Popular Fabrics for Backpacks

When shopping for fabrics to make backpacks, manufacturers want something that will last, something practical and sturdy that will also appeal to their retailers. But what about style? Here at PacCana, we combine function with recent customer trends and styles so that the backpack you design will be a cut above the rest. Here are a few of the fabrics that go into a backpack:


For the water-resistant, durable, abrasion-resistant fabrics of backpacks and luggage, even those of a military caliber, then you should choose Cordura. Cordura is heavier and more rugged than nylon, often used as the base of a backpack to protect the backpack owner's items from the elements. A similar fabric is Kodra, made in Korea.

Cotton Canvas

Years ago, cotton was the fabric of choice for backpack material. The only flaw in early backpacks was that they were made heavy by the canvas and had a tendency to rot when stored. Also, the cotton canvas was not able to withstand all abrasion despite the excellent waterproofing. Today cotton canvas is used in children's or women's fashion backpacks, totes, and handbags, where exposure to the elements is not much of a concern. It is no longer usually coated with wax.


Waterproof backpacks are essential today which is why untreated nylon is rare now. Nylon packs are now made with a PVC or polyurethane coating or are treated with silicone. The treated material makes the backpack stronger and water-resistant. With the security of a waterproof pack protecting the contents of the backpack on a wet day or surface comes the downside of the treated fabric not allowing the material to breathe, causing the wet items inside the pack to be prone to mildew.

Rip-Stop Nylon

Rip-Stop nylon does just that, the material is made with a grid pattern of durable threads sewn closely together. The woven pattern of the threads allows the fabric to stop a tear from growing. This fabric is popular with many manufacturers as the fabric resists tearing. Lightweight nylon is more likely to wear than pack cloth or Cordura but with anti-rip fabric, the nylon is still the more popular choice.

Polyester Pack Cloth

Polyester is not as strong as nylon or rip-stop nylon material but has a high resistance to ultra-violet degradation. Continuous exposure can cause cracking or disintegration of the material so the UV resistance adds extra protection to the backpack.

PVC Fabric

PVC Fabric is durable and colorful and can be used in all types of workwear and workwear products. It can also be used in backpacks to add color and waterproofing. and durability. PacCana also has many varieties and colors of PVC fabric for use in backpacks or other products. It has many useful qualities depending on the type. It can be waterproof, Flame-Retardant, Tear-Resistant, Blackout, and Fluorescent.

These products and PVC fabrics are available on our website. Call today to learn more about the most popular fabrics for backpacks!