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Breathable Fabric, Mesh, Insulation

Breathable fabrics allow moisture to pass through and evaporate so that you don't get sweaty and clammy feeling. Most clothing, sleeping bags, and materials that contact your skin should be breathable. You can also find insect netting, mesh, and insulation here.

Material that is both waterproof and breathable is on the waterproof fabrics page.

All fabrics are sold as a continuous length if you order multiple yards.

There will be a 20% Restocking Fee on any returned materials that we cut for you!

Ship on a Roll

Our fabrics are normally shipped folded up in a small package to keep postage costs to a minimum. If you need your material shipped on a roll (with no folds) please add an additional $10 shipping charge.

If you order multiple fabrics they will all be rolled on the same roll for one charge.

Ship my fabric on a roll - $10

.70 oz/sqyd Ventum Ripstop Nylon

This super light, high quality 10 denier fabric is manufactured in Japan. The finished weight of the fabric is .70 oz/sqyd (23.7 g/mē) .

Ventum nylon cuts the wind while still being highly breathable. It is an excellent choice for wind shell clothing and sleeping bag shells. Our own Sleeping Bags and Wind Shell Jackets are available in it. It is:
  • Down proof
  • Mosquito proof
  • Excellent vapor transfer / breathability. 6.63 cubic feet per minute.
  • Comfortable to wear, not clammy.
  • Soft feeling - not sticky or plasticy like some other fabrics in this weight range.
  • High quality "C6" durable water repellant (DWR). Not waterproof.
  • Highly wind resistant
  • Ripstop / tear resistant.
  • Ciré finish on both sides.
This fabric looks the same on both sides. Either side can be faced in or out.

Weight: .70 oz/sqyd (23.7 g/mē) - finished weight.

Usable roll width: 57" (145 cm)

1 Linear Yard - $16.95

7.5" square sample - $1

.67 oz/sqyd Ultralight Insect Netting / Mosquito Screen / Bug Mesh / Nano-Noseeum

This is the netting used in our tents. Regular "No-see-um" bug netting weighs about 1 oz/sqyd. This ultralight version weighs roughly a third less without noticeable difference in performance. It has extremely small holes which block even the smallest of insects including mosquitoes, noseeums, etc. Nothing gets through this screen.

Weight: .67 oz/sqyd (22.7 g/mē)

Usable roll width:  62" (157 cm)

1 Linear Yard - $8
7.5" square sample - $1

3.5 oz/sqyd Backpack Pocket Mesh

This is the mesh that we use on our backpack's pockets. It is the lightest weight mesh we could find that is still durable enough to handle the light wear and tear that backpack pockets are subject to. The hole size is a little smaller than 1/8" (3 mm).

This mesh stretches on the width, not so much on the height. Pockets need to stretch width-wise so consider that when cutting.

Pockets will get less wear and tear if they are raised up rather than being aligned with the bottom of the backpack where they will collide with the ground. We use stronger solid material for our side pockets for this reason.

Since we assume you only need a small piece of this for a backpack pocket, this is sold by the half linear yard. One piece would be 18" tall x 64" wide.

Weight: 3.5 oz/sqyd (119 g/mē)

Usable roll width: 64" (160 cm)

Price: $6 per HALF linear yard - 18" x 64" (45 cm x 162 cm)

1/2 Linear Yard - $6
7.5" square sample - $1

5.3 oz/sqyd Air Mesh / 3D Spacer Mesh

This mesh has a three dimensional structure which allows airflow and adds cushioning. It has a tricot backing so you can't see clear through the holes. It is normally used on the underside of backpack shoulder straps and belts to absorb sweat, add cushion, and add grip. Our 3D mesh weighs less than most other types.

Since we assume you only need a small piece of this for your straps it is sold by the half linear yard. One piece would be 18" tall x 60" wide.

Weight: 5.3 oz/sqyd (180 g/mē)

Thickness: About 3/32" (2.5 mm)

Usable roll width: 60" (152 cm)

Price: $7 per HALF linear yard - 18" x 60" (45 cm x 152 cm)

1/2 Linear Yard - $7
7.5" square sample - $1

2.5 oz Climashield Apex Insulation

Climashield is a continuous filament synthetic insulation with one of the highest warmth to weight ratios of any synthetic. It has a .82 CLO / ounce, and an overall CLO of 2.1.

This weight is excellent for insulated clothing. A jacket made from this will keep you warm (when active) down to below freezing. It would be enough insulation for a summer quilt, or double it up for a warmer quilt.

Since it is made with continuous fibers Climashield does not need to be quilted like other insulations. That means less cold spots (and less work!) on your projects.

Unlike down, Climashield remains warm when wet, and is machine washable.

Weight: 2.5 oz/sqyd (85 g/mē) - finished weight.

Usable roll width: 60" (152 cm)

Thickness: 5/8" (1.6 cm)

Price: $9.95 per linear yard.

1 Linear Yard - $9.95
7.5" square sample - $1