Pretex water & tear resistant map paper

Pretex is …

Pretex environment simulator
Pretex orienteering environment simulator

…  an established, impregnated special paper that is printed as maps for;

  • walking
  • cycling
  • orienteering and rogaining
  • nautical
  • river
  • roads
  • atlases
  • wall charts
  • geology
  • and other professional uses.

and used in major events for chest bibs.

The advantages of Pretex are …

  • suitable for digital printing on commercial digital presses
  • more durable than normal paper (higher tear strength)
  • water resistant
  • suitable for outside use
  • can be printed offset litho using standard inks
  • or eco inks with longer drying times
  • can be easily folded
  • environmentally friendly
  • lamination not required.

It has been the preferred water resistant paper in European orienteering since 2007 and in Australia since 2009.

Some Pretex events/mapsWorld globe

By end of 2018, 138,533 maps  and 4,579 racer or bike bibs on Pretex were printed since Pretex was introduced to Australia in 2009. TAS, VIC, ACT, NSW, WA and QLD have all produced orienteering and/or rogaining maps on Pretex.

Just some events and uses;

  • Easter 3 Days,  WA 2019
  • NOL bibs 2018
  • VIC MTBO Champs bike plates 2018
  • NSW club & series events 2018
  • VIC NOL events, 2018
  • VIC School Champs 2011-2018 (reduces hassle for organisers, teachers and students)
  • VIC Champs MTBO, 2018
  • NSW, Xmas 5 Days, 2017
  • NOL bibs 2017
  • NSW, Xmas 5 Days, Newcastle, 2016
  • VIC, Spa Country Explorer, Adventurer trail map, 2016
  • SA, Melrose Fat Tyre Flyer mtb trail maps, 2016
  • Australian Orienteering Champs, maps & bibs,VIC, 2015
  • Australian Ultra-Long, maps &  bibs, 2015
  • Rogaines QLD, 2014
  • AUS Champs Carnival, WA, 2014
  • NSW Long Champs, 2014
  • NSW Sprint Champs, 2014
  • Easter, Clandulla NSW, 2014
  • Xmas 5 Days, Orange NSW, 2013
  • Cyclic Navigator 2009, 2012, 2013
  • VIC Schools MTBO Champs, 2012-13
  • VIC Schools Rogaine Champs 2012, 2013, 2015
  • Australian Ultra-long 2013 (bibs)
  • Easter 4 days, 2013 (maps and bibs)
  • Xmas 5 Days, 2012
  • VIC Champs rogaine, Oct 2012, offset print
  • VIC Champs x2, Sep 2012
  • Kooyoora Rocks rogaine, May 2012 (double sided)
  • NOL/SS x2, Mar 2012
  • Rubys+Basalt rogaine, Apr 2012
  • Marginata WRE, Oct 2011, ACT
  • Oceania ARDF, Sep 2011
  • Bellringer Hill, Oct 2011
  • Oceania multi-day, Oct 2011
  • Bushrangers multi day 2009
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Learn more about Pretex racer and mtb bibs

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Pretex water-resistant map paper was introduced to Australia mainly through the efforts of orienteers, rogainers and map makers Jim Russell of Stay in Control and Ken Dowling of MapSport Cartographic. Jim manages Pretex  while Ken provides online sales facilities.

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