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$10 Tyvek coveralls converted to 2.95oz jacket & 1.73oz chaps.
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Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: $10 Tyvek coveralls converted to 2.95oz jacket & 1.73oz chaps. on 07/30/2012 21:54:06 MDT Print View

Finally used my jacket this past wkd. I liked it just as much as I thought I would if not more. Skeeters were fairly bad at camp so I wore it for bug protection, with the hood up. It's light enough that I didn't get hot, even though it was warm enough without. It also fared excellently in a fairly good 10 min rain, took the chill off in my sleeping bag at 4:00 AM, and was perfect to stave off the cool temps later that morning while cooking breakfast. I didn't get to test it as a windbreaker but I'm betting I like it for that as well.

Out of all the things I have modified or made, this jacket is one of my favorite pieces. Superb fit for me, feather weight, supple and super comfy. Best of all was the $10 price tag and the joy of making it.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Re: $10 Tyvek coveralls converted to 2.95oz jacket & 1.73oz chaps. on 07/30/2012 22:59:25 MDT Print View

Mosquitoes couldn't bite through tyvek? That'd be a big plus for tyvek.

Mike Allen
(michaellea62) - F

Locale: UTAH
Dri ducks on 07/31/2012 00:18:58 MDT Print View

Just a question. Are the dri ducks similar to the tyvek material? I have been thinking about getting a pair of the dri ducks, because of the weight and cost, but this thread has me thinking about trying the tyvek suit. I would have an added bonus because my wife sews as a profession and could probably do this very easily... Humm

Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Dri ducks on 07/31/2012 07:51:30 MDT Print View

DriDucks material is not Tyvek. It is a waterproof/breathable film over non-woven support fabric. Durability is about the same - maybe higher than the thin Tyvek. I used a DriDucks rainsuit as rain/wind/bug protection through an entire AT thruhike with no problems. It is sufficiently breathable to wear as bug protection around camp in warm weather. I have even put it on during mosquito ridden rest stops and dried my sweat-soaked clothing. It also worked as my outer windsuit at zero Fahrenheit.

Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: Re: Re: $10 Tyvek coveralls converted to 2.95oz jacket & 1.73oz chaps. on 07/31/2012 08:39:31 MDT Print View

"Mosquitoes couldn't bite through tyvek"?

I'm not sure if these were just wimpy mosquitoes or what, but they were no bother at all on my body parts this jacket covered.

Mike Allen
(michaellea62) - F

Locale: UTAH
driducks on 07/31/2012 12:30:39 MDT Print View

Thanks Vic for sharing your experience with the driducks, I appreciate the information.

Remington Roth

Locale: Atlantic Coast
Reviving a useful thread on 12/05/2012 11:24:09 MST Print View

I just bought a couple of these suits to make the same modifications. Thanks for the ideas and insight!

So cheap!

Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: Reviving a useful thread on 12/08/2012 16:21:52 MST Print View

Let us know what you come up with, Rem.

Will Tatman
Me too! on 12/15/2012 23:43:05 MST Print View

Funny, I just placed an order yesterday for these for use in the same purpose:

I wonder what the difference, aside from size, is?

I'll post results when I'm done. Don't know if I'll be making chaps, too.

just Justin Whitson
Extra waterproofing? on 12/21/2012 00:17:14 MST Print View

I've heard that the clothing type Tyvek fabric is by itself only somewhat highly water resistant (wheras the Homewrap is noticeably more so), wouldn't it be a good idea to coat it with some kind of DWR type repellent? Or would it still just wet out anyways if in an extended downpour?

Remington Roth

Locale: Atlantic Coast
update on 12/22/2012 10:25:06 MST Print View

I ended up making a pullover. The material was easy to work with and much more water resistant than I imagined. I did all the sewing by hand because I'm a college student and I was away from home while making it. I would post a picture, but now I'm home and the jacket isn't...

I took the hint from above to seam seal the entire thing - which added strength to the places where I did some hand sewing.

My process went as follows:

1. Put on the tyvek suit (my roommate was very confused)
2. Mark the suit with a marker about waster high to know where to cut
3. Cut the suit with scissors (make sure the zipper is above the cut so the jacket will zip)
4. Rip the seams about halfway up the jacket
5. Cut the zipper with scissors
6. Sew the pullover back together where the zipper used to be
7. Seam seal (I used standard seam sealant used for tents and the likes)
8. Try on the jacket - at this point I noticed the hood did not fit well
9. I marked the hood with a marker, cut it to make it smaller, and stitched it back together, then seam sealed it

I eye-balled all the measurements. I'm not experienced with this stuff and it took me about an hour and a half, plus the time for the seam seal to dry. In January when I'm back in school I'll post a picture. I'm sorry I forgot to either snap a quick picture or bring the jacket home with me.

I did not make chaps.

I like how the jacket turned out, but I realized that I may not end up using it. My houdini likely fulfills the same function.

I also have not weighed it yet - I was in a rush to get home and this project fell off my radar.

Hopefully some of this response is helpful.

Thanks again for sharing the idea!

Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Dye that Tyvek! on 01/29/2013 09:31:01 MST Print View

I hesitated to dye my jacket and chaps due to the limited success I had read about from others. However, it dawned on me that this is a different Tyvek than that of used on I gave it a go.

Knowing the end result is rarely the color of dye you purchase...particularly with synthetic materials, I went for black hoping to get a dark grey. It ended up gray with a bit of a bluish tint. Not exactly what I was hoping for but it's far more subdued than the stark white. I was pleased with the evenness of the dye. Not blotchy at all. Over all, I'm pleased. Below is how I went about it:

I prewashed everything by hand then threw it in the solution: A full package of RIT dye in 1.5 gallons of near boiling water with 1/2-3/4 cup white vinegar. I thoroughly swished this around every 10 minutes for 3 hours, hand rinsed, then washed in the wash machine with a small amount of liquid detergent with a double rinse.

The total cost of this sexy get-up is now $12.jktdye

James Cahill

Locale: Suthern Carl
Bump on 06/14/2013 21:17:44 MDT Print View

Bump for a great idea. Thanks Will, Rusty and everyone else, now I have a super light $8 rain jacket / mosquito jacket / pillow thing.jacket

I got the XL for my ape arms, cut in super long (mid thigh) and took it in at the waist. 3.3oz. I may dye it, I may go to town with a sharpie.

Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: Bump on 06/14/2013 21:25:40 MDT Print View

Good job to both Rem and James!

steven franchuk
Re: Extra waterproofing? on 06/15/2013 01:26:10 MDT Print View

"I've heard that the clothing type Tyvek fabric is by itself only somewhat highly water resistant (whereas the Homewrap is noticeably more so), wouldn't it be a good idea to coat it with some kind of DWR type repellent? Or would it still just wet out anyways if in an extended downpour?"

Wind shirts normally have zero hydrostatic head and only can be considered water repellent. Tyvek has some hydrostatic head. For 1443R Tyvek the Hydrostatic head is 850mm. Some tyvek versions have more than 3,000mm hydrostatic head. Tue DuPont TY127S Disposable suit mentioned above has a hydrostatic head or 1,000mm according to a quick google search. Most water proof fabrics have a hydrostatic head of 17,000mm or more.

So in a rain storm that would cause a wind shirt to completely soak through in a minute, tyvek can still keep you dry. Only in very heavy rain will a limited amount of water get through tyvek. If a fabric has some hydrostatic head mosquitoes cannot bite through.

Please note there are versions of tyvek that are pin perforated. Pin perforated Tyvek, like a wind shirt, also has no hydrostatic head.

Also Tyvek is made from Polyethylene plastic which is inherently DWR. There is no need to add a wash in DWR to tyvek. Besides wash in DWR coatings will not add any hydrostatic head to any fabric.

If the forecast is 100% chance of rain and I had a choice of Tyvek and a wind shirt, I would take the Tyvek.

Edited by Surf on 06/15/2013 01:46:20 MDT.

Scott Hayden
(Spiffyguy) - F
Home Depot Model? on 11/27/2013 17:44:32 MST Print View

I know this is an older thread but thinking about making a set. Would this coverall set from Home Depot be the same as the TY127S set on Amazon. Only a few bucks cheaper but local to get.

Home Depot Link

Amazon Link


Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: Home Depot Model? on 11/27/2013 18:54:53 MST Print View

Good question, Scott. I don't least about the type of Tyvek itself. The Home Depot model though doesn't have a there is that difference.

Still loving mine.

Scott Hayden
(Spiffyguy) - F
headless on 11/27/2013 19:47:10 MST Print View

ack thought I linked the hooded one, they have a few there. Not too savvy on the tyvek so I figured I would ask. Guess I will pay the extra 4 bucks for the amazon one. Best to be sure I guess. but 4 bucks...this gear is expensive. :) Thanks for the thread. Gonna save me some cash for other gear.

Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: headless on 11/27/2013 21:39:35 MST Print View

"Gonna save me some cash for other gear".

That's the idea......that and to be able to get out of debt so we don't have to work as much... so we can play more. :)

Anyway, you're welcome. Let us know how it turns out.

Edited by rustyb on 11/27/2013 21:40:20 MST.

Scott Hayden
(Spiffyguy) - F
Update on 01/05/2014 15:02:46 MST Print View

I finished up the jacket. Have not really gotten a chance to test it. I sealed it up hoping to use it on a hike but it did not rain and got warm. Quite the opposite of what was forecasted. I was sad lol. I dyed after I sealed knowing that the seams would look funky, which they did. Ended up with 1.5 gallons boiling water, one RIT black, 1 cup of Vinegar. Soaked for 3 hours swishing every 10 then another 3.5 while my kids dragged me off to buy two bearded dragons. Grand total soak of 6.5 hours. Came out looking a light purplish. I also dyed the bottoms but I have not decided if I want to make chaps or a rain skirt yet. Leaning to chaps and there may not be enough material to do a skirt loose enough.

Few pics. Fabric with white paper.

And the jacket itself.

And here are two vids of making it and dyeing it. Yeah I am a nerd.

Thanks again for posting this up. The project has been fun so far.

edit: trying to figure out the image links.

Edited by Spiffyguy on 01/05/2014 15:04:49 MST.