The great majority of our materials come from recycled or repurposed sources.
Old sails - used for cruising or racing - may be worn from their time at sea, but still have plenty of life left in them.
Dacron is a durable, highly UV-resistant polyethylene (PET) fiber that is ideal for the harsh ocean environment. Kevlar-reinforced Mylar is intended for racing boats, thanks to its light weight and shaping potential. The science behind sailmaking is a big driver of textile development, and these materials last a long time.
We have relationships with local drysuit factories to re-purpose the pieces of fabric too small to make drysuits, waders or drytops. This hardy, waterproof nylon becomes the seam sealed liners on our backpacks and duffles.
Our high-tenacity nylon has a tightly packed weave for extraordinary abrasion resistance, yet remains lightweight. Two coats of polyurethane (PE) are melded into the fibers of the nylon, then a higher molecular density PE coat is laminated to these coats for total waterproofing and internal abrasion resistance.
All of this makes for an incredibly durable material.
*Material weights, stitching patterns and colors may vary.