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Fabrics Used by Wiggy's, Inc.


DUCKSBACK fabric sheds water exactly like water running down a ducks back.

As we have seen, companies have been promoting—unjustly I might add—a false sense of hope that they have a material that will permanently repel water using the phrase “waterproof,” as well as having the ability to allow moisture out, using the phase “breathable”. The concept that all of these companies have worked under is laminating or coating a flat weave nylon, which had to be pure finished so the adhesive could stick the fabric and film together. That means the adhesive clogs the spaces between the yarns as well as microscopic holes in the film. However, whatever holes exist in the film or spaces between the yarns will still allow water in. Water seeps in anywhere there is the slightest opening; this is called deleterious water action. The way they dealt with this action was to spray a water repellent on the fabric which does work for a rain or two, but not much more than that. When the water eventually starts seeping in, the action was termed “wetting out”. Also keep in mind that the perspiration coming out of your body, if you are wearing one of these garments, is incapable of moving out of the garment, PERIOD!

Ducksback Fabric weaveThe difference between these erroneous advertised products and mine is simple: a weave that creates a shingle-like pattern that does not inhibit the flow of the moisture from going down the garment. This is accomplished without the use of any water repellent chemicals, laminating, or coating anything. The water runs down the fabric just like water running down a duck's back.

I haven’t been as excited about a material since I discovered continuous filament fiber and how to work with it, now known as Lamilite.

Thanks to the material's micro-gutter structure (photo), tiny convex bulges reduce horizontal surface tension to enable raindrops to slip smoothly off the surface in a vertical direction. DUCKSBACK also has high moisture permeability due to its non-laminated structure, so it allows sweat vapor to escape, keeping the inner surface dry and pleasant to touch.

The above explanation is the reason why the Ducksback material works so well at shedding water, it really is like water running down a duck's back.

The way the yarns used to weave the fabric are bulky and as such when the fabric goes through the dying and finishing process there is always a small amount of shrinkage which causes the yarns to bulk up. Since the fabric is not flat as normal woven nylon it is not smooth. The hand or feel of the fabric is also much softer than nylon.


Multicam MultiCam© by Crye Precision

The MultiCam© pattern is really the best all around camo pattern you can find. For concealment, this pattern is far and above those we have used in the past. The following is from the MultiCam website:

The Basics

MultiCam© is a single camouflage pattern designed to help the wearer hide in varied environments, seasons, elevations, and light conditions. It was designed to address the real-world need for concealment in different environments, with one basic kit of gear. While there are many great location-specific patterns. MultiCam© is designed to work well across a very broad range of environmental conditions when observed in both the visual and near Infra Red (night vision) spectrums.

How it Works...

The pattern is designed to reflect some of the surrounding colors of the environment. It takes on an overall green appearance when under a green forest canopy and an overall tan look when in the open desert. By adapting to varying local lighting conditions, the pattern blends well in many environments, elevations, seasons, weather conditions, and times of the day.

The design takes advantage of the way the human eye/brain perceives shape, volume and color. Since only a very small portion of the human eye perceives color, the brain does a lot of "filling-in" for the eye. MultiCam's® unique design takes advantage of this principle and helps the observer to "see" the pattern as part of the background. This helps the wearer's profile begin to loose its edge and fade into whatever color or shape surrounds him. It works on the principle that an observer can see something but still not recognize it as anything to be interested in.

The scale and contrast of the pattern elements are designed to work well when observed from both distant and close ranges. We all know the idea is to break-up or disguise the human form, but without a ghillie suit or a rock to get behind, this is typically done with heavy contrast between large elements of a pattern. However, high contrast, large element patterns stop working in open terrain (e.g. "chocolate chip" in open desert.) They also tend to stop working as the observer gets closer to the camouflage, since the large pattern elements end up being out of scale with the highly detailed surroundings of the observer. MultiCam® relies more on a blending effect than a contrast effect to disguise the wearer. This effect allows it to perform in a wide range of environments, and keeps the pattern effective even at close distances where pixilated or blocky patterns often stand out against natural (non-blocky) environments.

Military Patterns Past & Present

Wiggy's offers a number of camoflauge materials that are, and have been, used for diffrent products....

Marine Corps Marpat Marine Corps Marpat
Army Digital ACU Army Digital ACU
Air Force ABU Air Force ABU
Woodland Camo Woodland Camo
Desert Camo Desert Camo

Supplex Nylon

Supplex has a very close look, feel and durability to cotton, though these are where the similarities halt.

  • Supplex manages moister much more efficiently than cotton, drying in less time and absorbing less moisture to begin with.
  • Because of the weave of the yarns, Supplex has a high water and wind shedding capability. Bringing you close to the proof material line without stepping over it.
  • The abrasion and tear resistance is as high as it is with cotton, however you will not find strings and threads fraying if that barbed wire fence gets the better of you.
  • Supplex is light and an added bonus, the color stays with the garment for much longer than many other materials, even thru multiple launderings.

Urethane Coated Nylon

Urethane coating is a waterproof film adheared to the nylon at the mill. It IS NOT the type of material that you may have experienced "peeling" in the past. Urethane is 100% water proof which will keep moisture (either side) from passing thru. The products such as our shelters and clothing that we use the urethane material on have been seam taped for 100% waterproofness.

Depending on the item, certain patterns may not be available. Please feel free to call with any questions. +1 (866) 411-6465 or contact us »

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Wiggy’s Inc.
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(970) 241-6465

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