WICHITA, Kan. — January 3, 2011 — For more than 30 years, INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand has been
recognized worldwide as a fabric of choice for products where durability counts — military uniforms
and load carriage, outdoor clothing and equipment, performance workwear, luggage and footwear. Now,
INVISTA’s Cordura brand team has classified those fabrics to help customers and consumers alike
better understand the attributes and benefits of each technology.
“We wanted to provide our customers with an easy and quick reference to the particular fabric
technology they need for their product,” said Cindy McNaull, global Cordura brand and marketing
director. “We achieved this by naming each fabric technology with a term that closely
describes its dominant attribute. Further, this new classification system will help our
audiences better understand the wide versatility of Cordura brand fabrics.”
Below is a summary of the Cordura fabric technology classifications:
Cordura Ballistic fabric provides durable performance for a variety of end-uses,
including packs, luggage, workwear and motorcycle apparel. Products made with Cordura Ballistic
fabrics feature enhanced tear and abrasion resistance and long-lasting durability.
Baselayer fabric was originally developed to help today’s combat soldiers and
tactical and law-enforcement officers endure the physical demands that are placed on them each and
every day. With the aid of Cordura Baselayer fabrics, they’re able to take on the types of
conditions and climates today’s military and tactical officers face globally. Cordura Baselayer
fabrics are also ideal for other rugged end-uses such as outdoor and workwear applications.
Classic fabric — the original Cordura brand fabric — provides rugged, durable
performance for a variety of end-uses, including packs, luggage, footwear and performance apparel.
Products made with Cordura Classic fabrics feature enhanced tear and abrasion resistance as well as
Colorlock fabric offers exceptional design and performance for packs, bags,
luggage, upholstery and workwear applications. Cordura Colorlock fabrics provide excellent stain
resistance and colorfastness properties as well as long-lasting, durable wear performance compared
to piece-dyed fabrics.
Cordura HP fabric provides best-in class polyester performance for a variety of
end-uses, including packs, bags, luggage, footwear and accessories. Cordura HP fabrics offer
exceptional value and an optimal print medium.
Cordura Lite fabric provides lightweight, durable performance in woven and knit
fabric construction for a variety of end-uses, including technical packs, day packs, luggage and
footwear. Cordura Lite fabrics offer enhanced tear and abrasion resistance with a wide variety of
Cordura NYCO fabrics offer comfortable durability in military uniforms, workwear
and leisure clothing. Based on an intimate blend of cotton and INVISTA’s T420 nylon 6.6 fiber,
Cordura NYCO fabrics provide exceptional abrasion resistance, comfort and durability. Clothes made
with Cordura NYCO fabrics are durable, stylish and always ready to work overtime under some of the
toughest workplace conditions. Lightweight and strong — it’s what tough, stylish clothing has been
Cordura UltraLite fabrics provide exceptionally light weight yet durable
performance with a wide variety of styling options. With weights as low as 1.2oz/yd² (40g/m²),
CORDURA® UltraLite fabrics are ideal for a variety of end-use applications where optimal
strength-to-weight ratio is critical, including technical packs, day packs, stuff sacks, pouches,
performance apparel, footwear and accessories.
Cordura fabric technologies are constructed with qualifying INVISTA yarns that are dyed and
finished in accordance with INVISTA’s approved fabric standards for the Cordura brand.
Posted on January 18, 2011