Well, no response yet from Hanes, so in an attempt to figure out what the heck I've got here, I've started some testing . . .
I cut 1-yd off the beginning of the roll yielding a piece 36" x 82" unstretched. Stamped near the leading edge is "FACE", and this side is smoother and somewhat shinier than the other. This would be the outside of the garment, putting the softer side against the skin. Here are my first observations:
- This is not for gram-wheenies! The 1-yd piece is heavier than I 'd expected. (no scale yet, but I will weigh it . . .)
- The stuff is tuff!!! Cutting it takes work, can't just slide the scissors thru. I tried repeatedly to tear the edge or rip a piece off, but could not. My 17-year old son and I tried together with both hands and couldn't even rip the raw edge. The "face" surface has main threads running the 82" direction, while the other side runs lengthwise down the roll. This can only be seen when stretched.
- It stretches, but not endlessly. I whipped one end and clamped it in my bench vise. Gathered the other end in my hands and pulled as far as I could across the shop. My 82" piece got to a measured 117" and I could go no further. Oddly enough, it returned to original length with no "stretch residue." My math says that's an additional 42% of it's original length.
- Took several seconds with a match underneath it before the fire had any effect. Finally, once lit, the burn test takes it thru the chart like this: Burns & melts (not sure if it really self extinguished or not), had a strong sharp chemical smell (don't know what Tumeric smells like), and ended with a hard brown round bead, similar to melted plastic. According to the chart, my guess is polyester or a hi-tech blend thereof.
- Pulling it across your face and blowing results in "mouth farts" as the air escapes out the sides rather than thru it. I can feel warmth coming thru when I hold my hand on the other side and blow against it, but not really air movement.
Here's the roll and a close-up shot.
And now, to answer the question that all hammock-heads are asking: "Will it hold my lard-butt?!?"
Here's yer answer... (unedited, straight from my phone)
In case you're wondering, I weigh in at 205, so that's pretty incredible for just 36" of single layer stretchy stuff!
Interesting to note even after laying in it for about 10-minutes, it snapped back up to almost original length, and returned completely after another few minutes. I noticed a more even spread of support pressure (not that hammocks have pressure points) but imagine how it would feel if your 1.7 ripstop or M50 would give just a little more at your shoulders, butt, and head - that's what this felt like. REALLY NICE in that regard. I can see already I'm gonna have to sacrifice a 50" piece to test out more realistic dimensions
Also gotta make a sock to try out one of these chilly nights. Wondering if this stuff could breathe water vapor yet hold heat?!?
Ahhh, the fun begins . . .