is a strong fabric woven
as a flat strip or tube of varying width and fibers
often used in place of rope
. The name webbing comes from the meshed
material frequently used in its construction, which resembles a web. It is a versatile component used in climbing
, furniture manufacturing
, automobile safety
, auto racing
, military apparel
, and many other fields. Modern webbing is often made from exceptionally high-strength material, such as Dyneema
, and Kevlar
. For less performance-oriented applications, cotton
, and flax
can be used. Webbing is both light and strong, with breaking strengths
readily available in excess of 10,000 lb
In rock climbing, nylon webbing is used in slings
, runners, harnesses
, anchor extensions and quickdraws
Webbing is used in many ways in hiking and camping gear including backpacks straps, load adjusters and tent adjusters.
The two types of webbing, tubular and flat, are almost identical in strength, leaving no major difference between the two.
Automotive and racing safety
are an obvious example of webbings used in auto safety but there are myriad other uses. Nylon and Polyester webbing are used a great deal in auto racing safety for a large variety of items. Racing harnesses
restraining the driver have used Nylon webbing for years, but since the death of Dale Earnhardt
Polyester webbing is becoming more popular due to its increased strength, and lower rate of elongation under load. The Nylon commercial type 9 webbing generally used in racing harnesses stretches approximately 20-30% of its initial length at 2500 lb
)) while Polyester only stretches 5% -15%. Window nets to prevent objects from entering the driver compartment are constructed of polypropelene webbing, as are helmet nets used to reduce side loads to the head in Sprint cars
. The HANS device
uses webbing tethers to attach the helmet to the collar, and the Hutchens device
is made almost entirely of webbing.
Webbing is used in couches and chairs as a base for the seating areas that is both strong and flexible. Many types of outdoor furniture use little more than thin light webbing for the seating areas. Webbing is also used to reinforce joints and areas that tend to flex.
Webbing is used to make military belts, packs and pouches, and by extension also refers to the items themselves. The British Army
adopted cotton webbing to replace leather
after the Second Boer War
although leather belts are still worn in more formal dress. The term is still used for a soldier's combat equipment, although cotton webbing has since been replaced with more advanced materials. The webbing system used by the British Army today is known as Personal Load Carrying Equipment
Webbing is designed to be light enough to carry the vital things needed in battle and for outdoor survival. It is made so that if the bergen is lost or abandoned, the soldier can survive on emergency rations carried in the webbing for up to 24 hours, although this can be extended if supplies are rationed. Typical contents of webbing include cooking equipment, 24 hours worth of rations, ammunition, first aid or survival supplies and sheltering equipment. Most webbing systems incorporate a degree of modular construction consisting of a yoke (a type of shoulder harness), a belt and a variety of pouches specific to different tasks, for example pouches designed to carry ammunition magazines may have dividers or special waterproofing. Different combinations of pouches can be used to customise webbing to better suit the mission it is needed for. Generally it is unusual for western armies to fight with a bergen and so prior to an anticipated battle the bergen is usually stowed away from the forward edge of the battle area and webbing is used as the immediate load bearing equipment instead.
Webbing belts are also used frequently by modern cadet and scout groups, as well as police and security forces.
Tie downs, tie straps, cargo straps, E-track straps, cargo hoist straps, tow ropes, winch straps, cargo nets, and dozens of other items are used by thousands of shipping and trucking companies every day. The transportation industry is perhaps the largest user of high strength webbing in the world.
are woven from various forms of webbing. Corset style back braces
and other medical braces often incorporate straps made from webbing.
Webbing is often outfitted with various forms of tie down hardware
to extend its range of abilities (and create tie down straps
). This hardware can take the form of:
- End Fittings (S-hooks, snap hooks, bolt/anchor plates, J-hooks, flat hooks, etc.)
- Fasteners (over-center, cam, ratchet, etc.)
- Buckles (slide buckles, snap buckles, etc.)
There is also hardware associated with the various end fittings to attach them to a surface, such as footman’s loops, brackets and E-track fittings.
In education and learning Webbing is a method of diagrammatically representing facts and information, similar to Mind Mapping.