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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.

CUBEN FIBER | DCF

Also known as Dyneema® Composite Fabric, 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 Cuben tarp and shelter seams and ridgelines are bonded for maximum strength and require no seam sealing whatsoever!

While Cuben 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 Cuben Fiber longer than any other company in the industry!

We offer some of the smaller Mids and Tarps in .5 oz sq/yd Cuben Fabric. 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 CF in our packs, dry bags, bear bags, etc. 3.3 oz | 94 gm hybrid Cuben Non-Woven + Woven face fabric is used in our backpacks and other smaller gear.

DYNEEMA X ™

Each Dyneema thread is 15 times as strong as steel per weight. An additional X pattern of Nylon over-weave improves abrasion and tear resistance and is beautiful enough for apparel. Its the new standard in lightweight super-tough pack fabrics.

We use 4 oz sq yd 210D Nylon with a white 210 Dyneema ripstop grid (1/4″) reinforcement at 0 and 90 degrees, which is also polyurethane waterproof coated. The high Dyneema content equals 9% of total fabric weight. See individual pack product pictures for current colors. “Dyneema X” is the brand name of the fabric used by Mountain Laurel Designs.

DYNEEMA X ™

Each Dyneema thread is 15 times as strong as steel per weight. An additional X pattern of Nylon over-weave improves abrasion and tear resistance and is beautiful enough for apparel. Its the new standard in lightweight super-tough pack fabrics.

We use 4 oz sq yd 210D Nylon with a white 210 Dyneema ripstop grid (1/4″) reinforcement at 0 and 90 degrees, which is also polyurethane waterproof coated. The high Dyneema content equals 9% of total fabric weight. See individual pack product pictures for current colors. “Dyneema X” is the brand name of the fabric used by Mountain Laurel Designs.

PRO SILNYLON

MLD uses Pro SilNylon 30D x 30D High Tenacity Type 6-6 Ripstop Nylon coated with a Silicone coating. Each side gets two coating passes for the most even coating possible. 1.5 oz sq/yd Pro SilNylon does not mist or leak in any kind of weather conditions.

What Makes it Pro SilNylon? This light, strong and fully waterproof fabric is tested by us in our own shop – EVERY SINGLE ROLL! We use our in-house hydro-static tester on every roll before we build it into our products. Other companies cannot or do not take that extra critical quality control step. They have large fabric lots shipped directly to their sewing factories somewhere overseas, and its never quality checked for water resistance.

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.