The Oilskin we use is a Traditional 120z Cotton Drill Fabric treated with an Antique Wet-Look wax waterproofing. The fabric is also used in the production of the Barbour clothing line and we use their "Barbour Thornproof Wax Dressing" supplied in a tin to re-pooof the fabrics.



The canvas we use throughout our store is both a 12oz and a slightly heavier 14oz Cotton Duck Canvas, popular with army tents etc., waterproofed using a dry wax method which would need to be reproofed using a Re-Proofing Bar. Canvas is stiffer than the oilskin and thus slightly more bulkier and heavier when rolled or folded up.


Woollen Fabric

We use either a 55% Wool / 45% Blend on our Oilskin Ponchos & Bedrolls & a 75% / 25% Blend on our Hybrid All-Terrain Bedrolls. We find that the 55% wool one offers warmth, robustness, a nice solid weight and a stable sewing platform while the 75% woollen one offers you that little bit more luxury for the Hybrid Bedroll. We tend to steer clear of the 100% wool fabrics as one they tend to make you itch and second the fabric isn't as compact to sew to.


Washing Instructions

Oilskin - Do not machine wash, do not use hot water and do not dry clean as this will remove the waterproofing wax and oils which cannot be replaced.

Brush off any mud and debris and then wipe it down using cold water only.  We would recommend to reproof our Oilskin products using "Barbours Thorn Proof Wax Dressing" which comes in a tin. Be sure to follow the product instructions written on the tin.


Canvas - Again, avoid machine washing, hot water or dry cleaning, but you can wipe down with a warm damp cloth after removing any dirt or debris. We recomend our own "Re-proofinmg Bars" available from our shop to reproof any of our Canvas products.