I'm looking at a suitcase by Wenger - an "Interlaken". It's made of 600 denier Ballistic Nylon, according to the company.
Does anyone know if this is a good choice for a 3 month, 20 flight, lots of rail travel trip? We're going to want something durable.
I've been unable to find out anything at all about 600 denier ballistic nylon.
And in line with the subject - here is what I do know about suitcase fabrics:
1000 Denier Cordura - made from multiple filament threads, giving feel of cotton canvas and slight "furriness" - can collect dust and dirt. Very abrasion resistant, not as rip resistant as ballistic nylon. Edges prone to fraying - finished edges and coatings on fabric eliminate this problem. Very durable.
1050 Denier Ballistic Nylon - made from a filament thread. Is woven 2 threads together. Is a slick fabric, very hard to dye, good rip resistance, not so good abrasion resistance. Very prone to fraying - edges must be finished. Good durability.
1680 Denier Ballistic Nylon - made from a filament thread. Is much thicker, and much cheaper than 1050 denier. Frays badly. Looks fantastic when new but wears badly.