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MLD | FABRIC MOJO

At Mountain Laurel Designs, we are constantly pushing the limits to bring you stronger, lighter, and simpler gear. We specialize in designing the lightest possible, full strength solution for super ultra-light backpackers. That’s why we’re constantly upgrading our materials, as newer and better fabrics become available.

Many of the fabrics we use are exclusive to us, and are built to our specifications. We always use the best materials available and invest in new suppliers who offer only the highest-quality fabrics. We choose our fabrics based on quality and performance alone, never price points.Our raw material cost is often two to three times the cost of those used on competing products.

For the consumer, the slightly higher upfront cost translates to value and high-performance in the field. The difference in a high quality bivy top vs a cheaper version is only about five to ten dollars per yard. Why not get the very best?

Below are some of our favorite fabrics. Ranging from 0.5 oz sq yard to 10 oz sq yard, each fabric is targeted to the performance goal of each product we create.

DCF

(DYNEEMA® COMPOSITE FABRIC)

DCF (Dyneema® Composite Fabric), also know as Cuben Fiber laminates are super-strong, fully waterproof, and can be field patched with any tape. We use a special, permanent adhesive tape/ glue with high levels of UV inhibitors to limit sewing that can weaken the CF substrate. Our DCF tarp and shelter seams and ridgelines are bonded for maximum strength and require no seam sealing whatsoever!

While DCF costs 500% more than SilNylon, at less than half the weight, it’s at the cutting edge of SUL Gear. When built by highly skilled craftsmanship, it will last a long time. And build well is exactly what we do, after all, we’ve been building tarps, UL shelters, and packs from DCF longer than any other company in the industry!

We offer some of the smaller Mids and Tarps in .5 oz sq/yd DCF. While this lighter .5 oz material will have a shorter service life, it is good for 3+ season use. We use .75 oz | 26 gm in our lightest Pro Level Tarps and Shelters, ULW Bivy Floors, Chaps, and Stuff Sacks. And super strong, 1.5 oz | 45 gm DCF in our packs, dry bags, bear bags, etc. 3.3 oz | 94 gm hybrid DCF Non-Woven + Woven face fabric is used in our backpacks and other smaller gear.

DX 210 RIPSTOP ™

At 4.5 oz per sq/yd, DX 210d Ripstop is a woven 210 denier Type 6-6 HT Nylon with the ripstop threads made from UHMWPE (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethelyne). UHMWPE is 10X stronger and more abrasion resistant than steel. An additional X pattern of Nylon over-weave improves abrasion and tear resistance. The inside of the fabric has a PU waterproof coating. This fabric is the new standard in lightweight super-tough pack fabrics.

Note that we do not use the more common and weaker Type 6 woven nylons from China that may look the same and are touted as having “high abrasion resistance.” Our DX 210d costs 2X more than those cheaper look-a-likes. There are even some packs being made with very cheap look-a-like fabric, and the ripstop threads are basic white nylon made to resemble UHMWPE ripstop.

DX 210 RIPSTOP ™

At 4.5 oz per sq/yd, DX 210d Ripstop is a woven 210 denier Type 6-6 HT Nylon with the ripstop threads made from UHMWPE (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethelyne). UHMWPE is 10X stronger and more abrasion resistant than steel. An additional X pattern of Nylon over-weave improves abrasion and tear resistance. The inside of the fabric has a PU waterproof coating. This fabric is the new standard in lightweight super-tough pack fabrics.

Note that we do not use the more common and weaker Type 6 woven nylons from China that may look the same and are touted as having “high abrasion resistance.” Our DX 210d costs 2X more than those cheaper look-a-likes. There are even some packs being made with very cheap look-a-like fabric, and the ripstop threads are basic white nylon made to resemble UHMWPE ripstop.

PRO SILNYLON

MLD Pro SilNylon 30D x 30D and 20d X 20d are High Tenacity Type 6-6 Ripstop Nylon with a double coated and impregnated silicone on both sides for maximum strength and long tear high water resistance. Pro SilNylon does not mist or leak in any weather condition.

30dX30d = 1.55 oz sq/yd: 12kg/26lbs+ Tear Strength & 5000mm+ Water Resistance
20dX20d = 1.35oz sq/yd: 8kg/17lbs+ Tear Strength & 3500mm+ Water Resistance

What Makes it Pro SilNylon? It’s light, super strong, and highly waterproof! We test all our Pro SilNylon fabric in our shop – EVERY SINGLE ROLL! We use our in-house hydrostatic HH tester on all our Pro SilNylon before we build our products. Other companies cannot, or do not, take that extra critical quality control step because they may never see the fabric until it arrives from overseas as a built product. Large fabric lots are shipped directly to their sewing factories somewhere overseas and are never quality checked for water resistance or tear strength. It’s not as lightweight as many new 7d-15d SilPoly or SilNylons. We could use those fabrics too, but we are known for bomber Mids and shelters that are all 4-Season ready and, unlike those other very low 1200mm water resistance shelters, Pro Silnylon will not degrade and begin misting in the first year. A very few extra ounces now saves pounds of worry later!

MLD 10D x 10D RIPSTOP NYLON

Our new MOUNTAIN 10D x 10D 3X DWR Ripstop (.72 oz sq yd | 26 gm sq m) fabric has the same, high-quality, Durable Water Repellent finish as always, only now it’s slightly lighter, 15% stronger, and more breathable than our previous 10D fabric!

We scoured the globe, purchasing and testing hundreds of sub .8 oz sq yd smaller thread, lighter weaves like 5D, 7D & 8D, and found all of them to have significant drawbacks – mainly with tear strength or stitch hole elongation after only a few washings.

A high-quality DWR Ripstop is more expensive, and does add weight – about 15% of the total finished weight in a sub 1 oz sq yd fabric – but at MLD, we refuse to sacrifice quality. We only use the very best whatever the cost, so we can provide cost effective, long-term value for our customers in the field, where it really matters.

MLD 10D x 10D RIPSTOP NYLON

Our new MOUNTAIN 10D x 10D 3X DWR Ripstop (.72 oz sq yd | 26 gm sq m) fabric has the same, high-quality, Durable Water Repellent finish as always, only now it’s slightly lighter, 15% stronger, and more breathable than our previous 10D fabric!

We scoured the globe, purchasing and testing hundreds of sub .8 oz sq yd smaller thread, lighter weaves like 5D, 7D & 8D, and found all of them to have significant drawbacks – mainly with tear strength or stitch hole elongation after only a few washings.

A high-quality DWR Ripstop is more expensive, and does add weight – about 15% of the total finished weight in a sub 1 oz sq yd fabric – but at MLD, we refuse to sacrifice quality. We only use the very best whatever the cost, so we can provide cost effective, long-term value for our customers in the field, where it really matters.

NANOSEEUM ™

MLD uses NaNoseeum™, a .7 oz sq yd flame-retardant bug netting, in all our shelter Innernets, and Bug HeadNets. Nothing gets through this screen! Nanoseeum’s fine mesh has extremely small holes which blocks even the smallest insects including mosquitoes, gnats, fly’s etc…but still allows for excellent ventilation.

CLIMASHIELD ® APEX

Climashield® APEX is the highest warmth rating continuous fiber synthetic insulation available for quilts. We selected a custom density for our quilts that is based on hundreds of users tests for a warmth factor to weight ratio that hit the perfect mark for functionality and light weight.

Climashield® reaches new heights in combinations of weight and thermal efficiency. Developed from a culmination of over 25 years of Development experience, this innovative insulation is the lightest weight and most thermally efficient continuous filament insulation on the market today. Like other high-end synthetics, it also maintains warmth in wet and humid conditions.

CLIMASHIELD ® APEX

Climashield® APEX is the highest warmth rating continuous fiber synthetic insulation available for quilts. We selected a custom density for our quilts that is based on hundreds of users tests for a warmth factor to weight ratio that hit the perfect mark for functionality and light weight.

Climashield® reaches new heights in combinations of weight and thermal efficiency. Developed from a culmination of over 25 years of Development experience, this innovative insulation is the lightest weight and most thermally efficient continuous filament insulation on the market today. Like other high-end synthetics, it also maintains warmth in wet and humid conditions.

eVENT ™

We use 15 D x 15 D eVENT™ Waterproof Breathable, The most breathable fully waterproof material available. The critical difference between this technology and traditional waterproof/breathable fabrics is the billions of microscopic pores built into the proprietary membrane that work instantly to vent water vapor (sweat) that builds up inside your apparel when you exercise.

Its called Direct Venting™ technology, and unlike other technologies, it doesn’t need to get wet to work. It’s a ‘dry system’ that allows eVent fabrics to be fully waterproof and fully breathable – keeping you dry and comfortable in the widest range of temperatures and conditions. Direct Venting™ technology is engineered to keep you in the ‘dry zone’ – a steady state of temperature and humidity that reduces the wild swings our bodies go through to stay in balance during physical exertion. The result is that you’ll spend more time performing at your best and less time fussing with your gear. And when conditions are bad, that can make all the difference.

MLD TESTING & DEVELOPMENT

MLD is one of the only ultra lightweight manufacturers to utilize a wide range of testing equipment like our Suter HydroStatic Tester(which cost us a pretty penny). We have been testing for over ten years and have developed a range of standard and proprietary tests specifically applicable and correlated to how UL backpackers use their gear in the field.

All of the current standards like ASTM, UL, etc…for outdoor gear were set primarily by large outdoor gear companies and big box stores over a decade ago, way before this new wave of UltraLight backpackers and adventure athletes.

MLD does not feel these standards are current or accurately represent many of the current users expectations and their passion for adventure in the great outdoors. At MLD we have evaluated thousands of users reports from the field over the last decade and we use this information to go our own way with higher standards that are set by us.

MLD TESTING & DEVELOPMENT

MLD is one of the only ultra lightweight manufacturers to utilize a wide range of testing equipment like our Suter HydroStatic Tester(which cost us a pretty penny). We have been testing for over ten years and have developed a range of standard and proprietary tests specifically applicable and correlated to how UL backpackers use their gear in the field.

All of the current standards like ASTM, UL, etc…for outdoor gear were set primarily by large outdoor gear companies and big box stores over a decade ago, way before this new wave of UltraLight backpackers and adventure athletes.

MLD does not feel these standards are current or accurately represent many of the current users expectations and their passion for adventure in the great outdoors. At MLD we have evaluated thousands of users reports from the field over the last decade and we use this information to go our own way with higher standards that are set by us.