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Mike Oxford
(moxford) - MLife

Locale: Silicon Valley, CA
Mountaineering pack materials on 11/05/2012 17:59:23 MST Print View

I see a lot of packs made with 500D and not 1000D. I'm guessing it's due to 500D's tighter weave and lighter weight?

Is something like the MH ThruWay 50 (,default,pd.html) too lightweight? 100D ripstop ... will just get shredded? I don't know exactly how much abuse they take since I'm just getting in, but I definitely don't want to have it die in the field ... :)

Thanks for thoughts!


Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Mountaineering pack materials on 11/05/2012 18:02:06 MST Print View

> I'm guessing it's due to 500D's tighter weave and lighter weight?
Note that some Montbell packs have silnylon as part of the body. That's a long way south of 500 d Cordura.
It all depends ... on how much scrub and how much rock you are going to encounter.


David Olsen

Locale: Steptoe Butte
400d "Pack Cloth" on 11/13/2012 14:24:33 MST Print View

I have found the origional 400d "Pack Cloth" to be more than up to the task for multi decade use, even in Joshua Tree and High Sierra granite. The 1000 denier stuff is good on the bottom and
lower 6".

If you like buying new packs every few years, use something lighter.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re: Thruway material on 11/13/2012 15:00:34 MST Print View

Mike, the 100D (blue) material on the Thruway isn't traditional ripstop. It's a "nailhead" weave with a textured outer surface. Quite tough for the weight. I tested one for all of 2012 and found it quite satisfactory. It won't hold up to lots of hauling or anything, but should be sufficient otherwise. The DX40 on the bottom is tough, top shelf stuff.