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Farfield Clothing – Made in England

Farfield Clothing

Helping to preserve employment in rural areas, Farfield Clothing (Tough Customer) is manufactured at Sedbergh in Cumbria.

Ladies, mens and childrens outdoor clothing designed to provide warmth and protection.

Farfield provide a great quality British made product at a good price and give excellent customer service.  They specialise in British made fleeces and children’s jackets, smocks and rompers.

Farfied jackets are manufactured in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, yet only a stone’s throw from the Lake District. Fabrics are made in a Yorkshire textile mill. Off the shelf or bespoke or altered to the customer’s size specifications. They can send swatches, offer special extras like additional pockets and a choice of linings. Order via the internet / telephone or visit the Farfield Factory Shop just off the Main Street in Sedbergh (with customer parking) to see their full range of ladies’, mens’ and children’s jackets, duffle coats, hats, gilets and headbands. Offered in a variety of colours and patterns, including plain and camouflage.

The Farfeld mens classic fibre pile jacket is a hard wearing jacket for workwear or sporting activity with elbow and shoulder patches and zipped inside pockets.  Made in England.

The Farfeld mens classic fibre pile jacket is a hard wearing jacket for workwear or sporting activity with elbow and shoulder patches and zipped inside pockets. Made in England.

The Farfiled Mens Fleece Jackets are fully lined with zipped outer (and optional zipped inner) pockets.  Made in England.

The Farfiled Mens Fleece Jackets are fully lined with zipped outer (and optional zipped inner) pockets. Made in England.

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Snugpak – insulated clothing and sleeping bags – some products are UK made

http://www.snugpak.com – Snugpak do a range of great sleeping bags – take care to choose the manufactured in the United Kingdom ones though.  They also do great UK made cloths (just some jackets, trousers and hats are made in the UK), so likewise with their clothing take care to choose made in the UK. Items that are UK made are clearly labelled as so on their website. You can even filter to just UK made products.  Only some clothes, some sleeping bags, some bivvi bags, some sleeping bag accessories, some hammock blankets, and a stuff sack are UK made; everything else they sell is imported.

Snugpak are based in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. The Sleeka jacket below is made in Yorshire.  It is made using a fabric they call Paratex Light which is lightweight, windproof, water repellant, breathable and wicks moisture and is insulated with their Softie Premier Insulation (which was developed and is actually made in Switzerland). This retains heat even when wet, is washable and high loft. It comes with its own stuff sack. The minimum temperature range given is -5C (comfort) and -10C (Extreme). Long enough and very lightweight (170g). The Sleeker has 2 large zipped outer handwarmer pockets and a large zipped internal pocket. The Snugpak Sleeker is simply a fab jacket and mine gets a lot of use.

They have a specific military website at http://www.snugpak.com/military/

Snugpak Sleeka Jacket.  Made in England.

Snugpak Sleeka Jacket. Made in England.

BCB International – Survival and Protective Equipment

About BCB International, Wales, UK.

BCB International is a long established designer and manufacturer of survival and protective equipment, based in Cardiff, South Wales.

BCB International manufacture some of their products in the UK, for example (as of June 2013):

  • Trekkers Survival Tin
  • Personal Safety Kit
  • Ultimate Survival Kit
  • Mountain Survival Kit
  • Disaster Grab Bag
  • Go Pack
  • Lifesaver #1, #2, and #3 First Aid Packs
  • (Some or all of the contents of the above may not be British made?)
  • Bushcraft Camouflage Cream
  • Chameleon Camo Compact
  • Wildlife Insect Repellents
  • Wet Meals Ration Packs
  • Red Cross Ration
  • Emergency Ration Pack VI
  • Emergency Belt Order Ration
  • Matchless Fire Set
  • Survival Matches (made for BCB by Octavius Hunt?)
  • Striker Fire Flint
  • Fire Dragon Fuel
  • Steridex Hand Cleaner
  • Concentrated Body Soap.

The BCB Advanced Combat Equipment and Adventure catalogues label which of their products are UK made – http://bcbin.com/media/catalogues/

Whilst a lot of BCB kit is foreign made, it is good that they still manufacture some things in Britain, including various bits of military kit not listed above. If considering a purchase, please ask if what you are interesting in will be made in the UK.

http://www.bcbin.com – Trade only, but there are links to suppliers on their website and their products can be found on the net.

BCB International Wildlife Insect Repellent Spray. Made in Britain.

BCB International Wildlife Insect Repellent Spray. Made in Britain.

BCB Combat Survival Tin. Made in Great Britain (I am not sure if all the content is British made).

BCB Combat Survival Tin. Made in Great Britain (I am not sure if all the content is British made).

Sub Zero outdoor gear – made in England (well most of it) / Fleece Jackets / Ussen, etc.

Performance Thermal Underwear, Thermal Baselayers, Thermal Midlayers, Fleece and Waterproof Jackets.

Sub Zero Technology Ltd. manufacture thermal underwear, thermal baselayers, thermal midlayers, merino wool base layers, childrens thermal underwear, softshells, balaclavas, fleece and waterproof Jackets in England at their Leicester factory. Not everything they sell is made in England, but mostly they do label which items are UK made on their website so you can easily find their UK made stuff. If it does not say made in the UK then it is probably made abroad. They say on their twitter “Pioneer in outdoor clothing, Design Council ‘Millennium Product’ & multiple award-winner. Proud to say our products are Made in England”. Available at the Sub Zero online store – http://www.subzerostore.co.uk

It is hard to find a UK made fleece jackets these days (companies like Berghaus and Karrimor now make all their products abroad; they used to manufacture in the UK). Sub Zero still make their fleece jackets in the UK. There is a review of a jacket here. Some other companies make fleeces in the UK are:

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Aiguille Alpine – outdoor gear

Aiguille Alpine provides the best outdoor equipment in the Lake District.

For rucksacks, chalk bags, rope bags, holdalls, travel bags, beanie hats and much more try Aiguille Alpine. Based near Kendal, their own brand stuff in made in their own workshop. They specialise in climbing, outdoor, canoeing and kayaking equipment and much of what they sell is UK made. Their website states “All of Aiguille Alpines products are hand made in the United Kingdom” but not everything they sell is UK made, so please do check before buying. Their shop in Staveley, Cumbria is open Monday-Saturday.

http://www.aiguillealpine.co.uk

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Climbing Equipment Made in the UK

DMM Climbing Equipment. Innovative climbing gear, made in Wales.

http://dmmclimbing.com

DMM have been manufacturing quality climbing equipment in Wales since 1981. They make recreational climbing equipment, mountaineering equipment and industrial climbing equipment. You’ve got to love their tag line – “CLIMB NOW WORK LATER”. All DMM hardware (metalware) – carabiners and so on – are made in the UK. Some other products they sell such as ropes are foreign made. The ropes they sell are made in Europe, some DMM slings are made in Wales (others in Europe), DMM chalkballs are made in Wales (but other chalk products are made in Europe), DMM clothing is made in Turkey, DMM chalk and rope bags are made in China, DMM helmets, harnesses, boulder mats, rockshoes and some webbing used between carabiners on quickdraws are made in Europe.

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