Nordic is more of a Navy color, but the white grid really lightens the effect. "Midnight tone" is a perfect way to say it. It doesn't match exactly with any of the other blues. Sapphire Dyneema is a bright clear blue that doesn't have the depth of Nordic. They don't look quite right next to each other; they are just a little too alike and a little too unalike to either match or coordinate. The same is true of Sapphire Cordura. Nordic makes Storm look pale and washed out. I'm still on the fence about Indigo. Indigo, to me, looks like there is more than just blue in the fabric. (I think that's a property of Ballistic rather than Indigo, but I don't have enough Ballistic to say that with utmost confidence.) If you had Indigo bags and wanted Nordic ones to add variety to a matching set, it will do but Nordic doesn't look like Indigo with a white grid.
Nordic is AMAZING next to all the other Dyneema colors. I happen to have an Iberian pouch with me today. The two together remind me of the FoJ pouch. Here's a substandard but hopefully adequate photo:
I agree with @moriond's description of the texture and weight of the two fabrics. They are both light and flexible, but you could wad up a 200 Dyneema bag and that's a bit harder to do with the 400.
I just can't say enough good things about Nordic. It's awesome. I can't wait for my Co-Pilot to arrive, and I look forward to Nordic/Wasabi combinations when the new shipment of fabric arrives.
Maybe I missed something, I know this is the heavier duty version of dyneema, but is there any chance of seeing Nordic dyneema interiors on other bags? I for one would love a black/nordic Tristar.
i for one traded my ballistic aeronaut for a dyneema aeronaut. i found the ballistic version of the aeronaut to be quite heavy and especially so when you add all the packing cubes and the pouches....
But Darcy since you said Tom and the Crew were going to make less Cordura bags, you need to make more of... something.
Dyneema is so great that a blue would be perfect to add to the (200) Everyday Dyneema color wheel!
And just like Janine said add, not replace.
In those days of bag weighting travel, one needs all the help one can get to squeeze stuff in a ridiculously light package.
The best way is to go Travel Dyneema out and color coded Everyday Dyneema cubes/sacks in order to keep one's brain relaxed on trips.
It would be even greater if Tom decided to design a packable and stylish long trench in Dyneema.
We now know that he has designed clothing in the past. :)
I agree with drbobguy -- I don't know that we need the Nordic to *replace* one of the existing Dyneema colors. But both the Packing Cube Backpack and Shoulder Bag serve a dual purpose of both as a packing organizer AND as its own carry-on bag/purse. In comparison, I would agree it doesn't really make sense to use the 400d Dyneema for say an internal-only packing cube or even an organizer.
...of course, you DO realize it's all because I like the matchy-matchy, right? ;-)