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Created by American company Dupont, originally gunpowder manufacturers during World War II. It was used in anti-fragmentation jackets to protect aircraft personnel from shrapnel, bullets, and other ballistic impacts (hence the name). By the late ’70s the military upgraded their armour to lightweight Kevlar® and ceramic plate technology.
Ballistic nylon refers to a specific type of nylon fabric designed for maximum durability and abrasion resistance.
A “ballistic weave” is a particularly tight and dense weave that maximises the fabric’s durability and tear resistance. The weave pattern provides exceptional tear resistance in all directions, while the high denier (unit of measure- high fabric thickness) of the individual nylon threads effectively resists abrasion.
So what’s the upshot? There’s some science behind ballistic nylon—and if you’re looking for one of the most durable fabrics in your next purchase, you’d be hard pressed to find a better alternative.
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