The all-rounder among the outdoor pants - radically Swiss Made. Comfortable like sweatpants, robust like work trousers and clean like chinos. Thanks to Stotz Ventile fabric made from 100% recycled cotton, the trousers are breathable and water-repellent. Finally, outdoor trousers that can do everything from spring to autumn but don't look like it.
The history of your outdoor pants
The ROTAUF outdoor trousers are dyed, finished and sewn in Switzerland. Find out more about the background to your pants here.
Cut in Rothenthurm
In collaboration with a suit tailor for the perfect fit.
Developing a good pair of outdoor trousers for different sports is very difficult - the product stands and falls with the cut. That's why we broke new ground and teamed up with Schuler Manufakturen from Rothenthurm, a uniform and suit tailor, for this challenging project. Together with Stefan Steiner, Daniel Hess and their team, we fiddled and tweaked the cut for half a year until we were satisfied. We are convinced that together with Schuler Manufakturen we have created a good alternative to the usual outdoor trousers.
Schuler Manufakturen not only supported us in the development but also took over the production. In a residential building with an annex on the main street in Rothenthurm, around 30 seamstresses and seamstresses work, who normally produce suits and uniforms for clubs and private individuals. We are very proud to be able to work with this traditional company from Central Switzerland.
You can find more information at: https://manufaktur6418.ch/.
A legendary fabric
Or what Mount Everst has to do with Swiss textile craftsmanship...
For our outdoor trousers we use a fabric from the Zurich-based company Stotz: the Ventile 230 RCO. This fabric has a particularly exciting history that begins in England. Ventile is originally an English textile manufacturer that made a name for itself with extremely robust, weather-resistant fabrics for the pilots of the Royal Air Force in the Second World War. Mountaineers of the time also became aware of this extraordinary fabric and learned to appreciate its advantages. Sir Edmund Hillary, for example, wore an anorak on his first ascent of Mount Everest that was also made of a densely woven fabric from the Ventile company. As the textile industry in England slowly died out in the 1980s and 90s, Ventile lost important partners who dyed and finished their fabrics. To fill this gap, Ventile looks for new partners in Europe in the early 90s and ends up in Switzerland, with the Zurich company Stotz.
After several years of hard development work, these two companies together manage to establish the dyeing and finishing processes for Ventile's high-performance fabrics in Switzerland. In the following years, Stotz also gradually takes over the production of the Ventile fabrics and finally, in 2017, the complete brand. Unfortunately, since the closure of Jenny Fabrics in 2020, there is no longer a weaving mill that can produce the Stotz Ventile fabrics in Switzerland. The weaving therefore takes place in Egypt. In this way, the know-how of these traditional companies can be preserved and continued. But Stotz Ventile fabrics are still dyed and finished entirely in Switzerland.
Blue in Zofingen
Sustainably dyed and finished with over 180 years of know-how.
The fabric for our outdoor trousers is dyed and finished at the Swiss textile finishing company Bethge in Zofingen. Bethge has been family-owned since it was founded in 1834 and has had an eventful history. But even in crises, Bethge has always stood by its Swiss employees and maintained the plant in Zofingen. This was also the case in 2017, when Bethge's entire production facility suffered a total loss after a devastating storm. The water in the factory halls was 2 metres high - the Zofingen village stream, which normally flows under the company premises, became a raging torrent.
As a result, the owner family decided relatively quickly to rebuild the company. A total of 20 million was invested in the new machinery and Bethge is now one of the most modern textile finishing companies in the whole of Europe.
Bethge currently employs around 30 people. Since 2019, the company has been managed by three women with great success: the export share has been significantly increased from 5 to 20 percent during this time.
Further information on Bethge.