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Need advice for a backpacking chair: fabric
I am tinkering around with a light-weight backpacking chair design. I have the struts figured out but I know nothing about fabrics or sewing. I am looking for advice on:1) What would be the easiest material to work with at the prototype stage and2) What would be a good, lightweight, strong material for the final productI am thinking that the chair would need to be able to support ~250 pound person. I haven't figured out the exact weigh goal yet but I am thinking in the 10 oz and under range. Best regards, Jon
I don't have answers for you---but my wife will sign up to be your first customer!
Landscaping fabric? Very light, strong, and easy to cut and either sew or glue. Cheap, too, if you want a lot to play with for prototyping.There are various weights out there, thick shiny 'professional' grade down to no-name hardware store brands.
this stool has, I believe, something like a 400 D fabric and it is listed at 10 oz.I got mine below 9 oz with some scissor work.Might get some ideas from it??
I like your specs for intended load capacity! I've noted that the new versions of the REI 3-leg stool now use a burly mesh in the center of the seat and weigh very slightly less than the older, rip-stop versions. A few of my Scouts have them and I think the mesh is great for those times when the stool gets rained on...plus it saves a gram or two. So, my suggestion is that you go check out those stools to see whether that style of construction and materials will, uh..."mesh" with your needs.Cheers.
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