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Proto review of the Lind models.

Proto review of the Lind models.

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Time really flies and it has all ready been two weeks since we showed the Lind prototypes live on Instagram. If you missed the live show, simply click the Instagram link to see it again.

I figured it could be nice to post all info and the progress here as well. I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

We decided to go with the name Lind, which is Lime tree in English. Suggested by Patrik, thank you! And thanks to the rest of you who sent in your proposals!

We felt that this was actually a perfect name since the Lime tree wood actually have simliar properties as the pants. The wood is light weight, and feels just like the Lind pants, very smooth on the surface.  Other great properties which is simliar is that the wood has good bending abilities. Just like the stretch in the fabric we use.

So it feels like a perfect match!

That leads us straight into the next topic. The fabric, which is a great part of how a garment feels and functions. 

It has been a bit tricky and we have been taking some different paths on this fabric journey but now we finally feel that we've found a great combination of fibres for the coming products. 

It is a combination of recycled nylon, virgin nylon and spandex . 

The fabric weights only 120g/sqm which makes it really light and packable. Even though it is such a light fabric, the combination of virgin nylon and recycled nylon makes it really durable. 

Another great benefit with this fabric is that it is quite fast drying, and if you look close you can see that the surface has small waviness to it. This prevents it from getting sticky on your legs if you get too hot. 

The stretch is 2-way and helps to keep its shape much better if you compare to a 4-way stretch. I often experience that when you wear pants from 100% 4-way stretch they always feel way to flimsy, like if you are wearing joggers or trainers and not proper pants. 

This fabric, thanks to the 2-way stretch, gives you great freedom of moment but the does not necessarily feel like trainers. 

fabric

Let's take a closer look at the pants and shorts. The fit is made to be kind of mid fit, they are not really loose or tight. The hem and legs are slightly slimmer as you in most occasion will wear these with summer shoes, sneakers or sandals.

In the hem of the pants you find a similar adjustment system as on Ljung pants but these you can tighten much much more making sure they stay up if you for example wear sandals. This also gives the hem a nice fold compared to if one would use an elastic cord then they would kind of wrinkle up instead.

You got two zipped leg pockets and a really nice feature, pitched by Anton, is that you can fold the pants inside and out into the right side pocket. This makes a great small storage bag if you are traveling and need to pack the pants or shorts.

Lind Pants
Lind pants
Lind shorts
Lind shorts

Stay tuned for more information soon!

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Live – Design review 1.

Live – Design review 1.

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Here is a short recap on last Thursdays live review on Instagram. If you missed it live, simply click the Instagram link to see it again.

Thanks to all of you who watched, and thanks for all the great feedback and input!  Here are some more pictures and info.

Some of you might have seen in the blog, that there has been some work going on, on an insulation jacket. Basically it is a very straight forward insulation piece that is aimed to work on its own or when layer with a shell of some sort. You can read more about this project here. 

 

The idea is to make this jacket in 100% recycled polyester and we are currently searching for main materials.

For filling we aim to use Primalofts recycled filling and for fabrics the key will be to find a light, yet durable fabric.

The top candidate at the moment is this 100% recycled polyester ripstop, which is highly packable and light weight (68g/sqm).

A lot of you have been asking for shorts and we have also been longing for a pair of pants that can compliment the Ljung pants during the hot summer days.

During the past months we have been working on a new concept, and I wanted to take the opportunity to share the progress and collect your valuable initial feedback. 

Brief design outlook:

Multifunctional, versatile and light weight hiking pants and shorts. Traditional design with clear functionality. Full stretch with a very high level of comfort.

 

Brief function outlook:

- Clean timeless design.
- Good fit, not too loose not too tight.
- Lightweight.
- Functional pockets.
- Adjustment possibilities.
- Quick drying.
- Extremely comfortable.

 

Brief price range outlook:

Our online price target is 800-1000 SEK.
The retail competition price 1400-1800 SEK.

These pants are going to be a single fabric product. A very light weight fabric that consist of 95% recycled nylon and 5% Polyurethane. The Polyurethane give the fabric some great stretch properties and the surface has a small wrinkle effect to it which prevents the fabric from sticking to your leg when to warm. The fabric weights 132g/sqm and mens size 48 will weight about 330 gram.

prototype
prototype

On these pants the hem adjustment is extended, making it possible to really tighten the hem around your vrist. We use the same durable aluminum hook as on the Ljung pants.

 

 

prototype
midnatts-blå
bark-grå
kalk-grå

Stay tuned for more information soon!

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It finally arrived.

It finally arrived.

After a long long wait the production of the Vide fleece finally started to arrive. Last week we got the very first delivery of the black version, this was more or less all dedicated to the fantastic Kickstarter backers who made all of this possible. A few days later the green version arrived and it looks really good 🙂

The past days has been all about packing the Kickstarter orders. If not yet then hopefully with in a few days all you fantastic Kickstarter supporters will have received your jackets!

Once again thank you so much for your support, this would not have been possible without you!

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Made in?

Made in?

Producing textile products is quite complex, especially when working with technical and functional materials, as often used in the outdoors. We strive to use the most responsible materials and production options and we are constantly searching for new and better ways.

As a part of this search, we believe that transparency plays an extremely important role. Once one fully understand the complexity of production, one can start to change it and that is why we also want to share the true story behind our products.

Products

You know that small label inside all clothing that states “made in”, what does that actually mean?

You might think that it states the country where your product has been made in, but that’s only the very final step of production and a very small part of the truth. To really understand where a product has been made you have to break it down into all its components.

But let’s start from a finished garment and work our way back, and let’s look at one of our products, the Lupin Merino wool and Tencel t-shirt.

The final level of production is the assembly. This is where the garment is cut and sewn together.

This level can be called tier 1.

The country where tier 1 takes place is stated on the small care-label inside your clothes. Our t-shirt is sewn in Latvia and that is the final step of production and also what is stated inside the t-shirt.

Cutting fabric

If we now start to break our t-shirt into its different components, we find that it actually consists of quite many different parts.

1. The fabric.

2. The thread.

3. The care-label (with the “made in” text)

4. The brand neck label.

5. The small brand label in the side seam.

All these components are almost never produced in the same country as where the product is sewn.

This level of production can be called tier 2 and this information is almost never communicated to you. Let’s look at our list again.

1. The fabric. 

Knitted in Sweden, dyed in Poland.

2. The thread.

Spun in India and Thailand.

3. The care-label (with the “made in” text). 

Weaved and finished in China.

4. The brand neck label. 

Weaved and finished in China.

5. The small brand label in the side seam. 

Weaved and finished in China.

As you can see we have now added 5 more countries to the list. And as you can see, even tier 2 can involve more than one country for making one component.

But this is only level 2 and these are the countries where the components, which are also products, have been assembled. The materials for these components rarely originates from the same country as they have been produced in.

Knitting machine

Let's dig deeper and this level of production can be called tier 3.
Before a fabric can be knitted or a label can be woven, we need yarn. Let’s look at our list again.

1. The fabric.

Yarn produced in Austria and UK.

2. The thread.

Yarn produced in China.

3. The care-label (with the “made in” text). 

Yarn produced in China.

4. The brand neck label.

Yarn produced in China.

5. The small brand label in the side seam.

Yarn produced in China.

As you can see we have now added another 2 countries to the list. But before any of these yarns can be produced we need raw materials.

This level of production can be called tier 4 and some of these materials, never all, are actually stated in your garments care-label too, but only its content not where it originates from. Let’s look at our list again.

1. The fabric. 

The fabric consists of 60% mulesing free Merino wool, 40% Tencel. The Merino wool fiber comes from South Africa. Tencel comes from the raw material wood and this wood originates from South Africa, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Scandinavia, Baltic countries, Russia and USA.

2. The thread. 

The thread consists of Polyester that comes from China.

3. The care-label (with the “made in” text). 

The care-label consists of Polyester that comes from China.

4. The brand neck label.

The neck label consists of Polyester that comes from China.

5. The small brand label in the side seam.

The brand label consists of Polyester that comes from China.

19 different countries.

We have now added another 13 countries to the list. This means that our Lupin Merino wool and Tencel t-shirt originates from 19 different countries.

So when it comes to the answer to where a garment has been made, the correct answer is almost always worldwide. If you are interested in knowing where your garments has been made - dig deeper. It is in almost no case only made in the country stated on its label.

So why have we only stated Latvia in our Lupin t-shirt care-label? You need to state the tier 1 production country in the garment but there is no one stopping you from adding all countries. As you can see the list of countries fast becomes really long and as we only sell from our homepage we felt that it was easier to state all our components origin at our homepage instead. Here you find all components and ingredients and their country of origin: https://www.norraoutdoor.com/ingredients/ 

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Barr-grön(green).
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Behind the scene.

Behind the scene.

Figured it was about time to give you a short recap on what is currently happening behind the scene, behind the webshop, instagram images and facebook posts.

 

It has been about two months sine the last blog update. The past weeks has been real intense as we got the restocked of the Ljung pants in March. The very first thing we had to do was to rebuild the office, freeing up space and arranging storage for all the pants. It's almost unreal and hard to grasp that it has just been 1 year since the very first pants were delivered.

We are overwhelmed by all of you how are making this possible and as more and more pants are leaving the office we are getting help from friends and family with packing.

Now we are pushing hard to get the Vide fleece finished in production after being affected by the Covid-19 virus the past months.

 

The plan is now to get the next development going as well, so stay tuned for more updates!

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