Ultralight ripstop kite fabric
Posted: 17 October 2007 02:29 AM   [ Ignore ]  
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Would this fabric be suitable for hiking applications?

http://www.kitebuilder.com/catalog/index.php/cPath/24_108?osCsid=bb940e53f8c1275a60e982ae853c106a

Obviously I am interested in the sub 1 oz fabrics and the amazing prices.

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Posted: 17 October 2007 12:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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There are some interesting things at kitebuilder, such as the carbon fiber products, cordage, and tyvek style 1443.  And wouldn’t it be great if that sub 1 oz fabric were cheap and light and waterproof and strong?  Most of the spinnakers are calendared to crispiness, waterproof to considerably less than 1 psi, sometimes finished with toxic substances such as formaldehyde, and considerably heavier than what you think since the reported weight uses the shorter sailmaker’s yard and doesn’t include finishing.

If you’re looking for something cheap to prototype it might be worth picking up and learning on your own what the drawbacks are.  Cheap fabric is a really great way to push through design iterations, but you get what you pay for.  Most of the folks that go this route end up making the final version out of a quality fabric. 

AYCE

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Posted: 17 October 2007 06:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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MarshLaw303 - 17 October 2007 02:29 AM

Would this fabric be suitable for hiking applications?

http://www.kitebuilder.com/catalog/index.php/cPath/24_108?osCsid=bb940e53f8c1275a60e982ae853c106a

Obviously I am interested in the sub 1 oz fabrics and the amazing prices.

I bought some of that kitebuildr spinnaker cloth based on posts in a different outdoor gear diy board.  Leaked like a sieve!  When I complained (the add says waterproof), kitebuilder said they’d talk with the manufacturer and get back to me… never happened.  10 yards are still laying under the bed wondering what to do with themselves.  They may become flags, or sails, but never outdoor gear.  Better to stick with the stuff you find in Ayce’s shop.  He tests it, uses it, and stands behind it.
just my 2 cents, and probably worth half that.
joe

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Posted: 17 October 2007 08:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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I guess those crazy weights and prices are best left for my dreams.  I figured it was too good to be true.  Thanx for the info all

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