I have the original and love it. I would think the thinner version would be an improvement as the thickness (for realism) is probably the only downfall to using it. I would think the polyester is stretchier as well but wondering if it would run when cutting holes in it and stretching. I know when I ordered it I had to buy this industrial sized roll. I put it in numerous places and still had quite a bit left over. And I've reused it for 3 years now including outdoors and it's still fine.