May 22, 2009 at 5:43 pm #1236495
Has anyone found any other sources for these materials?
It'd be nice to get Momentum in increments between 2 and 3 yards or Dyneema X or Grid in some other colors.May 29, 2009 at 9:22 am #1504341
I have read somewhere that Momentum is produced only for thru-hiker.May 29, 2009 at 9:36 am #1504344
It'd be nice to get Momentum in increments between 2 and 3 yards
I believe that Ayce will sell fractional yards … but his internet store does not support that. Use his contact us link beforehand to arrange what you want. He'll tell you how to proceed.
or Dyneema X or Grid in some other colors.
Thru-hiker (and MLD, I believe) worked directly with a mill to develop Dyneema X. There is a minimum run volume for producing fabrics and I believe the economics of cottage industries don't have room for ordering the minimum run of each of multiple colors.
I suppose that might possibly change if we buy enough fabric to help them turn over their inventory faster.May 29, 2009 at 10:25 am #1504361
Jim, I've got some Dyneema X at home, and I've got a GoLite Pinnacle… pretty sure it's the same fabric. If I'm right, someone, somewhere also makes the Dyneema X in black, red, a couple shades each of green and blue. But I've not seen those fabrics for sale anywhere. I'm happy with what Thru-Hiker offers, and I've gotta say I always find a use for extra Momentum (pillows, hats, muffs, down socks…).
EDIT: Given the choice, if AYCE is still taking color requests, I'd love some kind of green. A darker "forest" or "pine" green, maybe.May 29, 2009 at 10:44 am #1504368
@matt_mahaneyLocale: In the District
M90 is only made for Thru-hiker and Mountain Laurel Designs. A few months ago Ayce posted in his forum that he and MLD are looking for a new run on their Dyneema. He was asking for suggestions on color. I think the thread is still active.
Dyneema X Grid color request
Edit: Updated to Ron's info below.May 29, 2009 at 11:03 am #1504375
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
ULA Packs also have Dyneema X so somebody has it in green. I kind of like the MLD Grey myself.May 29, 2009 at 11:07 am #1504377
Don't forget that you can dye the Dyneema.
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=19825May 29, 2009 at 7:11 pm #1504487
Yup, the ULA and MLD colors are what prompted my questions here. I also like the light blue used on GoLite packs.
So, does MLD get Momentum from AYCE?May 30, 2009 at 6:25 am #1504545
MLD and thur-hiker.com work together to source, test, and develop various fabrics.
Paul at thru-hiker has a lot expertise in various areas of fabrics and I have a lot of experience in others. We combine our knowledge to source the best of the best.
We are the only companies that offer Momentum. Momentum is a trademark name we use for a special certain weave that only thru-hiker and MLD use. No one can really claim they use Momentum unless they first buy it from thru-hiker simply because it is not us using a collective two + decades of experience specing and continuously testing the product.
We are also the only companies that have the Dyneema X ™ . Others may have similar looking weaves, but I can not vouch for their exact weave specs or coatings. So, if it does not say Dyneema X – it's not Dyneema X.
Thru-Hiker and MLD are also the only small UL companies I know that have a Suter Tester (very expensive machine) to scientifically test the water resistance of the fabrics. We constantly check all the new shipments and supplies we receive from manufacturers.
With silnylon for example, we've seen the tests all over the place. From full-on junk to the best of the Silnylon- " Shield". Shield ™ Silnylon is the Silnylon brand we now use and it is exclusive for us.
Lots of the silnylon is really made only for parachutes and is only tested for air permability – not water resistance – and over time that type Sil become less water resistant fairly quickly due to repeated stretching. That's why there is a jump number set for chutes and then they are retired. It might be OK for a tarp for while…
Our Shield Silnylon has a different coating and is more water resistant from the start and holds that for far longer than cheaper Sil's. Lots of the parachute mfgrs or second resellers will sell you seconds for cheap- then some start a tarp company and offer great prices! You get what you pay for…
History: Over about a decade- Paul and I saw a lot of different Sil and Spinnaker and the water resistance went up and down for a lot of reasons- different coating types, base fabrics, mfg processes, etc.
MLD builds all our gear in our own shop- we see the fabrics before it gets built into the gear and we handle it every day. (Before we had the Suter Tester- we used a homemade device that was OK. After you touch thousands of yds of the same material everyday- you can usually tell very small differences in the touch alone.) Many other UL gear makers outsource the construction and don’t even see the material until the final gear product is delivered to them.
Just walking down the TrailDays vendor area this year I could reach out, touch and note the source of various silnylons. I counted four different type of Silnylon in use by about a dozen vendors in 2009. Two types good, One OK , One bad. (Most of the vendors were good or OK – but a couple had the bad and did not even know it.)
In the last two years we spotted a big shipment of bad Spinnaker rolls and bad Sil rolls that were about to be built into gear in our shop and noticed the mfgr changed the coatings and did not tell us. Well, it was junk , we did not build any product from it. Sometimes even a good roll has and funky coating spot, edge or end of roll and since we see it right then, we can discard it.
You may remember the "Spinnkaer Shortage" of 2007/08. At the time; we knew some of our other UL gear maker friends also used the same fabric we used at that time. Since they get the fabric shipped from the fabric mfgr directly to their outsource sewing production shop- there was the possibility they would have built a large qty of gear from the junk fabric. Since they were our cottage friends, We notified them and saved them ten's of thousands of dollars. ( We don't think they made any products from the bad material and know that they use good material in current products.)
So, if it says Momentum, Dyneema X or Shield Silnylon you can be assured you are getting the best. If some other company says they are using these and did not buy them from thru-hiker.com (MLD does not sell fabric) – then they are NOT these brands.
RonMay 30, 2009 at 6:33 am #1504546
@thomdarrahLocale: Southern Oregon
If it says MLD you can be assured your getting the best.
Ron, thanks for the information on fabric quality.Jun 4, 2009 at 7:24 am #1505775
@matt_mahaneyLocale: In the District
Thank you for the information. I will correct the post I made above. I don't own any of your products… yet, but I'm saving for a tarp. By the way, where did your website go?Jan 23, 2011 at 9:55 pm #1687640
@foundLocale: Sacramento, CA
Interesting information in this thread…
And a few new questions..
As I understand it, Dyneema X is a trademark of MLD and Thru-hiker.com And that doesn't mean that they are the only ones that have the fabric, just that they have their own name for it. Right?
So… what are other sources for this fabric? LOTS of companies use it. And I wonder if we're being limited by wanting that "brand name". I'd like other colors and cheaper prices… What's the mill that produces this stuff? Any other resellers that sell it?
It seems that every company that is using Dyneema Gridstop has that new X pattern in it….
EDIT: a bunch of other companies are using the name Dyneema X Gridstop. Are they really purchasing their fabrics from AYCE/MLD instead of the mill? I don't get it..Jan 23, 2011 at 10:18 pm #1687648
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
Shoot Javan Dempsey a PM on the matter, he's a gear maker and I believe he's pretty familiar with the inner workings.Jan 24, 2011 at 8:59 pm #1688080
@foundLocale: Sacramento, CA
Just did a search on http://tess2.uspto.gov/ to see about the trademark issue. Dyneema X doesn't come up as being trademarked..Jan 25, 2011 at 5:38 am #1688166
nevermindJan 25, 2011 at 9:10 am #1688225
@joshleavittLocale: Ruta Locura
Your search did not produce anything, because you were searching federaly registered trade marks. This means Dyneema X is not federaly registered, check the state in which it is sold. Based on commerce laws it would need to be trade marked in the state it is origonally sold in. If a product is trade marked in Washington, but is being physically sold out of Utah under that trade mark, there could be a trade mark law violation. This is where a federaly registered trade mark could be needed. But such a trade mark could only be obtained if said product was not already federaly registered or recognized federaly.
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