If our packs, clothing, and other gear could talk, they would probably say “OUCH,” because we build this stuff to take a beating. And that brings us to reinforcements. One of the first things we do with a design is try to figure out ways to destroy it. And every weak spot we find, every stress point we uncover gets the full-on Badlands treatment. Hypalon patches. Keprotec® cuffs. Triple stitching. Aramid bartacking. That’s why Badlands — and nobody else — gets to call itself “unconditional.”
Hypalon is one of the strongest, yet most flexible materials known to man, and that’s why we had to have it for our packs. Why go the extra mile, you may ask? You put a lot of stress on your hunting gear. Think of how your pack shifts as you climb a hill, or carry out a quarter. Imagine what happens when you drop a pack, or it gets scraped up while you hunt. Through a scientific process we call “beating the living hell out of them,” we located every spot on every pack that needed reinforcing, added Hypalon patches, and made them nearly indestructible. At Badlands, the giving just never stops.
Keprotec is fabric, taken to the extreme. In fact, it’s often used in clothing for sports like motorcycle racing thanks to its extreme abrasion- and tear-resistance. When it came time to choose a material for some of the abrasion-prone spots on Badlands hunting gear, we knew Keprotec was the only material unconditional enough for you. You’ll find Keprotec on the cuffs of Badlands’ hunting jackets, and even reinforcing the knees and cuffs of our hunting pants. The absolute best in durability at an astoundingly light weight.
Aramid Fiber Bartacking
Here’s what our science guys tell us: aramid fibers consist of chain molecules that are highly oriented along the fiber axis, so the strength of the chemical bond can be exploited. Here’s what that means to you: one strand of this thread can lift 110 pounds. And do you think Badlands settles for one measly strand? That’s right: all of the yellow bartacking you see on our packs are triple stitched aramid thread. Why yellow? It’s not because it’s our favorite color. These fibers are so strong and so dense that they can’t even be dyed. Hey, at least it’s not pink.