"Really debating about how things look? If the thread was about the price, it would make more sense to me. Thanks for the laugh on a Friday."
Glad I could humor you Peter.
I forgot this was the GEAR forum, serious things are taken very seriously here, sorry, mods move to chaff please. ;-p
If we could get beyond taking ourselves as backpackers so seriously, we could move onto deeper contemplative stuff....like how a white cuben rainskirt would look on me in a downpour, or perhaps how a pointed white cuben raincap would.....*scratch that idea.
Whatever stiffens your pudding. I just wanted to hear what others thought about cuben in the industry in terms of aesthetic quality, it's being utilized pretty extensively; it's currently very expensive but for how long? Will it be the staple material in a few years? We all know it's uber light, strong, waterproof, doesn't stretch, check. Terra Nova is incorporating it into most of their packs, pretty wisely I may say, their new Ultra 20 has a distinct Russian Cosmonaut quality to it, but it's sharp. 'The Zimmerman' uses cuben alongside other familiar materials in a really good way with his custom creations. Zpacks uses it. HMG is a cuben adopter, their pack prices reflect the use of cuben. Lots of cuben being used now.
Personally, I find Dyneema X gridstop strikes a nice balance in terms of fabric hand, durability, and function. A pack made in Dyneema X still has some substance and meat to it, there is enough to the material to still resemble a fabric. Cuben just doesn't sit right with me as a pack material, just a preference, I'm allowed to have that right?
I suppose I have a small amount of nostalgia when it comes to packs, the vintage Rivendell Mountain Works, Fjallraven, Jansport, and Kelty packs speak to me, they're timeless, albeit heavy. I like a pack to look like a backpack and feel like a backpack.... or at least what I think a pack should look and feel like. In the end these are all tools to serve a purpose and end, it's not big deal, just thinking aloud.