Ballistic Nylon is a thick, tough, nylon fabric with several uses. Ballistic nylon was developed by the DuPont corporation as a material for flak jackets to be worn by World War II airmen.
The term ballistic nylon originates in the fabric’s intended function, protecting its wearers from flying debris and fragmentation caused by the bullet and artillery-shell impacts.
Uses of Ballistic Nylon Fabric
Although ballistic nylon was originally created and used in flak jackets, its durability and cutting resistance have made it useful for non-combat applications. It can be found in backpacks, luggage, belts and straps, motorcycle jackets, watch bands, and knife sheaths. It can also be used for structural purposes, such as on skin-on-frame kayaks.
Ballistic nylon is used in chainsaw protective chaps covering the fronts of the chainsaw operator’s legs. Such chaps are usually made with an outer layer of tough smooth fabric like nylon or other synthetic fiber, with four plies of ballistic nylon inside. When the moving chainsaw chain contacts the chaps and tears the external layer, the inner plies shred. The strength of the ballistic nylon fiber will generally stop the moving chain quickly by causing the drive clutch to slip. As a result, the operator is relatively or completely uninjured by the chain.
Due to its difficulty in dyeing, most products that use ballistic nylon will be found in black or other dark colors.
Why Use Ballistic Nylon Fabric
- High ballistic protection, including low backface deformation
- Low weight, excellent comfort, and long-term stability
- Superior temperature and chemical resistance
- Excellent performance-to-price ratio