Originally Posted by warbonnetguy
are you sure it's not made of spunbonded olefin? i was almost certain it was.
from a google search: Spunbonded olefin, known as Tyvek...polyethylene... (search also turned up a patent for a "disposable" sleeping bag... hmmm)
No the hammock fabric is not "tyvek". The backpack is tyvek, and my first tarp was tyvek, but this is COMPLETELY different. This fabric looks like ripstop nylon, ie, small squares, very pliable, frazzle threads on the cut edge, lightweight, and its definitely some form of a manmade material. And, BTW, its navy blue. I remember seeing in the tyvek article something about 2 kinds. I'll have to reread that to see if this could be the 2nd kind.
I burned several samples of "known" materials to try to compare the smells. Ed Speer's silnylon definitely smells different from this. ditto Ed's polypro webbing. ditto some Hancock's ripstop nylon ($5.95 per yard - ouch - watching that burn hurt!).
While typing this called up another window on Target Stores "olefin": Patio cushions, pillows, chairs, umbrellas, rugs, day beds...
I could be on a wrong track, maybe its not olefin, but what else could it be?
Maybe I should just quote a famous person: "... not to worry..." and "... if it ain't broke, don't fix it..." So far, so good, report in April...