Post by Brian Roebuck on Oct 20, 2007 6:05:52 GMT -5
Well titanium rack bars aren't as durable as stainless steel bars but they are a lot lighter. And this is something you depend on for safety! So no I don't think it is a silly idea at all. If you need lighter weight gear then go for it. It may not be as durable but for a special purpose it may be just the thing you need.
My partner Linda and I make packs, tents/tarps, gaitors and ditty bags from syl-nylon. While its very lightweight and strong, it would not be suitable for the cave environment. Abrasion will shred it rather quickly. It will stand some but cordura is better suited for abrasion. The cave suits we make are made from 1000 denier cordura....a WAY heavier fabric. Our backpacks made from syl-nylon (3000 cu. in.) way approximately 14 ounces dependin' on bells and whistles. So for the hike to the cave the syl-ny would be an excellent choice for pack material. I would not use it for a cave suit though.
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