Freetour Pants Women 2
Freedom of movement is an essential property of touring pants. With the Freetour Pants this is achieved by the optimised cut in combination with a elastic, 3-layer fabric. Thus they keep easily pace with every move in free riding, touring or mountaineering. Moreover, the pants provide optimal ventilation to the generous side zippers. The adjustable elastic waistband guarantees perfect fit even after a harsh climb. In short: these pants provide ideal clothing for any kind of winter sports.
Trudging on snowhoes lighthearted through powder, carving in wide curves down a perfect slope with your splitboard, letting off steam on the slope, “go göögle” (go sledding) at the Heuberge in Fideris or just strolling through the winter splendour – for this activities our Freetour Pants are made for. With these pants you are optimally equipped for the winter season. If you are up and away for a spring tour an optimal climate is achieved by the comfortable inner lining and the generous ventilation zippers. If you aren’t sure whether the Freetour Pants 2 really are the the best choice for you, don’t hesitate to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 081 511 23 27
Our pants has a proud price. We used the last update of the pants to identify together with athletes, friends and our production team to identify and get rid of unnecessary features. With this measure we saved 34 CHF production cost and could reduce the total investment into production to 254 CHF. This is a reduction of 38% of the full price! But the 254 CHF invested into the tailoring process is a lot compared to the salary in low-income countries such as Asia and Eastern Europe. Nevertheless, we think this is the right way to go. With this approach we keep and even generate employment and know-how in Switzerland. Material expenses are the second cost biggest factor.
The ROTAUF Freetour Pants are comfortable to wear and the elastic fabric doesn’t restrict the freedom of movement. What’s more, the long side ventilation zipper is expected to last more than only 1 to 3 years. Hence, we use only high quality materials. About 100 CHF are expenses for our suppliers Sympatex, YKK, JHCO and others. For the salary of Ray and Remo, our developers, and for the production of patterns, 6% of the total are used. The last 22% are used for payments to Tanja, Marion and Oliver for the customer service, sustainability work, sourcing and other remaining work for ROTAUF. Last but not least we pay 7.7% value-added taxes to the Swiss government.
The Freetour Pants achieve 23.7 out of a possible 50 points in the environmental sustainability rating. In the assessment three criteria are paramount:
1. No Harmful Chemicals (10/30)
Since 2013 fabrics are completely PFC-free and produced in compliance with the Bluesigne standard. But that is not all: Since 2016 we collaborate with the Greenpeace DETOX campaign. In the course of this collaboration we renounced 430 chemicals in our products. An independet laboratory associated with Greenpeace is testing all our fabrics. The last test run of the black Tour-fabric detected the presence of only 11 out of the 430 examined chemicals. Since we rate our products strictly, these detected chemicals lead to a fierce deduction from the sustainability score. However, the result is still exceptionally good compared to other jackets on the market.
2. Closed Loop
In order to reduce the burden of waste imposed on the planet and the environment, the material for our clothes can be reintroduced into the production cycle. Therefore, the fabric of our Freetour Pants is completely recyclable. At present it is not possible to produce the fabric based on recycled material, but we are working on it.
The production and the transport of the 3-layer fabric causes a substantial amount of CO2-emission. Our supplier Sympatex places great value on using only ultra-low CO2-emitting raw materials and reducing transportation to a minimum. Hence the fabric is woven, dyed and laminated in the same city. To be 100% CO2-neutral, we compensate the nonavoidable CO2 in collaboration with our partner MyClimate.
In combination with the elastic 3-layer fabric by Sympate and the pre-shaped knee parts, the pants allow unrestricted freedom of movement. For perfect climate regulation, the pants are equipped with generous side vents. The reinforcement at the lower leg protects the pants from damage caused by ski edges or crampons. In addition, the lower legs are adjustable in width by Velcro fasteners – this will avoid that the pants getting caught by the crampons. Thanks to integrated gaiters adjustable in width the pants fit both bulky ski boots as well as lightweight hiking boots. The comfortable and adjustable waistband extends extra high up the waist, thereby protecting the body from the cold and snow. The size XS is also available in short length.
- Weight: 707 g (men, size L)
- Hydrostatic head: 20’000 mm
- Dynamic breathability, initial value: RET < 11
- Tear strength fabric: min. 450 N – particularly high
- Abrasion resistance fabric: >60’000 cycles – particularly high
- 3-layer laminate
- Outer fabric: 100% polyester
- Membrane: 100% polyester
- Lining: 100% polyester
In social sustainability rating the Freetour Pants scored 31.9 out of possible 40 points. The pants are sewn 100% in Switzerland and only use logos from Gelterkinden (BL), velcro fastener from Zofingen (AG) as well as zippers either from Germany or Italy. The waterproof fabric is developed by the company Sympatex. However, the production takes place in Taiwan and is carried out by the companies Flying Tex and G-Fun. In Taiwan different terms of employment apply as in Switzerland. For example, it in Taiwan it is possible for an employer to dismiss an employee immediately. But the job market is more flexible than here therefore the dismissed employee should get a new job rather quickly (approximately 4% unemployment). Also a five-day week is formalized in this country. Additionally, a maximum of 46 hours of overtime per month was introduced last year. Taiwan plays a pioneering role in the field of labour law in the Asian region. Therefore, it agrees with our conscience to produce in those countries. Nevertheless, the production in Asia causes a withdrawal of points in the environmental assessment. In the long term we want to improve this matter. Therefore we are always looking for alternatives in Western Europe.
The History of your Pants
Producing functional and qualitative pants isn’t an easy task. Find out more about the production in Switzerland, the fabric production and much more.
Woven, Dyed and Laminted in Taoyuan City
High-performance Fabric from Taiwan
The material used for the Freetour Pants is the slightly elastic 3-layer fabric from Sympatex. The fabric is PFC-free and Bluesigne and Ökotex certified. The production is rather complex and is done by specialists in Taiwan. As a first step the company Flying Tex weaves and dyes the durable outer material as well as the supple lining fabric. A few blocks away the company G-Fun execute the task of laminating the three components (outer material, breathable and waterproof Sympatex-membrane and lining fabric) together.
We appreciate the collaboration with both companies. Together with Sympatex, they pursue the highest environmental standards in the production. Therefore, the goal for the material is to meet the Greenpeace DETOX standard. In a first test run, only 11 out of the 430 examined harmful chemicals could be detected. A thorn in our side is the means of transport of the fabric to Switzerland. The batch is too small to be transported by ship. Therefore, we have no other choice than to ship it by plane. Until bigger batches will be ordered or else we find a local manufacturer, we compensate the emitted CO2. For this purpose, we cooperate with our partner MyClimate. The same fabric is used for the Tour Jacket.
Sewed in Widnau
Discover how your jacket is produced.
The optimisation, simplification and development of new features is a never ending process. Therefore, we work with athletes, alpine guides, friends and our Swiss production team to get an optimal result and reduce the production cost even further. We already invested more than 140 working hours over the last years into the refinement of the Freetour Pants.
On average Emin and his team invest 3.8 hours to bond, sew and tape the over 60 individual parts together to the final pants. Precision and accuracy are indispensable for this task. Especially the application of the tape for the waterproof seam sealing is highly complex. For one thing the configuration of the taping machine need to be controlled regularly. On the other hand, the handling is rather challenging because no mistakes are forgiven. If the tape is applied the wrong way, it can’t be removed. The tailor therefore has only one attempt to get it right. The challenge is that the taping step is the last one in the production process. Fortunately, Carolina, our taping expert in Widnau, is very accurate.Anmelden