Jul 4, 2009 at 11:19 am #1237521
Does anyone know a source for this fabric? I am looking about 2 yards for a backpack.Jul 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm #1512032
No personal experience, but the only place I know of that sells it. They are in Germany but ship internationally.Jul 4, 2009 at 1:46 pm #1512051
Call a sail loft. Probably get a scrap somewhere.Jul 4, 2009 at 2:59 pm #1512060
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
It used to be possible to buy small quantities directly from Dim-Poly. They are trying to promote the use of the fabric. Go to web site and see.
PS: it's very good stuff.Jul 4, 2009 at 5:35 pm #1512077
Thanks all for the replies.Jul 4, 2009 at 8:59 pm #1512093
This may be it, but I am not sure. Somebody else could probably answer better.Jul 6, 2009 at 3:25 am #1512239
I happen to live only a few miles from the Dimension Polyant facility. My wife swung thru there for me last year, and asked about purchasing some VX-21 for me. No one seemed to know what that was,(even though I sent along all the specs I could find on that particular product) informing her that they manufacture many configurations of their product to whatever specifications their customers require. They do have both a sailing AND an outdoor fabric division, and seemed very willing to talk with my wife about what I was looking for, interupting their Christmas party to send her off with 2 end rolls for me totalling around twelve yds at a VERY cheap price. It's nice stuff, two different fabrics, but both have the waterproof top layer, the grid, and then a polyester scrim inside. At any rate, it might be worth calling them directly to inquire about an end run of something suitable for your project, they seem very well informed about possibilties for their product.
One of these days I 'll try to get over there myself…
ChristianJul 6, 2009 at 1:15 pm #1512300
I did contact D-P. They still sell small quantities.
Thanks all!Jul 6, 2009 at 1:35 pm #1512305
Bill did they quote you a price per yardJul 6, 2009 at 6:35 pm #1512363
I did not get a quote.Jan 20, 2010 at 10:43 pm #1564712
Here's a useful product matrix from Dimension-Polyant outlining their different outdoor fabrics. I've uploaded it to my Google Docs account, but if mods has a permanent file host, feel free to move it there.Aug 24, 2010 at 2:45 pm #1640127
I realize this is an old thread, but i buy mine from rockywoods. Here's a link to their supply.
I really like the stuff. In the process of making my first MYOG Pack from it. The kiwi is VERY GREEN. Just a warningAug 25, 2010 at 1:26 pm #1640395
I've been wondering about using some of this fabric for a MYOG project after seeing some Cilogear packs which may be made from the same material. Do you have any pictures of the fabric that you can post?Aug 29, 2010 at 9:39 am #1641347
I like working with X pac fabric because it cheap strong and hold it shape easy to sew and water proof except at the seams.
I like it better than the 210 denier Dyneema X Grid stop that wrecks your scissors and does not hold it shape at all.
Rockywoods has VX07 or a older variant of Xpac I have used. The way you can tell is because the rockywoods fabric has 70 denier ripstop nylon fabric laminated to it exterior with a 0.25 mil PET film laminated to it.It weighs apromently 4.9 oz. per sq. yd.
VX21 has 200 denier pack cloth laminated to 0.25 mil PET film also weighs 6.2 per sq. yd.
Vx07 and Vx21 have .25 pet flim laminated to the fabric is part of Xpac Expedition fabric family.
X pac has it quirks though with regular nylon you can make mistakes and use a seam ripper and your needle hole will blend back in to the fabric.
But with Xpac fabric because it laminated to a .25 or a .05 pet film laminate. If you go back to correct your mistakes you will have visible needle puncture holes marks in the fabric.
So you have to be a careful and plan ahead for every pass you make on the sewing machine if you want a waterproof pack use a 1/2 inch
margin to the hem line and trim excess fabric away before seam tape.
I ordered my Vx21 and Wx20 from Dimension Polyant direct they will send you a email with the stock sheet of over runs and and 2nds of their fabric they charge a $10.00 cut fee for a cut off the roll.
But the prices are very reasonable per yard.
WX20 that has a 0.5 PET film laminated to it and 200 denier pack cloth is part of the back country series of Xpac it also lacking the fabric backing but with a softer hand and weigh 4.9 per sq. yd.
I would really like to get a hold of some Wx07 has 70 deiner ripstop with a 0.5 PET laminate. It only weighs 3.29 oz per square yard to see how it would work in a pack design Also because it weigh less than 210 denier Dyneema X Grid stop.
I think the Wx07 Xpac fabric is for you ultra light backpacking ounce counter who want a highly durable pack. Are not ready to jump on the cuben train yet.
I have read mixed reports about Xpac verse Dyneema Grid stop in durability it seems the rock climber like the Xpac but in the heavier
fabric like VX42 and they like the 500 denier Dyneema Grid stop.
That's why I think Clio Gear uses a combination of the two fabric in the construction of it work packs.In different area of the pack to make a highly durable pack but lite in weight.
I have been looking at different main stream pack manufactures who did manufacture all Xpac packs or partial Xpac packs.
Have gotten away from using it all together or use it as stiffeners in combination with cordura like Mystery Ranch does in their pack line.
I think I know the reason is because you can not go back and correct mistakes in your sew line with Xpac with out leaving a visible needle puncture mark and this ran in to material cost over runs for the main stream pack manufactures who have middle management always watching the bottom line.
But the cottage industry and small manufactures who took the time to learn the learn what Xpac will and will not do have found the great rewards in Xpac fabric.
After making a few packs this summer and learning the quirks of pack design strengths and weakness also fabric strength and weakness .
I will be making a making a pack out of of the WX20 and the VX21 for the bottom of the pack. They both have have 200 denier pack cloth and I should end up with a light weight durable pack that is pretty much water proof except at the seams that will suit my needs.
Bottom line I think everybody needs to find out what kind of fabric will work best for their needs and wants in a pack design.Sep 1, 2010 at 8:52 pm #1642434
>> Bender <<Participant
Thanks for the detailed info Terry! Does anyone have pictures of the material? I would like to see how bright the orange kiwi and red are.Sep 1, 2010 at 9:09 pm #1642439
@davecLocale: Crown of the Continent
I recently made a pack entirely out of VX-21 (North Fork pack thread), and it really is a joy to work with. Stiff but not too stiff, burly but not too burly.
Another cool thing is that the waterproof film on the inside of the black fabric is a light taupe, which makes things easier to see inside. Score.Sep 2, 2010 at 4:23 pm #1642630
Thanks Terry and everyone for all the great posts. I'm learning alot. How about a few photos to wet our appetites. By the way which contact information did you use for D-P? Was it one in the US or in Europe?Sep 3, 2010 at 8:17 am #1642781
I called Dimension Polyant in the USA because I live USA.
The operator will put you in touch with the consumer division person.
I forgot one thing they will ship it on a 60" roll in a 60 inch long box.
I don't think D-P offers sample colors. The VX 21 in the color of OD Blue over run. If they still have it is a great blue jeans navy blue color.
So I basically used search engines to find backpack mad out of Xpac to get a idea of what color the fabric will be.
I have come to the conclusion that most of the high tech outdoor fabric we are getting. Is overruns and remnant from mainstream manufactures. Through my conversation with our consumer suppliers.Sep 8, 2010 at 8:05 am #1643893
>> Bender <<Participant
BPL has a few yards of XPAC available now.Sep 8, 2010 at 10:06 am #1643914
Here's a pic of my fabric i got from rockywoods.com. In an email exchange with Bill @ rockywoods, he told me i was buying the vx42. I got the Kiwi color which is very very kiwi….This is going to be my first DIY Pack, so i'll know not to buy such a bright color next time. Looks cool, just doesn't quite fit my style. The fabric is a touch stiff, which IMO is a good thing. It seems like it's going to make quite a tough 65-70L pack. I'll show pics once i start on making it.Jun 13, 2011 at 7:32 pm #1748825
I'm in the process of purchasing more XPAC fabric, and I'm having difficulties figuring out what kind of XPAC Rockywoods supplies.
Rockywoods' description says, "Nominal Fabric Weight : 4.9-5.5 oz per sq yard" and "This is a approximately 400 Denier textured nylon with a tough waterproof laminate."
Dimension Polyant's weight description for the 400 Denier VX42 via their Fabric Guide says, "9.3 oz per sq yard." This isn't even close to Rockywoods' description.
The only XPAC fabrics on Dimension Polyant's fabric guide that weigh approximately what Rockywoods claims on their XPAC fabric is the VX07 and WX20, both weighing 4.9 oz per sq yard. Also, the RX150 weighs 5.5 oz per sq yard according to the fabric guide, which is in the range that Rockywoods claims on their XPAC fabric. All 3 of these fabrics have a different Denier, and none of them have the same Denier that Rockywoods' claims on their XPAC fabric.
I guess my question is, does anybody really know what XPAC fabric Rockywoods supplies? People have said it's VX07, VX21, and VX42. I can't figure it out, and I've contacted them, and they don't even know which one it is.Jun 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm #1748840
In comparing what I have bought from DP and Rockywoods, Rockywoods carries both VX21 and VX07. The Kiwi and blaze orange are both vx07 while the Red and Dark Grey (both out of stock) are VX21. The Kiwi and orange both have the rip stop face fabric, while the red and grey do not. Both the red and grey feel heavier. I called rockywoods on Friday to see what the dark blue xpac face fabric was and the guy told me it was rip stop, but he thought it felt thicker then the kiwi and orange so who knows. I ordered some to see, I am hoping it is VX07. I also emailed Hale at DP to see what the min order amount was for a different color run, he replied that it was 500yds for VX07 and 1000yds for VX21.Jun 14, 2011 at 5:43 am #1748948
Thanks for that insight, Chris.
I don't know why Rockywoods orders XPAC fabric and doesn't find out exactly what they're getting so they can accurately describe what it is. They could get more business from people like myself who are looking for a specific kind of XPAC. Even though it's more expensive because of the cut fee and shipping, I'll probably continue to order directly from DP until Rockywoods starts finding out what they supply specifically.
It would be nice to see a different color run, though they do produce some nice colors, if you can get them while they're still in stock. I'm fond of the more earthy neutral colors like Grey, Slate, Graphite, Dolomite, etc., and they usually have some of these in stock when you order directly from them.Jun 14, 2011 at 9:12 am #1749020
The black and silver Xpac is Vx21 because it has a taffeta front. The reason rockywoods or most of the outdoor fabric stores we purcchase from can't tell you exactly what the fabric. Because they purchase remnants from from clearing house that are selling over runs or backpacking manufactures remnant of high tech fabric from something they manufactured.
That why we see so many weird color fabrics and one of kind fabrics at certain times of the year.
I have run across the same clearing house websites in search of different types of fabric but they list the fabric in text form. I Don't have the money to purchase 20 to 200 yards of a fabric I want from the clearing houses.I don't like to purchase a fabric from a list you never know what your going to get.I like sample photos.
TerryJun 14, 2011 at 11:50 am #1749111
I'm trying to get a pulse: would anyone be interested in some foliage-grey VX21, navy blue VX21, sky blue VX42, or some white VX07? I ordered a bunch of remnants from Hale at D-P once, because I had the chance, and probably won't need it all for my projects. I could post up some photos later for color reference.
Oh, and BPL members get first dibs ;-)
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