MATERIALS

Dyneema Composite Fabrics

Dyneema® Composite Fabrics (also known as DCF or, previously, cuben fiber) is simply the most technologically advanced performance fabric for the outdoor industry available on the market today.

It is a family of high-end fabrics originally developed for the sailing industry. It is made up of crossing super-strong Dyneema® fibers (up to x15 times stronger than steel) laminated between two layers of Mylar. This construction gives DCF many advantages:

– It is extremely waterproof
– It has very high UV and chemical resistance
– The fabric does not stretch when wet
– It does not absorb water

DCF 0.51 (CT1E.08)

This is our standard fabric for our ultralight weight tents and our lighter stuff sacks. It has enough Dyneema fiber content to give it very high tensile strength, while still keeping the weight exptionally down. This version of DCF weighs around half the typical lightweight silnylon available today.

 Water Column 15 000mm
 Tensile strenth (warp/weft)  552 N/5cm
 Tear strenth (warp/weft) 62 N
 Weight 17.3 g/m2 (0.51 oz/yd2)

DCF 0.67 (CT1E.08/C21K.18)

This is a standard option that you can choose for our ultralight weight tents. This DCF fabric is the same as our standard DCF 0.51, with an added printed camouflage pattern.

It has enough Dyneema fiber content to give it very high tensile strength, while still keeping the weight exptionally down. This version of DCF weighs around half the typical lightweight silnylon available today.

 Water Column 15 000mm
 Tensile strenth (warp/weft)  552 N/5cm
 Tear strenth (warp/weft) 62 N
 Weight 22.7 g/m2 (0.67 oz/yd2)

DCF 1.0 (CT2K.18)

This fabric is used as floor material for our ultralight tents and our more abrasion resistant stuff sacks and drybags, ditty bags etc. It is very tough for its weight thanks to a higher amount of Dyneema fibers and Mylar layers twice as thick compared to DCF 0.51.

DCF shines in wet environments like marshes or when camping on snow, as we have experienced that the floor of our tents remains much drier as compared to standard PU-coated nylon/polyester, probably because of its higher waterproof rating.

 Water Column 20 000mm
 Tensile strenth (warp/weft)  911 N/5cm
 Tear strenth (warp/weft) 93 N
 Weight 34 g/m2 (1.0 oz/yd2)

DCF 2.92 (CT5K.18/wov.32c)

The DCF2.92 fabric we use in our backpacks and tent reinforcements is made by laminating a layer of 1.43oz DCF for the inner with a 50D plain weave polyester face fabric that increases abrasion resistance and stitch-holding strength.

Despite its extremely light weight, the fabric is exceptionally strong and tear resistant.
This fabric is the perfect choice for ultralight or long distance trips.

Pros:
– The lightest fabric suitable for packs
– Excellent abrasion resistance to weight ratio
– Packs made out of this fabric have taped seam and are therefore more waterproof than packs made out of XPac.

Cons:
– More expensive than XPac alternatives
– Less abrasion resistant than Xpac alternatives

 Water Column 20 000mm
 Tensile strenth (warp/weft)  2150/1920 N/5cm
 Tear strenth (warp/weft) 190 N
 Weight 100 g/m2 (2.92 oz/yd2)

DCF 5.0 (CT9HK.18/wov.6)

The DCF 5.0 fabric we use in our backpacks is made by laminating a layer of 2.15oz DCF for the inner with a 150D plain weave polyester face fabric that increases abrasion resistance and stitch-holding strength.

Despite its light weight, the fabric is exceptionally strong and tear resistant. This fabric is suggested for expeditions and long distance trips where light weight is a priority or if you expect your pack to get a lot of abuse.

Pros:
– Tough and abrasion resistant
– Excellent abrasion resistance to weight ratio
– Packs made out of this fabric have taped seam and are therefore more waterproof than packs made out of XPac.

Cons:
– More expensive than other fabrics
– Heavier than our other options

 Water Column 20 000mm
 Tensile strenth (warp/weft)  2850/2420 N/5cm
 Tear strenth (warp/weft) 300/240 N
 Weight 170 g/m2 (5.0 oz/yd2)

Other Fabrics

These are the other fabrics we use in our products, especially tents and packs.

XPac x21rc

This is a high quality fabric made by Dimension Polyant in the USA. It consists of a 210 denier nylon face fabric with reinforcement X-Ply threads at 22 degrees, which give the fabric is characteristic look. The nylon face is laminated on the inside to a 0.5mm PET layer that makes the fabric completely waterproof.  

Compared to its popular alternative VX21 used by other pack manufacturers, the x21rc is 27% lighter and uses the same 210d nylon face fabric, which makes the x21rc just as abrasion resistant on the outside. By omitting the 50d taffeta backing behind the PET laminate, you get a considerable weight reduction without sacrificing durability. The x21rc uses, in fact, a thicker PET layer on the inside for waterproofing (0.5mil instead of 0.25mil of the VX21 fabric), which is very strong and durable.  

This fabric is the perfect choice for ultralight or long distance trips. 

Pros: 
– Excellent abrasion resistance to weight ratio. Higher abrasion resistance than DCF 2.92 fabric.
– Excellent quality at a more affordable price compared to Dyneema Composite Fabrics (DCF 2.92 and DCF 5.0, see below) 

Cons:
– Seams with this fabric are not taped. If you want your pack to have sealed seams for a higher degree of waterproofing, choose our DCF alternatives.
– Weighs more than other alternatives like DCF 2.92 

 Water Column 140 000mm
Abrasion resistance (ASTM 3884)   900 cycles 
 Tear strenth (warp/fill) 71,2/53,4 N 
 Weight 150 g/m2 (4.4 oz/yd2)

Powermesh

This durable mesh fabric is made of a Nylon/Spandex blend with incredible 4-way stretch. Used for front and side pockets in our packs. Weight: 180g/m2

3D Spacer Mesh

This fabric is used on the backside of our shoulder straps and hipbelts. It is 3mm thick and provides additional cushion, prevents slippage and allows your sweat to be absorbed and dry faster thus increasing your comfort. Weight: 220g/m2

Bug netting (Noseeum Mesh)

This super fine and lightweight bug netting is used in our tents and is composed of super-small holes that block even the smallest bugs.
The fabric is made of 15D Nylon and weighs only 22.7g/m2 (0.67oz)

EVA-foam

We use 8mm EVA-foam as padding for shoulder straps and hipbelts. Our EVA-foam is specifically made for us by the EVA-foam manufacturer following our requirements and specifications, in order to be suited for backpacking. It is the perfect balance of thickness, density, hardness and bounce rate.