Understanding CORDURAⓇ

We’re firm believers of gear that’s built to last and are always on the lookout for creators that share the same sentiments. But how does the average person judge the quality of gear he/she is about to shell out some hard earned cash on? Hooks Avenue gives you “What Is:?” a series for gearaholics, gear geeks and anyone looking to make informed purchases.

Fresh off their 50th anniversary celebrations (in 2017 if you’re reading this many years from now), we’re kicking this new series off with CORDURAⓇ.


Cordura TM

Source: Cordura 50 Years

You’ve probably come across the name CORDURAⓇ or at least brushed up against this favourite polyester fabric of gear manufacturers at least once in your lifetime. What you might not have known is that CORDURAⓇ fabric is a collection of fabric with varying characteristics and uses.   


Cordura AD

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Heavy-duty and synonymous with durability all CORDURAⓇ fabrics are built to resist the crap life throws your way. Or you throwing your gear around. It’s pretty hard to inflict any significant damage to gear constructed from this stuff.

(Not Just) Built for Backpacks

The fabric is used so widely that it’s become synonymous with backpacks. Anyone who’s owned a decent backpack has probably bought themselves some good ol’ CORDURAⓇ. Pretty casual looking it has long been the go-to fabric for everything from school to long-haul hiking backpacks because of its “strength-to-weight ratio”, a fancy way to say “light and tough”. Light in comparison to other heavy-duty fabrics that is, however, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything else that can stand toe-to-toe with it.

If you’ve been in any sort of uniformed service (military, rescue and emergency personnel, etc...)  you’ve probably sported quite a bit of the stuff at some point. Singaporean NS boys where you at?

Besides backpacks, the fabric can be found on boots, while ultra-lightweight versions of it are used in uniforms. CORDURAⓇ is to the outdoor gear world what Google is to the tech world (and at this point 90% of the human population). It’s just there and everywhere.

How to Spot CORDURAⓇ


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Besides the obvious brand hang tags that explicitly spell out CORDURAⓇ, take some time to do a little research before splashing the cash. Or you could message us (Hooks Avenue), the self-declared experts on all things backpack and gear! Or at the very least, we try to be.


We’re skimming over weaves first. What is a weave? If you stare at any piece of fabric long enough you’ll realise it’s created by many interlocking, overlapping and well… weaved fibres. Various weaves give fabrics different characteristics that can alter overall durability and all that good stuff.

If you’re unfamiliar with the world and mind-boggling jargon of textiles, start with familiarising yourself with the most basic of weaves, aptly named the plain weave.


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Then you’ve got the “D” — for denier of course, a unit for textile weight/density. As you get deeper into the world of outdoor gear, you’ll eventually come across things like 1000D CORDURAⓇ, which is sounds really impressive waving its four big digits around.

Hold up though! A larger number doesn’t instantly translate to a stronger build. Bigger isn’t always better, or what you need. So be sure to ask questions.

What Do I need?

There aren’t any hard and fast rules or one-size fits all (of a certain category of people) backpacks. And why should there be? Especially if you’re investing in a piece of gear that’s gonna last you for years to come.

In the universe of heavy-duty fabrics CORDURAⓇ has a good reputation for being able to appear more casual compared to other materials like Ballistic Nylon. Making it one of the choice materials for bag manufacturers and eventually you — the user.

With specs that are fit for military use, backpacks constructed using CORDURAⓇ aren’t going to fall apart in the hands of the average person going about their daily routine. Even if they lead an active and fairly outdoors-y lifestyle.

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