Question: I’m currently in the market for a camping and bushcraft rucksack and I’m somewhat overwhelmed by all the options available out there. So far, I’ve searched through all the rucksacks Cabela’s has for sale and I have no idea how many Amazon has for sale. That’s a rabbit hole if I ever saw one. Cabela’s didn’t offer that many, so I gave up on them and I’ve gone back over to Amazon. I have my eye on a very nice bag that costs around $129. It’s called the 5.11 RUSH24 Military Tactical Backpack and apparently everyone loves it. There’s one thing I’m wondering about though and that’s the material it’s made out of.
The specs say the material is Durable 1050D nylon. I looked that up and apparently, it’s also called MultiCam 1000D nylon or 1050D ballistic nylon, which is a very cool name.
I used to have a pair of snowboarding snowpants that had the butt and knees made from Cordura, which I think is only 1000D. I loved that stuff as it was virtually indestructible. I would be thrilled if this rucksack is actually made out of a material that’s even better than Cordura. Does anyone know exactly how strong this ballistic nylon is? How is it for a rucksack? This alone would be the deciding factor for this bag.
Answer: The material the sack is made of is the most important thing. If you can afford the $129 for this bag, I’d say go for it. That’s a really good company. I’ve seen them around. 5.11 is awesome.
As for 1050D ballistic nylon, depending on its weave, you’re probably not going to get any better than that. The “D” in the name of the nylon indicates its weight, but many other factors come into play with nylon’s strength, such as its specific type of weave as well as its manufacturing process. It’s strong though and that’s nothing you should even be concerned about. If it says that it’s Durable 1050D from 5.11, take my word that it’s good stuff. You’ll be hard pressed to find something stronger.
Just to let you know, in general, there are a few different versions of 1050D ballistic nylon. A better strain is called “High Tenacity,” which holds up a lot better against heat. Different types of nylons are better for certain things too. For instance, 1000D Cordura nylon is better against wear (because of its soft, cotton-like consistency), but the 1050D ballistic is stronger overall. So it’s strength against abrasion resistance. We’re splitting hairs here though because if you liked the Cordura on your snowpants, you’re going to love the ballistic. I mean, the stuff was originally made for use in bulletproof vests. You aren’t going to damage it.