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Nylon

Nylon is used in the manufacture of backpacking tents, tarps, backpacks, stuff sacks and clothing. It has a very high strength-to-weight ratio and is very abrasion resistant.

Nylon was one of the first commercially successful thermoplastic resins i.e., plastic. It was developed in the 1930s and has been popular in industrial and consumer use since then. Its basic structure is a simple organic compound that joins together in long chains, giving it a fibrous character that is spun into thread and used widely in fabrics. Its properties make it excellent as a fabric that is used in outdoor applications where ruggedness is required. It can be further strengthened as ripstop nylon.

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