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    Senior Member NCPatrick's Avatar
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    Difference between GoLite's SilLite and the Silnylon from Speer?

    I saw a review of a GoLite product recently on BackpackGearTest that said:

    "The shelter is made of SilLite silicone-impregnated ripstop nylon. SilLite is touted by GoLite to have a much higher tear strength than urethane-coated nylon which is alleged to give SilLite "extra-ordinary strength-to-weight ratios." Additionally, SilLite is not supposed to "wet-out" like urethane-coated nylon."

    Does anyone know anything specific about SilLite™ vs. the common silnylon we use here for our tarps? Is there any difference at all that would account for the trademark?

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    The Golite sil is heavier than the standard 1.1 oz (1.3 oz with silicone treatment) sil that you see most of the time. The Golite sil is a 30d 1.76 oz/yd fabric. I have their UL poncho/tarp than is made from that sil and it is heavier than any other sil that I have used. It's really nice but I don't think I would try and make a really big tarp out of it because it would be heavy.
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    Senior Member NCPatrick's Avatar
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    Great. Thanks for that clarification. I couldn't find any silLite fabric anywhere anyway, I think it would have to be expensive and hard to find.


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    Probably like the difference between Gregory's G70 and G30 rip-stop. More silicone and heavier fabric to start with.

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