Herculite® Military Fabrics

There are a lot of military fabrics out there that look nice, but that doesn’t mean they’ll stand the test of time or even daily wear and tear. Our military fabric will give you exactly what you need to get the job done and endure for many years to come. It’s continually delivering on this promise to our clients that has made Herculite the chosen supplier of many for military fabric.


MILSPECThe Ultimate Military Textile

Herculite Mil Spec 20696 meets MIL-PRF-20696F Type 2 Class 2 and is made in the USA and is compliant with the Berry Amendment. The military fabric is fire retardant, waterproof, rot resistant, tear resistant, flexible and has a high tensile strength. Our military fabrics are perfect for: durable tarpaulins, fabric shelters, outdoor covers, industrial curtains and many other industrial needs. 

Herc80Time-Tested Performance

Herculite 80 military fabrics are available in a variety of colors. Our military fabrics are produced to conform to MIL-C-43006/55308 Type 1 and other applicable quality standards. Produced with weft inserted polyester scrims for high tear resistance, they provide superior abrasion resistance for a longer effective life.


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How do you weld Herculite Military fabric?

Some of the most common methods used for seaming Herculite Military Fabric:

Hot Air Welding

This process of vinyl welding involves the use of hot air—varying from 200 to 600 degrees C or more—to weld two layers of fabric. A nozzle is inserted into the space between the two layers and the hot air is blown inside. Once the surfaces are hot enough, the layers are pressed together using pinch rollers. The weld is created once the rollers are finished pinching the fabrics together.

Radio Frequency Welding

Also known as high frequency or dielectric welding; uses radio waves to create heat.

Solvent Welding

In this process, chemical solvents are used to create a seam. The solvent is placed along the surface of the fabrics and allowed to rest for a short period of time. The solvent’s chemicals break down or soften the fabrics. Once the fabrics are soft enough, pressure is applied to create the seam.

Wedge Welding

Two pieces of fabric are passed through a wedge. The wedge is heated and as the fabrics move along, a roller is used to press them together; a seam is created.

Sewing Using Polyester or Teflon Thread

The seam is created using a sewing machine. Proper thread selection is critical especially when outdoor applications are subject to harsh weather elements. Polyester and Teflon threads offer strength and durability.

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How do I maintain my Herculite Fabrics?

Herculite Military fabrics are polyester reinforced PVC fabric that will provide many years of satisfactory service. It is waterproof, flame, mildew, stain and dirt resistant. Properly cleaned and periodically maintained, they will stand up to the rigors of use. Since no industrial textile is impervious to all hazards, periodic and proper maintenance is important if maximum life of the product is to be realized.

Detailed care and cleaning instructions can be obtained from the manufacturer.


What are the typical properties?

  Mil Spec 20696 Herculite 80
Material Vinyl laminated on a weft insertion scrim base of high tenacity filament polyester. Vinyl laminated on a weft insertion scrim base of high tenacity filament polyester.
Colors Three Colors Available Eight Colors Available
Width 61 inches/1.55 meters 61 inches/1.55 meters
Length 50 yds 50 yds
Weight 15 oz./yd² 18 oz./yd²
Finish Matte Matte
Welding Heat sealable & sewable Heat sealable & sewable
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Discovery Process

Herculite professionals in research and development, technical support and customer service have many years of experience in addressing a vast array of industry needs, from product development and process enhancement to go-to-market strategies. This expertise is made available to Herculite Tent and Structure Fabrics customers through the Discovery Process.


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