Whatever Your End-Use, Find the Ideal Ballistic Fabric

Sep 28, 2023 | News

Nothing beats the look, feel, and performance of ballistic nylon or ballistic polyester for industrial end-uses like bags, tactical gear, vests, cases, and more. That 2×2 basket weave means plenty of strength, durability, and resilience against abrasion. Almost equally importantly, it gives the finished product that go anywhere, do anything look and texture that customers expect.

Before showcasing a few of TVF’s ballistic fabric offerings, let’s run through some fundamental differences between ballistic nylon and ballistic polyester.

Ballistic Nylon Ballistic Polyester
How it’s made: starts in liquid form, then spun mechanically, then dried into yarns individually How it’s made: starts as a chemical solution that is spun into yarns
Moisture retention: low, but slightly higher than polyester Moisture retention: hydrophobic, so it dries quicker than nylon
Can be made from recycled materials? No Can be made from recycled materials? Yes, 100% recycled polyester from bottles is available
Appearance: lustrous Appearance: slight sheen, slightly slick


When comparing apples-to-apples, ballistic nylon will be a little higher-priced than ballistic polyester. For the vast majority of end-uses, either will be a great choice when tough, durable, and abrasion resistance are critical.

The differences are specific to the long-term demands of your end-use. Polyester is strong enough to handle most demands, but (for example) nylon may be a better choice for duffle bags used in more rugged circumstances, exposed to the elements, and for longer term. For the highest performance of either ballistic option possible, choose high-tenacity ballistic nylon. If price and the ballistic look are the primary considerations? Polyester may be the choice.

TVF offers an array of ballistic fabrics, including 1050 Denier High Tenacity Ballistic Nylon, which provides optimum strength and performance. We also carry 1050 Denier Ballistic Nylon, 1680 Denier Ballistic Nylon, and 1680 Denier Polyester (PVC Backed). Each can be used virtually interchangeably depending on your end-use needs and for applications including: bags, luggage, indoor covers, custom cases, and more.

TVF is an extension of your business. Whatever your specific fabric application, we can help you find a solution or provide expertise to move your project forward. Reach out to our sales team today.