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CORDURA

Fabric Quality Standards for Fabrics Used in Packs, Luggage, Footwear, Workwear, Motorcycle Clothing, Upholstery, and Other Accessories 1
PRODUCT INFORMATION FOR GENERAL RELEASE JULY 14, 2008
CORDURA

fabrics provide rugged, durable per-


formance for a variety of end uses, including packs,
luggage, footwear, and specialist/performance apparel.
Products made from CORDURA

fabrics feature en-


hanced tear and abrasion resistance, and long-lasting
durability.
CORDURA

fabrics can be made in a variety of


weights and constructions, from lightweight fabrics
for general clothing applications, to heavier fabrics
for packs, luggage and reinforcements. This document
covers the quality standards for woven or knit fabrics
used in packs, luggage, footwear, workwear, motor-
cycle clothing, upholstery, and other accessories. For
general apparel standards, see: Quality Standards for
CORDURA

Brand Performance Fabrics for Apparel


(Doc. Ref. P021).
Fabric Quality Standards
CORDURA

brand quality standards vary by fabric


type, yarn content, and construction.
Table 1 lists the qualifying yarns for use in CORDURA


fabrics that are intended for the end-uses covered by
this document. INVISTA reserves the right to add,
modify, or remove items from this listing at any time.
There are two categories of CORDURA

brand fabric:
CORDURA

fabric woven or knit fabrics


constructed with any of the qualifying INVISTA
yarns listed in Table 1.
CORDURA

ballistic fabric woven fabrics


constructed with qualifying INVISTA high-tenacity
nylon 6,6 or nylon 6 yarns in a basket weave
construction.
Fabrics must be submitted to INVISTA for inspec-
tion and testing. A minimum of 1 (one) yard/meter of
full-width fnished fabric and 1 (one) yard/meter of
greige fabric must be submitted with the appropriate
submission form.
CORDURA

Brand Fabric Quality Standards


For Fabrics Used in Packs, Luggage, Footwear, Workwear, Motorcycle Clothing, Upholstery, and Other Accessories
Dtex (Denier) /
Filaments
33 (30) / 10
44 (40) / 13
78 (70) / 34
83 (75) / 34
110 (100) / 34
180 (160) / 68
235 (210) / 34
235 (210) / 35
235 (210) / 34
335 (300) / 96
350 (315) / 105
370 (330) / 105
370 (330) / 136
470 (420) / 68
470 (420) / 68
470 (420) / 68
470 (420) / 70
470 (420) / 140
470 (420) / 136
560 (500) / 136
560 (500) / 140
560 (500) / 144
560 (500) / 140
565 (505) / 96
590 (530) / 96
700 (630) / 105
700 (630) / 105
770 (695) / 105
810 (725) / 140
940 (840) / 140
940 (840) / 140
1080 (950) / 140
1110 (1000) / 136
1110 (1000) / 140
1110 (1000) / 280
1110 (1000) / 288
1110 (1000) / 280
1170 (1050) / 140
1170 (1050) / 140
1180 (1060) / 192
1400 (1260) / 210
Product
ID
335C
335C
335C
P1156
335C
440
725
793
706
488HP
749
440
440
706
725
743
793
749
769
440
440
440
460
480
485
728
793
440
440HT
715
793
COR
440
440
440
440
460
715
793
485
728
Luster
bright
bright
bright
semi-dull
bright
semi-dull
bright
bright
SDN
bright
bright
bright
semi-dull
bright
bright
bright
bright
bright
bright
bright
bright
bright
SDN
bright
bright
bright
bright
bright
bright
bright
bright
bright
bright
bright
bright
bright
SDN
bright
bright
bright
bright
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6
nylon 6,6
polyester
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
polyester
polyester
nylon 6,6
nylon 6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6,6
nylon 6
polyester
nylon 6,6
Structure Polymer
FDY
FDY
FDY
FDY
FDY
ATY
FDY
FDY
FDY
DTY
FDY
ATY
ATY
FDY
FDY
FDY
FDY
FDY
FDY
ATY
ATY
ATY
ATY
FDY
ATY
FDY
FDY
ATY
ATY
FDY
FDY
FDY
ATY
ATY
ATY
ATY
ATY
FDY
FDY
ATY
FDY
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
Qualifying
Yarn No.
Key to abbreviations:
FDY = Fully-drawn yarn (untextured)
ATY = Air-jet textured yarn

DTY = Draw-textured (false-twist) yarn
SDN = Solution-dyed nylon
Table 1. Qualifying yarns for the CORDURA

brand.
CORDURA

Fabric Quality Standards for Fabrics Used in Packs, Luggage, Footwear, Workwear, Motorcycle Clothing, Upholstery, and Other Accessories 2
Table 2. CORDURA

brand quality standards for woven fabrics


CORDURA

Fabric
CORDURA

Ballistic Fabric
100%
1 41 7 9, 11, 14 19,
26 27, 30 31,
37 38, 40
100%
(a)
Match the numbers in this row with the Qualifying Yarn Numbers in Table 1.
(b)
Other technical fibers that add specific functionality may be permitted on
approval by INVISTA.
Qualifying
Yarns
(a)
Qualifying
Yarn Content
(b)
See fabric weight matrix in Table 6a or 6b
Plain or Dobby Basket Weave
Fabric
Construction
Minimum
Weight
WOVENS
CORDURA

Fabric KNITS
100%
7 9, 1125, 30 37, 40
(a)
Match the numbers in this row with the Qualifying Yarn Numbers in Table 1.
All non-qualifying yarns must be INVISTA products where feasible.
(b)
Other technical fibers that add specific functionality may be permitted on
approval by INVISTA.
Qualifying
Yarns
(a)
Qualifying
Yarn Content
(b)
Table 4. CORDURA

brand quality standards for knit fabrics


Table 3. CORDURA

brand quality standards for fabrics


for motorcycle garments and reinforcements
CORDURA

Fabric
NARROWS/
WEBBING
100%
79, 14 23, 30 37
(a)
Match the numbers in this row with the Qualifying Yarn Numbers in Table 1.
(b)
Other technical fibers that add specific functionality may be permitted upon
approval by INVISTA.
Qualifying
Yarns
(a)
Qualifying
Yarn Content
(b)
Table 5. CORDURA

brand quality standards for


narrows/webbing fabrics
Table 2 contains the quality standards for woven
fabrics used in packs, luggage, footwear, workwear
reinforcements, upholstery and other accessories.
Use this table in conjunction with either of the fabric
weight matrixes in Table 6a (SI units) or 6b (English
units). The matrixes show the minimum greige fabric
weight for a given yarn combination, with recommen-
dations on coating level for fnished fabrics.
Table 3 gives the performance standards for motor-
cycle garments and reinforcements.
Table 4 contains the quality standards for knit fabrics
used in footwear, automotive upholstery, and mesh or
spacer fabrics.
Table 5 gives the quality standards for narrows/web-
bing fabrics.
Performance Tests
(for Motorcycle End Use Applications only)
Abrasion: Modified Wyzenbeek (TM 1507-90)
This is a requirement for motorcycle-wear only. Fabrics
are mounted on an abrasion machine that rubs in the
warp and weft direction for the prescribed number of
cycles, or until both a warp thread and a weft thread
have been worn away.
Grab Strength (ASTM D5034)
Fabric samples are mounted in a tensile testing ma-
chine and extended until they break.
Tear Strength (ISO 4674-1: Trouser Tear Method)
This test measures the force required to tear a fabric
sample along a pre-made cut. The average peak load
(in Newtons) between two set points is reported
(Continues on Page 4)
Qualifying Yarns
warp
weft
minimum 560 dtex
minimum 560 dtex
Abrasion (Modified Wyzenbeek)
Grab Strength
Tear Strength
1000 cycles
1600 N
90 N
Abrasion (Modified Wyzenbeek)
Grab Strength
Tear Strength
700 cycles
1600 N
90 N
No Staple Yarns Allowed?
Coating Fabric must be coated
Coated Fabrics for Use in Full Garments
Lightly Coated Fabrics for Use as Reinforcements
Motorcycle Suits and Reinforcements
CORDURA

Fabric Quality Standards for Fabrics Used in Packs, Luggage, Footwear, Workwear, Motorcycle Clothing, Upholstery, and Other Accessories 3
NOTES:
Fabric weight matrix for plain or fancy weave minimum greige weight (g/m
2
or oz/yd
2
) for packs, luggage, and boots.
Large differences in yarn count (dtex/denier) between warp and fill yarns can negatively influence fabric tear strength.
Ballistic constructions (2x2/3x2/4x4 basket) require a 1.25 x factor (griege and coating weight) to be certified as CORDURA

Ballistic.
Fabrics woven with polyester Type 488HP CORDURA

qualifying yarns shall meet the following construction guidelines:


335 dtex (305 denier) = 102 T (T is the sum of warp + weft ends/inch)
670 dtex (610 denier) = 74 T
1015 dtex (905 denier) = 60 T
1350 dtex (1220 denier) = 54 T
Kiss-coat or non-raveling finish
Minimum 17 g/m
2
Minimum 25 g/m
2
Minimum 34 g/m
2
Minimum 68 g/m
2
Minimum 51 g/m
2
Polyurethane Coating Level Recommendations
(0.5 oz/yd
2
)
(0.75 oz/yd
2
)
(1.0 oz/yd
2
)
(1.5 oz/yd
2
)
(2.0 oz/yd
2
)
Table 6a. Fabric weight matrix (SI units): minimum fabric weights by dtex
33 (N66)
44 (N66)
78/83 (N66)
110 (N66)
180 (N66)
235 (N6, N66)
350 (N66)
370 (N66)
470 (N6, N66)
560 (N66)
565 (PES)
590 (PES)
630 (N6, N66)
770 (N66)
810 (N66)
940 (N6, N66)
1080 (N66)
1110 (N66)
1170 (N6, N66)
1180 (PES)
62
68
85
98
112
102
121
125
148
149
159
159
110
(N66)
51
58
75
85
102
92
78/83
(N66)
41
46
64
78
93
44
(N66)
38
44
61
71
88
33
(N66)



115
129
119
139
142
166
166
176
176
180
186
186
186
NA
210
207
227
370
(N66)



129
142
136
156
159
183
180
190
193
193
200
200
200
NA
227
224
241
350
(N66)


102
115
129
115
139
142
166
166
176
176
180
186
186
186
NA
210
207
228
235
(N6, N66)
64
71
88
98
112
105
125
129
153
153
163
163
180
(N66)



142
156
149
163
173
193
193
207
207
207
210
210
214
NA
237
234
258
590
(PES)





180
200
203
227
227
234
237
237
248
248
248
NA
271
268
285
700
(N6, N66)



142
156
149
163
173
197
193
207
207
207
214
214
214
NA
237
237
258
565
(PES)



136
149
139
159
166
186
186
197
197
200
207
207
207
NA
231
231
255
560
(N66)



142
156
146
166
173
193
193
203
203
207
214
214
214
NA
237
237
254
470
(N6, N66)





186
207
210
234
234
244
244
248
254
254
254
NA
278
275
292
940
(N6, N66)





173
193
200
220
220
231
231
234
241
241
241
NA
264
264
281
810
(N66)





173
193
200
220
220
231
231
234
241
241
241
NA
264
264
281
770
(N66)







241
261
261
271
271
275
281
281
281
NA
305
305
322
1400
(N66)






210
220
244
244
254
254
254
261
261
264
NA
288
285
305
1180
(PES)






231
234
258
254
264
264
268
278
278
275
NA
302
298
315
1170
(N6, N66)
W
a
r
p

D
t
e
x

Weft Dtex
Greige fabric weights given in g/m2
Woven Fabric
Matrix
SI units





183
203
207
231
231
237
241
241
251
251
251
268
275
271
288
1110
(N66)
Table 6b. Fabric weight matrix (English units): minimum fabric weights by denier
30 (N66)
40 (N66)
70/75 (N66)
100 (N66)
160 (N66)
210 (N6, N66)
315 (N66)
330 (N66)
420 (N6, N66)
500 (N66)
505 (PES)
530 (PES)
630 (N6, N66)
700 (N66)
725 (N66)
840 (N6, N66)
950 (N66)
1000 (N66)
1050 (N6, N66)
1060 (PES)
1.8
2.0
2.5
2.9
3.3
3.0
3.6
3.7
4.4
4.4
4.7
4.7
1.5
1.7
2.2
2.5
3.0
2.7
1.2
1.4
1.9
2.3
2.7
1.1
1.3
1.8
2.1
2.6



3.4
3.8
3.5
4.1
4.2
4.9
4.9
5.2
5.2
5.3
5.5
5.5
5.5
NA
6.2
6.1
6.7



3.8
4.2
4.0
4.6
4.7
5.4
5.3
5.6
5.7
5.7
5.9
5.9
5.9
NA
6.7
6.6
7.1


3.0
3.4
3.8
3.4
4.1
4.2
4.9
4.9
5.2
5.2
5.3
5.5
5.5
5.5
NA
6.2
6.1
6.7
1.9
2.1
2.6
2.9
3.3
3.1
3.7
3.8
4.5
4.5
4.8
4.8



4.2
4.6
4.4
4.8
5.1
5.7
5.7
6.1
6.1
6.1
6.2
6.2
6.3
NA
7.0
6.9
7.6





5.3
5.9
6.0
6.7
6.7
6.9
7.0
7.0
7.3
7.3
7.3
NA
8.0
7.9
8.4



4.2
4.6
4.4
4.8
5.1
5.8
5.7
6.1
6.1
6.1
6.3
6.3
6.3
NA
7.0
7.0
7.6



4.0
4.4
4.1
4.7
4.9
5.5
5.5
5.8
5.8
5.9
6.1
6.1
6.1
NA
6.8
6.8
7.5



4.2
4.6
4.3
4.9
5.1
5.7
5.7
6.0
6.0
6.1
6.3
6.3
6.3
NA
7.0
7.0
7.5





5.5
6.1
6.2
6.9
6.9
7.2
7.2
7.3
7.5
7.5
7.5
NA
8.2
8.1
8.6





5.1
5.7
5.9
6.5
6.5
6.8
6.8
6.9
7.1
7.1
7.1
NA
7.8
7.8
8.3





5.1
5.7
5.9
6.5
6.5
6.8
6.8
6.9
7.1
7.1
7.1
NA
7.8
7.8
8.3







7.1
7.7
7.7
8.0
8.0
8.1
8.3
8.3
8.3
NA
9.0
9.0
9.5






6.2
6.5
7.2
7.2
7.5
7.5
7.5
7.7
7.7
7.8
NA
8.5
8.4
9.0






6.8
6.9
7.6
7.5
7.8
7.8
7.9
8.2
8.2
8.1
NA
8.9
8.8
9.3
W
a
r
p

D
e
n
i
e
r

Weft Denier Woven Fabric
Matrix
English units





5.4
6.0
6.1
6.8
6.8
7.0
7.1
7.1
7.4
7.4
7.4
8.0
8.1
8.0
8.5
100
(N66)
70/75
(N66)
40
(N66)
30
(N66)
330
(N66)
315
(N66)
210
(N6, N66)
160
(N66)
530
(PES)
630
(N6, N66)
505
(PES)
500
(N66)
420
(N6, N66)
1000
(N66)
840
(N6, N66)
725
(N66)
700
(N66)
1260
(N66)
1060
(PES)
1050
(N6, N66)
Greige fabric weights given in oz/yd2
Branding
All fabric producers selling or otherwise marketing
fabrics using the CORDURA

brand must be quali-


fed and have a properly executed Trademark License
Agreement on fle. Contact your INVISTA represen-
tative to apply for a Trademark License Agreement
authorizing use of the CORDURA

brand.
All fabrics sold or marketed using the CORDURA


brand must be submitted to INVISTA for inspection
and testing.
Certifcation is valid for three (3) years from date of
approval for a given CORDURA

fabric style. In
all cases, INVISTA reserves the right to modify or
cancel this approval period.
End-item manufacturers are responsible for their
product quality and, together with fabric producers,
for ensuring that CORDURA

brand fabrics are


suitable for their intended use. INVISTA offers no
warranty or guarantee of ftness for use.
INVISTA reserves the right to withdraw the
CORDURA

fabric brand from any fabric or end-item


product that INVISTA deems is of inferior quality.
Special yarns, fbers, or coatings may be approved
for inclusion in CORDURA

fabrics if these prod-


ucts create innovative effects or enhance performance
characteristics. INVISTA retains the authority to
select and approve such exceptions.
CORDURA

brand hang-tags and sew-in labels may


be used only for end-item products with a reasonable
content of approved CORDURA

brand fabric(s).
Reasonable approved fabric content is determined by
INVISTA.
Unauthorized use of the CORDURA

fabric brand
name, wordmark or logos, or unauthorized altera-
tion of the brand, wordmark or logos, is subject to
prosecution by INVISTA.
CORDURA

is a registered trademark of INVISTA


for durable fabrics.
Doc Ref: P146
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market insights and technology innovations combined with a powerful portfolio of the most recognized global brands and trademarks in their respective industries.
CORDURA

is a registered trademark of INVISTA for durable fabric.


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