Dyneema® fabric: woven by science and proven in nature

To make the most of the great outdoors, adventurers need gear that never lets them down. That’s why leading global designers harness Dyneema®’s exceptional strength-to-weight ratio to create ultra-light outdoor gear with the best equipment specs on the market.

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Unrivaled strength on every trail

When it comes to strength and tear resistance, Dyneema® is way ahead of the pack. In fact, we can deliver the exact tear and tensile strength a product requires by altering the density of fibers in our Dyneema® Composite Fabrics. In addition, fabrics with Dyneema® have high tear strength and are used in highly durable backpacks. If you’re looking for a product that can handle the rough and tumble of the great outdoors, look for Dyneema® inside.

Lightening the load of adventure

Outdoor gear made with Dyneema® isn’t just stronger; it’s a whole lot lighter, too. For tents, this means achieving weight savings of up to 50% compared to nylon fabric, which makes all the difference on expeditions where every pound counts. For bags and backpacks, our strong focus on creating ultra-light fabrics allows adventurers to move faster and more comfortably. And because of the lightweight strength of Dyneema®, bags and backpacks are far more stable and easier to carry.

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Reliable, durable performance – whatever the weather

As any seasoned climber or hiker knows, you need to be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws your way – and this is where Dyneema® really makes an impact. Articles made with Dyneema® Composite Fabric are completely waterproof and, unlike those made with nylons or silnylons, don’t stretch or sag in wet weather.

Sustainable adventures: Our bio-based guarantee

Hiking is all about cherishing and respecting the planet that sustains us all – and that same ethos inspires our approach to manufacturing Dyneema®.

For starters, all Dyneema® Composite Fabrics are made using 100% bio-based Dyneema® fiber, which carries a 90% lower carbon footprint than generic HMPE fiber. Then there’s the energy used in our manufacturing processes – 100% of which comes from renewable sources. 

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Unzipping a tent made with Dyneema®-based fabric

The ultimate tents are made with Dyneema® Composite Fabric. Lighter and stronger than other materials, they are rainproof and resist sagging even during wet weather.


Water resistant & low stretch – Completely waterproof with no stretching or sagging when wet

Tear strength – Outperforms the strongest nylon on all resilience tests

Lightweight – Allows adventurers to carry more gear

Dyneema® out there

Hyperlite Mountain Gear

Hyperlite Mountain Gear relies almost exclusively on Dyneema® Composite Fabrics to produce its award-winning range of functional packs, shelters, and accessories. Thanks to the relentless attention to detail of CEO Mike St. Pierre, the company is continuing to push the boundaries of what Dyneema® can do in ultralight gear.   


Joe Valekso, CEO of ZPacks, has used Dyneema® Composite Fabrics to create a wide range of shelters, building one of the most renowned brands in the ultra-light backpacking world in the process. Through relentless testing of his company’s products, he continues to set new standards in the field of high-performance outdoor gear.

Durston Gear

Dan Durston, CEO of Durston Gear, built one of the first tents from Dyneema® Composite Fabric almost 15 years ago – before most other companies knew the material existed. He’s continued to design lightweight tents from the heart of the Canadian Rockies, always looking for ways to make equipment simpler, lighter, and more functional.


Alasdair Leighton-Crawford, founder of CIMORO, is a keen user of Dyneema® Composite Fabrics in his high-performance sportswear apparel and accessories – their ultralight strength, futuristic texture and space-age aesthetic aligns perfectly with his company’s brand. Looking ahead, he’s even hoping to use Dyneema® in wearable computers!

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Dyneema® Composite Fabric: Key milestones


Smooth sailing from the outset

A unique new fabric, then known as Cuben Fiber, makes a splash at the America’s Cup sailing competition, powering the victory of the America3 team by enabling the creation of ultra-light sails.


New horizons

Under the captaincy of a new company, Cubic Tech, Cuben Fiber continues to push the technology’s limits in applications from airships, parachutes, and medical devices to footwear, tents, and backpacks.


Investing in growth

Cuben Tech is purchased by DSM and the fabric is renamed Dyneema® Composite Fabric.


Taking sustainability to the next level

Bio-based Dyneema® fiber is incorporated into all Dyneema® Composite Fabrics, delivering substantial sustainability benefits and advancing progress toward a circular, bio-based economy.


An innovative new home for Dyneema®

Avient completes the acquisition of Dyneema®, including Dyneema® Composite Fabrics, further establishing itself as a global leader in the advanced composites space.

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How we create and test Dyneema® fabrics

Dyneema® fiber is a form of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) which has been molecularly engineered to make it the world’s strongest fiber™.

Dyneema® Composite Fabric is created using layers of Dyneema® fibers specially  tailored to deliver the required strength, stretch, weight and minimum thickness.

To be sure that outdoor gear made with Dyneema® performs to the highest standards, we use our state-of-the-art capabilities to test our fabrics according to the demands of their end-use application.

With technical centers in Singapore, the Netherlands, and the USA, we (and our customers) can count on cutting-edge testing capabilities including:

Tensile testing

Measures strength and elasticity of woven fabrics

Tear testing

Measures the resistance of yarns and fibers to tearing following an incision

UV testing

Tests the capacity of the fabric to resist UV degradation

Puncture testing

Subjects stretched fabrics to loads applied by a puncture probe to test resistance

Martindale abrasion testing

Measures the durability of a fabric via its resistance to wear from consistent abrasion

Water resistance testing

Tests a fabric for its permeability to water under pressure

Breathability testing

Measures the capacity of a fabric to resist water vapor permeability. The lower the resistance the more breathable the fabric.

Air permeability testing

Measures how easily air passes through a fabric. For wind and weather resistant fabrics. 

Stronger together

By working closely with our trusted team of manufacturing partners, we ensure that all performance apparel and footwear made with Dyneema® delivers the highest levels of protection, comfort, and durability. The result? Enhanced safety, performance, and enjoyment during life’s great adventures.

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Where to buy

Tents, packs, and bags made with Dyneema® fabrics are available from our trusted partners across the globe.

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Design with Dyneema®

If you’re on a quest to design the perfect outdoor gear, why not get in touch with our specialists? The Dyneema® team is ready to help you scale any challenge, supporting you in developing tents, packs, and bags that go the extra mile.  

As well as offering the world’s strongest fiber™ and the outstanding and versatile performance of Dyneema® Composite Fabric, we have a network of technical centers that spans three continents and teams of experts who keep working to push the boundaries of material science. So, how about a shared adventure?

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Protective apparel

Extreme sports require extreme protection. Higher concentrations of Dyneema® produce gear for high-stakes applications.

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Performance apparel and footwear

High-performance gear that just doesn’t quit: ultra-strong, lightweight equipment for life’s great adventures.

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Outdoor gear

In changing conditions, Dyneema® never lets adventurers down, enabling strong, lightweight, waterproof, and durable gear.

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