Materials

How Much are Hornet Nests Worth? (More Than You Think!)

You probably are not aware that there may be some extra money hanging around your house. A large, bald-faced hornet…

How To Fluff Up A Flat Down Jacket? (Full Guide!)

Do you have a puffer jacket that has lost its volume? Maybe you have washed it or stored it for…

600D Polyester: How Strong and Water Resistant Is It? (Explained!)

600D polyester is a fabric that is often used in the manufacture of outdoor gear such as backpacks, camping chairs,…

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Can You Paint or Dye A Tent? (Here is How!)

One thing to do while out of hiking season is to paint your tent in awesome colors! But can it…

Are Nylon Backpacks Waterproof

Are Nylon Backpacks Waterproof? (How Waterproof is Nylon?)

Many backpacks are made of synthetic fabrics that are lightweight and durable, but their degree of water resistance varies. Nylon…

70D vs. 210D vs. 420D vs. 600D vs. 1000D Nylon!

I recently wrote about the thinner nylon fabrics (from 10D to 40D) and how these are often used for weight-critical…

Quietest sleeping pads.

10 Quietest Sleeping Pads For Backpacking In 2022!

I admit it. I am a light sleeper and I hate when people are snoring or otherwise making noises during…

Is Nylon or Polyester Better for Rain Gear? (Explained!)

Modern rain jackets and rain pants can be made from several different materials, but most of these are derived from…

Is Polyester Warmer Than Down? (Answered With Data!)

If you are looking for a new jacket, blanket/duvet or sleeping bag, there are essentially two filling options to choose…

Is Dyneema or Nylon Better For Tents? (Answered!)

Dyneema is an artificial polymer just like nylon, but it has several fundamental differences. Both are plastics, but the manufacturing…