I used mine to construct some light weight, durable, breathable, and easy to clean hiking hats. The one I've built so far turned out well. This is not as shiny as other ripstop fabrics I have experimented with which is what I was looking for since I didn't want flashy looking hats. It is strong. I thought it would be way more delicate than it was considering how light it was. It is also nice because it is not as slippery as some other types of ripstop fabrics, so you don't have to be as vigilant about it slipping in the sewing machine. Finally, for a ripstop fabric it feels okay against the skin. In fact, I did not notice it as I wore the hat I made. Some other ripstop fabrics feel as if I have a hat made out of a plastic bag against my skin, even if they are made of breathable materials. Hopefully, this will prove to be a long lasting and durable fabric and I have only had the hat I made for about two weeks.
what can I say, if you are a bigger person, this is the material you want. Soft, strong, slight flex, but very supportive. It packs down super small as well. 12ft hammock packed down to softball size. I don't have a scale, so not sure how much it weighs, but its pretty light.
The material is not super slippery. It does have some texture and sewing is fairly easy. I wouldn't say that the tear strength is not super high. I can rip a cut in the fabiric by hand with medium force. The fabric is hydrophobic and seems breathable and like most breathable fabrics, long exposure to water will allow minor absorption and sweat through, but acceptable. Water can seep through under faucet pressure, which is outside of normal use.
This stuff is lightweight but feels really solid and strong. Easy to sew and consistent throughout. Love it!!
Ripstop By The Roll is my go to for making my own camping equipment. I love the new hammock I made with supplies I got from RSBTR. Quick shipping too