Production & Materials
Where are the products made?
We have different production facilities for different products.
Backpacks and a large part of our clothing are mainly produced in China . We have our own production facility there with highly qualified employees who have been with us for a long time. Thanks to our flexible production, we can react very quickly and also manufacture small series.
Products made of fleece are produced in Lithuania. All T-Shirts are fabricated in Portugal.
It is important to us that we have production facilities that offer very good working conditions, can produce in an environmentally friendly manner and offer short transport routes. For example, the fabric factory in Portugal, from which we get the fabric, is approx. 20 km from the sewing shop.
Where do the materials used come from?
We source many high-quality fabrics from Europe. Fleece materials come from Italy, fabrics for T-shirts from Portugal and the fabric for a new jacket for 2021 from Vorarlberg (→ Getzner Textil Bludenz). Regardless of where the fabric comes from, it must meet our strict requirements with regard to lightfastness and wash resistance and meet legal standards.
This is also carefully checked for the accessories (zippers, press studs ...).
It is important to us that the products are very durable - sustainability is very important to us. Many rucksacks and clothing items have been in use for many years. We are constantly researching new possibilities to design our products even better, without neglecting the environmental friendliness.
Properties of materials used
Polyamide and polyester are synthetic fibers.
Both have some great common properties:
- Tearproof and abrasion resistant - they are very robust and durable
- Elastic - this property helps to ensure that clothing made of polyamide or polyester is non-iron
- Quick drying - the fiber absorbs little moisture, but quickly transports it to the outside of the body
- Resistant to mites
- Light and soft
These positive features contribute to the fact that these two textile fibers are very popular in the sports and outdoor industry and are therefore often used.
Now briefly about the difference. Polyamide is a little more stretchy than polyester and dries a little faster. On the other hand, polyester is slightly more heat-resistant than polyamide, which is relevant for the care and cleaning of clothing. Attention: Material mixtures are often used, so you should always pay attention to the care label.
You have probably read spandex before, as it is hidden in many different items of clothing. Spandex is also a synthetic fiber and helps to make the fabric more elastic.
In addition, the fiber is very dimensionally stable, light, robust and soft. Like polyamide and polyester, this fiber hardly absorbs any liquid and dries quickly.
Cotton is a natural fiber and is obtained from the cotton plant. The fiber is very different from synthetic fibers in terms of absorbency. Because this is very high for cotton. But the fiber needs longer to dry. Nevertheless, the fiber is very breathable.
Apart from that the natural fiber is very skinfriendly, light and elastic. Regarding care, cotton can withstand much more heat than synthetic fibers and is generally very easy to maintain the clothes.
Clothing made of wood? That sounds crazy, but it really works. In addition, the manufacturing process is very sustainable and environmentally friendly. Not only that - TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers also have great properties:
- A smooth, cool and soft handle
- Good moisture transport
- High breathability
- Very odorless and antibacterial
- Colorfast for a very long time
The fastest growing plant is the bamboo. Depending on the species by up to 91 cm per day. Therefore it makes a lot of sense to take advantage of this rapidly renewable resource.
It also makes sense because the bamboo fiber has many great properties. Bamboo textiles are comfortable, breathable, quick-drying and heat regulating. In addition, the fiber has an antibacterial effect, which means that a garment with bamboo fibers smells less quickly and intensely.
G-LOFT® is an insulation material that is developed in Austria and produced in Europe (Slovakia). The material keeps you warm and is a great alternative to down feathers.
Like down, G-LOFT® is extremely light and highly compressible. This means that you can fold your jacket, pants or skirt with G-LOFT® filling very small and it takes up little space in your backpack. Thanks to the MEMORY EFFECT, the material unfolds again quickly after unpacking and gets back in its original form in a very short time.
Like most synthetic insulation materials, G-LOFT® does not absorb moisture and is therefore, unlike down feathers, suitable for cold and wet areas. Nevertheless, the material is breathable and transports moisture outside.
This is also a synthetic alternative to goose down. The insulation material has similar properties to down, but is moisture-resistant and water-repellent.
PrimaLoft® is insulating and keeps you warm - but at the same time it is breathable and wicks moisture away from your body. It is also quick drying and suitable for allergy sufferers. And all of this with a low weight and small packing volume.
Thinsulate™ is the third insulation alternative that we like to use for our products. The material is very insulating and ensures that the heat stays with the body. At the same time, the material is breathable and transports moisture to the outside.
Like all insulation materials that we use, Thinsulate™ is super light and has a small packing volume. So you don't need a lot of space, nor is your backpack much heavier if you want to take a jacket with Thinsulate™ with you.
Have you ever noticed the letters "YKK" on a zipper? That could be very possible because YKK is the market leader when it comes to zippers. The company has been developing and producing zippers for the textile industry for over 80 years. The quality of these zippers is particularly good thanks to the experience that the company has been able to gain over the years. Therefore, we only use YKK zippers for our products.
Do you have any further questions about production or material?
Feel free to write us what else you would like to know. We look forward to your message!