Poly/Cotton; Twill/Ripstop Differences?

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by Midget, Oct 8, 2003.

  1. Midget


    Jun 1, 2002
    Whats the difference between cotton and polyester, and the difference between cotton twill and ripstop? I'm talking about pants, mainly.


  2. Midget


    Jun 1, 2002
    In case any of you were wondering, here's what I pulled up on google. Taken from soldiercity.com.

    100% cotton ripstop:
    Lightweight, breathable, wind resistant, and durable. The ripstop reinforcement provides a checkered pattern to resist rips and tears. Ideal for warm to hot climates. May shrink more than the other materials.

    Polyester/cotton twill:
    The preferred cloth for most civilians. Ideal for all weather conditions. Slightly less breathable than 100% cotton in the summer but provides better protection in the winter.

    Polyester/cotton ripstop:
    The cloth of choice for federal agencies. Durable, colorfast, resists fading, tearing and abrasions. Resists wrinkles and shrinking. All climate - breathable in summer, wind resistant in winter. Offers the ultimate in long lasting performance and will outlast all other BDU materials.

    Nylon/cotton twill:
    Proven to be long lasting and sturdy from decades of military use. Best for temperate weather.

    Does anyone prefer one material over another, and if so, why? Thanks.
  3. SIFU1A


    May 12, 2001
    i myself prefer the heavier material, even in tx, i usually wear BDUs in the winter so the heavier stuff is better for me, it seems a lot of BDUs only come in the lighter stuff now though,


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