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Waxed Canvas

Waxed cotton is, as the name suggests, cotton impregnated with a paraffin based wax, woven into a cloth. Widely used from the mid-19th century to even today, the product,which originated in the sailing industry in England and Scotland, became widely used by many for waterproofing.

Waxed canvas performs better when it comes to abrasion resistance and water resistance, but at the expense of weight.

When it comes to abrasion resistance waxed canvas really shines. It turns away thorns and branches, can survive being dragged on pavement, gravel etc. A heavier untreated canvas is also pretty rugged in this regard, but it won't survive unscathed.

It really comes down to how the bag will be treated.  I have no reservations about using untreated #8 canvas (18oz) for things like gym bags, totes, dopp kits etc. However, for things that will get beaten and bruised (overnight/travel bags, job site bags and briefcases, hunting/hiking packs etc.) I suggest waxed cotton.