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    Magna Fabrics 1.1 ACU Ripstop Nylon Order Review

    After reading reading a couple of threads regarding Magna Fabrics, I thought I would post a review of my experience.

    I recently ordered 50 yards of the 1.1 ACU Ripstop Nylon. I place my order on April 25th and received a confirmation that my order was received. Later that day I received an email that the order was shipped, the email contained a link to my order along with a tracking number. My order left Manga's Warehouse on April 25th and was at my front door the following day, talk about fast.

    The fabric arrived wrapped in plastic and had 2 pieces of masking tape holding the fabric in place. FedEx is not the gentlest of carriers, but the fabric arrived without any tears. After unwrapping the plastic and tape, I began unrolling the fabric on my work table. The first 22" off the roll contained a spliced to the bulk of the remaining fabric. After removing the splice, I inspect the roll and the first yard had some writing in what looks to be a yellow grease pencil. I'm not overly concerned there, I can use most of that section to make a stuff sack. The remainder of the fabric was unblemished. Since this was a joint purchase between myself and another member I separated our agreed upon needs. It's at this point that I also discovered that folding that much cloth for shipping is a pain in the backside

    I only have 4 yards of 1.1 woodland ripstop that I can use as a comparison that I purchased from ebay, and over all I would say that the Fabric from Magna looks to be of better quality. Magna States that their fabric is made in the USA, so a bonus in my opinion. The woodland Fabric is of dubious heritage I guess.

    I'm not sure if Magna Fabrics has weekend hours, I never received a response to my email inquiry and that seems to be a major concern with a few other members who have dealt with or tried to deal with Magna. Communication is key and not receiving a response to a call or an email can mean the loss of a potential sale.

    The positives:
    1: Price per yard
    2: Fast order response
    3: Fast shipping.
    4: Quality product

    The negatives:
    1: An unexpected splice - not a deal killer
    2: Some writing in grease pencil - not overly happy about it, again not a deal killer
    3: Shipping cost - Definite sticker shock here, but after seeing what was delivered, understandable.
    4: Email responses could be better

    Will I buy from Magna Fabrics again? Yes
    Am I happy with the service? Yes

    Now to start planning an ACU Hammock and matching tarp
    Last edited by fishbait; 05-08-2012 at 07:56. Reason: Mispelling

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    Thanks for that report, Rich. I read it with great interest. I'll check out Magna Fabrics. Good luck with the hammock and tarp!

    P.S. For the uninitiated (like me) ACU = Army Combat Uniform.
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    I have not yet seen a splice in the 30yds I bought almost a year ago now. I've worked through about half of it thus far. The "greese pencil" has been used throughout for marking ink defects and does wash off in my experience. You are buying a 2nd quality fabric, know that in advance, from what have seen it's just print defects that give it this 2nd quality status however. Apparently the Army is rather anal about the pattern being perfect and consistent.

    This is a "pure finish" fabric there are no coatings, treatments, or impregnations to it at all. Hence, it is not water resistant or downproof.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronAlso View Post
    This is a "pure finish" fabric there are no coatings, treatments, or impregnations to it at all. Hence, it is not water resistant or downproof.
    I figured I might have to water proof some of the fabric when I make my tarp. Thank goodness for the DIY section.
    Last edited by fishbait; 05-07-2012 at 13:06. Reason: I can't type or spell :D

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    Pick up some from a member here and looking forward to giving it a close look. Was thinking of purchasing more from the manufacturer direct but seems they do not take Canadian payment!
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    I've purchased two rolls and my experience is the same. I expect the first 3'-4' to be written on. I wouldn't hesitate to buy from Magna again. I kind of have my eye on the 1.5 ACU but it comes in larger rolls.

    This fabric seems awfully thin to try to waterproof if. Your results will be interesting and I'm looking forward to it. I suggest testing a small sample before going to the trouble of making a tarp.

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    Shipping to Canada

    Quote Originally Posted by dragon360 View Post
    Pick up some from a member here and looking forward to giving it a close look. Was thinking of purchasing more from the manufacturer direct but seems they do not take Canadian payment!
    Just recieved 100 yds of this delivered to Kingston no issues with payment, the guy I spoke with on the phone was a little nutty with bad jokes but otherwise good to deal with. Recieved two paypal invoices within minutes of each other, first covered the cost of the material and the second covered the import duties. Same issues with the shipping though, thin plastic wrap and tape not what I would have expected to be used for international shipping, no issues with the first 12 yards.

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    If I am correct in assuming that this is the same fabric that was purchased in the group buy a few months ago, it is a nice 68" wide fabric. The actual weight is 1.0 oz/sy, not 1.1 oz/sy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    If I am correct in assuming that this is the same fabric that was purchased in the group buy a few months ago, it is a nice 68" wide fabric. The actual weight is 1.0 oz/sy, not 1.1 oz/sy.
    Mine is 65" wide, there is some varience in the width it seems. Yes, this is the same fabric purchased in the group buy. Yes, others have weighed it at 1.0oz/yd^2; I've never bothered to weight mine. It's super light weight and thin enough you can watch TV through it, ink and all.
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    Got a link to this "Manga Fabric?" I can't find them anywhere. Or did you mean, MAGNUM Fabrics?
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