"Grasshoppa, your Google-fu, no good!"
I'm feeling a bit frustrated by the lack of selection of POLYESTER fabrics and if anyone has suggestion of a known source, I will gladly bow down to your awesome amazingness.
Where......does one find lightweight polyester fabric (in the range of 1-2oz/sq yd) these days?
So far, Ive been to Rockywoods, OWFinc, Seattlefabrics, The Rain Shed, Quest, Thru-Hiker, BWDD, Kite Studio, and several other kite related sites. I've been to a whole host of sailing sites looking at sail cloth. I've even been browsing experimental aircraft supplies!
I've searched "polyester fabric", "polyester taffeta", "polyester ripstop", "polyester microfiber", "polyester spinnaker", and a bunch of other "polyester- ___" combinations. I've gone for Dacron, Icarex, and several other brand names of polyester fabric.
I've only found three fabrics in the right weight range: one is Polymax-42Z from Kite Studio. Its a light weight coated spinntex-like fabric that is ~1.2oz/sq yd--only available in blue. The other is Poly Fiber "light" an uncoated 1.7oz/sq yd fabric for making ultralight experimental aircraft--only in white. And finally there is PacificTech polyester tafetta at ~1.6oz/sq yd--only available in white--sold through RCT fabrics (but for a good price at $3.50/yd)
I have some of the Polymax-42Z (only $3/yd!) on order as this is what I came on first, but the breathability may be a issue.
Why polyester when there is so many varieties and colors of nylon to chose from? I guess there is not a great reason other than I was looking for a fabric without as much stretch. And of course, I could just do a double layer of nylon...<sigh>
Going to go rest my google-fu. It's tired.