The main reason why cuben is so expensive and most likely won't get cheaper anytime soon is that one company, Cubic Tech Corporation, has the rights to produce CF. When the patent runs out or they decide to license out to other manufacturers, I think we'll see CF film costs fall.
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A patent lasts,,what? Ten Years? I think they will keep it as long as they can..most mfg'ers do,,to make it as fast and as long as they can. just my 2 cents.
Economically I would think that they will eventually have to liscence the manufacture to other companies in order to turn some real profit. Does anyone know of any other industry that is using CF extensively? Or, is it just the uber leet UL hikers & hiking/backpacking/camping cottage industry alone?
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Did I understand correctly that the heavier grades of Cuben Fibre are cheaper?
I was hoping for a more appreciable difference, I'm not a huge fan of SilNylon, but can't justify $300+ for a tarp right now. Might be DIY time.