October 26, 2020 |

The daring exploits of the British Royal Marine Commandos are legendary and have won them an awesome and well-deserved reputation. As one of the toughest and most elite forces in the world they operate from polar regions to the tropics and every place in between.

Now, as a result of the Future Commando Force initiative, this elite force will be wearing CORDURA® NYCO fabric. This fabric is the core strength of the highly advanced ‘next generation’ uniforms procured by NATO for the British troops.  But, before being chosen, it had to prove its durability and high-performance characteristics in a gruelling ordeal of extreme trials.

A challenge it was more than ready for, having come through the CORDURA® brand’s own procedures that take aggressive abrasion testing to the limits. And along with advanced durability and resistance, CORDURA® NYCO fabric delivers other significant advantages that help make a real difference for those on the front line.

It’s light in weight, has comfort stretch, a higher tear-strength, is faster-drying and is more breathable than typical 50/50 nylon/cotton uniform kit. Meaning it can be trusted and relied on in the most extreme and hostile environments on earth - from frozen wastes to jungle and deserts.The new uniforms are designed and produced by Crye Precision USA, a company with unrivalled in-depth knowledge of the specific demands of combat and tactical operations.

They include individual Combat and Field ensembles all made from Crye Precision’s comfort weave MultiCam® VTX Ripstop stretch CORDURA® NYCO fabric - using INVISTA’s T420HT high tenacity nylon 6,6 fibre blended with cotton.


Gregg Thompson, Co-Founder of Crye Precision, explains why they choose CORDURA® fabric: “The fabric is always the starting point. We need people who understand what we’re trying to do. Who are willing to partner with us to help us get there. For us, CORDURA® is that partner. They set the technical standard and pretty much our entire line has some kind of CORDURA® element in it”

The Crye MultiCam® VTX printed fabric is exclusively supplied by 1947 LLC, a full-service textile solution provider specializing in military, tactical, and industrial products. Ben Galpen co-Founder of 1947 LLC says: “Entering into a new market is always exciting for our company but this is especially rewarding as we are honoured to support NATO and its mission.” 



All the uniforms are supplied by Level Peaks, a British company, under its five-year contract with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency. Jim Clarke, Programme Director for Level Peaks, says:

“We are very excited by this initiative. With Crye Precision’s world leading designs and CORDURA® fabric technology we are able to supply troops with a solution that is lighter, stronger and more comfortable. It will be worn by troops rapidly deployed to war zones, combat missions, commando raids, or providing humanitarian assistance.”


CORDURA® NYCO intimate blend nylon/cotton technology was specifically created for military and tactical applications and has a 40+year heritage of success and proven performance in the field. The Crye MultiCam® VTX NYCO stretch mobility fabric is powered by INVISTA’s latest high tenacity fibre technology - Type 420HT - for the ultimate in lightweight strength, comfort and enhanced durability.

Allen Mortimer Military EMEA director for INVISTA CORDURA® concludes: “Through close consultation with military experts – including experienced veterans – we are constantly evolving CORDURA® fabrics to face new scenarios in different theatres of conflict. We’re proud to know that this fabric now provides NATO troops with a tougher way to handle the toughest missions – and we salute the Royal Marines as the first unit to lead the way forward”.