It'll be interesting to see how the durability is. I have to believe that the scrim covering of IX adds at least a little durability. Possibly, with somewhat gentle handling(which is how I try to treat my stuff anyway) the unfaced foam will be good enough.
Benefits all around - less cost, lighter weight. A winning combo!
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Here's the first 3/4 PEF UQ, weighing in at 8.5 oz using a WalMart nylon outer covering and 1.1 ripstop inner covering. It behaves just like an IX UQ. Thing1 used it last night, and said, "It's very warm!"
I'm thinking of ordering some spinnaker material to go with PEF, as an intermediate step before trying cuben!
Last edited by MacEntyre; 09-08-2010 at 08:23.
IMHO, 1/32" PEF is a good bit thicker than the PE layer in Insultex. That's where the real resistance to heat transfer is... inside the foam.
During lunch, I asked my friend Dave, who has helped me make many IX UQs, to tell me which of two UQs has IX, and which has PEF. He picked the wrong one! They are very difficult to tell apart, once they are encased in nylon.
If this stuff is strong enough, do you need both sides faced? Or are you doing that mainly for aesthetic value?
Is this the same stuff? http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...702&marketID=9