If 40 is over the hill, then 45 is taking on the next one.

Explore 45 years of CORDURA® brand history by scrolling through the decades of durability.

Durability Through The Decades.

For 45 years, the CORDURA® brand has set the standard for what durable fabrics should be. Proving themselves in some of the harshest conditions on earth and with some of the most rugged individuals. Always innovating, never backing down from a challenge, it’s been quite a ride. We invite you to take a walk through our history with us. And, to join us on whatever is to come.

1967 - After phasing out Super Cordura, a rayon product used extensively in military tires during World War II, DuPont transferred CORDURA® brand name to a nylon product line.

1973 - As one of the first new designs since the 1950’s, Kelty releases the Serac backpack made complete with CORDURA® fabric.


1975 - Kletterwerks adopts CORDURA® fabric for their line of backpacks.


1977 - CORDURA® brand fabrics based on fully dyeable 1000-denier air-jet textured nylon 6,6 yarns are launched which stimulates the growth of the soft-sided luggage market.


1978 - JanSport and Eastpak adopt CORDURA® fabric for their line of daypacks.


1982 - The world’s first coupled single-step texturing machine is commissioned in Chattanooga, Tennessee to produce CORDURA® brand qualifying nylon yarns.


1983 - Manhattan Portage launches durable messenger bags with CORDURA® fabric.


1988 - 1000d CORDURA® Plus fabric with twice the number of filaments is developed for improved softness for use in packs, bags, and upholstery.


1989 - 500d nylon 6,6 CORDURA® Plus fabric is launched with the same denier-filament ratio and softness as 1000d for lighter weight gear and apparel applications.


1991 - U.S. military adopts 1000d textured nylon CORDURA® fabrics to replace leather for lighter weight durable combat boots.


1993 - State-of-the-art production facility in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, is commissioned to make qualifying CORDURA® brand specialty yarns.


1996 - For their new launch of Carhartt Extremes, Carhartt adds CORDURA® fabric to their CORE outerwear line.


1997 - Production facility is installed in Germany and later moved to the UK to manufacture qualifying nylon yarns suitable for CORDURA® branded fabrics in order to meet growing demand in the European market.


1998 - State-of-the-art production facility in Chattanooga, TN, is commissioned to make qualifying CORDURA® brand specialty yarns. CORDURA® Plus Colorlock™ solution-dyed nylon (SDN) yarn is launched for enhanced color consistency and fade resistance targeted for outdoor UV intensive.


2001 - INVISTA launches CORDURA® Ballistic fabrics for luggage market using high tenacity nylon 6,6 yarns.


2002 - U.S. military adopts newly developed solution-dyed nylon textured CORDURA® fabric with enhanced near infrared signature reduction and camouflage technology for fabric and webbing.

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2003 - U.S. Marine Corp adopts 725d CORDURA® fabric for use in the New Improved Load Bearing (ILBE) rucksack.


2004 - On April 30, subsidiaries of Koch Industries, Inc. acquired INVISTA from DuPont, which included the CORDURA® brand and all its associated manufacturing assets.


2006 - Sea to Summit’s “Ultra Sil Dry Sack” featuring CORDURA® Ultralite fabric wins Backpacker Magazine Editor’s Choice Award.


2006 - Nike adopts CORDURA® fabric for their CORE collection of packs and luggage.


2007- Granite Gear’s Nimbus Meridian backpack featuring CORDURA® Lite fabric wins Outside Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award.


2008 - INVISTA launches Klopman Vantage fabric featuring CORDURA® brand technology.


2008 - CORDURA® Baselayer fabric is launched to provide soldiers and law enforcement officers with comfortably durable, No Melt No Drip protection.


2009 - CORDURA® brand sponsors brand ambassador Helen Thayer.


2009 - INVISTA launches CORDURA® EcoMade fabric made with recycled polyester yarns.


2010 - INVISTA launches CORDURA® Denim fabric for Workwear, Outdoor, and Ready-to-Wear markets.


2010 - Levi’s adopts CORDURA® Denim fabric.


2011 - F-Engel adopts Klopman Vantage CORDURA® NYCO fabric for TechZone by Workwear® Collection.


2012 - CORDURA® Naturalle™ Fabric Recognized by the FabricLink Network as One of the Top 10 Textile Innovations of the Year.


2012 - Blåkläder adopts CORDURA® Denim fabric for their X1500 Denim Workwear Collection.


2012 - CORDURA® Brand Team Sponsors Arctic Row’s World-Record Row Across Arctic Ocean.