Nylon 6 / 66
In the tent industry the silnylon fabric in general is divided into two standards. Nylon 6 and nylon 66. Seen from a purely technical point of view, nylon 66 is the best fabric. But. And this is a big but. Best fabric is not always the best fabric for all tents. It depends on the use and purpose of the tent. This is also why we carefully select which tent is equipped with nylon 6, and nylon 66. Nylon 66 is in general a somewhat more expensive fabric. And for us it is important that the durability and quality reflects the price you put into it.
To be able to deliver a strong, yet lightweight and somewhat small tent we find that nylon 66 is the best choice. As the thin lightweight nylon 66 is about 10% stronger compared to nylon 6. Nylon 66 also absorbs less water than Nylon 6. Which means that the fabric do not increase as much in weight when wet. These are of course important factors when going for an ultralight alternative. This is also why nylon 66 is an appropriate fabric in a small and ligth-weight tent. But. Here comes yet another but. When increasing the thickness of the fibers/ fabric for use on the bigger tents, the differences are just not there. Where we simply can not defend the use of nylon 66 when comparing the price to what you actually get. There are actually only marginal differences between nylon 6 and nylon 66 in a bigger tent with thicker 70D silicone nylon fabric. But the price-tag is nevertheless significant. This is why we carefully consider the nylon 66 for our small, and highly lightweight tens, but rather find that nylon 6 is a better choice for the bigger tents as the bigger tents really need a thicker fabric to be able to deliver the correct functionality related to the intended use.