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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 Ballistic nylon has been replaced by Kevlar and other, more effective, bullet resistant fabrics for these cases.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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Minneapolis Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 11:56:15 -0700

They employ cords, pulleys and waist and shoulder supports made from high strength Dacron and ballistic nylon to help laborers protect their bodies while manually carrying hefty loads. The products took three years to develop with help from 30 ...

Geek Snack

Geek Snack
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 02:33:45 -0700

The Droid Turbo 2 design will feature various different finishes like kevlar and ballistic nylon, among other new ones, but it will also feature a shock-, dust- and waterproof body, a metal frame and the option to customize through the Moto Maker platform.

Gotta Be Mobile

Gotta Be Mobile
Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:26:15 -0700

If the DROID Turbo 2 has MotoMaker support like the Moto X, buyers should have access to the same leather, plastic and wood backs as other Moto phones, along with the Ballistic Nylon and Fiber options from last year. All of this makes the DROID Turbo 2 ...

Mac Rumors

Mac Rumors
Fri, 25 Sep 2015 13:15:00 -0700

The Bolt Briefcase comes in Small, Medium, and Large, to fit up to a 17-inch laptop, and it comes in six different color combinations in either ballistic nylon or waxed canvas, both of which feature leather accents and splash-proof zippers. Ballistic ...

Next Gen Indy

Next Gen Indy
Wed, 30 Sep 2015 05:27:40 -0700

There's a great feeling walking in to a Verizon IndyCar Series event with a Verizon mobile device in your pocket and it goes way beyond the company being the entitlement sponsor and technology partner of the series. In partnership with Verizon, I've ...

New York Times

New York Times
Wed, 23 Sep 2015 12:30:00 -0700

“There were a lot of ballistic nylon bags that men would travel around with or some pharmaceutical bag that they got from a conference. And here was the iPod, arguably the most beautiful industrial-design product of the decade, and people were putting ...


Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:31:47 -0700

Like the Moto X Play, the rumored Droid Turbo 2 could be user-customized. Andrew Hoyle/CNET. The upcoming Motorola Droid Turbo 2 will be the first carrier-branded smartphone to be sold through Motorola's Moto Maker tool, reports Android-based site ...

CDA News

CDA News
Wed, 30 Sep 2015 22:48:59 -0700

“Have you ever worn chaps before?” the man asked him. Fallon said, “That's how I worked my way through college.” The man demonstrated that the chaps they had put on Fallon were made “of ballistic nylon.” He brought a chain saw up to the legs of Fallon ...

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