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NQ bags combine ultimate form with premium design. Machined in our factory in South Yorkshire, our modular design features a special blend of neoprene that is suitable for bag construction. We use non-allergenic 100% certified nickel-free buckles and hardware.
Neoprene is a synthetic rubber product developed in the 1930s which has a wide range of uses. It is a tough material that will resist stretching out of shape, often used in or around water. It is durable enough to be worn and used during vigorous activity or for prolonged periods of time. Neoprene is a foam product that also makes an excellent insulator.
It can keep food warm in the winter and drinks cool in the summer. Perfect if you have young children on the beach or at the poolside.
DO YOU USE THE SAME GRADE OF NEOPRENE FOR ALL YOUR BAGS?
No we don’t. We currently have two finishes, smooth and quilted. The quilted neoprene is exclusively manufactured by us in The UK. We mainly use an SBR neoprene blend which comes in varying thicknesses. SBR (styrene-butadiene rubber) is easily identified by examining a cross section or raw edge of the material. We have explored all the various neoprene compounds and found SBR gives more structure to our bags.
CAN I PUT MY BAG IN THE WASHING MACHINE?
Yes. We design all our bags to be fully machine-washable and suggest you follow the care instructions. Each bag comes with a washbag which can double up as a dustbag when your bag is not in use. We also have customers that keep their washbag in their NQ bag for use as a shopping bag, instead of a plastic carrier bag.
WILL ALL STAINS COME OUT IN THE WASH?
We cannot guarantee the removal of all stains. As with all accidents we strongly suggest you do not allow the stain to dry completely before placing the bag in the washing machine.
Light-coloured, water-based liquids tend to wash out completely successfully, but red wine could possibly mark the lighter coloured bags. Many customers have reported stains can be completely removed by specialist stain removal products. We suggest you refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines when using any specialist stain removal product.
CAN I USE MY BAG IN THE RAIN OR ON A BOAT WHERE THERE IS EXPOSURE TO WATER?
Absolutely. NQ bags are designed to be around water. The nature of neoprene means that there will be no water marks after the bag dries naturally. If you are frequently on yachts or boats we suggest you periodically wash your bag, as constant exposure to sea water can result in light salt stains. These are easily removed by washing.
WILL MY BAG FADE WITH EXPOSURE TO THE SUN?
Most of our bags are light fast under normal circumstances. Some of the more intense colours could fade if exposed to strong direct sunlight for prolonged periods. We recommend the use of a UV fabric protector.
ARE NQ BAGS VEGAN?
Yes. Since neoprene is a synthetic material no animals are involved in the production.