Made from 15-denier Ballistic nylon, Ballistic Airlight nylon is an ultra-light and ultra-thin fabric. Because of its tight, durable weave, Ballistic Airlight has high wind resistance performance and it feels silky soft.
Ballistic nylon is one and a half times more abrasion resistant than other similar weight fabrics and boasts three times the tear strength of nylons that are almost 20% heavier. Because of this, Ballistic nylons have allowed us to reduce the weight of many of our products by more than 50% without sacrificing the durability. We create Ballistic nylons by heating and stretching nylon fibers. Much like Tensiled steel, this process aligns the nylon molecules in each fiber, dramatically improving the strength and stamina of the fabric.
15-denier Ballistic Airlight hollow fiber calendared nylon is used for some down products, this new nylon is an improvement over the 15-denier solid fiber. The calendaring process makes this fabric far more down proof than the previous nylon; imagine removing the ends from a tin soup can and then stepping on it, the can flattens and widens. When the nylon is woven and then calendared, the result is a fabric in which each individual fiber is "shingled" on top of each other, and far more resistant to down leakage. This fabric weighs only 1.1 oz per square meter. Despite its light weight, Ballistic Airlight is stronger than many fabrics that are twice as heavy.