You Can Repair These Bags With Just Your Body Heat

Herschel's new Sealtech duffel and backpack actually reseal small holes when you rub your fingers over them.

BY JONATHAN EVANS | Mar 7, 2016 | Fashion


Herschel may have made its name on simple, classically styled duffels, totes, and backpacks, but lately the Vancouver-based company has been pushing hard on the innovation side of things . First there was ApexKnit, a technical knitted fabric that'll remind sneaker-heads of the lightweight uppers on recent releases by NikeAdidas, and APL. Now Herschel's founders, brothers Lyndon and Jamie Cormack, are introducing a fabric called Sealtech—and it's pretty damn amazing. 

The lightweight ripstop nylon isn't just water-resistant; it can actually reseal small holes by tightening the surrounding material, and all it takes is the application of a little body heat via rubbing your fingers over a puncture. 


testing out @herschelsupply's ✨ magical ✨ sealtech fabric

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"We're constantly looking for innovative fabrics and manufacturing processes to keep us moving forward," explains Jaime. "We were looking at new materials with unique treatments and different properties when Sealtech fabric was first brought in almost two years ago. This nylon ripstop has the perfect coating combination that not only gives it a soft hand-feel, but it's also water-resistant and can reseal itself after minor punctures." It can't fix big rips or tears, but still: impressive.

Currently, it's available on just two styles: the brand's classic Lawson backpack (USD149) and Sutton duffel (USD99). (You can expect more styles to be introduced in 2017.) The prices are a little higher than Herschel's core range of products, but aside from all the benefits that come with Sealtech, the new bags feature a pared-down aesthetic that—if you ask us—is well worth laying a little extra cash on the table. As Jamie puts it: "We were able to achieve a technically driven end product that has a really elevated, utility look." 

From: Esquire US.