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Hi Folks,

First post here so please forgive me if this belongs elsewhere. I'm relatively new to rafting and recently purchased a raft that I am slowly getting set up.

I've done a fair amount of DIY backpacking gear and am planning to sew my own cargo floor and drop bag. I'd like to get thoughts on the available mesh fabric options. I've pursued existing threads, but I am hoping to get the community's consensus on the best option.

I mostly have read about Textilene multi-mesh, PhiferTex, PhiferTex Plus, Joann Pet Screening, and trampoline mesh. It looks like I can get PhiferTex Plus for a (somewhat) reasonable price. Any reason to go with something else?

Thanks!

-Josiah
 

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I was in the same place a little while ago. I ended up getting a truck tarp from amazon, used/like new. It's the same 10 oz vinyl mesh fabric that a lot of other places sell, but I picked up a 12'x14' tarp for $30. It's burly as heck, and a lot less $$$ per square foot. Search on "Vinyl mesh tarp" on amazon and then look for returned ones. Mine had a small bit of damage to it, which I was easily able to cut around.

Good luck and happy sewing!
 

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There are actually some decent posts over in the DIY Porn thread. Look through my post history. Stay away from the Joanns stuff unless you like doing stuff twice. Call around to truck tarp manufacturing places. There are some in Denver I know, Vegas, SLC, Seattle. Start off in the 18-22 Oz range. You'll almost never be sad you went heavier. I think I found stuff in the $10 a yard range and anywhere from 72" to 96" wide. I've also paid more.
 

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I have a buddy who bought a roll of the Phifertex stuff (not sure if its plus or regular) and has made a bunch of stuff out of it and its all held up super well. Cargo covers for his raft, bottle holders, custom bags for kitchen stuff. He made me a sling floor for my Cat so I can toss bags back there too. I've stood on it and its definitely pretty strong. I'd recommend sewing a couple lengths of webbing underneath though... not sure its strong enough just on its own and would be kinda flexy and maybe prone to holes with a lot of use. That is for a floor you are standing on though.... I'm sure it would do fine for a drop bag or cargo floor for drybags and such.
 

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Thanks for all of the feedback! Sounds like I'm on the right track.

I found PhiferTex Plus for about $19/yard shipped, so I may just go with that.
 
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