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Joseph Morrison
(sjdm4211) - F

Locale: Smokies
where to buy breathable reflective material? on 02/13/2011 14:36:13 MST Print View

Just picked up a Ridgerest Solite and have had a NB Fugu jacket and it got me thinking of making a quilt with some breathable reflective material.

My idea is to use some 1.1 oz. nylon as the outer shell, 3.3 oz. climashield insulation and some reflective material as the inner shell. My goal is to keep it under 1 lb..

Anyone know a place I could pick some up? Thanks!


Nancy Charlier
(ncharlier) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Reflective Fabirc on 02/13/2011 14:42:18 MST Print View

Try They carry a lot of varieties of Illuminite fabric, and they tend to give weights fairly accurately, too. They will send you swatches of all their reflective stuff for $1.00. The only drawback with them is you either have to fax or phone your orders--their website is not set up for ordering. Or maybe this isn't the type of reflective you mean...

Edited by ncharlier on 02/13/2011 14:43:12 MST.

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: where to buy breathable reflective material? on 02/13/2011 14:48:04 MST Print View


You're not the only one looking .

Aluminized Tyvek?

Space blanket? A little noisy but cheap.

Party On,


Edited by Newton on 02/13/2011 15:19:11 MST.

Sam Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
"where to buy breathable reflective material?" on 02/13/2011 21:20:46 MST Print View

Unlike the older foil space blankets, the Heatsheets polyethylene ones are not noisy, and are flexible enough to stretch before breaking. The large model is 5 by 8 feet and weighs about 1.05 ounces per square yard. Cost around $6. Breathable? I had in mind making thousands of little tiny punctures with a meat tenderizer stamp, or you could make a cheap stamp with sharp tacks.

Warmlite sells an aluminized 1.4 oz silnylon, but being sil-coated, is not breathable. Very expensive, around the price of Cuben.

Would still like to know if another oz/sq/yd of Primaloft or the like wouldn't provide more insulative value. But I digress.

Edited by scfhome on 02/13/2011 21:29:17 MST.