Nylon Webbing

Nylon is a highly versatile fibre which is often used for military webbing but is also suitable for many other uses.

Originally known as polyamide, this fibre is now referred to more commonly by the brand name created by ICI, of Nylon. Nylon was the first commercially available synthetic fibre known for specific advantages such as high colour retention, high tensile strength and durability.

The abrasion resistance of Nylon webbing makes it ideal for applications where mechanical stress may occur. As one of the most wear-resistant fibres available, it is ideal for use in climbing slings, PPE, harnesses, camping and rock-climbing equipment.

A further benefit of Nylon is its performance when exposed to water. Nylon does not swell, shrink or deteriorate when exposed to water for longer periods of time. This feature makes it a popular choice for applications in the outdoor and leisure sector. However, it is important to note that Nylon does not float and, because water acts as a plasticiser on Nylon fibre, the fibres will stretch when wet, so this must be taken into account for marine applications.

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Common market sectors and applications using nylon webbing

  • Military
  • Outdoor & Leisure
  • Pet collars & leashes
  • Equestrian
  • Fashion & Lifestyle

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Military Applications Of Nylon Webbing

Nylon Webbing


  • High tensile strength
  • Flame retardant
  • Mildew resistant
  • UV resistant
  • Chemical resistance (to dilute acids & common alkalis)
  • High & Low-temperature resistance
  • Good abrasion resistance


  • Excellent for outdoor use
  • Ideally suited for leashes and straps where abrasion resistance and strength is important
  • Reliable webbing trusted by the military for critical applications
  • Used in bag handles and luggage straps where the above features provide the required benefits




STRENGTH: The strength is high tenacity (Up to 9g/den).

ELONGATION: The elongation is approximately 20% at break, but this increases when wet. As a consequence, nylon webbing will extend when put under tension outside.

ABRASION: Nylon has very good abrasion resistance.

MOISTURE: Nylon has a moisture regain of 4-5 % and feels damp quickly.

TEMPERATURE: The melting point is around 250°C and is able to withstand 150°C for many hours (It will discolour). Nylon can cope with low temperature very well (-80°C with no loss of strength).

COMBUSTIBILITY: Nylon is difficult to ignite and tightly woven structures do not burn easily. Nylon will pass some tests without special finishes, however, for higher specifications or lightweight webbings, a flame retardant finish can be applied to improve these properties.

UV RESISTANCE: Excellent resistance to sunlight (natural and light colours may go yellow).

CHEMICAL RESISTANCE: Good chemical resistance to dilute acids, decomposes in strong acids. Good resistance to common alkalis. Resistant to the solvents used in dry cleaning.

INSECTS & MICRO-ORGANISMS: Nylon is not affected but some lubricants and finishes may be attacked by fungi and bacteria.

NYLON 6 OR 6.6: There are several forms of Nylon. The most common are Nylon 6 & 6.6. They share most properties but some important differences exist:

  • Nylon 6 has a lower melt point of 215ºc
  • Nylon 6 has a greater affinity for dyes
  • Nylon 6 is slightly better for repeated stress (commonly used as tyre cord)
  • Nylon 6 may feel slightly softer and be slightly weaker

DYEING: Can be dyed virtually any shade (fastness can be an issue on dark strong shades).


  • Flame Retardant
  • Anti-Bacterial
  • Heat Set
  • Water Repellent

If you have an application suitable for Nylon webbing, please contact us on +44(0)1335 342244 or complete the web contact form

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