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[at-l] laundry/microfiber

I got some cheap Sierra Designs "windpants" from Sierra Trading Post (no
relation) a couple of years ago for about $30.  They were a light Nylon
Microfiber, light, breathable, very durable, and water never got through
them in the moderate rains I was in - I really liked them (its a long sour
story why I dont have them anymore...) While very light and packable (I
turned a pocket inside out and could stuff the whole thing into it) they
were rugged and had some nice features (calf-zips, etc)

I have a hunch that the Ultrex (made by Burlington or Dupont I think?, for a 
while  used in North Face stuff, as well as many others, but less popular 
now) was a touted waterproff breathable that was a mircofiber with a DWR 
or something like that

I have a hunch that polyester microfibers are generally more durable and 
softer, in general.


PS - My old Outing Club liked to pass around a picture of the president 
of the club and some others standing around in parkas and underwear in a 
laundrymat in a small town in the Adirondacks.  They made their stay as 
short as possible, because the law would probably not have been as nice 
to them as in a thru-hiker town!
Jeff Mosenkis            MAPSS Student          University of Chicago
              *Freelance Joking Avunculate For Hire*

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