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  • Which material do I choose? - ILE fabrics
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    Audrey Jones

Which material do I choose? - ILE fabrics

Which material do I choose? - ILE fabrics

You will no doubt have considered at length which of the great designs of ILE backpacks best suits your needs.  There's load capacity, internal lay-out as well as convenience of pockets on the outside for quick access to keys, cards, etc  Then the fun bit of choosing which colour or colour combo you would like.

But do you also ponder over which fabric you would like your bag produced in and feel a little lost as to which one is best for your needs and usage?   Well check out the handy guide below for the main features of each material, then match them up to your own preference/requirements.

For example - do you admire the richness and looks of waxed canvas or do you need to minimise the weight by using the XPAC sailcloth which is also wipe clean and waterproof?  Want your bag made up in two or more colours?  Then the durable Cordura's wide range of colours will fit your bill perfectly.


1000D Cordura Nylon 

  • The benchmark for all-around durability.
  • Holds its shape.
  • Water resistant coating on front and PU coating on the back.
  • Matte finish that will still look great in five years.

XPAC Sailcloth 

  • 15% Lighter than Cordura
  • Finish repels water, dirt, and stains.
  • Subtle grid pattern and semi-glossy finish makes for a clean, technical look.  
  • XPAC bags hold their shape are stand up on their own.
  • Durable for heavy daily use.

Waxed Canvas 

  • Slightly heavier than Cordura nylon.
  • Soft hand.
  • A traditional army pack material.
  • Naturally water-repellant and ages beautifully, like denim, which gives the bag unique character over time.

Ballistic Nylon - used for the bottom of all ILE bags

  • Similar yarns to the 1000D Cordura but with a 2x2 weave and a glossy finish. 
  • Heavier than 1000D Cordura but built to last.
  • Built for abrasion. 

If, after reading the guide you still have questions, get in touch and we'll be pleased to help.  Email us at:



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    Audrey Jones

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