there can be only 1
friends. i have a problem. despite the other 3 guys making them, there's really only 2 cuben tarps i'm considering (due to the other guys being too heavy or just terrible customer service).
the 2 tarps that i'm looking at are:
small, small differences...
zpacks ridgeline is 2 inches longer.
stormcrow's will be about .2oz lighter after seam sealing joe's
stormcrow's slightly more expensive ($25 more)
zpacks has much more long-term experience with cuben
zpacks ridgeline is sewn and stormcrow's is glued
stormcrow's wait period is shorter
both businesses have earned my repeat business. both owners have humbly yielded a series of questions from me. there is no clear-cut front runner for me. :D
have you also looked into OES?
Don't think Brian is making cuben...unless you know something?
Originally Posted by NewtonGT
That's a difficult decision. Based on your points, Zpacks seem to come out ahead by a hair IMO.
ive seen some OES cubens. I think its a custom order type deal
Originally Posted by Bubba
if it were me, and taking into account i dont even know what cuben is aside from a really expensive/light/kinda thin material, this is how id break it down with that info:
Originally Posted by Wags
2" really isnt going to make that much difference at 1" an end BUT
they have more experience and its sewed. those to me seem to be deciding factors that would make it worth the wait. as they say, anything good is worth waiting for...
The glued seam is preferable IMO.
If anyone knows its WV. I'd prefer a glued seam after all I've read.
Thanks, but I'm not quite that advanced. On reflection, this may be a case of two methods to do the same task, in which one may be better than the other, but both are perfectly adequate. I haven't heard any tales of sewn tarp seams failing, though rigorous tests could make them seem weaker. The seam sealing (depending on method) could add strength, I suppose, but it's another factor that needs to be done right.
Originally Posted by thexuprising
Taped or glued seams no doubt. It's more durable than a sewn seam on cuben.
If cuben is a non-woven fabric I would go with glued. Non-wovens can be unpredictable with sewing. I'm not suggesting the sewn seams would be inadequate. Simply that I would feel better with the glued.