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    Mostest Bestest Uber TQ shell material

    Hi folks. I thought I was gonna start saving for drop shipped M50 for a new incubator, but in all the reading I did here in the threads, I generated a little doubt. SO...

    What would be your prime choice for fabrics for a TQ shell? Still M50? Love the weight and apparent windproofness.... Would a combo of fabrics be the ticket?

    Also, maybe slightly more appropriate to the DIY forum (and I DID read and check each and every of the mentioned vendors under the "fabrics" thread), anybody know of another vendor in addition to thru-hiker that even sells M50?

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    The M50 is a nice fabric. I like the hand of 7D or M55 better against my arms, but they are mythical fabrics unless they do another run.

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    Have you considered 10D not as silky as 7D bit pretty darn close IMHO.
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    I agree that 7D is wonderful against the skin. I have yet to play with this wonder fabric called M55. I want a hammock out of it.

    With that said, I currently use M50 for all my quilts. Not as light as cuben, but it feels better and breaths well enough. If I get warm in it, I slip out from under it. It's why I use a full bug net: for when I'm not under a quilt.
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    'breaths well enough'

    So far I'm loving m50 for shell material with one exception-its minor but best be known. When stuffing the quilt it does take a little longer for the air to get out; and as you'd guess a little longer for fluff up to downy goodness. Fair trade off for the wind resistance and high water resistance.

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    So, if I'm understanding correctly, looking at those mentioned so far:

    M55 and 7D are fantastic, but unavailable (but how would both compare in weight and wind resistance to the M50 anyway?)

    10D gets a nod, but how does it compare to the M50? FWIW the hand is important, but in giving a rudimentary feel of my newly-acquired M50 UQ, it seems like it would be fine for a TQ (usually wearing enough clothes that I end up just "feeling" them anyway).

    I can see how cuben could be dicey not letting water vapor pass through.... still leaning toward the M50. (Wanted orange n black, but nogo on the orange, so maybe red n black)

    Lastly, anybody got a source other than Thru-Hiker? Just curious...

    Thanks for the input so far.
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    Good thread, I'll keep checking in for updates.
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    This is a great thread and I am really interested in everyones ideas.

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    I just got a couple 10D TQs from Hammock Gear and I definitely like the feel of them. The one night I spent out with it there was a good breeze and I did not have much for tarp coverage so the breeze was comin through my hammock if I rolled to my side pulling down the hammock wall on the windward side. The 10D did a fine job of blocking the breeze. IT wasn't a strong breeze but it was steady. Although with good tarp coverage you shouldn't really be dealing with wind in the your hammock.

    I plan to get an M50 UQ next but am a little concerned with it having sufficient breathability to let moisture pass through and not get trapped.
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    I've not used it, but it looks interesting:

    http://www.titaniumgoat.com/Fabric.html
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