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Where to buy Gore-Tex Windstopper fabric?

Old 10-14-22, 02:05 PM
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Where to buy Gore-Tex Windstopper fabric?

I'd like to have some WindStopper fabric (in bulk). I would like to try to have some of it sewn in to some of my cycling garments to block the wind. Does anyone who sews or knows someone who sews know of any fabric supply houses where I could purchase a yard or two at a decent price. So far my internet searches just take me to the garments themselves not the fabric.
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Old 10-15-22, 10:31 PM
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I don't know, in addition to the obvious, have you considered asking in sewing fabric type forums? But, just [FWIW], I have some Windstopper type garments and they are what they are. You don't sew windstopper material into anything else. That defeats the purpose. Also, 'a yard or two' is probably not anyone's definition of 'bulk'. You won't likely get anyone to sell you that little of anything "at a decent price". Sounds to me like you just need to layer. [/FWIW]
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Old 10-18-22, 09:09 AM
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I do a bit of sewing, and have considered doing this to some of my garments for winter riding. But then I thinkÖwell, I donít want it to be Ďthatí protective when it isnít cold. SoÖIíve thought that Iíd simply make a liner out of Gore-tex windstopper fabric that I could wear under any garment. I donít really know exactly where to get the fabric. Iíve thought that Iíd go to a local fabric store, and if they donít carry it, they would probably at least know where I could get it. Or, order some for me. Another option is to buy a new windstopper garment, and alter it so that it can function as the liner for any over-garment like I described above.

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Old 10-18-22, 10:48 AM
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probably cheaper to buy the finished garment than the materials. kinda like building up from a bare bike frame... You might call Rainy Pass Repair - I've spoken to them in the past, they know this kinda stuff and have excellent service. I'd doubt they will sell you material, but they might point you in a good direction.
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Old 10-23-22, 07:26 PM
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If you can't find Windstopper fabric by the yard, another option to consider is Polartec WindPro fleece. I use to buy that by the yard at a store called G-street Fabrics. It appears to be available by the yard at lots of fabric webtailers.
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Old 10-23-22, 08:24 PM
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I don't think you can buy Goretex materials. The company licenses the use of lables to garment manufacurers, and they have high quality standards. Their business model is to keep Goretex in the high price market, and selling materials would undermine that.
Look for a generic product. Some of them perform as well as Goretex.

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Old 10-24-22, 05:15 AM
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You can't buy Gore-Tex fabric in bulk as an individual. And beyond that, actually sewing that fabric is not easy, if not done properly, it will eventually start to fray and leak.

And also, the wind stopper fabric is the lowest level of their fabric. I find it does not do anything well.
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Great winter clothing:
https://www.aerotechdesigns.com/?msc...ing%20Clothing

Don't forget merino wool base layers. Winter cycling is EXPEN$IVE if you want to do it right.
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Old 10-30-22, 09:38 PM
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The Rain Shed in Albany Oregon or on line has other brands of waterproof / breathable fabric. We have bought stuff from them for maybe 30 years or more. They also have all the supplies needed to work with the fabrics they sell. We have some touring clothes that my wife made from fabrics we bought from them. Mostly we wanted cycling clothing that was more appropriate for visiting museums and churches when touring in Europe.
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I'd try googling something like outdoor fabrics. Portland used to have a place that had all sorts of great fabrics; some name brands, others not. Owner knew her stuff. I loved that place and bought 600 weight windblock fleece to have an outdoor repair outfit make me custom knee warmers. Total success. 15 years later I'm still wearing those warmers on most of my rides. (Sadly, the owner retired and that was her show entirely. Should have stocked up on zippers and the like.)

Edit: Thank you, DangerousDanR. (Rain Shed came up on the first page when I DuckDuck'd outdoor fabrics eugene.)

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Old 10-31-22, 08:01 AM
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Layering
I got a Patagonia very thin longsleeve baselayer some years ago, for those cool spring and fall days. It's very lightweight, way thinner than t-shirt material, and works great under a short sleeve jersey. And it's comfortable under a shirt for winter wear off the bike. I like it.

So I got a second one. What I didn't expect is how effective two thin layers are. I guess the outer layer slows the wind, making the second layer much warmer than expected. Either of these is very breathable and doesn't block much wind, but two together are effective down to the low 50F range. Surprising.

As it gets colder, an uninsulated cycling jacket with various base layers stacked is good for a wide range of riding temperatures. I have thicker base layers, these ultra thin ones, and recently got a thin fleece zip shirt.
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edit: OK, apparently I'm not allowed to mention the most popular place on the internet for information on this subject! :-(
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Thank you, DangerousDanR. (Rain Shed came up on the first page when I DuckDuck'd outdoor fabrics eugene.)
The Rain Shed used to be just off campus in Corn Valley, so using anything with the word "Duck" in it just seems wrong.

Looking back, I bought materials to make a bivvy bag from them when I was attending Moo U, so it was probably about 50 years ago.

Happy to point people toward a good business. Fifty years and 1600 miles later and we are still buying from them. The "Green Pepper" patterns were also a good product.
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Old 11-17-22, 12:07 PM
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Windstopper is a brand used to describe what's used and how it's used. I don't think you buy a particular "Windstopper" fabric. It is a softshell fabric + taped seems + DWR coating
https://specialtyoutdoors.com/tips-f...s-and-notions/
https://discoveryfabrics.com/en-us/c...ons/softshells


It might be advisable to just buy a cheap, used jacket and test with it. The fabric is $30/yard + shipping. You can find a bargain bin jacket for $20

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Old 12-03-22, 03:31 PM
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Another place to purchase outerwear fabrics is Seattle Fabrics. I have had great experiences shopping with these folks when I lived in the Seattle area. This site won't let me post the link yet but their website is seattlefabrics dot com.
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