Originally Posted by MCSkid
Hey Aire, what is the weight difference between the old french fabric and the new chinese fabric. Also, how much stronger is the older fabric than the newer?
2014 Trib 9.5 SB = 69 lbs (I'm 80% sure this was weighed with two thwarts)
2015 Trib Nine.Five HD = 70 lbs
2014 Trib 12.0 SB = 105 lbs
2015 Trib Twelve HD = 118 lbs
2014 Trib 13.0 SB = 115 lbs
2015 Trib Thirteen HD = 137 lbs
2014 Trib 14.0 SB = 123 lbs
2015 Trib Fourteen HD = 146 lbs
2014 Trib 16.0 SB = 170 lbs
2015 Trib Sixteen HD = 177 lbs
How much stronger? That is a tougher question. The spec of the new HD fabric is actually "stronger". The Ferrari has 37 oz of PVC per square yard and 1670 base denier fabric. The HD Fabric has 42 Oz. of PVC per square yard and 2000 base denier fabric. With Ferrari, we are able to put 60% of the PVC on the outside of the base fabric and 40% on the inside, this gives you more PVC where you need it. Ferrari also stretches their base fabric in every direction before the PVC is coated on. There are 3 major things we test with fabric; tear strength, coating adhesion and abrasion. We qualified the thicker HD fabric based on these three things. How is Ferrari able to make a lighter weight fabric that has just as good tear strength, coating adhesion and abrasion as the thicker fabric?...Chemistry!
Their processes for making plastic is their propriety information. You can read up on the Précontraint Ferrari fabric here: Précontraint Serge Ferrari patented technology - Serge Ferrari
I don't have a website for the HD fabric. We have been pleased with the HD fabric, engineering put it through the paces.
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