500D vs 1000D Cordura

We get the question often about two different materials we use for the bulk of our bag construction. We use both 500D and 1000D cordura fabric, with the majority of our bags being 500D. The major reason we use 500D is price versus need/application.


The feel of the material can depend on a number of factors including the dying process, thickness, and country of origin.

During the dying process utilized to color the fabric, coatings and other protectant materials can be applied to Cordura which has an effect on the overall feel and pliability of the material.

Both 500D and 1000D are made of a nylon weave that varies in thickness. Although they are both made from the same underlying material, the 500D weave is made from thinner yarn than the 1000D.

Country of origin of the material can also have a lot to do with the feel and overall quality. We only use domestically produced (US Made) Cordura.


As of this date, all of our products can be made with either 500D or 1000D material. Our pistol range bag and our rifle bags come standard in 500D Cordura. We do get requests for both, so we try to keep stock of both kinds of material.

We generally make 1000D bags to order. These requests usually come from people who are truly using the product “in the field.” The average customer will never wear out or damage a 500D bag, which says a lot about the material and our sewers. 1000D generally is known to have greater puncture and rip resistance over the 500D.


One of the major factors we don’t utilize strictly 1000D Cordura is the price. We use several yards of fabric per bag, thus increasing the cost substantially. Due to our commitment in keeping our production in the United States, our products already cost more than our Chinese-made competitors. We at Lynx Defense do everything we can to mitigate cost increases for our customers.

What if I want 1000D?

No problem! We often do large production runs for our military and law enforcement customers using 1000D, which can often lead to excess production. We usually make these extras available on our website and notify our customers via our social media channels(Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram). However if you would like a 1000D bag now you can contact us to get your order started today.

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