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Thread: Introducing Navy 1050d ballistic nylon

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    TOM BIHN Crew (we work here) Darcy's Avatar
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    Introducing Navy 1050d ballistic nylon

    <img class="block" src="http://www.tombihn.com/blogimages/navyblog3.jpg" alt="TOM BIHN Introducing our custom 1050d ballistic nylon in Navy" width="372" height="211">
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    We've received shipment of our new custom 1050d ballistic nylon color: Navy. A rich, deeply hued blue, Navy is the result of months of back-and-forth with our fabric mill, ensuring the color met our exacting standards. We'll introduce various bags for pre-order in Navy tomorrow (there may even be a few photos of actual bags to show you) but wanted to give you a sneak peak at the new color today.
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    <img class="block" src="http://www.tombihn.com/blogimages/navyblog2.jpg" alt="TOM BIHN Introducing our custom 1050d ballistic nylon in Navy" width="291" height="450">
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    <strong>More about our custom-produced fabrics:</strong><br />
    We use only the best quality 1050 denier ballistic nylon. It's made in the U.S.A and finished (dyed and coated) to our specifications. This cloth is available off-the-shelf in Black, but because there's virtually no domestic demand for colors, colors other than black are made only to order. The minimum quantity we need to have dyed (a "dye lot") is relatively quite large, especially for a small company like ours that enjoys offering a wide variety of colors. Currently, that's over 21 different colors and fabrics, and we plan to add more.
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    <img class="block" src="http://www.tombihn.com/blogimages/navyblog1.jpg" alt="TOM BIHN Introducing our custom 1050d ballistic nylon in Navy" width="450" height="300"><br />
    <em>Candi, Irma, and Tom inspect our new Navy fabric.</em>
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    The high-tenacity nylon yarns from which 1050d ballistic nylon are woven can be very difficult to dye, compared to, for example, the standard nylon typically found in imported 1680 "ballistic". (One of our fabric mills tested our 1050d ballistic nylon against the 1680 stuff; <a href="http://www.tombihn.com/stollabrasion.html">see the results of that test here.</a>) We've had to reject more than a few batches of 1050d because it was streaky, too soft, or simply not the exact color we envisioned. And because we can't just run down to the corner fabric store and pick up a roll in some stock color, we've decided not to announce new colors until we actually have them in-house and they've met our strict standards.
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    We're very impressed with the quality of our new 1050d ballistic nylon in Navy and plan to share more photos with you over the next weeks as various bags become available in the new fabric.
    Current Carry: Skookum Dog Citizen Canine prototype, Founder's Briefcase (every day carry), Small Cafe Bag (every day carry), Shop Bags (groceries, extra random stuff), Aeronaut 45 (travel), Synapse 19 (day hikes), Smart Alec (longer day hikes), Skookum Dog Road Duffel (Medium) (travel), Clear Organizer Wallet, Travel Stuff Sacks, Organizer Cubes

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    Navy & Solar dyneema - yes please!
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    That is truly beautiful fabric. I suppose I will just have to get a new bag soon, simply because I adore that color. Good thing there are so many options!

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    Indeed! It looks so good... and will look great on anything.

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    Hum...I was getting organized for my next order. Just in time!

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    YAY! I was hoping for a Navy Tri-Star for my autumn traveling.... *looks at Tom with pleading puppy-dog eyes*

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    A suggestion: a Navy exterior and Solar Dyneema interior for the Aeronaut, Tri-Star and Western Flyer.

    That might also work for an all-Navy exterior on a Smart Alec if that's possible.
    Owner of: Super Ego briefcase (Black / Indigo / Steel) with Reflective Strip, Brain Cell (Steel), Horizontal Freudian Slip, various Organizer Pouches and Key Straps, and a Side Effect (Black / Wassabi) worn as a belt-style hip-pack.

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    Excellent. That's the color I was hoping for. I see a navy Western Flyer and Co-pilot in my future.

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    I'm not normally a blue fan, but this is a very likeable color. Dh needs his own stash of TB, and I think I may have convinced him. I'm looking forward to seeing what is to be made from this new fabric, as well as what other new fabrics are to come!
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    Beautiful. I found the Indigo a bit over-bright. This looks too light to be navy, but it could be my monitor.

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    We've narrowed it down to Iberian or Solar for the lining colors of Navy bags. Tom's favorite is Navy/Iberian, while I like Navy/Solar best. What do you guys think?
    Current Carry: Skookum Dog Citizen Canine prototype, Founder's Briefcase (every day carry), Small Cafe Bag (every day carry), Shop Bags (groceries, extra random stuff), Aeronaut 45 (travel), Synapse 19 (day hikes), Smart Alec (longer day hikes), Skookum Dog Road Duffel (Medium) (travel), Clear Organizer Wallet, Travel Stuff Sacks, Organizer Cubes

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    Darcy, any chance of showing us photos of the colour swatches side by side? Navy / Solar is easier to visualize than Navy / Iberian because we've already seen the former (albeit in cordura) on the Synapse. A picture's worth ...

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    Navy/Solar would be my vote!

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    Cool

    I vote with Tom - Navy/Iberian. The new color looks quite good. Y'all are just trying to get me to buy my bags all over again in a new color. It's a plot!!>)
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    To save gazillions of Me toos, how about putiing up a voting thingy? Me -definitely solar!

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