Enlightened Equipment offers fabrics in a variety of weights and colors. Each fabric type has its benefits and drawbacks, which we'll outline below.
We offer ultralight nylon fabrics in three weights: 20D, 10D and 7D. D refers to denier, or the weight of 9000 meters of a single strand of fiber, measured in grams.
The higher the denier, the higher the fiber weight used to make the fabric. Usually this is used as a reference to how thick or durable a fabric might be. For example, 10D is a heavier, more durable material than 7D.
All three fabrics we offer have a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment. This is not the same as waterproof, but it does help the fabric shed water.
10D - 0.65oz per yard²
With an amazing balance of durability, breathability, and weight, 10D has become our go-to nylon for many of the products we build. This option is comfortable against skin, but also makes a great exterior fabric. 10D is a great choice for a variety of applications.
20D - 1.10oz per yard²
This micro ripstop nylon offers a higher durability and water resistance than the other fabric options, but with a bit of a weight penalty. It's also less breathable than the lighter options. Keep in mind that durability should be understood in terms of ultralight materials. It's a heavier material, but you will still have to take care of your equipment. Our 20D material is a good choice for high abrasion and moisture areas if you understand the sacrifice in weight and breathability.
7D - 0.50oz per yard²
7D micro ripstop nylon is our lightest option yet. For those wanting to cut every gram possible we offer 7D fabric that can be used anywhere our 10D is an option. Benefits include increased breathability and decreased weight. However, this material is slightly less downproof and less durable. Through our own testing process, we’ve seen slight down loss, but no decrease in performance. We’ve been very surprised at how durable this fabric actually is. That being said, please take extra caution with this option and understand you are selecting the lightest available.
Cubic Feet per Minute, or CFM, is a fabric breathability measurement. For example, a typical nontechnical rain jacket would be about 0.5cfm, Windpro fleece would be 60cfm, and a typical fleece would be 225cfm.
Our 20D is around 1cfm, 10D is around 10cfm, and 7D is around 35cfm.