Please use this page as a reference for some of our available materials, fabric colors, buckle details and more as well as Luke's honest appraisals of the fabrics and buckles.
I try to keep this page updated when I'm not making bags, and want to make sure everything is covered! But please use the contact form to let me know what else you'd like to see on here option-wise or if you have any questions.
NWEAVE Cuben Fiber®
This fabric is used by North® for their kites and wings - the leading edge / inflatable side of their advanced wings and kites - it's lightweight and strong! They had too much of this fabric in short rolls to justify their production volume, so I got a good amount of this awesome stuff.
NSAT® Cuben Fiber®
A brand new fabric from North Sails®, a world leader in textile innovation, this Cuben Fiber® - similar to Dyneema® - is very lightweight, crazy strong, and insanely durable. Truce is the first bag business to get hands on with this stuff, and I've been super impressed.
Another UHMWPE (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene) like Dyneema® and Cuben Fiber®, this Spectra® is very durable and lightweight. Unlike the other options, it's black! Also, it's unlaminated - so it doesn't have the same 'structure' as fabrics like XPAC. It was a short roll from Honeywell® when they first started making this cool material.
This is the classic composite fabric from Dyneema® - it failed their QC process because it has stripes and dots on it, which I think just makes it even cooler. It has no woven face, with fibers going in all sorts of fun directions. It's a grey / clear colored fabric and is crazy light and strong factory scrap.
Woven/Non Woven Dyneema®
Made from Dyneema® fiber, this fabric is the best of the best when it comes to high performance space age textiles. Woven on the outside and featuring a criss-cross of filaments in a 'non-woven' array laminated to the back side, the abrasion resistance and tear strength of this fabric is off the charts. Super light, crazy strong, and pretty much indestructible.
This strong and lightweight Dyneema® fabric is laminated with a Dyneema® X grid, to add structure and even more strength and tear resistance
B Grade Sailcloth
This sailcloth made by Challenge® had some issues at the factory - resulting in the reinforcement grid being slightly misaligned - making it not suitable for sailmaking, but plenty strong for bags! It is fairly rigid fabric, but wears in nicely.
Grey Supplex Kevlar®
This very good looking and smooth fabric has a Nylon lamination with fire-resistant Kevlar® on the back side. It is highly water resistant, but not waterproof. A quick spray of Scotchguard® or similar waterproofing agent will fix that right up. I've been using a bag made from this stuff for over a year now, and it looks exactly the same as the first day.
Foliage (green) Supplex Kevlar®
The same build as the grey above, this Kevlar®-laminated fabric is as burly as it is good looking. I got this from a company on the East Coast specializing in high end weaves like carbon fiber and Kevlar® as short rolls.
Multicam® Supplex Kevlar®
The third short roll of Kevlar® laminated Nylon was designed for military use, hence the Multicam® lamination.
Add side pocket(s) to your Drop Liner Backpack so you can easily reach a water bottle or anything else that'll fit in there. The newest design favors standard webbing with a cam lock as opposed to stretch webbing, which has a tendency to wear out faster. If you want 2 side pockets, you can't also have a side access laptop zip - it's an either/or situation on the right side of the bag.
Laptop Side Access Zip
Here's a shot of what the laptop side zipper looks like - using YKK Uretek® water resistant zipper, this sleeve allows for quick and easy access to your laptop. On a Medium size pack, you can fit a 15" laptop with ease - it's also a suspended liner, which means your expensive electronics won't hit the ground when you set the bag down. The side access laptop zip allows for a larger laptop carry than the internal drop sleeve does, but please remember it's not a waterproof zipper, so if left out in a downpour for a while, water could seep through.
For our standard plastic buckles, we use the durable Stealth Warrior by Duraflex® - it's lightweight, strong, and does a great job closing our bags.
Aluminum COBRA buckle
Made in Austria for demanding uses such as skydiving and high-impact harnesses, these buckles are built to last. The satisfying click sound can reassure you that this buckle will never come open unless you want it to - the only downside is that it's a bit heavy, and might be a bit overkill for a backpack.
Fidlock® Magnetic Buckle
The Fidlock® magnetic buckle is one of our favorites - it closes automatically when you swing the lid shut. Showcasing German design at its finest, this buckle is a fantastic upgrade to the standard plastic buckle. The only downside we can think of is that it's possible to get sand stuck in the magnet - we haven't experienced this ourselves, but if you drag your pack upside down across the beach with the lid open, it might get a lil clogged.