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Ripstop is durable, very versatile, and has distinctive material. It is also surprisingly smooth and light in weight. This fabric is available in light, medium, and heavyweight varieties. It is commonly used on outdoor garments, clothing, and other objects that need to have firm and durable fabric to withstand any weather and rough condition outside.

What is Ripstop Fabric?

Ripstop fabric, often called sports fabric is a smooth, lightweight, and woven fabric that is usually made of weaving nylon threads. It is known to be a durable fabric as it is highly resistant to tearing and ripping. It can also be waterproof, making it ideal for camping essentials like tents and sleeping bag covers. 

Types of Ripstop Fabric

Just like other fabrics, Ripstop has also some types, which are usually classified according to their use. Below are some of the common types:

TR Ripstop 

TR Ripstop is made up of Teton and Rayon fibers, which are commonly used in making tote bags, cargo pants, working uniforms, and other outdoor clothes.

Polyester & Nylon Ripstop

Polyester Ripstop is usually made from a mixture of polyester and cotton. It is ideal for making trousers and canopy. On the other hand, the Nylon Ripstop is flexible enough and can repel water, so it will not allow any type of liquid to penetrate the fabric.

Ripstop Poplin

This type of Ripstop is commonly used in making military uniforms or heavy-duty bags. 

What is Ripstop Fabric Used For?

Due to its durability, this fabric is commonly used for outdoor objects, garments, and apparel. It is usually used in hanging gliders and parasails wings, parachutes, hot air balloons, sails, kites, flags, backpacks luggage, and other sports clothing. 

What are the Raw Materials used For Ripstop Fabric?

It is usually made from nylon threads that give the fabric its tear-resistant quality. But other types also use a variety of raw materials, such as cotton, silk, polyester, or polypropylene.

History & Origin of Ripstop Fabric

The ripstop fabric was made during World War II as a solution to hundreds of parachutes being torn and worn when used during operation. Because of this issue, many textile researchers tried to look for a solution. It was the DuPont chemical firm, which was leading the development of nylon-based parachute canopies, was responsible for funding a large portion of that research. After gathering all the needed resources and data, they developed the ripstop weave technology, which was then used on parachutes. 


While the actual inventor of Ripstop fabric is not made known, it was clear that its first real appearance was in the early 1940s.

How Much is Ripstop Fabric? (per yard)

The average price of Ripstop fabric in the market ranges from $3 to $12 per yard. Each fabric type’s cost varies according to its type and design.

Pros & Cons of Ripstop Fabric

The fabric used some reinforcing strands that are weaved in a crosshatch pattern during the weaving process, making it more practical, beautiful, and appealing. Unlike other fabrics, when it begins to tear, the reinforcing strands stop it in its tracks, preventing further tearing.