Oct 10, 2013 at 10:22 pm #1308587
Colin KrusorBPL Member
@ckrusorLocale: Northwest US
Just thought I'd post this because it is the lowest price I've seen for pure UHMWPE fabric:
This is plain-weave 400D composite reinforcement cloth, 4 oz/square yard, 63 inches in width. It is being sold in two-linear meter lots for $100 (free shipping), which is half of the cheapest prices I've seen before for pure woven UHMWPE. Note that the relatively loose weave, the slipperiness of the fibers, and the lack of any coating makes application of this to most backpacking projects questionable. I'm posting this as a favor to those who have expressed an interest in trying to use a fabric like this, not because I believe that it is worth it. I don't plan on buying any, myself.Oct 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm #2033275
Matthew PerryBPL Member
Good luck sewing it, too. Bet it breaks most needles/machines in a heartbeat.
MOct 11, 2013 at 5:14 pm #2033288
Luke SchmidtBPL Member
@cameronLocale: Idaho Falls
A year or so ago someone found a similar deal and posted it. Several of us were discussing a group order. Then Ryan Jordan saw the thread and told us all about sewing that stuff. Basically it would have been impossible with the sewing machines we had. So that idea died.
Great stuff I'm sure just do you research and make sure you can work with the stuff.Oct 11, 2013 at 6:43 pm #2033306
just Justin WhitsonMember
Have no idea, but the titanium coated sewing needles might be able to handle fabric like this, but one might need a more heavy duty, industrial type sewing machine.Oct 11, 2013 at 6:52 pm #2033307
just Justin WhitsonMember
It's still too heavy and too expensive for use, besides the other potential issues. For the price of the material, you could buy some pre made clothes that are on clearance for a bit more. They make UHMWPE t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, socks, etc as protective clothing.
Or, if making a pack, you can buy the Ebay "bullet proof" material that they sell for reasonable. It's coated and cheaper, but i imagine pretty hard to sew or work with.
Well, thank you for the heads up anyways.
I've kind of given up on the project. I have some Dyneema protective long sleeves that i use for motorcycle riding (fairly cheap, like 20 dollars a pair). I plan on just increasing the lifetime of my lower pants and sleeves of shirts/jackets by using these over same sort of how i use it for motorcycle riding. I will add velcro to them to help it stay better.Oct 11, 2013 at 7:03 pm #2033309
@owareLocale: Steptoe Butte
Chain saw chaps? Haul bags?
It should sew fine as it looks like a loose weave. You would probably have to cut it with a hot cutter.
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