Backpacks are a versatile and useful way to carry a lot of gear when out and about. They are back-healthy if loaded and carried in the correct fashion and come in plenty of different designs and styles. A major difference in the backpacks is the fabric or material. This is likely to have an influence on its intended purpose.
Here are five of the most popular types of backpack fabrics:
Cordura nylon is one of the most durable backpack fabrics in the market. It is a practical choice for use in rough and tough environments. This means it is useful for carrying heavy loads and even used by the military. This material is ultra-durable, abrasion-proof, water-resistant and light. Plus, it may be used to make the entire backpack or just the base of the backpack to give reliable protection.
The cotton canvas is a basic type of fabric and highly used in manufacturing backpacks. It is regularly used in women’s fashion backpacks and children’s backpack where there isn’t a major concern for issues related to water spillage or abrasion. But, it is rarely used in the toughest outdoor conditions because this material is quite heavy and has a tendency to rot. It is a relatively inexpensive fabric which means it will continue to be used in a wide range of backpacks.
The nylon fabric is a great choice for making backpacks because it is easily treated to make it water-resistant. Nylon is easily combined with silicone or polyurethane to give it an extra layer of protection. The treated fabric is water-resistant and very durable, but will be slightly heavier. This is practical to avoid damage to items in the backpack in the event of being outside during an unexpected rain shower. But, the heavier nature of the pack means is it less effective at air circulation and can leave the back feeling sweaty.
The rip-stop nylon is a fabric that continues to grow in popularity. It is fabric with heavy and durable threads in a grid pattern that is sewn tightly together. This helps to minimize issues with rips or tears. The grid pattern means that any rip is less likely to worsen compared to most other backpack fabrics. Plus, the rip-stop nylon is easily made to be waterproof and is naturally lightweight.
Leather is a highly stylish and classic fabric that is a popular choice for making backpacks. But, it is one of the more expensive options and benefits from proper care and maintenance.