MATERIALS & TECH
WE EMPLOY SPECIFIC MATERIALS, EACH SELECTED FOR A DISTINCT SET OF PROPERTIES. OUR EQUIPMENT COULD NOT EXIST WITHOUT THE DEVELOPMENTAL EFFORTS THAT OUR MATERIAL SUPPLIERS PUT INTO EACH OF THEIR PRODUCTS.
X50/X51 X-PAC™ FABRIC WITH CORDURA® FACE
X-PAC fabrics are composite textiles that feature multiple layers, each providing specific performance properties. The X50/X51 fabrics use a Cordua® nylon face fabric for additional abrasion resistance. This is then laminated to an X-PLY™ polyester reinforcement for added strength in multiple directions. Laminated to the back is a polyester film for water resistance and added stability.
400D NYLON PACK CLOTH
We use a 400d nylon pack cloth for situations that require tensile strength, and water resistance but do not encounter above average abrasion. This fabric is extremely durable and has a durable water repellent coating for added weather resistance.
Tweave® fabric is a stretch woven fabric we use for its strength, stretch-recovery and abrasion resistance and use a few variations of this material with different stretch rates. We use these materials for stretch applications including water bottle pockets and laptop sleeves. We've had a hard time finding anything that comes close to the durability of these wovens.
This is a three-dimensional warp knitted fabric consisting of two knitted layers joined by spacer yarns. These three layers work to release moisture and promote air flow through the spacer yarns.
ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS (ITW) HARDWARE
ITW is a trusted name in pack hardware and one of the original developers of the side release (SR) buckle. Their engineering-driven products stand up to years of abuse and work in a range of environments.
YKK® AQUAGUARD® & RC COIL ZIPPERS
We use YKK® RC (racquet coil) zippers for their reliability and longevity. YKK's RC zipper is a modified version of their original coil and is able to handle greater abrasion. YKK's Aquaguard® zipper is an RC zipper with a water resistant polyurethane coating for exterior applications where water resistance is critical.
We use nylon webbing weave style MIL-W-17337. These webbings are able to resist abrasion greater than a similar polypropylene equivalent. We also find this webbing works excellently with our buckles and locks.