runs about $9.85 per yard normally, with 2nds at $5.85 and some overstocks at $7.50 per yard.
I like the VX21, but at 6.2 oz/yd it is pretty heavy compared to the Dyneema X
Xpac comes in WX07 that weigh in at 3.6 oz. yard it their light pack version nice fabric with a reinforcement grid plus totally water proof membrane.
Rockywoods' XPAC appears to be VX07 70 denier based on their weight claims. Does the grey and lime green fabric feel like the same weight?
The green xpac feels lighter then the grey, The green looks like it has a 70d ripstop for the top layer, where the grey is not ripstop, and feels heavier and stiffer, which i like for the bottom and back of the bag. I do want to try some of there red and orange xpac, I hope it is like the green."
Sooo... Is WX07 and VX07 the same stuff? How is it? Stronger than Dyneema X? Do you prefer the VX21? I assume the higher the number the stronger the fabric.
I'm planning on making a full xpac pack. Fifty liters, frameless, hipbeltless, no zipper. Styled like a Golite Jam 2. Any idea how much it'd weigh?