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kentdvm
01-11-2011, 11:01 PM
I really want to make a ventisit seat for my warrior but haven't been able to find the material in the USA. Today I stumbled across a similar material which is used to make tactical vests for the Army and it's available online. Since it's designed to be worn, I am hopeful it will be even more comfortable than the ASC10 used in ventisit cushions. Unfortunately it doesn't come in black but it is designed to allow ventilation. The material itself is about 5/16" thick and made of 3 different layers of nylon.

http://www.ahh.biz/products/mesh_netting/mesh_nylon_fabric_military_iotv.htm

My thought is to stack the material and use a couple layers as the core with an outer layer similar to what others have done with ASC10 or use it over closed foam. http://forum.atomiczombie.com/showthread.php?2116-Now-its-a-Marauder/page3

Of course this material isn't cheap at $50 per yard (54"x36") but a yard should be enough to make a seat. What do you think?
Thanks,
Kent

schu777
01-12-2011, 09:50 AM
Well - I think I'd make sure that the bike I was going to use it for that I was going to keep that bike...that way you wouldn't wast money on it and decide you don't like how the bike is.

pinjas
02-06-2011, 04:05 PM
It sounds like an interesting idea, and the concept might work, but might there be similar materials out there that cost less? A lot of people use some sort of foam with something over it, I am sure. I am not expert on this, but I imagine there must be less costly options, who knows, maybe this isn't expensive. I shopped a bit for recumbent seats online, they seemed pretty insanely priced.

kentdvm
02-07-2011, 01:46 AM
You've got that right. Seats can get pricey. I'm pretty sure this material will work for a seat if you can make a vest from it. I'll update if I get some of it. If it came in black, I'd have already ordered it. Here's a pic of the cut edge which depicts the "box spring" arrangement of the fibers.
http://www.ahh.biz/products/mesh_netting/images/nylon_mesh_fabric_IOTV_enlarged.jpg

pinjas
02-07-2011, 04:52 AM
I don't think I understand the significance of this particular material. Someone on another thread http://forum.atomiczombie.com/showthread.php?4717-Do-you-really-need-a-tube-bender put up http://www.fleettrikes.com/tthindex.htm a link to this website. The option this guy went with seems very viable, significantly cheaper and easier. I don't know if this material was designed for any other purpose than ventilation, but I know that mesh is pretty strong if it's designed to hold down gravel and other sharp or pointy objects. Seems like an option, that is for sure. The websites guide on seat frame making is pretty neat as well. I've seen a lot of people who appear to use something similar to a skateboard with foam on it, I really like the concept of a ventilation material.

John Lewis
02-07-2011, 11:41 PM
Thought I made comment on this but may have been another thread.
It looks quite similar to the ACS10 material that I used in my seat pad. Certainly it should work by the look of it.
Some peole just fold it round ((See my seat thread in my Marauder build) and have 2 layers. I added a piece in the middle to get 3 layers.
You can use a piece of camping mattress foam or similar for the middle layer.
It is possible to make a pad cover from a loose weave lycra type stretch material if you don't like the colour. It will probably lessen the ventilation though.

John