How does nylon webbing get its color? There are a number of ways, each with its own good and bad points.
One can dye the yarn as it is manufactured. This is called solution dyeing and the yarn ends up looking like this:
The color goes all the way through the yarn and you end up with the most colorfast product. Some strength is lost and solution dyeing requires large production runs.
Another way is to dye the yarn after it has been drawn. This is called package dyeing and the finished yarn would look like:
The color is just on the outside and the strength of the yarn is not affected which is important in load bearing applications like safety harnesses. However if the yarn is used in a high abrasion application like a carpet having the color go all the way through is a plus.
Both of the methods discussed above require dyeing the yarn prior to manufacturing the webbing. If you have red yarn, you are going to get red webbing but what if you need purple (for all those Husky and Tiger fans)? Back to the vat to dye some purple yarn and then manufacture purple webbing. The minimum quantity you want to make is quite large for either of these processes. As with most items there are popular colors and those you just have to have but don’t sell in huge quantities. So how do you get all the colors offered without having to produce a lifetime supply of a marginal selling color?
The answer is to manufacture nylon webbing with un-dyed yarn (often called greige goods). Then when the order comes in for purple nylon webbing you piece dye your webbing. The end result will be webbing with good colorfastness without loss of strength. Like with package dyeing the color will just be on the outside, like staining wood. Minimum orders are low enough to allow for a wide variety of colors to meet all your needs.
Can you specify what process is used for your webbing? Not easily. If your needs are large enough to purchase a whole production run and you are willing to wait I am sure the mill will be willing to take your money. We deal with manufacturers we trust and the materials they provide meet our (and your) needs.
Cam buckle straps with heavyweight nylon webbing are just the ticket for securing luggage on your roof rack. Each summer we take a bicycling trip with a group of friends and usually our luggage carrier is overloaded. We have tried getting the group to pack less but that has had minimal success. It has been easier to pile the extra luggage on the roof and secure it with cam buckle straps.
Actually these are the same straps that I use when repairing chairs, heavy weight nylon webbing and metal buckles.
We sell these straps with several choices of webbing colors. They are all made to order so we can set them up to meet your needs. Just give us a call at (253) 883-5800 and we will work with you to get them just right.
If you need something stronger we have ratchet buckles although they are not as easy to adjust.
I am in favor of using more straps rather than one or two super strong models. The last thing I want to do is damage the roof rack.
Straps to Go stocks 4 basic types of nylon webbing:
Standard weight with a breaking strength of around 900 pounds for 1″ width material.
Heavy weight with a breaking strength of around 2750 pounds for 1″ width material.
Mil-Spec with a breaking strength of 1200 pounds for 1″ material.
Tubular with a breaking strength of 4000 pounds for 1″ material.
The image above shows commercial grade webbing in both standard weight (on the left in light green) and heavy weight (on the right in dark green). Note that when I listed the breaking strengths above, I said “about” since these are not load rated goods.
Here we have Mil-Spec webbing in Coyote Tan and standard weight nylon webbing in green. You can see the construction is different and the Mil-Spec webbing has a breaking strength of 1200 pounds (this material has a design strength unlike the commercial grade products).
This gives you an idea of the construction difference between the Mil-Spec and commercial nylon webbings.
Tubular construction is the strongest of our nylon webbings. It is really two layers of webbing so you get a breaking strength of 4000 pounds in a 1″ width.
This view gives you a good idea of the amount of nylon used in the tubular construction which is why you get the added strength.
What is each type best suited for:
Standard weight is great for tie downs and general purpose straps. It is used on backpacks for attachment points and it works well with single lock buckles and slides to allow for adjustment.
Heavy weight nylon is used extensively for pet leashes and collars. It feels nice in your hand (this is why it is used for leash’s, not that you need the strength) or around your pets neck. We also sell it for heavy duty tie downs. We stock a wider range of colors in the heavy weight product than our other offerings.
Mil-Spec nylon is used in the same way as the standard weight commercial product. It is a bit stronger but the trade off is in stiffness. If you are making MOLLE loops, this webbing would be a good choice.
Tubular nylon is the climbers friend. Slings and attachment points are commonly made using tubular nylon. It holds a knot well and feels good in the hand.
If you have questions on what product would best meet your needs, give us a call at (253) 883-5800 and ask for Rollie.
We now have 1″ webbing and buckles in coyote tan. It’s hunting season and colors that blend in are required.
In stock are side release and ladder lock buckles along with nylon webbing that meets MIL-W-17337. As with all our goods we will sell 1, or 1 foot, up to as many as you need and they will ship for $6.00 via Priority Mail.