High quality EXP-series by Tatonka

EXPedition by Tatonka is made for trips on which much is expected of the equipment. The products in this high-end line combine uncompromising functionality with tremendous robustness. The use of innovative materials guarantees the perfect balance between lightness and loading bearing. Every single product is made with the greatest possible care.


Open Factory is put to the test:
TATONKA provides proof of its high awareness of responsibility


Once again in 2012 the Christian Initiative Romero put well-known outdoor gear companies to the test: As in the previous two years, individual outdoor gear manufacturers were required to provide information on the social standards and work conditions in their production locations. TATONKA also took part in the survey. The implementation of the complex Social Standards SA8000 of the previous year and the company’s own project “Open Factory”, that also began in the previous year, prove high level awareness of responsibility to man and the environment.


In its assessment the INKOTA-Network expressed criticism that the Code of Conduct at Tatonka was not precise and showed omissions in some parts. TATONKA CEO Andreas Schechinger took up this criticism in an official statement pointing out that this Code of Conduct represented an addition to the international Standards SA8000 – and for this reason, for example, in the Code of Conduct it is not explicitly specified again that child labor is not permitted, since this was excluded anyway under the provisions of SA8000. Moreover, the international standard SA8000 also expects there to be a legally valid contract of employment and regular payment of an appropriate wage, which is more than the legally valid minimum wage. 

The working conditions and social conditions for the workers in the company’s production plant Mountech Co. Ltd. can be found here

As emphasized by Andreas Schechinger, the international standard SA8000 does not provide for a monitoring system but is implemented in the company and inspected by the TÜV at regular intervals and certified accordingly. The SA8000 is based on the conventions of the International Labor Organization and the United Nations.

Open Factory: A look behind the scenes at TATONKA

Since March 2011, interested outdoor enthusiasts have been able to see for themselves the social and working conditions in the production plant Mountech. Co. Ltd. Every Friday, visitors who have booked the tour are able to form their own opinions in the “Open Factory” and can publish their impressions and experiences on the homepage www.openfactory.tatonka.com 

Free expression of opinion for a fair contract of employment

For fair and co-determined working conditions, TATONKA GmbH in Mountech encourages free expression of employees in the internal company meetings in which there is unrestricted freedom of speech and opinion. The employees can submit their wishes, ideas and complaints to a suggestion box installed at a central place, such that the working conditions and social conditions are always given a high status. 

“MADE BY” verifies the TATONKA observance of high social standards

Although the Clean Clothes Campaign and therefore also the INKOTA network do not recognize the SA8000, adherence to the regulations is inspected by the non-government organization MADE BY: MADE BY certified TATONKA in July 2012 as having achieved the social standards of Class A to one hundred percent and this for all TATONKA products without exception. (Link to announcement)

SA8000: International Standard 

The standard SA8000 primarily monitors transnational companies in respect of requirements in terms of social and work standards. In order to receive the certificate a company may not operate with child or compulsory labor, must not discriminate its workers and psychological and physical punishments are prohibited. The wage level should be appropriate and above that of the legal minimum wage; moreover, the company shall fulfill certain standards in respect of health protection and safety at work. The hours of work are restricted and workers must be allowed to join a trade union. In addition, certification to Standard SA8000 also includes further requirements for the management.



Hardshell or softshell? - Which is right for your expedition?


Your outdoor jacket has to defy wind and rain and yet be as soft and provide as much freedom of movement as possible. When you’ve got a sweat on, you need great breathability for winter sports use, and it has to have a super-sturdy construction for backpacking with a heavy rucksack. Find out the difference between a hardshell and a softshell jacket here.


Hardshells are watertight and breathable jackets with a built-in high-performance membrane. They ensure that water cannot penetrate from outside but at the same time let sweat escape in the form of water vapour. The bigger the difference in temperature and/or pressure between the inside and the outside, the better this process works. It means that when the temperature reaches about 18°C or more hardshells are no longer breathable.
The outer material used in top quality hardshells consists of a sturdy, abrasion-resistant and tear-resistant material which is also impregnated to repel water and dirt. This also improves the breathability of the jacket.
Hardshells are available as two-ply or three-ply jackets. The functional membrane adheres directly to the outer material; with three-ply jackets, an inner lining protects the membrane from mechanical damage through abrasion, while a built-in mesh lining serves this purpose for two-ply jackets. There are also 2.5-ply jackets which are designed on the same principle as the three-ply jacket; however, in these jackets protection is provided by a wafer-thin carbon film instead of an inner lining. 

… and which outdoor uses you’ll need them for
The best recommendation for winter sports and long treks with a backpack is a three-ply jacket, as it protects against heavy rain and snow and at the same time is very robust and durable. Moreover, many three-ply jackets are designed with a detachable snow guard for winter sports use. A two-ply jacket is lighter and particularly breathable and is therefore ideal for all outdoor activities and is above all recommended for everyday wear as a sports style weatherproof jacket. For expeditions where every gram counts, a 2.5-ply jacket is a good choice as it packs down especially small. 

Softshell jackets have become a firm favourite as a straightforward all-rounder - not just as outdoor gear but also as a wardrobe essential. Soft, light and flexible, they provide excellent wearability and plenty of freedom of movement. They combine breathable, windproof and water-repellent outer materials with an inner fleece for warmth, making them ideal for a whole multitude of uses; their superb breathability guarantees good service even for sweaty activities and they also make a comfortable weatherproof jacket with their thermal, windproof and water-repellent properties. As the outer material is smooth and very sturdy, a heavy rucksack will not put excessive stress on the jacket. However, in contrast to a hardshell jacket, it isn’t waterproof, i.e. it is not resistant to persistent rain.

Three-ply softshell jackets are also designed according to the principle of three-ply hardshells: they have a NoWind membrane and as a result are 100 per cent windproof and highly water-repellent. However, a built-in membrane does not improve the breathability of a softshell jacket and designs without a membrane provide significantly more breathability but not such a high level of protection against rain and moisture. 

… and when to wear them

A softshell jacket can be used for lots of outdoor activities instead of a hardshell and will provide superb wearability, particularly on movement-intensive expeditions. But in terms of all-round weather protection and extreme conditions, the hardshell jacket comes out on top. TATONKA SoftShell jackets are crafted from either the very sturdy, three-ply material, T-Vent SoftShell, which comes into its own on outdoor activities in cool and cold conditions or the light and flexible T-SoftShell material. Jackets made from T-SoftShell are recommended for wear from spring to autumn. 

How to care for waterproof and breathable clothing
As heavy soiling impairs the function of these items of clothing, they should be cleaned regularly but not too frequently. For normal wear and use, it’s sufficient to wash them about four times a year. When washing functional clothing, you should fasten zip and Velcro closures before each wash to prevent any unnecessary wear.

Washing detergent which is not perfumed and does not leave residues is recommended specifically for functional wear. One exception to this is clothing with a non-porous PU membrane; these can also be cleaned using commercially available detergents.

Functional wear should be washed as delicates at 30°C and must be properly rinsed to ensure that no detergent residues remain in the clothing. Do not spin these items of clothing. The outer material of hardshell clothing is impregnated to provide additional water and dirt-repellent treatment. After every wash, the impregnation needs to be restored by exposing it to heat, such as in a drying room, by using a hairdryer or an iron with a piece of cloth between the sole of the iron and the item of clothing. You need to refresh the impregnation after a few washes or else it will be rubbed away from being worn and/or washed out. You can tell when it’s time to refresh the impregnation when the water no longer beads up and rolls off the outer material. The jacket then becomes saturated with water and feels damp.



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