I know the blog has been quiet lately… sometimes life outside of the blog (what?! gasp!) gets hectic, such as when relocating to a new home! I figured that something “good” was overdue, so let’s get this thing going! Last year’s Cuben Fiber Roundup proved to be a popular series and is still our top visited set of posts. This year we’ll be taking a look at a few more shelters made of Cuben Fiber.
For a quick recap… Cuben Fiber is a lightweight and very strong material that has emerged in many “cottage manufacturers'” gear lineups. Even the mainstream has picked up on it, albeit slowly. Just like other materials there are multiple flavors of Cuben, most of which share some common characteristics…
- Exceptional tensile strength to weight ratio
- Highly water resistant
- Not breathable
- Poor abrasion resistance
There are breathable variants of Cuben and Cuben-hybrid fabrics, which are actually starting to look very impressive (watch for a review here later this year), however most shelters are constructed of the non-breathable material, which in turn offers excellent resistance to rain. Cuben is being used in everything from shelters to backpacks, including bivy sacks, stuff sacks, quilts, wallets, rain gear, and probably more crazy stuff that we’re oblivious to. If you want to know a little more about the material you may want to take a look at the 2012 Cuben Fiber Roundup article we published last year.
This year we’re going to take a look at the following shelters…
- Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ultamid 2
- Mountain Laurel Designs Grace Duo Tarp
- Yama Mountain Gear Terraform SW 1P
- ZPacks Duplex
- No response from Six Moon Designs yet, but we’re hoping to get our hands on a SkyScape X… probably not gonna happen
Check back over the next few weeks for updates. We hope you enjoy the series! Hike It. Like It.