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    rip stop or nysil

    I am making a under quilt and I thought rip stop was the best to use but then I was told about nysil. As this is my first under quilt I am a bit unsure. My thoughts are that the underside should be fully water proof and the topside of the quilt should be breathable to let the warmed air to the body ( is this right)

    http://www.fabrics-n-stuff.co.uk/pro...d75fbvfnje4hu3

    This is a link of the material I am looking at. Is this the right material to use even
    if it is for the topside and a more water proof material for the base of the quilt
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    No you do not want to use sil nylon for a quilt...tarp yes, quilt no. Sil will not allow the vapor that your body gives off to "breath" outward and will trap that moisture in the insulation that you use. Over the course of a long trip it could build up and compromise the performance of the insulation. Very long term if not dried out well it could lead to mold of mildew growth in the insulation. Use Breathable fabrics like un-coated ripstop with a DWR treatment on them to repel moisture and then pitch your tarp well and you wont have anything to worry about.
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    So will I use water proofed rip stop like this
    http://www.fabrics-n-stuff.co.uk/pro...d75fbvfnje4hu3
    Or
    http://www.profabrics.co.uk/shop/sho....php?id=PX5-53
    As both of these are water proof I am still not sure

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    The second fabric you linked to is pertex, a Higher end water resistant but still breathable fabric and would be a much better choice to use. The first states that it is "coated" this is a key term for waterproof fabrics. Some coated fabrics are good for things like tarps and rain wear but not all.
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    so I need to use a water proof but breathable material for a underblanket (and maybe top quilt) so the second link would be the best is this right

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonmx23 View Post
    so I need to use a water proof but breathable material for a underblanket (and maybe top quilt) so the second link would be the best is this right
    If you pitch your tarp properly the quilt need not be waterproof at all. There is also a difference between warer _resistant_ and water _proof_. Do not confuse them. Water resistant will shed water for a while or ashed a very light rain. Eventually the fqabric will saturate and leak. Water proof maintains it's protection no matter what. Water resistant is probably fine for an underquilt if you feel you must have added protection.
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    Water Resistant. Not water proof. Yes the second would be the far better choice.
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    Thank you gents for all your help. I will buy the second one that is
    Finely woven nylon, showerproof and wind resistant;
    Moisture wicking; Quick drying
    Ideal for jackets, windshirts, trousers, stuff sacks, inner tents or outer for fleece and fibrepile clothing.
    Also used for sleeping bags, insulation. Down proof;
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    water resistant- DWR is what is commonly used, where water will bead but will soak through if left too long.
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