Waxed canvas is a traditional army pack material, but its origins date back to the 15th century sailing industry. We use a rugged, densely woven cotton duck canvas that is saturated with paraffin wax, making it highly water-repellent. Waxed canvas develops a beautiful patina with regular use, giving each bag a unique character over time.
Depending on usage, you may need to re-wax your bag every year or two in order to restore its water-repellent characteristics. We've put together a brief how-to video and instructions to help you get the job done properly!
Use a dry, soft brush to remove surface dirt from your bag. Pay attention to seams where dirt is more likely to collect.
Melt the new wax to allow for smooth, even application. We recommend using Filson Oil Finish wax as it's widely available, but other paraffin-based waxes will work perfectly well.
Use a soft, lint-free cotton rag (read: old t-shirt) to apply the wax in an even layer on all the canvas panels on your bag. Pro tip: for easier application use a blow dryer or heat gun to pre-heat the surface of the bag before applying wax.
Set the wax using a blow dryer or heat gun. Applying heat blends the wax and melts it into the canvas. Use your rag to smooth out or wipe off any excess. Note: avoid using heat gun directly on webbing, mesh, buckles, or other plastic or rubber components.
Hang your bag up and let the wax cure (in the sun if possible) for 24 hours.