Common Usage for Webbing
There are many common
uses for webbing and strap materials.
Nylon Webbing is the most commonly heard of type of webbing, but it is not the
only type of webbing available today.
Polypropylene Webbing, often shortened to "Polypro
webbing" is less expensive than Nylon
Webbing and is available in more colors. Due to the nature of Polypropylene
fiber, Polypropylene webbing does not absorb fluids as readily as Nylon Webbing
or Polyester Webbing.
Cotton Webbing, believe it or not is
still widely used in apparel and home furnishings because of Cotton fiber's
soft, non-abrasive properties. You can find cotton
webbing belts and straps in many places
and industries also. Before the advent of synthetic fire resistant webbing;
cotton webbing was used in the fire service and other services where exposure to
fire was likely. Unlike it's synthetic counterparts, Cotton Webbing does not
melt, so when burned, it does not drip molten material on a user's skin causing
Nylon Webbing, is stronger than Cotton Webbing and has much more durability.
Nylon Webbing is not susceptible to organic discomposure to any degree similar
to Cotton Webbing. Nylon webbing has become almost a direct replacement for
cotton webbing in the past 60 years or so. Polyester Webbing is often mistaken
for Nylon Webbing, but Polyester is a distinct separate fiber than Nylon and has
a different set of chemicals and solutions that it is resistant to.
Most dog and pet collars are fabricated from a
Heavy Nylon Webbing, because unlike
Polyester webbing it is less absorbent of organic material, mold and mildew
therefore does not actively support the growth of these organisms like Polyester
webbing does. Nylon Webbing, because of it's strength is also used in horse and
equestrian accessories like halters and leads. All of the different types of
webbing can be sewn with
Heavy Duty Nylon Thread.
Aside from Cargo Nets,
most uses for webbing include straps.
The most common hardware used on webbing straps are buckles. The side release
buckle is one of the more modern of the
buckles and is almost always
used on non-leather straps. Leather straps do have a more rugged feel to them
but many times they can not compare in strength and weight to synthetic webbing
The variety of hardware and fittings for
webbing straps is staggering. Many types of
strap adjusters, buckles and
clips are avialable.
The most common sizes for webbing in the United States are: 1 inch, 1 1/2 inch
and 2 inch. 3 inch webbing is not as common as 2 inch and there is not much
hardware available for
3 inch webbing. Also, sizes smaller
than 3/4 inch webbing, don't have a
lot of hardware choices either.
Flat elastic is also a type of webbing,
it is woven or knitted with rubber
fibers in such a way that it stretches and returns to shape. There are many
uses for Elastic webbing straps,
used very often with items that must be straped to the body and must flex to
some degree to avoid loosening due to the natural change in size or shape of a