Originally Posted by Take-a-knee
How can they make sails out of it then? Millionare yacht racers aren't worried about what it costs, I would think they'd be concerned about it failing in the middle of a race. I don't know anything about it, maybe you are much more informed about it than I am. I have been eyeballing that MLD Cuben poncho though, it covers you and your pack and weighs about the same as a pack cover.
Originally Posted by mikeinfhaz
Joe @ Zpacks.com is a great dude. He has helped me with custom gear before, and to this day I have had a few hundred miles put on his cuben "Blast" backpack that he made in a smaller size and sold to me. The cuben he used on the pack is about 1oz/yard. Read: strong
I have done dozens and dozens of miles of backpacking through catsclaw and shrub live oak with very little fraying (and only to the outside pockets)
so if he is charging a fair amount for a tarp (which he pro'lly is) Id say go for it.
The problem of durability in Cuben is when you start trying to make gear from the .44 or .33 stuff. As explained to me by Ron Bell of MLD, the .6, .7, and 1.0 is perfect for gear. Just hope tree branches dont fall on ya.
I should have added that my opinion was based on reviews on comments I read on other people's experiences. Basically I commented when I probably should not have.
As I understand it the lighter weights are strong in tensle strength (read pulling and forces from wind, use, and hanging). However the lighter weights have a history of reviews of being easily punctured.
I defer to people that actually use it more in depth. But if you are going with the 1oz per square yard you are only saving .3 oz per square yard over sil and paying a lot more. 1oz is probably inline with spinntex. Not sure though on the exact weights.
After seeing Cannibal's tarp at TD and talking to him about it, I am planning on going that route when I start up the hammock gear making.