Generally speaking you can make a pack from nearly every textile you can think of. Whether you prefer nylon, polyester, leather, cotton or latex and whether you fancy PU, acrylic, PVC or hypalon coatings or even no coating at all depends on what you plan to achieve. By picking your choice you must realize one thing: the materials you go for define the price class as well as the expected life span of the pack. BACH materials are lightweight yet strong. We think to go the extra yard is always worth the price. But that is up to you, you get what you pay fore.
Due to its superior abrasion resistance CORDURA® fabric has made its name as the best pack fabric available. BACH usually works with air-texturised CORDURA® fabric nylon yarns. Most of our fabrics are made by Leejo Textiles in Seoul, Korea.
BACH works with the following Cordura® qualities:
- 1000D CORDURA® Classic fabric is extremely abrasive and tear resistant. The yarn is air-texturised creating a matt and structured appearance. Provided a proper weaving pattern is being used CORDURA® Classic fabric is a good bit more abrasion resistant than oxford nylon or polyester fabrics of a similar weight. With adding only 30% of extra weight 1000D CORDURA® Classic fabric shows a tensile strength which is about 2.5 times stronger than the one of 500D oxford nylon.
- 500D CORDURA® ripstop nylon fabric has a perfect tensile strength and sufficient abrasion resistance. It provides a modern look, a soft grip and holds PU coatings pretty well. Since it is about 1/3 lighter than 1000D CORDURA® fabric we use it for all parts of a pack, which are less exposed to abrasion.
What does 1000D mean in the real world of backpacks?
A trekking pack made entirely from 1000D CORDURA® Classic fabric turns out to be approximately 8-10% heavier but 30-40% more abrasion resistant than a model built from 500D nylon fabric. For the extra 10% which is less than 300 grams you get a pack body which is close to impossible to wear out. Of course no pack can withstand constant abuse. Eventually some part will always fail. If you go for 1000D it will most likely not be the fabric!