16801Re: [Hammock Camping] Tyvec
- Feb 3, 2007Washing may affect water permeability (i.e. increase it), but it remains
low-linting, puncture resistent, and smooth. I've noticed a slight
fraying of the fibers, but they don't pill off the 'fabric.'
What washing does do is greatly improve packability (as it squashes down
really compact really easily) and greatly reduces noise (now about the
same as nylon and silnylon). I put it in a top-loading washing machine
with central agitator and followed the Tyvek washing directions at
TarpTent.com: cold water, no soap. I let it go through a full wash:
wash and spin and rinse and spin.
I used the Tyvek to make a hammock under cover. I folded the ends over
2-3 cm and used a heavy needle to punch holes through these two layers
(that was work) to thread nylon string through to cinch the ends and to
hang it under my hammock. I made sure the holes were 2-3 cm apart.
My husband is using Tyvek as a ground cloth. One of these days we'll
report on it's efficacy as protection against bamboo.
> BTW, I personally have found that tyvec is a poor material for both
> hammocks and tarps. It is more like felt than anything else, except
> maybe chipboard. It is not a woven cloth. When sewn, the material has
> holes punched in it and this weakens the material much more than sewing
> a woven cloth. (Think perforations that allow ripping the material)
> For a tarp, it is noisy in the wind, it is heavier than silnylon, and it
> packs very badly.
> I played with tyvec for a while, and the best use I ever found for it
> was carrying a 12 x 16 inch piece to sit on to keep my bottom dry. That
> was before I discovered that my hat works very well for sitting on.
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