No matter what textile labels a garment might display, the very finest materials can mean very little if a garment is badly constructed. The common standard of 'adequate' isn't sufficient for a truly premium trekking jacket.
While the extra care and skills required for the detailing of a premium construction may not always be immediately obvious, they always become apparent through prolonged use and years of service. There are over 60 separate pieces of fabric expertly cut and assembled to make one ebbelsen TREK MKII jacket. This takes significant time, but is time well spent.
The TREK MKII is a deceptively sophisticated design. The opening lapels carefully incorporate front and rear storm flaps to cover the main zip while also intelligently off-setting seams on the inside from the outside to improve weatherproofing. Both inner and outer storm flaps ingeniously overlap and shield the stitching used to install the zip.
Our choice of specialized duel core-spun thread - to maximise the garment's performance - has untypical levels of stretch, so it's imperative that we use the correct thread tension when stitching and that we put our seams together slowly in order to use the finest needle gauges with thicker stronger threads.
Some details are hard to spot. After we have added the pockets, the pocket flaps and zips, we then go back to each one and add extra bar-tack stitching to key stress points to increase the strength.
Not everything we do can be seen. From the fundamental extra-strong double lap felled seams on all major body seams to the intricate finishing of raw edges hidden inside pockets, we skip nothing. By carefully finishing internal pocket seam edges the pockets avoid internal fraying and deteriorating unnecessarily into the future.
For the main cargo pockets we don't just add a pocket panel to the jacket. We take the unusual precaution of adding two layers of (Duuton®3 ) fabric, giving the pockets their own double layer outer skin. This doubles the weather protection and adds additional security for belongings stored inside.
Some additional materials can go unnoticed. For each envelope pocket flap and for the main outer storm flap and the inner storm flap, we again use two separate layers of Duuton®3 to double the protection. And for areas of potential strain, such as the adjustment anchors (for the inner waist draw cord), we also double the fabric.
Some design decisions are slight, but important to us. Our main RIRI® zip features a bonded reinforcement on the textile tape to give our bar-tack stitching phenomenal grip. And even our colour ebbelsen® chest pocket stud is vinyl covered - to avoid scratching and external wear.