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Filson’s Ripstop Nylon Bags Will Keep Your Gear Protected In The Field

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Established in Seattle in 1897, Filson is the leading outfitter and manufacturer of unfailing goods and apparel. Built upon a reputation for reliability, Filson has been trusted by generations of anglers and hunters, engineers and explorers, mariners and ranchers, and anyone who refuses to stay indoors.

Clinton C. Filson established his company to outfit prospectors driven to strike gold regardless of environmental obstacles. These miners were soon joined by hunters, anglers, engineers, and explorers. The hardiness of Filson Mackinaw Wool Coats and Wool Field Pants made them unrivaled for keeping comfortable and staying alive in the wilderness.

Part of what makes Filson so unique, is the consistent use of the best materials available. These materials have made truly revolutionary clothing over the years because they are so unique and distinct. Below we are some of the signature materials that have made such an impact today.

Filson Ripstop Nylon

Ripstop Nylon. Photo by Filson.

After America entered WWII, U.S. manufacturers converted from consumer goods to materials for military use. The nylon produced by DuPont was used to manufacture ropes, cords, and parachutes–replacing the silk that to that point had been imported from Asia. Since parachutes are required to be both lightweight and strong, DuPont developed a new reinforced-nylon fabric. Since this new fabric stops rips from spreading, they called this new fabric ripstop.

Ripstop is made by incorporating strong threads into the weave of a fabric in a repeating crisscross pattern. These threads significantly increase the tear-strength of the fabric, and are normally only noticeable under close examination. Ripstop reinforcing can be added to most any plain-weave or canvas fabric, including cotton, polyester, linen, and nylon. The threads used to create the reinforcing grid are most frequently nylon due to its tough, abrasion-resistant properties. Not only has ripstop served our military’s need for parachutes and uniforms, it has proven its worth as a material for sails, backpacks, tents, and countless other types of gear for which strength and lightness of weight are priorities.

Developed to replace the silk used for WWII-era parachutes, Filson’s ripstop nylon incorporates crosshatched reinforcing threads to strengthen the abrasion-resistant base fabric. Filson’s Ripstop Nylon bags are lightweight with the durability to last for generations. 

Ripstop Nylon Backpack

Filson’s 32-liter Ripstop Nylon Backpack

Constructed from extremely tough, lightweight 500-denier Cordura®, the 32-liter Ripstop Nylon Backpack will keep all your gear protected in the field. Engineered for comfort on long treks, with padded, ergonomic shoulder straps, an adjustable sternum strap and a padded back panel. Features a drawstring-cinch top opening with storm flap, two exterior-zipper pockets and computer pocket with water-resistant YKK® AquaGuard® zipper. D-rings and daisy-chain webbing on the shoulder straps for attaching gear and a webbing grab-handle with buckle. Fully nylon-lined.

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