Fabric Battle

2:59 p.m. on June 24, 2011 (EDT)
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Fabrics are used in backpacking for all kinds of purposes: packs, clothing, socks, tarps, tents, etc.  They all obviously have certain advantageous properties, and a variety of new high-tech fibers have been designed specifically for certain physical characteristics.

What are your favorite fabrics for each of the following:

-Breathability

-Washability

-Chemical Resistance

-Wind Resistance

-Durability/Rip-resistance

-Water Resistance

Any other comments of about cool fabrics for certain purposes?

9:17 p.m. on June 24, 2011 (EDT)
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polypropaline for warmth

10:03 p.m. on June 24, 2011 (EDT)
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Wool, wool, wool ... and, wool.

Did I mention wool ?


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8:50 p.m. on June 25, 2011 (EDT)
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I'm with you on that!

6:32 a.m. on June 26, 2011 (EDT)
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marienbad said:

I'm with you on that!

 Wool is simply amazing, is it not?

From super-fine Merino ( the absolute BEST base-layer) ... to gabardine, for wind-resistance ( Mallory used it on his fatal Everest attempt ) ... to boiled-wool  (see my ad for "DACHSTEIN" mittens in the "classified"-section) ... to felt  for insoles (which is essentially made from scraps of wool, off the floors in fabric mills).

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9:21 a.m. on June 27, 2011 (EDT)
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Shell for my body-eVent, no contest

Shell-for my sleeping bags-Pertex Endurance for down and Pertex or Ashahi for Primaloft, not bad with down.

Undies and mid-layers-merino wool and silk gonch for hygiene

Extreme cold-shell-Ventile, insulation, best quality down in Pertex, wool duffel over merino

Regular cold/wet BC weather to about 10*F, insulation layer garments-Primaloft in Pertex

Tents-Kerlon first in Hilles. Tegraltex in IDs for light and bombproof mountain shelters, silnylon for tipis/tarps

Packs-whatever MysteryRanch uses and "Full Dyneema" if I ever do by the pair of custom McHale's I have intended to for some 15-16 years.

3:18 a.m. on June 28, 2011 (EDT)
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Cheap Hawaiian shirts for hot and sunny camping, and sunny snow summit days. Wicks sweat well, dries fast, and protects from the sun too.  The tacky floral graphics are an added bonus.

Ed

6:47 a.m. on June 28, 2011 (EDT)
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whomeworry said:

 The tacky floral graphics are an added bonus.

Ed

 

"bonus" ???

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12:36 p.m. on June 28, 2011 (EDT)
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I thought those shirts were reserved for tourists on vacation in the Caribbean?.......although I do own one, thing is ugly as hell and thats the exact reason its fun to wear it ;)

12:40 p.m. on June 28, 2011 (EDT)
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GoreTex for most

10:44 a.m. on June 29, 2011 (EDT)
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Callahan said:

GoreTex for most

 Callahan, dear lad, ... we need to tawk ....

( *insert roll-the-eyes icon smilie* )

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12:16 a.m. on June 30, 2011 (EDT)
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Robert Rowe said:

whomeworry said:

 The tacky floral graphics are an added bonus.

Ed

 

"bonus" ???

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You never know when you need cover in a luau.  I gather you don't do Hawaiian shirts, therefore the bonus is lost on you.  To each his own...

Ed

12:26 a.m. on June 30, 2011 (EDT)
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Jake W said:

I thought those shirts were reserved for tourists on vacation in the Caribbean?.......although I do own one, thing is ugly as hell and thats the exact reason its fun to wear it ;)

Ugly – yes;  fun - exactly.  More stylish than camouflage, at any rate…

They are great tech shirts, more comfortable while hiking a heavy pack in the mid day sun than anything else I have worn.  Also good for sunny days on snow when the reflected sun is too hot for clothes, yet you must wear something for UV protection.

Ed

6:26 a.m. on June 30, 2011 (EDT)
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whomeworry said:

  I gather you don't do Hawaiian shirts, therefore the bonus is lost on you.  

Ed

 I'm trying to quit.

Actually, I have several.  Don't wear them, if I can help it.

I DO HAVE a cool Jackson Pollack-inspired shirt, however.   It is a shirt I wore a lot while painting.    Lotsa drips, drabs, runs, stains.   People always notice (when I am actually out in public wearing it ... usually inadvertently) ... some ask about it.   Mostly "artsy" women.

You would be one of the few that would know what this shirt might look like.

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