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WeatherShield® now has a "big
Developed primarily for intense sun environments and long-term storage, WeatherShield HD not only provides UV opacity, it repels water, blocks dust, tree sap and bird droppings, and is still breathable to allow moisture and heat to escape from under the cover.
The base material for WeatherShield HD is woven by Glen Raven Mills (makers of Sunbrella®), using solution dyed UV resistant polyester fibers (see insert below to learn why solution dyed fabrics are better - courtesy of Glen Raven Mills). Not only is the fabric solution dyed, the 300 denier construction is 40% heavier than regular WeatherShield and the heavier denier thread provides double the tear and tensile strength.
This superior base fabric is then finished with the patented EPIC by Nextec® encapsulation process...the same high performance finish used on our popular WeatherShield fabric. Using up to 40 computer controlled proprietary processes Nextec forces specially formulated polymers inside the fabric to bond to each individual thread and fill the valleys between the woven fibers (see close-up at left). These special polymers have amazing elasticity to block moisture and dirt, while still maintaining the breathability of the fabric. You can see why Nextec's slogan is "Outsmart the Outdoors".
Who needs WeatherShield HD? People who live in intense sun climates and along the coast will benefit most from this new fabric, plus RV owners looking for the best cover for long-term storage. It's not as compact as regular WeatherShield, and the heavier denier fibers aren't as silky-smooth, but for maximum performance in the harshest environments you can't beat WeatherShield HD.