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pack fabric: 140D or cuben hybrid?
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Jason G
(JasonG) - F

Locale: iceberg lake
pack fabric: 140D or cuben hybrid? on 04/02/2013 14:16:00 MDT Print View

Well, im not working right now so I have a lot of free time so i thought id try my hand again at some more myog stuff.
So im looking to make a small pack similar to a murmur or burn in the 7-13oz range.

looking at

140D 3.5oz $29yrd

cuben hybrid 2.92oz $39yrd




Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Cuben vs. Dyneema on 04/02/2013 15:14:55 MDT Print View

There are two ways a pack could fail.

1. Seams ripping - This is going to be caused by either the thread or the fabric around it ripping. For lighter loads both fabrics are plenty tough. The real question will be whether you do the stitching neatly with the right thread.

2. Fabric ripping - Both fabrics should be fairly tear resistant. I'm pretty sure the Cuben hybrid would be less abrasion resistant. So if you plan on dragging it over rocks I'd go with 140D (or 210 D). Otherwise I'd guess they'd be about equal.

Both of those are kinda pricey fabrics. I'd try some Xpac first. Its a bit heavier but perfectly good and cheaper. Don't use the heavier Xpac for starps or hipbelts however, its too stiff.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Fabrics on 04/02/2013 15:47:57 MDT Print View

Out of these two fabrics, the real advantage of the cuben hybrid is that it's basically waterproof. If you hike it wet locales or packraft then that's valuable. If not, I'd go 140D because they're close in weight, the 140D is cheaper and it's got a nicer feel to it. If you go cuben hybrid, I'd look at the 3.3oz out stuff rather than the 2.9, because that has a significantly more substantial outer polyester layer.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Fabrics on 04/02/2013 18:27:52 MDT Print View

200D Oxford from is $5 a yard. Maybe 4 ounces/yd2. Other places have similar. If a pack takes 1.5 yd2, it might weigh an extra ounce or two. That will never fail. But the cost of the fabric isn't that much more because you don't use very much and maybe you should use the good stuff if you're going to spend your time making it.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
Re on 04/03/2013 17:34:38 MDT Print View

The hybrid stuff is more bomber by a significant margin IMO.

Jason G
(JasonG) - F

Locale: iceberg lake
. on 04/04/2013 14:17:14 MDT Print View