30 years of memories and abrasion resistance

Thursday, 13 December 2007
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Cordura Knapsack
Cordura Knapsack
Image courtesy cordura.com
I was just a young pup when a material was introducted that was so abrasion resistant and revolutionary, it changed the world forever! What is that miracle fabric you ask? Non other than Cordura.

How's that for hype!

Yep, this month, Cordura is celebrating its 30th anniversary of selling to the outdoor industry. I did a quick check of my gear and found Cordura in everything from my 13 year old MEC backpack to the reinforced knees on my Kokatat Gore-tex dry suit.

Cordura is also used in a wide range of products from luggage and backpacks to boots, military apparel (such as tactical blade sheaths, ammunition pouches, etc.).

Cordura history goes back to 1929 when it was first made out of Rayon by a little company called DuPont. During the Second World War it was developed further when the military used it in tires as well as sewing thread. Later, in 1966 DuPont switched over to using Nylon when it discovered that it was superior. In 1977 researchers in the lab discovered how to dye Cordura and started selling the material for use in luggage and sporting goods.

Today about 40% of all luggage is made out of Cordura.

So, at your next office Christmas party, make sure you remember the little history lesson above. If there is one way to get to the top of the corporate ladder fast, it is with little golden nuggets of information like the history of Cordura!

More info:
DuPont History
cordura.com
wikipedia.org

Cordura Knapsack
Cordura Knapsack
Image courtesy cordura.com
I was just a young pup when a material was introducted that was so abrasion resistant and revolutionary, it changed the world forever! What is that miracle fabric you ask? Non other than Cordura.

How's that for hype!

Yep, this month, Cordura is celebrating its 30th anniversary of selling to the outdoor industry. I did a quick check of my gear and found Cordura in everything from my 13 year old MEC backpack to the reinforced knees on my Kokatat Gore-tex dry suit.

Cordura is also used in a wide range of products from luggage and backpacks to boots, military apparel (such as tactical blade sheaths, ammunition pouches, etc.).

Cordura history goes back to 1929 when it was first made out of Rayon by a little company called DuPont. During the Second World War it was developed further when the military used it in tires as well as sewing thread. Later, in 1966 DuPont switched over to using Nylon when it discovered that it was superior. In 1977 researchers in the lab discovered how to dye Cordura and started selling the material for use in luggage and sporting goods.

Today about 40% of all luggage is made out of Cordura.

So, at your next office Christmas party, make sure you remember the little history lesson above. If there is one way to get to the top of the corporate ladder fast, it is with little golden nuggets of information like the history of Cordura!

More info:
DuPont History
cordura.com
wikipedia.org

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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