Does Outdoor Hook and Loop Exist?

Hook and loop fasteners are a popular choice for a variety of applications, including marine and outdoor use. However, there's some confusion about whether or not there is such a thing as waterproof marine grade hook and loop for outdoor use.

Polyester hook and loop is best for outdoor marine applications

The short answer is no, there is no such thing as truly waterproof marine grade hook and loop, or any special product designed specifically for outdoor use. Any hook and loop material will eventually break down over time due to constant UV exposure, water exposure, salt, or some combination of the three. UV rays especially are often the fastest way to degrade hook and loop fasteners in the outdoors.

While there is no one perfect solution, there are some hook and loop materials that are more resistant to the elements than others. Polyester fasteners are currently the best option for outdoor and marine use, as they are more resistant to UV and water than other materials.

However, even polyester hook and loop will not last forever in an outdoor environment. If you are looking for hook and loop fasteners for outdoor or water use, it is important to test the products for your specific application over time to make sure they will meet your needs.

Here are some tips for choosing hook and loop fasteners for outdoor use:

  • Choose polyester products.
  • Test the products in your application and test it over time, if possible.
  • Be aware that even the most durable hook and loop fasteners will not last forever.

  • This can be a tricky situation to navigate, so if you have any questions, or if you'd like free samples for testing, please feel free to email us at or by phone at (800) 940-6934.