ballistic vs cordura appearance
I've been commenting on steel in Cordura; have others been commenting on steel in ballistic? My pen/pencil pouch is in steel Cordura and, I assumed (yes, I know...) that all references were to the Cordura, not ballistic, until I saw the Imago would be in steel... ballistic.
Can someone comment on the color and drape difference? The Cordura steel is more of a dark charcoal; the steel ballistic appears a lighter grey... I suspect that the Cordura is slightly more flexible than the ballistic...
re: ballistic vs cordura appearance
Well, I can contrast the navy blue cordura of my Medium Cafe Bag to the steel ballistic of my Imago. From a texture standpoint the ballistic is stiffer, but please don't get the impression that it is unyielding. It does hold its shape better than the cordura however. I really like the ballistic, it is the nicest I have scene. It would be misleading to think that the common ballistic found in many stores is a measure of this stuff. This ballistic is far superior. The steel ballistic I have on my Imago is really satisfying for me. It has a dark, rich color. From the web pictures I saw of the steel Large Cafe Bag I got the impression that the LCB was a lighter shade of steel. I would like a Large Cafe Bag in the same color scheme and materials as my Imago (steel/steel/cayenne.) The ballistic trends to hold shape better than cordura and I like the way the main flap moves, more rigid yet flexible, holds its shape better. It wants to hold its shape better even. Obviously, I am very happy with both purchases.
Originally Posted by cancoi
The cordura has less of a sheen than ballistic. I also own a Manhattan Portage bag in ballistic nylon and there is a huge difference in tactile comparison. The Tom Bihn ballistic is cooler to the touch. I enjoy touching it. It is smooth, almost slippery, yet textured. It is inviting. The Manhattan Portage, while a good bag, is not close to being so touch delicious. In fact, I have redesigned my book carrying to use the Imago more frequently because it is such a pleasure to use. I also have the Absolute Strap which I heartily recommend and consider a mainstay for future bags as well.