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Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Norlam on 03/08/2011 17:03:01 MST Print View

Anyone know how Norlam compares to Cuben Fiber? Here's a link:


Jeff Cadorin
(JeffCadorin) - F

Locale: paper beats rock
norlam. on 03/08/2011 17:52:13 MST Print View

I dont know anything about it but at that price its kind of hard not to order. I like a few other things on that site. Might need to put an order together. Would look cool mixed with your new poncho, in case you needed anymore pushing.

Nathan Baker
(Slvravn) - MLife

Locale: East Coast - Mid Atlantic
Re: Norlam on 03/08/2011 19:30:14 MST Print View

Here is a write up on a norlam tarp over at Hammock Forums:

There are also a few threads on BPL about the stuff. It seems that it might be .75oz per sailmakers yard and very noisy. If you do order some please let us know how you make out.

Edited by Slvravn on 03/08/2011 19:34:56 MST.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Thanks Nathan on 03/08/2011 20:19:20 MST Print View


Thanks for the hammock link. There was a lot of good info there.

It is heavier than most people think due to the sailmaker yard confusion. It is real noisy and hard to stuff. It punctures easily. Would make a good greenhouse but not too good for privacy due to the transparency. Doesn't stretch much if at all.


Edited by lyrad1 on 03/08/2011 22:08:51 MST.

tyler marlow

Locale: UTAH
Sailmaker's ounces on 03/08/2011 21:28:23 MST Print View

Sailmakers ounces (smoz.) take their measure assuming 36" by 28.5". To convert sailmaker's ounces into ounces per square yard multiply by 1.263

The more you know.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Thanks Tyler on 03/08/2011 22:13:47 MST Print View


Thanks for the conversion. That's helpful.

I bought some .5 ounce kite nylon a while back and it ended up being 1.25 ounces per (real) square yard. The conversion explains some of the weight difference. I think the rest might be coatings they add to the base material. I'm guessing here.

To compound things there could also be human error involved at all levels, including mine.


Sam Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
"Norlam" on 03/08/2011 22:50:20 MST Print View

Bought a yard of it to test a while back, and confirmed all of your conclusions.
Not a good alternative to Cuben, for sure.