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Diving watch on a 4-ring Zulu style strap made of ballistic nylon fabric, derived from the UK MOD's "Nato" strap design.[1]

Ballistic nylon is a thick, tough, synthetic nylon fabric used for a variety of applications. Ballistic nylon was originally developed by the DuPont corporation as a material for flak jackets to be worn by World War II airmen. The term ballistic nylon takes its name from the fact that it was intended to protect its wearers from flying debris and fragmentation caused by bullet or artillery shell impacts. It was not an effective defense against most pistol or rifle rounds let alone the heavy 20mm and 30mm autocannons Axis fighters were often armed with. Ballistic nylon has been replaced by Kevlar and other, more effective, bullet resistant fabrics for these cases.

Modern applications of ballistic nylon include luggage, cave packs, tool belts, police duty belts, watchstraps, motorcycle jackets, knife sheaths, and skin-on-frame kayaks.

The original specification for ballistic nylon was an 18 ounce nylon fabric made from 1050 denier high tenacity nylon yarn in a 2x2 basketweave. Today the term is often used to refer to any nylon fabric that is made with a "ballistic weave", typically a 2x2 or 2x3 basketweave. It can be woven from nylon yarns of various denier such as 840 denier and 1680 denier. Denier refers to the weight, not the strength, of the fabric. Laboratory tests[citation needed] have been run and the double weave 1050 denier fabric is the strongest and most durable fabric for its denier weight level. The 1680 denier is a good alternative that has a similar strength but lighter weight than the 1050[2] as it resists abrasion and tearing. Ballistic nylon is hard to dye, so it is often found in black or similar dark colors.

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AmmoLand Shooting Sports News

AmmoLand Shooting Sports News
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 10:48:45 -0700

A custom layer of ballistic nylon rests between the neoprene and retention plate, a material that serves as a reinforcer to the already sound and durable pistol holster. This synthetic nylon fabric has been used in many facets of the U.S. armed forces ...

PetaPixel (blog)

PetaPixel (blog)
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:41:15 -0700

The LightSwitch fits most standard flash units out there using the included hook-and-loop (colloquially known as Velcro) strap, and is made out of durable, padded ballistic nylon and stain-resistant, white vinyl. If you'd like to cut down on the amount ...
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:30:00 -0700

Each laptop sleeve consists of a slim but sturdy ballistic nylon shell with a high-grade neoprene interior customized to individual laptop dimensions. Available in either a horizontal or vertical orientation, users may retrieve the laptop from a ...

The Providence Journal

The Providence Journal
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:52:30 -0700

As for durability, the hard-shell case has an exterior of ballistic nylon and high-quality zippers to ensure it's water resistant. Inside is a customized laser-cut fitted compartment for two cameras with housings and some accessories. The smaller ...


Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:00:00 -0700

Tumi is known for its black-on-black ballistic nylon travel bags that “catapulted the company to its current leadership position, and is recognized as the world's leading brand of luxury travel, business, and lifestyle accessories,” says LTR NA. “We ...

Droid Life (press release) (blog)

Droid Life (press release) (blog)
Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:40:49 -0700

The DROID Turbo, a device that cracked our top 5 phones of 2014, is now available from Verizon in a shiny new Sapphire Blue color. Better yet, that blue is atop the Ballistic Nylon version of the Turbo, which is our personal favorite. Like the black ...

Sneaker News

Sneaker News
Sat, 25 Jul 2015 11:00:00 -0700

More advanced than ever, the Reebok Instapump Fury Tech takes the bold design of the iconic running shoe up another notch with a ballistic nylon construction and Thinsulate lining. We're not exactly sure why a shoe with gaping holes in its sides would ...

Android Headlines - Android News

Android Headlines - Android News
Mon, 13 Jul 2015 12:07:30 -0700

The most recent DROID device, the DROID Turbo, was launched with a back that uses of a couple of varying materials, one of which was ballistic nylon. In the comments thread for this leak on Google Plus, a user references the ballistic nylon as the ...

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