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What is CORDURA Fabric?

What is CORDURA Fabric?

CORDURA® sets the standard for fabric durability, known for its unmatched resilience against abrasions, tears, and scuffs. This robust woven fabric is made of nylon material and is favored for high-stakes applications from military gear to adventure equipment. 

It’s the Hercules of fabrics.

CORDURA® seat covers embody this strength, designed to withstand rigorous daily use, unforgiving weather, and incidental spills, ensuring your seats are well-protected for years.

The History of CORDURA®

CORDURA® fabric isn't just durable; it's a legacy in the making. Crafted over half a century ago and trademarked by DuPont, CORDURA® began its journey, toughening up tires and military attire. Fast forward to the 1970s: that’s when CORDURA® really showed its mettle, becoming the fabric of choice for military apparel because of its unparalleled resistance to wear and tear.

It didn’t stop there. CORDURA® broke through military confines, transforming the consumer market with its rugged essence, revolutionizing everything from outdoor equipment to durable luggage. Remember lugging around a Jansport or Eastpak backpack in the 80s or 90s? That was made out of CORDURA®.

Celebrated for its enduring nature and reliability, CORDURA® continues to evolve, meeting the challenges of a world that demands strength and longevity.

What Makes CORDURA® Unique?

When it comes to fabrics that need to endure, CORDURA® stands out from the crowd. But what exactly sets it apart? The answer lies in its composition and the varying deniers it offers.

What is CORDURA® Made Of?

At its core, CORDURA® is a type of nylon made by spinning together fibers of various lengths to create an exceptionally sturdy yarn. However, it's not just any nylon. CORDURA®'s fibers are specially engineered and treated in many steps that enhance their natural durability. The result is a fabric that boasts resistance to abrasions, tears, and scuffs far beyond that of ordinary nylon.

Understanding Denier

Denier refers to the weight of the yarn used in the fabric. Specifically, it indicates the weight in grams of a 9,000-meter length of the yarn. The higher the denier, the thicker, sturdier, and more durable the fabric. This makes the denier a crucial factor when selecting a fabric for specific applications — the right denier for the right job ensures both efficiency and longevity.

The Spectrum of CORDURA® Deniers

CORDURA®'s versatility is reflected in its range of deniers, each suited to different tasks:

  • Lightweight Applications (30 to 210 denier): Used for clothing and light bags where flexibility and breathability are needed alongside durability.
  • Intermediate Applications (500 denier): Strikes a balance between strength and weight, ideal for more demanding travel gear and backpacks.
  • Heavy-Duty Applications (1000 denier and above): The choice for situations where maximum durability is non-negotiable, such as in seat covers for heavy machinery, military gear, and workwear.

Focusing on 1000 Denier for Seat Covers

This high-denier powerhouse doesn't just cover your seats; it armors them. Choosing CORDURA® means choosing unbeatable resilience and a commitment to long-lasting protection, keeping your seats in top form against the toughest challenges.

Key Benefits of CORDURA® for Seat Covers

  1. Exceptional Abrasion Resistance: The tightly woven fabric of CORDURA® stands up to continuous rubbing and friction without showing signs of wear. This is particularly crucial for seat covers, which are subject to constant use and movement.
  2. Enhanced Longevity: CORDURA® is synonymous with longevity. Seat covers crafted from this material are less likely to need replacement, which means less waste and more savings over time.
  3. Adaptability: CORDURA®'s versatility allows it to be treated for additional properties, such as water resistance.

CORDURA® in the Real World

CORDURA®'s reputation for toughness is built on real-world grit—it's the fabric that's been put through its paces in the most grueling conditions imaginable. It's the go-to material for professionals who need performance they can count on, day in and day out, no matter the job site's demands.

CORDURA® Across Industries

Military: In the military, gear failure is not an option. CORDURA® is extensively used to create equipment that soldiers rely on, from bulletproof vests to heavy-duty rucksacks, due to its high tensile strength and exceptional durability.

Outdoor Gear: Adventure seekers and outdoor enthusiasts turn to CORDURA® for backpacks, camping gear, and apparel that can endure the elements and rugged terrain without faltering.

Workwear: The fabric's resistance to abrasions and tears makes it ideal for workwear in industries like construction and forestry, where clothing and gear face constant abuse.

Caring for Your CORDURA® Seat Covers

Like any other high-performance equipment, CORDURA® seat covers require proper maintenance to ensure they continue functioning at their best. However, taking care of them is not as daunting as one might think. Here are some straightforward tips and dispelled myths to help you maintain your CORDURA® seat covers effectively.

Maintenance Tips for Longevity

  • Simple soap and water are often enough to clean CORDURA® seat covers. For tougher stains, a soft brush and mild fabric cleaner will do the trick.
  • Steer clear of bleach and other abrasive cleaners, as they can degrade the fabric's protective coatings over time.

Choosing the Right CORDURA® Seat Covers for Your Vehicle

Selecting the perfect CORDURA® seat cover for your vehicle doesn't have to be a challenge. With the right information and key points in mind, you can make an informed choice that provides maximum protection and longevity.

  • Understanding the make, model, and year of your vehicle is crucial. CORDURA® seat covers come in designs tailored to specific vehicle layouts, ensuring every contour is covered.
  • Different deniers of CORDURA® cater to varying degrees of wear. Determine the conditions your vehicle's interior faces and choose a denier that stands up to those challenges.
  • Many vehicles have unique features, such as side airbags or integrated seatbelts. Ensure the CORDURA® seat covers you choose accommodate these specifications.
  • Full coverage is key. Opt for seat covers that cover the entire seat, reducing the risk of unprotected areas that can accumulate wear.
  • Look for additional protective features such as water resistance, UV protection, antimicrobial options, and reinforcement in high-stress areas.

Why does TigerTough use CORDURA®?

By now, you’ve seen how tough it is. We make seat covers for work trucks, semi-trucks, and heavy equipment, so our covers need to be able to stand up to the same harsh conditions as you do.

It’s also made in the U.S., like our seat covers, which is important to us as a company.

“1000 Denier is the perfect blend of strength and workability. It's tough enough to be almost indestructible, but it's still flexible enough to be easy to work with. Any heavier gets stiff, and any lighter loses strength. It's highly customizable. It can be dyed and printed with a range of colors, and we can add a ton of different technologies to it to make it waterproof, antimicrobial, etc.”

Sheldon Zitzmann, Marketing Director


Compare CORDURA vs. Carhartt

Curious to see how CORDURA® seat covers measure up to Carhartt? Take a look at the lab results, where a third-party laboratory independently tests each material. 

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