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1680D Ballistic Nylon | 61″

$14.50 $9.50

Uses: luggage, bottoms of bags, various packs, police belts, tool belts, watchstraps, motorcycle jackets, kayaks
Note:  All Canvas Material is sold by the linear yards.  Order of 10 yards or more is shipped on a roll.  Anything less, please click the checkbox below to have it shipped on a cardboard tube.  There is an extra $15 charge for this.  Primed artist canvas is the only item shipped on a tube regardless of length.

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1680D Ballistic Nylon | 61″ Width

At Canvas Etc., we proudly carry high quality 1680D ballistic nylon for all of your needs. This fabric is made from nylon and has amazing durability and strength.

The fabric has high anti-abrasive properties, and it can withstand extreme conditions. 1680 denier ballistic fabric is synthetic and coated with polyurethane. This fabric will hold well against extreme temperatures and outdoor elements.

Our 1680D ballistic nylon is mildew resistant and made to be protected against ultraviolet rays. The fabric is also waterproof, and it can hold well against a downpour. It is woven in a 2×2 basket weave style, so it has high-tensile strength. You can utilize this fabric for a multitude of projects and applications that require a sturdy fix.

What is 1680D Ballistic Nylon?

First off, why is this fabric called “ballistic?” Well, that name gained popularity during the Vietnam war because denier fabric was used for anti-fragmentation ballistic jackets.

For the war, layers upon layers of ballistic nylon where laminated on top of eachother to create durable but flexible vests and jackets that protected armed forces from exploding metal.

Ballistic nylon was first developed by the DuPont corporation for flak jackets worn by airmen in World War II. At the time, it was not effective to bullets nor any other artillery.

In the late 1970s, the government switched use to lightweight Kevlar embedded with ceramic plates that could stop bullets. By the 1980s, consumers had access to ballistic fabric.

Use this durable, affordable fabric for a variety of products including luggage.


Luggage gets tossed around and the fabric does not rip or tear. The look of the weave is shiny, sleek and sexy. Even though the name stuck – the military doesn’t use ballistic fabric for those purposes anymore.

You might notice that 1680D ballistic nylon isn’t available in many colors. That’s because it is very hard to dye. Most often, ballistic nylon is only available in black.

What is “Denier?”

Denier is how someone refers to the weight of the yarn used in denier. But please note, it’s NOT an indicator of strength.

For instance, a fabric that is 1000D weights 1000 grams for 9000 meters of yarn. A little strange, we know. Likewise, 1680D weights 1680 grams per 9000 meters of yarn.

1680D Ballistic Nylon vs Cordura

You’ll see these two fabrics talked about together all the time. Basically, ballistic nylon weights more than Cordura. Generally, ballistic nylon is stronger adn has better tear strength.

Compared to ballistic fabric, Cordura fabric looks more like canvas. Ballistic fabric, however, has a shiny look to it. In addition to a pleasing look, ballistic nylon doesn’t’ tend to pile like Cordura, so it does not readily attract lint or dust.

When you see Cordura, you think school backpacks and hiking bags while ballistic nylon is better suited for high-quality, premium products.

Although you may use this project for everyday projects, consider your need. It’s truly ideal for outdoor projects that need great tensile strength or to haul heavy loads.

Also, neither fabric has any safe application for military use except for possibly in that of attire or packs. The military has their own way of vetting the proper fabrics for their use.

Now let’s talk about how everyday consumers can use ballistic fabric for sewing projects at home.

Products Utilizing 1680D Ballistic Nylon

1680D nylon fabric luggage

Find 1680D ballistic nylon  in a number of products and used for different projects, including:

  • Upholstery: Protect your indoor and outdoor furniture in the ultimate way. This denier ballistic fabric can take any spill and any stress from daily wear.
  • Duffle Bags: No one likes to buy a new bag every few years as a result of wear and tear. This fabric can outlast normal duffle bags and holds well against travel strain. For carrying heavy objects, ballistic fabric is perfect.
  • Motorcycle Gear: Riding with good, tough apparel on is a great way to protect yourself when riding a motorcycle. With 1680 denier ballistic fabric for your motorcycle gear needs, you won’t have to worry scrapes and cuts from falling.
  • Kayaks: A unique and amazing alternative is using this ballistic fabric for the skin or cover of a kayak. Its waterproof properties and incredible strength matchup for any outdoor adventure!
  • Other Uses: Ballistic fabric is also used for police belts, caving gear, tool belts, watch straps, knife sheaths and more!
Canvas ETC for All Your Fabric Needs

At Canvas ETC, our business is FABRIC. We have a huge selection of canvas, muslin, and pipe and drape kits. In addition to that, we service businesses for all their exhibit needs.

We also support makers and sewers that need bulk fabric orders but don’t want to shop busy stores. Canvas ETC leads the pack in affordable fabrics.

Be sure to check out our our 1680 denier fabric product in black. We have all the tips you need to sew with this versatile fabric. If you have any questions, you can contact us for assistance.

Additional information

Weight2.4 lbs
Dimensions1 × 1 × 1 in



linear yard

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