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Webbing Material Selection Guide

Posted: 3/10/2015

By: Terry Shadrix

Nylon Webbing and Polypropylene Webbing Explained: Products are only as good as their weakest link, so you've got to select the correct materials if your finished product is to perform as well as it could.

For products like bags, backpacks, leashes, tie downs, and all the other uses of webbing, choosing the correct webbing material is crucial in assuring the life-span, safety and customer satisfaction of your product

DirecTex has put together some product facts to help you make the correct decision. Remember to ask for webbing samples so you can evaluate the options for your application.

Polypropylene Webbing Facts

Polypropylene webbing offers economical price points and is a good option for handles, trim, binding and applications that need UV Protection.

Polypropylene webbing is not dyed but made by extruding colored polypropylene therefore it will not bleed and is available in large selection of colors and styles.

If your application will be exposed to sun and moisture, you may want to consider polypropylene webbing. For example, our PolyPro webbing has excellent UV protection of a minimum of 200 hours without color reduction. Another nice feature is that polypropylene will not absorb water making it resistant to mildew.

In considering polypropylene for your end use it is important to note that polypropylene has moderate breaking strengths and low abrasion tolerance. Therefore, you will need to evaluate the environment, end use and strength needs of your application.

Polypropylene Webbing Characteristics:

  • will not bleed
  • excellent UV protection & resistant to mildew
  • will not absorb water & will float
  • moderate breaking strengths & low abrasion resistance


Note about custom colors: Polypropylene custom colors normally require a large minimum order quantity.


Nylon Webbing Facts

Available at multiple price-points nylon webbing is a durable option for applications such as leashes, bridles, and handles.

In applications where strength of webbing is a key factor in product's end-use, nylon's high breaking point makes it a viable option. Because of how it's colored, nylon has low minimums to for custom colors. Nylon webbing is available in many styles and can have a very high-end feel with the right thread patterns. All in all, choosing Nylon allows you to customize and individualize your product.

However, it is important to note that nylon webbing has a low resistant to mildew and exposure to elements can cause color bleeding or fading. Nylon may not be an appropriate option for products with high moisture environments.

Nylon Webbing Characteristics:

  • high breaking strength
  • low resistance to mildew
  • long term exposure to elements can cause bleeding and fading
  • custom colors at low minimum order quantities


Not sure which one is right for your application? A DirecTex Customer Service Representative can assist you in finding the right webbing material, size, and color. Just give a call or drop us a note.


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