Scales of Kevlar
The exterior fabric was our starting point. It would affect the durability, the weight, the aesthetics, the feel, and more. This was no easy or casual decision. We wanted to make this really special, but there was a problem: the Evade was already available in a variety of amazing options: 500D nylon, 420D ripstop nylon, and 1050D ballistic nylon. Each fabric providing its own unique experience. So, taking a note from Helmie’s playbook, we listened to the customers. At this point, Helmie had just launched his first and only X-Pac Evades: three prototypes to be auctioned off for charity. The feedback was astounding – people wanted an Evade in X-Pac!
But VX21 wouldn’t do, no no. It wouldn’t be enough to lift this project to new levels. So we dug into Dimension Polyant’s stable for the cutting-edge and landed on X50 with Kevlar X-Ply Ripstop. That’s right, a fabric reinforced with the same stuff that’s used to stop bullets. A fabric that’s extremely abrasion-resistant, waterproof, tear-resistant, and light. And a ‘look’ that blew us away… high-vis yellow Kevlar crosshatches.
We loved it so much we’d cut out the liner to celebrate it. Cutting extra weight. And showing off what we’d come to call… the Cobra scales.