The Idea Lab

Outdoor Military Backpacks


If you are looking for high quality bag and rucksack manufacturing services, you are in the right place. The Idea Lab, based in Guangzhou, China, is a quality driven and price focused off shore manufacturing company. Western owned and compliant in international quality standards The Idea Lab is one of the leading companies in South China positioned to deliver some of the best promotional products and design services at the affordable costs. Read below to learn a little about where we focus when manufacturing Outdoor Military backpacks 


 Cordura Nylon is the go to fabric for anything that needs to be high spec. By 1979 Cordura was in use with about 40% of the luggage market and it remains today a popular choice. It has a very high abrasion and tear resistance as well being extremely durable making it a great choice for military spec bags, motorbike gear and European workwear. When we manufacture particularly high specification backpacks, such as outdoor backpacks or military style equipment we use 1000D. Cordua has a natural cotton like appearance to it and it is available in ripstop variety. 


Working with Cordura is not easy. The factory should be equipped with an industrial sewing machine. A machine with an industrial walking foot, needle feed or compound feed machine designed for heavy materials is preferable. Cheaper plastic machines will not last the distance and are a clear sign the manufacturer is not well set up to handle this type of fabric. 

Using a thick nylon bonded thread, often referred to as upholstery thread is a must. This must be partnered with an equally large needle with a large hole for a heavy thread. Ideally size #20 or even #22 is sufficient, but some factories can make do with #18. 


Problems with Cordura mostly start and end in the factory. Poor stitching is a common symptom of the factory having either insufficient machines or using the wrong needles. If the order is a smaller quantity, the factory may for-go the needle change and hope to complete your order in a matter of days. This is particularly concerning as it can lead to both broken needle problems with finished products as well as poor quality stitching that loosens at the seams. Typically we will inspect the factory prior to production to ensure that the correct machines and needles are in place to satisfy the requirements of the order.