Webbing is considered a type of woven fabric constructed from different material compositions. Webbing is sold in a variety of strengths, widths, and fibers. These woven fabrics are frequently used instead of traditional rope because they are versatile and make sense for many daily applications. Webbing is used to make seatbelts, backpack straps, shock cords, and to transport goods and materials.
Webbing is constructed as tubular and flat, offering different and unique properties. For instance, flat webbing is often found in cars as seatbelts because they consist of solid and strongly woven fibers. Tubular webbing is used when users need flexible options.
Flat webbing is sold in various options, including width, thickness, and material. Depending on material and thickness options, webbing has different breaking strengths. Flat-shaped nylon webbing is often sewn into larger products, like seatbelts, reinforcement bindings, and straps. It should be used when the stiffness of the fabric is a concern.
Tubular style webbing is often thicker and more flexible than flat webbing. You can commonly find these materials in coverings, filters, and hoses. The flat tubular style of nylon webbing is considered less susceptible to wear and tear than other versions of webbing, and so it can handle dynamic functions (i.e., holding knots in safety harnesses).
The most common applications of webbing include: