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FABRIC

We use a range of fabrics across our product line of Матрацы.  From Earth friendly recyceld P.E.T. fabrics that reduce waste to soft to the touch 70 denier polyesters, we choose the right fabric that balances durability, feel, abrasion resistance, tear strength, and performance.  Fabric is an important component of the mattress manufacture providing the case that holds the air, the barrier between the user and the ground, and holds the glue that sticks it altogether.  We coat our fabrics in house with polyurethane before we weld a mattress together.  This unique process allows for our pads raw materials to be bonded together at a higher temperature and the creation of a more durable finished product.  Here are some of the special fabrics we use in our mattress construction.

The Peak Elite AC air channel sleeping pad uses this superlight fabric in order stay lightweight, yet durable.  This 33 Denier (D) nylon has a similar weight per yard as many of the sil-nylons that you see in the outdoor marketplace, but instead of using a sil coating, we use an airtight  polyurethane.  The polyurethane allows us to create a long lasting bond and ensures that pad will keep air tight.  This 33 denier is not an ordinary stock fabric, but is milled in Japan and incorporates a Diamond Rip Stop weave.  The Diamond Ripstop (DRS) weave is aligned on the pad so that that apex points line up vertically.  This special manuever increases the durability of the sleeping pad and the raised Diamond Rip Stop threads both deflect sharp points from piercing the pad and offer grip slip resistance to sleeping bags and tent floors.

 

The Peak Oyl Si Series of sleeping pads use this high performance fabric.  Milled in Japan, this 50 denier recycled P.E.T. fabric is our most eco-friendly, highest performing, and most innovative fabric being used in the outdoor mattress market presently.  We identified the amazing attributes of this fabric while working with the Bio Mimicry Institue.  This specific fabric has tensil strenght attributes similar to a spider web, and better UV resistance than similar weighted nylons.  We immediately incorporated it into our high performance sleeping pads and some of our lightweight cycling panniers.  By using this fabric, each pad saves 7 to 16 plastic bottles from the landfill.  Furthermore, the durability is increased by incorporating a Diamond Rip Stop weave (DRS) and align the diamonds on the pad similar to the 33D DRS fabric on the Peak Elite AC.  This special measure increases the durability of the sleeping pad and the raised Diamond Rip Stop threads both deflect sharp points from piercing the pad and offer grip slip resistance to sleeping bags and tent floors.

*For more about the Biomimicry Institute and Pacific Outdoor Equipment, click here.

 

Pacific Outdoor Equipment uses a range of polyster fabrics because of the verstility in finishes a polyester can provide.  The Adventurer Series of sleeping pads, both Si and AC, use a peached poylester top fabric that enhances the sleeper's comfort removing the need for a "bed sheet" and has anti-slip properties becuase of the soft brushed texture. We use a fabric that has a Square Ripstop on the bottom of these pads to increase the durability and quickly stop a tear in order to provide an easy fix.  The Classic Series of sleeping pads utilize a straight 75 Denier polyester because of its durability over lesser urethane style fabrics and its ease to clean. The polyester fabrics that we choose to work with have a high thread count which increases abrasion resistance and creates a better air tight chamber.  When we design each pad, we have to balance fabric function, value, performance, and the style or type of use demanded from each pad.  Polyesters offer a great range of applications at great value, and we hope to continue to green our fabric choices when the market allows.