Common materials of outdoor webbing
Here is an outline of the nylon and polyesterwebbing materials most commonly used in the outdoor industry.
Nylon webbing is very strong and is available in several different types, including nylon 6 and nylon 6,6. It is one of the most commonly used webbing fabrics in the outdoor industry.
It’s a popular choice among rock climbers because of its elasticity and durability. Nylon recovers well, even after extensive stretching. Nylon is also relatively UV-resistant, and as long as you don’t leave it exposed to the sun for months, you will not see much more than 30% loss of strength with nylon 6 and nylon 6,6.
Polyester webbing is a common choice for webbing in the outdoor industry because it is strong, does not stretch, is UV-stable, and does not absorb water. It also comes in a wide range of widths and strengths. It is about 90% as durable as nylon, and it is one of the most UV-stable webbings available. It is also very resistant to abrasion. These properties make it an excellent choice for hammock suspension and backpack straps.