All of our bags come with a lifetime warranty, so no matter which material you chose, we’ll stand by it.


1000D Cordura Nylon 

The benchmark for all-around durability.
Holds its shape.
Water resistant coating on front and PU coating on the back.
Matte finish that will still look great over the years.
Woven in Rhode Island / Pennsylvania USA.



XPAC Sailcloth 

15% Lighter than Cordura.
Finish repels water, dirt, and stains.
Subtle diamond grid pattern, and satin finish makes for a clean, technical look.  
XPAC bags hold their shape and stand up on their own.
Durable for heavy daily use.
Made in Connecticut, USA.



Waxed Canvas 

Slightly heavier than Cordura nylon. Soft hand.
A traditional army pack material.
Naturally water-repellant, and ages beautifully, like denim, which gives the bag unique character over time.
Made in New Jersey, USA.




Ballistic Nylon

Similar yarns to the 1000D Cordura but with a more course 2x2 weave and a glossy finish.
Used for the bottoms of ALL our bags.
Heavier than 1000D Cordura but built to last.
Designed to fight abrasion. 
Made in USA.  



Duraflex Hardware

The most durable Acetal and Nylon buckles.
Berry Compliant. 
Made in the USA.  


YKK Zippers 

#5/#8/#10 oversized for durability.
Uretek coated weatherproof zippers used where appropriate.
Made in Georgia, USA.




This month we have pivoted to making protective face masks from densely woven cotton fabric. They can be washed or UV sterilized. We are distributing these to local front-line workers, as fast as we can get them sewn up. We are also including a pair of face masks with all ILE orders in the month of April over $100. 

If you are a front-line worker and are in need of masks shoot an email to and we will do our best to meet your needs. 
For those who don't need masks but would like to support mask production at ILE, a GIFT CARD is a great way to do this. 
Hope everyone is staying safe during this difficult time.