Tour Jacket Women
The Tour Jacket protects you reliably from wind, rain and snow thanks to 3-layer laminate and taped seams. Well thought-out features, refined details and the robust, highly breathable and slightly elastic fabric characterize this waterproof jacket. The fully equipped hardshell is perfect for your tours on the mountain from summer to winter.
The History of your Jacket
Find out what happens behind the scenes and get to know what is required to produce your jacket. Thanks to the fabric designers, chemists, weavers, tailors, quality inspection, packers and distributors who made this SWISS MADE and breathable rain jacket possible.
Sewed and taped in Alt St. Johann
Tradition meets high-tech
Katrin Abderhalden founded her sewing studio Nähstall in Alt St. Johann a few years ago. Actually, Katrin and her small team specialized in sewing and embroidering traditional costumes. But for over a year now, we have been working closely with Katrin to jointly establish the production of waterproof clothing in Switzerland. High-tech - Made in Toggenburg.
A lot of dedication and love is put into the development and production of our Tour Jacket. One take 71 separate parts made from high quality material, add precise handcraft and complete the task with a diligent quality control – finished is the master piece. In reality it is not as simple. The production of the Tour Jacket is rather complex. Here a short extract: The process of taping (sealing the seams) is a challenge for itself. The exactly right temperature, speed and roller pressure of the taping machine matters.
These parameters need to be controlled regularly and be adjusted if necessary. The tricky part about this step is that the tailor only has one attempt to place the tape on the right spot. If something goes wrong the mistake cannot be corrected. Additionally, the taping is the final step of the production therefore diligence and precision are demanded. Fortunately, the production team is highly trained and are consequently very accurate.
Woven, Dyed and Laminated in Taoyuan City
High-performance Fabric from Taiwan
The material used for the Tour Jacket is a slightly elastic, 3-layer fabric developed by Sympatex. The fabric is PFC-free as well as Bluesign 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 Freetour Pants.
The Tour Jacket defies wind and weather yet is easy recyclable at the end of its life. The recycled material serves as a base for new jackets.