7 different ways to use webbing


Webbing is a very strong, closely woven fabric which comes in varying degrees of thickness and widths.


Nylon, polyester and polypropylene are among the most common materials used for webbing but they have different properties which means the material needs to be appropriate for the intended use. Nylon webbing for example should not be repeatedly exposed to water as it can harbour mildew, whereas polypropylene is water resistant.


Webbing fabric has a wide variety of uses and has helped make our lives a lot easier and safer. We may not notice webbing in our everyday lives but we’d certainly be lost without it! Here are 7 different uses for webbing and webbing straps.


Fire fighting


Lightweight webbing material is a really important tool for the fire brigade and other emergency and rescue services. These professionals always make sure to keep their webbing in a place that is easily accessible and store it neatly so they can quickly use it to hoist tools, to control doors and to make emergency harnesses for both civilians and themselves.


Rock climbing and abseiling

When it comes to rock climbing and abseiling safety is essential. Webbing is chosen primarily because of its high strength and durability and is used for a whole host of different rock climbing equipment including harnesses, slings and runners.


Hiking and camping

Webbing is used for many outdoor activities including backpacking, camping and hiking as it is able to withstand general weather conditions such as sun, wind and rain. Webbing straps are used on backpacks and other bags, safety gear and for securing and adjusting tents.


Parachuting and skydiving

Like rock climbing, parachuting materials need to be strong and secure. Webbing is used to make parachute harnesses for both recreational, professional and military parachuting and skydiving.



Webbing is most commonly used to make leashes, harnesses and collars for pets. Webbing is ideal for this use as it is strong enough to ensure you keep hold of your pet, yet smooth enough that it isn’t uncomfortable on the animal’s skin.


Equestrian uses

Traditionally most equestrian equipment was made out of leather, but over time this material has been found to lack the necessary strength and durability so it was replaced with webbing. Head collars, bridles, halters and reins all use webbing to ensure safety and comfort for both the horse and the rider.


Seat belts

The other most common use for webbing is to make seat belts, not only in cars, but on planes and on theme park rides too. Again, webbing is chosen due to its strength which works to protect the wearer in case of a collision or a sudden stop. Seat belt technology has saved countless lives making this webbing’s most important use of all.


Materia Products is a British company that provides high quality sewn products including all manner of stitched webbing and webbing straps to fit your needs. Materia can supply webbing, straps and end fastening products including tree stops, load restraints and ratchet buckles.

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