Ballistic nylon is one of the strongest and most durable materials around. And that's why it was our top choice when it came to developing the Worton Weekender Duffel Bag. More specifically, the Worton Weekender is made from military spec 1050 D ballistic nylon.
Ballistic nylon was originally developed during WWII in an attempt to create a fabric that would help protect airmen from shrapnel and other debris that were the result of gunfire, artillery shell explosions, and other ballistic impacts (hence the name). The material was used in developing the "flak jacket." Think bulletproof vests. Unfortunately, it was quickly realized that the material failed to accomplish its goal. Sure it provided a certain level of protection, but it failed to stop heavy artillery. Like close encounter impacts, and/or bullets fired directly from a pistol or rifle. Kevlar became a more reliable material for stopping such forms of direct fire.
Nowadays, ballistic nylon is most often used in luggage and other heavy duty bags requiring an added level of protection from external threats. You'll also see it used in motorcycle jackets, tool belts, watch bands, and more.
So what makes it so strong? Ballistic nylon is made using a very tight knit "ballistic weave." This is a basket weave pattern that is tear resistant in all directions. Additionally, the large thread denier makes it resistant to abrasion.
To sum it up, your ballistic nylon weekender bag isn't going to stop a bullet. So don't even think about trying it! But it is going to stand up to almost any level of everyday wear and tear you can throw at it. If you're looking for a bag made from one of the most durable fabrics in the world, look no further.
As always-- travel often, and thanks for carrying the claw.