Parachute fabric is a form of ripstop nylon woven with a special reinforcing technique that makes the fabric exceptionally resistant to rips and tears. That same resistance to wear and tear is now available in a truck tarp. Mytee Products is proud to introduce our line of parachute/airbag tarps.
If you are looking for a lightweight tarp solution for your rig, you're going to love parachute lumber tarps. They are up to 40% lighter than comparable 18-ounce vinyl tarps yet stronger thread-for-thread. Tarps made of parachute material can be purchased in different configurations for every kind of load. We carry lightweight lumber tarps, steel tarps, and general-purpose tarps all made from parachute fabric. You might want to consider a parachute tarp for your flatbed when it is time for your next purchase.
Meaning of Parachute Tarps
Parachute tarps, also called airbag tarps, are designed to protect flatbed cargo from damage from stormy weather or direct sunlight. Parachute tarps use 14 oz waterproof vinyl to protect the topmost part of the load, while they protect the sides of the load with lightweight nylon fabric. This fabric is the same tear-resistant material airbags, parachutes, and certain backpacks are made from. This fabric 100% waterproof, it is completely water. When water comes in contact with the parachute fabric, it beads up, like this:
However, if water sits on the surface of the fabric for long enough, it will eventually sink through. That’s why the top of the tarp is still made of waterproof vinyl, and the parachute fabric only makes up the sides of the tarp.
Airbag tarps have plenty of anchor points: they incorporate three rows of D-rings and have brass grommets set every two feet. This makes it easy to secure the tarp with precision and prevent loose folds of the tarp from lifting or flapping.
Pros & Cons of Parachute Tarp :
As every coin have two sides, parachute tarps also having some benefits and drawbacks as well.
Parachute Tarp VS 8-ft Drop Lumber Tarp
Parachute tarps and lumber tarps have a lot of similarities: they both have waterproofed tops, reinforced brass grommets every two feet, and three rows of D-rings, for starters.
When choosing between them, it’s important to consider that airbag tarps are 40% lighter than lumber tarps. They’re also more flexible in cold weather.
On the other hand, lumber tarps resist cuts and tears better, and they’re entirely waterproof, while parachute tarps are only waterproof on the top.
“Every load is different. Only you know what kind of tarp is right for your haul.”