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Netting Analysis & Background Info

Side by Side Comparison

*NOTICE: Ratings are for optimal life-span – gauges may be used for other levels but life-spans will be diminished.
*NOTICE: Poly only recommended for light-usage by youth age.
*WARNING: Nets listed as “unique commercial polymers” marketed with brand-name are simply an enhanced version of Polyethylene, which is not considered a commercial material.

*NOTICE: Poly only recommended for light-usage by youth age.
*WARNING: Nets listed as “unique commercial polymers” marketed with brand-name are simply an enhanced version of Polyethylene, which is not considered a commercial material.
*FYI: Our Nylon is extruded with Black Carbon & UV Inhibitors to the CORE, including a bonding resin to prevent stretching/shrinking/fading.
*FYI: We do not offer Nylon with Tar.

*NOTICE: High abrasion resistance is vital for baseball use due to spinning ball – break-strength stat is over-rated b/c mesh will never receive high load amounts on single twine.
*FYI: Braided netting weighs less than Twisted b/c less material is required to reach diameter spec.

Facts & Features for our Batting Cage Nets:

Basic info about our netting: (top)

  • Most of our baseball nets are all "hung-square", but we also offer "hung-diamond" netting -- read a comparison of Square vs Diamond.
  • Standard sizes are 1-3/4" (1.75) diameter mesh for baseball, or 3/4" (.75) diameter for golf netting.
  • Include knotted construction - far superior to knotless for direct impact sports usage.
  • Ultra-Violet resistant & Dyed Black for maximum sun resistance.
  • Black is the best color for reflecting sunlight (darker colors are the most effective - white is the worst).
  • Indoor lighting can also create UV rays - so it's still important to use a UV-treated netting even when using inside.
  • When a white net is exposed to UV-light, it will eventually turn an ugly grey color and deteriorate much quicker.

Available Mesh Sizes (in diameter): (top)

  • 3/4" or 7/8" (golf direct impact)
  • 1 " (golf barrier or hockey/tennis/lacrosse impact)
  • 1-1/2" (hockey/tennis barrier)
  • 1-3/4" or 1-7/8" (baseball / softball direct impact or barrier)
  • 4" (soccer / volleyball)

Nylon Netting Standard Facts: (top)

  • Both"Basic" Nylon & DuPont 66-728 Nylon available for tunnels & barrier netting
  • Our basic Nylon is the equivalent to DuPont Type 66 (DuPont 66-728 is superior)
  • All of our Nylon is coated with a bonding agent to secure the knots and increase durability.
  • All of our Nylon is dyed black (Nylon netting is White in it's original state).
  • Black is the best color for reflecting sunlight (darker colors are the most effective - white is the worst).
  • All of our Nylon netting is also treated with UV Inhibitors.
  • All of our Nylon is steamed and stretched on rods to ensure knots are tight, and netting is at maximum length.
  • This prevents knots from becoming loose, and the cage from changing dimensions/shrinking & limits stretching (all netting will still stretch to a degree after years of use).
  • Read about the History of Nylon.

Poly Netting Standard Facts: (top)

  • Poly is also referred to as HDPE, which stands for High-Density Polyethylene
  • Most of our "stock" sized Poly Tunnels are imported from China, and are required to pass strict quality regulations - most Poly netting you find in the U.S. is imported - there are only a few remaining Poly manufacturers in the U.S. - you can identify them by their prices, which are about 5 times more expensive than ours, however, the difference in quality is literally undetectable. Bottom line - if you locate other Poly nets and the price isn't MUCH higher, they are imports.
  • Our net shop also maintains a supply of raw Polyethylene netting for custom designing nets.
  • Our Poly nets are also black with UV Inhibitors.
  • Same satisfaction and money back guarantees apply for Poly nets.
  • Read about the History of Poly.
"Stock-Sized" Batting Cage Feature Comparison:
Feature (click for details)
Tunnel Type
Basic
Deluxe
Knotted / Tied Border Rope: Yes Yes
Middle Rib-Line: Yes Yes
Steel Snaps / Rings: Yes Yes
Lead-Core Bottom Rope: No Yes
Door-Way: No Yes
Baffle/Impact-Net: No Yes

*Additional features can be added to Stock tunnels -- custom net features are included based on request.

*All of our batting cage nets use "knotted mesh", and we offer either "hung-square" or "diamond".

Extra features available for "Basic" & "Custom" Tunnels: (top)

  • Lead-core base rope surrounding the bottom perimeter (lead beads braided into rope to create "anchor" type effect -- helps walls hang cleaner, and reduce ball "roll-out")
  • 6-foot door-way, including stitched overflap net with steel-ring & snap-hook for latching
  • Baffle/back-drop net stitched into batter's end of tunnel (approx 6" off wall) to absorb wear in high abrasion area
  • Rib-line" on top where needed to reduce sag (3/8" Poly rope)

Stock-sized batting cage nets: (top)

  • Most of our stock-sized nets are imported from China. This also allows us to keep our prices down, because we are purchasing directly from the factory. Rest assured that this is still a VERY high quality product, which we rate an 8 out of 10 in overall quality, considering both materials & craftsmanship.
  • For customers that prefer the higher-grade option, our other net shops can also build nets to any size needed using the DuPont Nylon. *Please Contact Us to obtain pricing for this netting option.
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Baseball Netting Pictures (top)
:: Click on pics for larger view :: View Break-Strengths & Life-Spans here ::
Gauge (diameter)
Nylon w/Latex Dip
Nylon
Poly-E
#21 (2.0 mm)
No Pic
#36 (2.5 mm)
#42 (2.7 mm)
No Pic
N/A
#60 (3.0 mm)
No Pic
N/A
#96 (4.5 mm)
No Pic
N/A
  • Click on pics for larger view
  • View our "stock sized" nets here -- please Contact Us for custom size quotes
  • View Break-Strengths & Life-Spans here
Golf Netting Pictures (top)
*Click pics for larger view
#18 Nylon
#420 Knotless Nylon White
#420 Knotless Nylon w/Latex
#36 Nylon White
#36 Nylon with Latex Dip
 
  • Click on pics for larger view
  • View our "stock sized" nets here -- please Contact Us for custom size quotes
  • View Break-Strengths & Life-Spans here
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Baseball Netting Comparison (top)

Thread Grade (diameter)

Material (Highest to Lowest Strength from Left to Right)
*Estimated Life-Span in Parenthesis

DuPont 66-728 Nylon w/Varnish Dip
DuPont 66-728 Nylon
Nylon w/Latex Dip
Basic Nylon (Equal to DuPont Type 66)
Poly-E
#18 (1.9 mm)
209 lbs (3-5 yrs) 191 lbs (3-4 yrs) N/A N/A N/A
#21 (2.0 mm)
255 lbs (7-8 yrs) 241 lbs (5-7 yrs) 239 lbs (5-7 yrs) 209 lbs (4-5 yrs) 168 lbs (2-3 yrs)
#24 (2.1 mm)
310 lbs (7-8 yrs) 286 lbs (5-7 yrs) N/A N/A N/A
#36 (2.5 mm)
419 lbs (9-11 yrs) 381 lbs (7-9 yrs) 389 lbs (7-9 yrs) 339 lbs (6-8 yrs) 228 lbs (4-6 yrs)
#42 (2.7 mm)
447 lbs (10-11 yrs) 407 lbs (7-9 yrs) 424 lbs (7-9 yrs) 369 lbs (6-8 yrs) N/A
#60 (3.0 mm)
680 lbs (11-12 yrs) 619 lbs (9-10 yrs) 644 lbs (9-10 yrs) 560 lbs (7-9 yrs) N/A
#72 (3.5 mm)
815 lbs (12-13 yrs) 740 lbs (10-11 yrs) N/A N/A N/A
#84 (4.0 mm)
845 lbs (13-14 yrs) 768 lbs (11-12 yrs) N/A N/A N/A
#96 (4.5 mm)
1,200 lbs (16-18 yrs) 975 lbs (13-14 yrs) 997 lbs (13-14 yrs) 880 lbs  (11-13 yrs) N/A

*Yellow Highlighted Squares represent"stock" sizes -- all other sizes are available for custom design, and are typically not in stock. Custom fabrication can range from 2 days to 2 weeks. Please Contact Us for timelines.

*Breaking Strength: The strength at which new, unused twine will break under a stationary load. As a twine wears over time, the breaking strength is naturally reduced. While sports netting is typically never exposed to a high level of direct weight, breaking strength should never be considered the work load limit. The work load limit depends on application and the method used to create a finished assembly, and is always significantly lower than the breaking strength.

*Estimated Life-Span:

  • This does not mean your net will become completely unusable after this point - it simply means you will most likely have holes begin to wear in the high-abrasion areas, which can be patched.
  • This number is projected assuming net is exposed to "average" levels of usage, proportional to the strength of net, i.e. #21 is intended for Amateur use - if it's used by Advanced players on a very frequent basis, the life-span will be diminished.
  • Life-spans can also vary based on several conditions, including: weather, treatment & care, level of use, method of suspension & assembly etc.
  • The Life-Spans listed above are NOT guarantees. All of our netting includes a 2-year limited warranty against defects in material, based on our manufacturer's discretion. Damage caused by natural factors such as weather, use, & animals is not covered, nor is damage due to improper assembly or storage.


Material Options:

Thread Grades: (top)

  • #21: Recommended for Light-Use / Family Backyard & Little League groups
  • #36: Recommended for some High School age groups and entry-level Training Facilities
  • #42: Recommended for heavy High-School use, College, and Training Facilities
  • #60: Highly recommended for Training Academies& Pro Level use.
  • #96: Recommended for direct impact protective screens & high abrasion areas inside tunnels

Available Mesh Sizes (inside diameter ):

  • 3/4" or 7/8" (golf direct impact/lacrosse)
  • 1 " (golf barrier or hockey/tennis impact/lacrosse)
  • 1-1/2" (hockey/tennis barrier)
  • 1-3/4" or 1-7/8" (baseball / softball direct impact or barrier)
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Square vs. Diamond Mesh Netting: (top)

There is much debate about this feature -- the bottom line is that it really doesn't matter very much outside of appearance, and Diamond is just as effective in performance as Square, AS LONG AS THE FOLLOWING ARE TRUE:

  • The diamond-net is fabricated by a very skillful net shop
  • The diamond-net includes a border-rope knotted around the perimeter

Diamond-Mesh does create some risks:

The reason the above are so critical, is because diamond-mesh can alter it's shape VERY easily if not "hung" correctly. The outside border-rope helps it maintain it's shape, and without it, problems can arise during assembly and use. *Note that it is also very critical that the border-rope is stitched to the seams - opposed to simply threaded through the mesh without tying. If the border-rope isn't tightly knotted, it can cause the net to "run" like a shower curtain during use. All of our batting cage & barrier nets come standard with a 3/8" woven border-rope.

The term "square & diamond" refers to the pattern of the mesh (see pics), and diamond-mesh can cause major problems when used in large applications, when not fabricated properly. The reason for this is because of the following reasons:

  • When square-mesh is stacked on top of each other, it is naturally stabilized by the other blocks. However, when diamond mesh is stacked, it has a tendency to "flex" like an accordion, which causes the overall shape to be compromised.
  • This can result in mis-measurements of netting - i.e. without a border rope to keep the net shape in tact, a 100x100 piece of diamond netting will usually never cover a 100x100 area of space -- on the other hand, a piece of square-mesh netting always covers the exact distance it was measured at.
  • This is not as critical with smaller applications, such as back-drop nets 10x10 etc, because the errors are minimal and not as noticeable in a small area - but when you compound that small error 100 times, i.e. over a 70L x 14W x 12H batting cage net, you can encounter MAJOR problems with the overall sizing and fit of the net.

What problems can I encounter with Diamond mesh that isn't fabricated properly?

  • If a border-rope isn't used, the natural "peaks" created by diamond-mesh causes it to not connect flush to a frame or suspension line. Square-mesh naturally has a "block effect" and does not leave gaps when connected to structures, with or without a border rope.

Bottom Line -- the Diamond Netting we offer is guaranteed to be fabricated correctly, and our shop always uses border-ropes -- so the choice mostly comes down to your personal preference.

Some things to consider:

  • Some people prefer square-mesh because they feel it "looks more professional", and offers a better "line of sight" to see through.
  • On the contrary, diamond-mesh is known to have a slightly longer life-span, due to it's natural "flex" effect, which causes it to absorb the impact of the ball better than Square, which tends to maintain a more firm position when hit.

*Different people may view each of the above as pros & cons, depending on the situation - so we prefer to let our customers choose the best net for their situation. We guarantee you will be satisfied with either option.

Twisted vs Braided Netting: (top)

This represents the method by which the twine is created to form the various "gauges". It is exactly as it sounds - Twisted netting is created by a batch of fibers being spun tightly together to form the desired thickness of each gauge, and Braided is formed by weaving twine in and out to form a braid. Each method has it's benefit for different applications.

The bottom line is that Twisted has a higher abrasion resistance, because balls slide & spin off the netting better, because there is less surface resistance than from braided material -- and Braided netting typically has a higher overall break-strength.

Now the question is what feature is more important, abrasion resistance or break-strength? This depends on the application, but for sports impact use, abrasion resistance is by far the more important characteristic. Why? Because a net will never experience anywhere near a full capacity "load" of weight against one of the twine fibers. Load strengths are more important in the cable industry, which are used to support dead-weight and a high level of tension. You should NEVER put much tension on your net itself - the cable or frame system should absorb the tension. Your net should be allowed to relax, and absorb the impact of the ball. If a net is stretched like a guitar-string, it doesn't matter how it was spun or heavy the twine is, it will soon deteriorate.

Watch out for:

In addition to a higher abrasion resistance, the other reason we offer mostly Twisted netting for sports impact, is because Braided netting can be more "fluff" than material. Because of the method of overlapping the fibers to qualify for a certain "gauge", (i.e. #21 / 2.0 mm diameter), it usually takes less material to achieve a 2.0 mm diameter with braided. When twines are twisted together, they are spun tightly, requiring more material to achieve a certain level of thickness.

The result is that most Twisted nets have a higher level of netting density, and overall weight when compared to a Braided net of equal specs side by side. And it doesn't take a netting expert to know that material with more density will withstand impact for a longer period, because there is more material to "eat through".

This allows some companies to spend less money on materials for braided nets, and also tout the fact that they are "stronger" - which might be true, but is also deceiving.

Knotted vs Knotless Netting: (top)

All of our batting cage tunnels, and most of our barrier nets utilize "knotted" netting. This means that the twine, where it intersects to create the "grid", is tied in a knot. Knotted netting is superior for direct impact sports usage, because it has a higher overall strength & durability. It's also important to note that our knotted nets include a "bonding agent" to keep the knots locked tight in place - some companies will tout that knotted nets are more at risk of coming apart, or that the knots can weaken a net - but ours stay firmly in place, and are reinforced by the bonding.

We do offer some backstop netting & golf netting which is "knotless" - the main advantage being a better "line of sight" for behind home-plate purposes; and knotless golf netting can also result in lower abrasion/friction, due to a smoother surface for a smooth ball at a close range to slide across. But this is only in applications with a low force of impact (golf), or indirect impact (barrier). You will find that knotless netting is traditionally cheaper, because less overall material is used.

Keep in mind:

When nets break down, it typically happens at the twine intersection. On knotted nets, this area is usually twice the thickness of the other twine, which reinforces it in the most susceptible area. Knotless nets are the same thickness, even in the high stress areas. See pictures of knotted and knotless netting.

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Nylon vs Poly - Quick Tips: (top)

Poly is a good entry-level option for family use, or a temporary solution. It won't withstand a heavy-use environment for very long. If used for high-school baseball or above, Nylon is the answer.

Nylon is more durable and will have a longer life-span than Poly, and is hands-down the best option for indoor use. It's also a durable outdoor net because of it's UV Inhibitors & Black color. If it will be exposed to freezing temperatures, add a Latex or Varnish Dip treatment to water-proof.

If you'd like more details, please continue reading....

Polyethylene / HDPE

Positives:

  • Less expensive than Nylon.
  • Good UV resistance because of natural black color, and UV inhibitors.
  • Lightweight and easy to install.
  • Square-hung design - easier to hang, cleaner appearance.
  • Knotted netting - much better for sports use than "knotless" netting.
  • Does not absorb water, so the problem of rotting and shrinkage is less prevalent.
  • Retains a higher percentage of its strength over an extended period of time when exposed to water.
  • Good net for outdoor or indoor use.

Things to consider:

  • Not as strong as nylon initially.
  • Imported from China - some people prefer only U.S. based products
  • Less effective / strong compared to Nylon when both are used indoors.
  • Some polyethylene cages can breakdown prematurely in the sun - not all poly nets incorporate UV inhibitors (ours do).

Why Poly might be right for you:

  • Primary location will be in rainy climate without much opportunity to dry out in sun.
  • Younger age group and/or single-family use.
  • Budget is more important than life-span at this time.

Overall Quality Grade: B-

Regular Nylon (top)

Positives:

  • Stronger Break-Strength than Poly
  • Equivalent to DuPont Nylon Type 66
  • Higher Abrasion-Resistance than Poly
  • Square-hung design - easier to hang, cleaner appearance.
  • Easier to repair than Poly
  • Knotted netting - much tougher than "knotless" netting for direct impact usage
  • UV-Inhibitors & Black color create great sun-resistance
  • More durable material than Poly for indoor or outdoor use (unless in a VERY rainy area)

Things to consider:

  • More expensive than Poly, but less expensive than DuPont 66-728 Nylon
  • Not a "brand name" material - imported from China - some people prefer only U.S. based products
  • Can absorb water if exposed to very rainy climate, without a chance to dry in the sun in between use -- this could lead to deterioration without a "Dip" treatment.
  • Nylon can lose between 15% and 20% of its strength each year depending on conditions.

Why Nylon might be right for you:

  • Your batting cage is going indoors, or outdoors in a mostly dry climate
  • Durability and life-span are more important than budget

Overall Quality Grade: B

DuPont Nylon 66-728 (top)

Positives:

  • Strongest material without an external "dip" coating
  • Manufactured in the U.S. by reputable DuPont company
  • Includes highest Nylon material on the market - Type 66-728
  • Stronger Break-Strength than Poly & regular Nylon
  • Available in either Square or Diamond Mesh
  • Higher Abrasion-Resistance than Poly & regular Nylon
  • Easier to repair than Poly
  • Knotted netting - much tougher than "knotless" netting for direct impact usage
  • UV-Inhibitors & Black color create great sun-resistance
  • More durable material than Poly & regular Nylon for indoor or outdoor use (unless in a VERY rainy area)

Things to consider:

  • More expensive than regular Nylon & Poly -- you are paying for the DuPont brand
  • Can absorb water if exposed to very rainy climate, without a chance to dry in the sun in between use -- this could lead to deterioration without a "Dip" treatment
  • Un-dipped Nylon can lose strength each year depending on conditions

Why DuPont Nylon might be right for you:

  • You prefer U.S. made material
  • You prefer a brand name material
  • Your batting cages will receive a very high level of use, and need top-shelf material
  • Your batting cage is going indoors, or outdoors in a mostly dry climate
  • You prefer to spend more money initially, to maximize the life-span of your nets
  • Durability and life-span are more important than budget

Overall Quality Grade: A

Contact Us for prices -- approx 25% higher than standard Nylon

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Nylon with Latex Dip (top)

Positives:

  • Stronger Break-Strength than Poly & regular Nylon
  • Higher Abrasion-Resistance than Poly & regular Nylon
  • Square-hung design - easier to hang, cleaner appearance.
  • Water-resistant
  • Easier to repair than Poly
  • Knotted netting - much tougher than "knotless" netting for direct impact usage
  • More durable material than Poly even in rainy climate
  • UV-Inhibitors & Black color create great sun-resistance
  • Life-span extended by 2-3 years when used indoors or out, because the abrasion resistance is increased

Things to consider:

  • More expensive than Poly, but less expensive than DuPont Nylon
  • Not a "brand name" material - imported from China - some people prefer only U.S. based products
  • Not the best "dip" option, but a great net option for indoor or outdoor use, which will NOT absorb water for 2-3 years.

Why Nylon with Latex Dip might be right for you:

  • If your net will be exposed to a rainy climate, and/or a very high level of use - the latex creates a higher abrasion resistance
  • Good investment for training facilities, because after the Latex coating wears off in 2-3 years, you will essentially have a "new net" underneath

Overall Quality Grade: B+

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DuPont Nylon 66-728 with Varnish Dip (top)

Positives:

  • Strongest material on the market -- highest break-strength
  • Highest abrasion-resistance material on the market
  • Hands-down the BEST net for outdoor OR indoor use
  • Water-resistant
  • Manufactured in the U.S. by reputable DuPont company
  • Includes highest Nylon material on the market - Type 66-728
  • Square-mesh design
  • Easier to repair than Poly
  • Knotted netting - much tougher than "knotless" netting for direct impact usage
  • UV-Inhibitors & Black color create great sun-resistance

Things to consider:

  • Most expensive material -- you are paying for the DuPont brand & best Dip-treatment available
  • Dip wears off after 4-5 years (leaving new net underneath)

Why DuPont Nylon 66-728 with Varnish Dip might be right for you:

  • You prefer U.S. made material
  • You prefer a brand name material
  • You need the absolute best material on the market
  • You prefer a more rigid net, which will maintain a better "box structure"
  • Your batting cages will receive a very high level of use, and need top-shelf material
  • Your batting cage is going outdoors in a rainy climate
  • You prefer a higher abrasion resistance for indoor use
  • You prefer to spend more money initially, to maximize the life-span of your nets
  • Durability and life-span are of the utmost importance - budget is not an issue

Overall Quality Grade: A+

Contact Us for prices -- approx 35% higher than standard Nylon

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Manufacturing:

We have partnerships with 2 different netting manufacturers, who have a combined 150+ years experience in the netting industry.

There are 2 key factors that contribute to the quality of a net.

  1. Qualify of raw materials
  2. Quality of craftsmanship

Without high levels of both, you will not end up with a high quality net. Plain and simple - all nets are NOT created equal. Nets can be very deceiving, because on the surface most all netting looks exactly the same, to the untrained eye.

This is where we come in.

We researched the net industry for over 7 years, did independent testing, interviewed customers & major players in the net industry to locate the top sources.

Our independent position enabled us to use an objective viewpoint to select 2 of the top net shops to form partnerships with.

We then worked closely with each net shop to define our requirements, ensuring they use both high grade raw materials, and produce a top shelf finished product.

After all, it's our reputation that's on the line, so we knew it was critical to find reliable partners, because a good reputation is paramount to being successful in the netting industry. Why? Because all netting eventually wears out, and if we don't impress customers enough the 1st time, to create long-term customers, we would soon be out of business.

Why did you partner with multiple net shops?

To put it simply - because each of them offers something different. And not to be cliche, but this gives our customers the "best of all worlds", enabling us to offer high-quality products to every market -- from Amateur to Pro-level netting -- all of which is the 'highest quality for the dollar' you will find in the industry, guaranteed.

What benefit do I get purchasing from you, instead of directly from the manufacturer?

First & foremost, we have an objective view on the net industry. Although we have partnerships with the net shops, our companies are still independent -- this creates 2 major benefits for customers:

1) We did all the research so you don't have to. Our independent position allowed us to select from every net shop in the industry, to find the absolute best. We took an objective approach, from a customer's standpoint -- except we did it for over 7 years, with a high level of scrutiny, and did comprehensive testing. This allows us to give customers an honest assessment of which netting is best for their situation, regardless of the origin. We don't care which of our shops fabricate your nets -- our main concern is that you get the best net for both your application & budget - and most of all - you're satisfied.

2) You receive lower pricing. Because we purchase high volumes of nets from our manufacturers, we receive bulk pricing discounts. This actually allows us to keep our retail prices even lower than the manufacturers themselves, who have more over-head and need to make higher profit-margins to stay in business. Since we are a smaller company, our over-head is lower - hence, our retail pricing is lower.

These reasons make our company a "super net shop" of sorts, and one of the most versatile in the industry - because we have combined the forces of the industry's top netting shops. No other single shop or broker can offer this type of service, because they all have an agenda to fill - which is naturally biased towards their shop, irrespective of your true needs. Our only agenda is that your needs are met, you are completely satisfied, and will give us a good reference.

Can I contact your net shops directly?

Part of the arrangement we have with our shops, is that we manage all customer interaction. Their specialty is fabricating nets, so request that we represent them with all of our customers - this creates a more efficient work-shop, and ensures you will receive your net much sooner. All of the manufacturer warranties still apply, and we can assist with every aspect of the order process -- before, and after.

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Facts about our Net Shops: (top)

Shop A (lower-cost option):

  • Raw materials imported from China
  • Custom nets crafted from start to finish in the U.S.
  • Stock-sized nets imported from China
  • Nets all use "Square Mesh"
  • Latex Dip available for extra coating

Rating -- Materials: 8/10 Craftsmanship: 10/10

*Prices currently listed on website utilize netting from Net Shop A.


Shop B (higher quality option):

  • Raw materials purchased in U.S. (DuPont)
  • Only use highest grade material in the industry - DuPont Nylon Type 66-728
  • All nets crafted from start to finish in the U.S.
  • All nets have "Square Mesh"
  • Varnish Dip available for extra coating (best dip option)

Rating --- Materials: 10/10 Craftsmanship: 10/10

*Please Contact Us to obtain pricing for this netting option. Prices are approximately 25% higher than "Plain" Nylon.


Bottom-Line:

Just like most products, you get what you pay for. The higher priced nets are more expensive for a reason - they will last longer -- but don't over-buy. Get the net that is right for both your application & budget. The higher priced nets are more intended for College & Professional level use, while the imports will work just fine for Little-Leagues, High-Schools, Back-Yards, and even some Training Facilities operating on a tight budget.

So unless you have strong convictions towards U.S. based products, don't be dissuaded from the China-based nets, simply because they aren't DuPont netting. Our import nets are still very high quality, and most likely more than sufficient for your situation.

The fact is, most items you use on a daily basis, and probably the computer you're using was manufactured over-seas. Imported products aren't inherently bad - products purchased domestically can also be low quality - the key is that the shop uses quality materials, and has quality craftsmen. The net shop we use in China satisfies both of these requirements.

If the quality isn't that much lower, why are imports so much cheaper?

This is simply because there are more net builders in China than the U.S. Because the fishing industry is more vibrant in China, this creates a higher demand for netting, which creates a higher number of net builders. Competition drives pricing down.

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Background & Facts about Nylon & Poly: (top)

What is Nylon?

Nylon is a polyamide. It was invented by the DuPont Corporation in the late 1930's.. It was intended to be a synthetic replacement for silk and substituted for it in parachutes and also making things like ropes, flak vests, vehicle tires, combat uniforms and many other military uses after the United States entered World War II in 1941, making stockings hard to find until the war's end. Nylon fibers are now used in fabrics, bridal veils, carpets and ropes, and solid nylon is used for mechanical parts and as an engineering material.

Nylon is stronger than sisal, hemp or cotton. It is stronger than most Polyethylene. It has tremendous shock absorption properties and it is this elasticity that gives it its tremendous strength. It just ....s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-s ....... so much before it breaks.

Nylon FACTS

*FACT: UV light is the worse enemy of any fiber (nylon or polyethylene) Nylon in it's natural state is a white fiber. It must be treated to keep out UV rays. That is why nylon is always treated in some sort of net coating - most commonly a black dye.

*FACT: Nylon has a Specific Gravity of 1.14 which means it sinks in water. It also means it absorbs water. In fact, when nylon is soaked in water (or rained on) the H²O molecules penetrate into the polyamide molecules and cause the fibers to slip and slide (like they were greased ). This sliding motion keeps the fibers from locking fully and wet nylon becomes weaker by approximately 10% -- this is why it's important to allow your net to sun-dry in between use. If it's consistently used when water-logged, the lower strength of the fibers when impacted will cause the net to deteriorate quicker.

*FACT: Nylon has very good abrasion characteristics. When coated in an oil based net coating, it becomes very abrasive resistant.

*FACT: What does tensile strength have to do with a baseball hitting a flexible net? Very little. The spinning ball actually wears the netting down by abrasion and heat. In years past, when hardballs were used exclusively, the need for very abrasion resistant netting was a must. Nylon was very prevalent as it was used extensively in the fishing industry. Tar and oil based coatings were also very easily obtainable. Now most teams are using PVC or dimpled balls. These poly balls are ideal for 'sliding' across a slick surface. Its a Poly type ball sliding across a Poly or Nylon dipped net which proves to be the most effective against abrasion.

As a result, Break-Strength is not nearly as important as Abrasion Resistance. Nylon netting is known for its high break-strength -- in many cases this is excessive, and you are paying for something you will never really use. To be sure you are receiving a Nylon net with the highest level of abrasion resistance, it will need to be coated in a water-resistant dip. Another alternative and more economical option is our Poly.

*FACT: Most companies that manufacture nylon netting, get their raw fibers from auto tire makers. They are able to purchase these nylon filaments because the fibers fail to pass the government's stringent tests for raw nylon required by the DOT and other agencies. The "reject" tire fibers are sold for twine , rope, and other nylon products. The problem is, that there is no numbering or criteria for determining exactly how much the fiber failed by. A batch of nylon twine may be made with a fiber that barely missed the cut off point or it may be constructed with a batch of filament that was extremely far from acceptable......or worse case, a batch could be made with a mix of filaments both very good and very bad!

High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

Poly has received a bad reputation over the past several years, much of which was warranted. However, when the right material is used, it can also be a very effective application for sports netting, by virtue of it's high abrasion resistance and durability - as a result of it's anti-element properties.

Where does Poly come from?

Polyethylene starts out as pellets or chips. They are melted down, extruded and then twisted and spun into fibers that make twine. If the extrusion process is harsh enough so that the tiny molecules of HDPE align themselves in a straight line, like BB's inside of straw, then the HDPE is very much stronger than any nylon fiber. This is called molecularly aligned PE. You know it by the trade names of Spectra and Dyneema (commonly used in bulletproof vests, and two of the strongest materials ANYWHERE - even stronger than KEVLAR and 15x stronger than STEEL). The more the molecules are spread out, like BB's in a coffee cup , the weaker the HDPE becomes. Semi-aligned PE construction makes the in-between material called Sapphire. It's a unique HDPE that has tremendous strength, tremendous abrasion resistance and still does not require any net coating. Unfortunately this form of Poly just isn't affordable an option for sports netting use, which is why Nylon with a "dip" treatment is still the most effective and cost-efficient solution.

*At the time of extruding these melted HDPE pellets into HDPE twine, a 2-3% UV Inhibitor chemical is added into the mix. That means that HDPE is protected from the inside as well as the outside. With HDPE the UV Inhibitor is evenly distributed at the very beginning of the creation of the twine itself....not just 'bathed' in a coating after the twine is knotted and set.

The first FACT concerning High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) is that it comes in many different degrees. A netting may be made with 52% PE and the rest Polypropylene (which is a much weaker and inferior fiber when it comes to strength and UV degradation). Because it is mostly PE, a manufacturer might call it PE.

In other words, some of the warnings you heard about PE are TRUE! However, our Poly sports netting uses only 100% original (NOT re-cycled) Polyethylene.

*FACT: Some PE is made from re-cycled poly. This creates problems for the end user as the material is not stabilized, it will not be consistent in strengthen and it shrinks at uneven %'s. It is one of the reasons Poly netting gets a bad name.

*FACT: HDPE requires no coating to make it water proof. It is approximately .94 specific gravity. This means it floats, it absorbs no water and it never, ever requires any coating.

*FACT: HDPE, when processed as it should be, is an excellent netting material and can be used in any application nylon can, and some more at that. HDPE is extruded and processed into filaments. It is then twisted into twine and the twine is put onto netting machines for manufacture into fish net. From here the netting is brought to an autoclave. This is a giant steam cooker. The netting is stretched out from selvage to selvage on rods and placed into the autoclave. The autoclave is de-pressurized and a vacuum is created. 190-220 degree steam is applied evenly as the netting is stretched with several thousand pounds of tension. The knots are now 'heat set'..

Bottom Line: Nylon is still a superior material for sports applications when used indoors, due to it's shock-absorption properties - which extends the life-span. While it's true that some forms of Poly are stronger than Nylon, this material just isn't affordable for use as sports netting (used for bullet-proof vests etc.) - which is why Nylon with a "dip" treatment is still the most effective and cost-efficient solution.

When used outdoors in a very rainy climate with little opportunity to sun-dry in between uses, the life-span of regular Nylon will be reduced, when compared to a Nylon net which has been water-proofed (dipped), or a Poly net.

So in our professional opinion, the sports net with the absolute longest life-span in any climate, is Nylon Type 66-728 with a Varnish / Oil-based dip. If you can't afford this option, the regular Black Nylon Type 66-728 is still a excellent option. If you will be in a very wet climate, and can't afford the top-shelf option, the "regular" Nylon with a Latex Dip is a great option -- and Polyethylene is a good option, and the most economical.

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