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Sails withstand heavy wind and repel battering rain. Yet they still look attractive enough to be photographed on a sunset cruise.
Sailcloth is high-performance stuff. While it might be an unconventional choice for a travel backpack, we’re not concerned with normal. We’re concerned with quality.
The Outbreaker collection is made from durable, waterproof sailcloth technology adapted for travel. Because travel backpacks and daypacks take a lot of abuse, too.
A typical backpack’s fabric is pretty simple. Thread is woven together in two directions (weft and warp).
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No matter how tightly you weave a fabric, however, there will always be holes between the threads that let water pass through. If water can pass through, you can't count on keeping your stuff dry in a downpour.
Other backpacks use a water-resistant coating on the back of their fabrics. These coatings are effective in the short term but eventually wear off when exposed to the elements.
A travel backpack should be your trusted companion for years to come. You shouldn't have to buy a new bag just because the spray-on water-resistance wore off.
Traditional fabrics can also have durability issues. Even ripstop nylon, a common backpack fabric, develops holes. Once those holes start, they’ll keep growing. If your backpack tears at the seams when you're on the other side of the world, that’s a problem.
To find the waterproofness and durability we wanted, we had to look outside traditional backpack fabrics. We found our answer in sailcloth technology.
Sailcloth is more waterproof than traditional choices because it has four layers of protection. An ultrathin layer of PET acts as a waterproof barrier because it is a film, not a woven fabric. Sailcloth is also more durable than traditional materials, with abrasion resistance and fray prevention built into the fabric. It offers the best strength to weight ratio on the market.
Outbreaker's X-Ply sailcloth is made of four layers for durability and weather resistance. The layers are (from outer to inner):
Each layer serves a unique purpose to improve the durability and longevity of your travel backpack.
Your travel backpack will withstand tomorrow’s rainstorm and still be just as resistant years down the line. The Outbreaker Backpack has both a waterproof coating (on the inside of the outermost layer) and a fully waterproof layer.
Under high tension, traditional fabrics will fray or rip at the seams. The Outbreaker Collection's PET film prevents its seams from ever coming apart.
Your bag will hold its shape without feeling overly stiff thanks to the PET film. A more structured bag makes packing and unpacking easier.
The “X-Ply” and PET film make the bags incredibly strong. Because of the rigidity, the Outbreaker Backpack will not stretch or distort over time like bags made with other fabrics.
Rain isn’t the only weather to consider. Sailcloth’s UV protection means that it will last longer than other fabrics when exposed to the sun. As a bonus, it's also mold resistant, so it won’t get gross even if you’re traveling in humid conditions.
Sailcloth technology isn't the only great thing about the Outbreaker Backpack. Learn more about what makes the Outbreaker the ultimate travel backpack.