Materials

Everything about materials used in hiking and outdoor gear and apparel.

waterproof nylon

Is Nylon Waterproof or Water Resistant? (Know The Facts!)

Nylon is a synthetic fiber that has been used for decades in clothing and other products. It is durable, flexible,…

ripstop nylon polyester difference

Difference Between Ripstop Nylon and Ripstop Polyester?

Ripstop nylon and ripstop polyesters are the most widely used nylon and polyester fabrics used in outdoor clothing, sleeping bags,…

cold rubber boots

How to Make Rubber Boots Warmer

Having rubber boots is a great idea if you live in a place where it rains a lot as they…

Light Vs Heavy Skis – Which Is Best?

The weight of skis can be an important factor, especially when you’re first learning to ski. Lightweight skis can feel…

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 Puff Up a Puffer 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…