Sorry, thought you're refering to the sewing thread count.foilholio wrote: ↑Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:11 amThe canopy fabric, and other kite fabrics.
Relying on adhesive could be interesting in a few years.nixmatters wrote: in all other loaded seams the sheer strength of the double adhesive tape bonding does the job, right? The seams are there mainly to prevent peeling of the adhesive. And that PSA should bond even better to the Aluula surface.
Did it ever? Higher thread count just is a nicer looking and more stable fabric. I am not sure why in this and previous dyneema fabrics they have chosen lamination over more weaving.droffats wrote: Somehow Aluula doesn't rely on thread count for strength.
The canopy ripstop looks like any other D2, I can't see any lower thread count there.
I beleive the Aluula lamination is there to 'lock' the looose weave. A tighter weave with such slippery yarn won't make the fabric stable enough. For strengh they don't need a higher count, the tests they've shown are more than clear on this. Bias stability (low stretch) comes only when the fabric is tensioned (inflated LE), this is my understanding so far. Curious to see that thing with the thin bladder increasing the stiffness.
Wait to see the new Duotone lightweight dacron. Not as light as the Aluula, but 'lower thread count' than conventional dacron.
As for the adhesive tape - LEI canopy seams have always been relying on it. Without it a canopy will tear apart at the first loop or harder landidng, especially when new and crispy.