Backpacking

The Fabric of the Backpack

Going hiking is a kind of comfortable and exciting thing. Carry a backpack on your back, and go outside of the noisy town to indulge yourself into the peaceful country field. I am sure you will like the scenery there. The air is fresh. The bird chirps on the branch, and the brook flows briskly.

Don’t you think it beautiful?

If you decide to go hiking, the first thing you need to do is to buy a backpack. Currently, there are many kinds of backpacks on the market. They are made from different fabrics. Do you know something about its fabric?

Cordura

It is a fabric invented by Dupont Company. It is light, soft, durable and can dry rapidly. It won’t fade color even if you use it for a long time. It is said that it can switch between two colors if viewed from different directions. This fabric is very special and particular because it can only be made by Dupont Company. It is woven from nylon, and its strength is measured by the denier system, including 160D, 210D, 330D, 420D, 600D, 900D and 1000D. The larger is the number, the firmer is the fabric. Generally speaking, the 160D and the 210D type is used to make clothes and the lining of the outdoor bag.

Oxford

The warp of the Oxford fabric is made by weaving two strands of yarns, and its weft is made from thicker yarns. Its strength is usually 210D or 420D, with a coating layer on its other side. It is often used to make the lining and the interlayer of the bag.

Kodra

It is a fabric made in Korea and it can be used as a substitute of Cordura. As the legend goes that the person who invented this fabric wanted to find out how Cordura was made in the beginning, but he failed and invented the new fabric, Kodra. Kodra is also woven from nylon, with coating layer on its other side. Its strength is measured by the denier system.

High Density

High Density is similar to Oxford. Its strength is generally 210D or 420D. With coating layer on its other side, it is usually used to make the lining and the interlayer of the bag.

Rip stop

It is a kind of nylon with small check on its surface, but its strength is stronger than the common nylon. The outskirt of the check is woven with thick yarns and the inner part is woven with thin yarns. It can be used as the main material to make the backpack. The other side of it is covered with coating.

Dobby

If you observe it carelessly, you will find that there are many small checks on its surface. Dobby is actually woven with two strands of yarns, one thick and one thin. It is rarely coated on its other side. Compared with Cordura, its strength is inferior, so it is often used to make the leisure bag or the bag for short distance travel.

Velocity

It is also a type of nylon with higher strength. It is usually used to make the mountain backpack.

After reading the text above, do you know something about the fabric of the backpack?

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