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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 Ballistic nylon has been replaced by Kevlar and other, more effective, bullet resistant fabrics for these cases.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 typically used for luggage and in the bottom of bags made of a lighter nylon or other fabric. Ballistic nylon is hard to dye, so it is often found in black or similar dark colors.

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The Gadgeteer
Sun, 24 May 2015 07:00:30 -0700

The Genius Pack suitcase is, of course, a black ballistic nylon roll-aboard with a telescoping handle and roller-skate wheels on the bottom. Outside dimentions are 22″ x 14″ x 9.5″. There are, however, several little built-in surprises in store for ...


Ubergizmo (blog)
Tue, 19 May 2015 10:54:39 -0700

Verizon has confirmed today that it is going to start selling the Droid Turbo in Grey Ballistic Nylon with three new limited edition metallic accent colors. It'll go on sale later this month and customers will have the option to pick from three ...


Fri, 22 May 2015 11:11:51 -0700

Overall sporting a classic Black upper constructed of breathable ballistic nylon and patent leather encompassing along the lower half of its base, tonal matte leather accents are implemented at the heel tab. In addition to being reinterpreted in a low ...


Fri, 22 May 2015 05:45:00 -0700

The Privateers' internals are wrapped by tough ballistic nylon shells in a distinctive red color with CHR logos. They're supported by neoprene sides that give additional tire and wheel insulation by blocking wind blowing across rims. To provide a ...

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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 ...


Wed, 20 May 2015 06:30:00 -0700

Overall covered in Black for its ballistic nylon and patent leather upper which encompasses along the lower half, in addition to matte leather accents situated at the heel tab, the sneaker's theme is encapsulated with True Red adorning the inner lining ...


Mon, 11 May 2015 17:00:00 -0700

Thankfully the jacket's elbows – and shoulders – are reinforced with stronger, 840D Ballistic Nylon; they still look new after meeting Mr. Tree multiple times. Added protection in the elbows and shoulders is provided via C.E. approved armor; the jacket ...


Thu, 21 May 2015 15:07:30 -0700

San Francisco-based DSPTCH drops a new bag collection, centered on the theme of lightweight and quickly accessible daily carry bags. The offering consists of three pieces: the Waist Bag, Shoulder Bag, and Bookpack -- each featuring an innovative ...

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