Originally Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org
Cboy, That method is great for adding bulk when strength is not important. However, no cloth can stand up to stress very well - that's why 'glas, aramid or carbon fiber come into play. Your body will tell you if it is seeing any stress in pretty short order!!
Good point regarding "stress" as well as "strength". The rat will serve as a good "testing ground" for this little experiment. With not that much money involved, we'll see once it gets on the road how well the cloth alternative holds up. If it starts showing hairline cracks...just get out the grinder and have at it.