All of our fabrics have been used with great success in the manufacture of backpacks for many years - with love and care any pack can be made to do what you want it to do, but only provided the limitations of the fabric are known and understood.
Choosing the correct fabric for your application is important. In many cases, a marginal increase in fabric weight will drastically improve the strength of a pack and reduce the amount of care it requires. The heavier you anticipate your load and the rougher you expect the conditions to be, the higher spec’d fabric you should choose. Every fabric has its limitations and weaknesses but with care they can all be made to last many thousands of miles. Your pack is right there with you, directly experiencing every moment on trail. Above all, treat it right and please, oh please, use the haul loop!
These fabrics are made out of 4 layers permanently bonded together. A white 50D backing, a 0.25mm PET film, a polyester X grid and a ripstop nylon face.
Weight: 162g per m2 / 4.8 oz per yd2
Face fabric: 70 denier double ripstop nylon
Great hand feel, holds stitches like a boss and is strong enough to be used in almost all applications.
Colours: Black, White and Navy Blue
Weight: 203.4 g per m2 / 6 oz per yd2
Face fabric: 210 denier double ripstop nylon
Available across the range for a marginal weight gain and hugely increased strength, abrasion and tear resistance.
Colours: White, Black, Slate Grey, Coyote Brown
Plum, Purple, Bahama Blue Spanish Teal,
Federal Yellow, Blaze Orange, Red
This is the lightest and most high-tech fabric that we offer. Made with a weave of Dyneema™ fibres that are 15x stronger than steel, laminated between a 50 denier polyester face, this the most tear resistant and waterproof fabric in its class.
Weight: 99g per m2 / 2.92oz per yd2
Face fabric: 50 denier polyester
Incredibly light weight material for its strength.
Colours: Black and white
Weight: 169.5g per m2 / 5oz per yd2
Face fabric: 150 denier polyester
The one to use in higher abrasion applications
Whether you want your entire pack made out of these or just a pocket or panel, LS21, Robic, and Nylon are incredible materials for outdoor applications.
Weight: 150g per m2 / 4.8oz per yd2
Face fabric: Poly resin coated Polyester
210 denier Nylon - Highly abrasion resistant material, LS21 is perfect for outdoor applications.
Colour: Black Heather
Weight: 180g per m2 / 5.31 oz per yd2
Face fabric: None, this is a completely woven fabric.
One of the most time tested and toughest fabrics on the market. Side pockets built with this are much more supple and less stiff than a VX pocket. Choose to have a whole pack made out of it if you wish!
Colours: Olive Green and Black
Weight: 230g per m2 / 7oz per yd2
Face fabric: None
Used as standard on all backpanels. Using this fabric here gives great strength to all critical seams on the sack. It is highly waterproof and, where a VX backpanel is chosen, a small strip of this fabric is used to give strength to the seam.
If you want a custom-sized pack please take the time to measure yourself to make sure you order the correct torso length. The torso length will have no bearing on total weight or volume of the pack.
Custom-sized packs are non-refundable.
How to measure? First find a willing helper to assist you, then take a flexible tape measure or bit of string and place it on your C7 vertebrae (this is the one that sticks out when you bend your neck forward), now place your hands on the top of your hips and point your thumbs horizontally towards your spine, this is your iliac crest. Measure from the C7, following the curve of the back, to the iliac crest.
Once you have your measurement, select the correct size. If you are right on the gap between two sizes, pick the larger of the two - i.e. a 19 inch torso should choose a Large
Small 15-17 inches
Medium 17-19 inches
Large 19-21 inches
Please get in touch if you have any questions about materials or want us to work with you on a custom project.
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