Excluding a few exceptions our products are manufactured in our own facilities in Finland and Estonia.
“There are tiny holes in my new backpack, what are they?”
The holes are probably hot cloth drill marks used for marking attachment points for webbing or other details. These are part of the cutting process where multiple layers of fabric is cut and marked for production. The drill holes do not affect the utility of the product in any way.
“Does Savotta manufacture gear for other companies as well?”
Yes we do! Both for commercial businesses, organizations and public authorities: HERE
“Does Savotta manufacture clothes?”
No we do not, we focus on load carrying equipment, tents and other heavy specialty textile production.
“Why does condensation appear on the inside of your tents?”
Moisture from the wet ground, breath and sweating can condense into droplets in the ceiling of the tent. This can be prevented by heating the tent with a stove, the warm air then transports the moisture out through the ventilation hole in the ceiling.
“Are your backpacks waterproof or do I need to use a rain cover?”
Our most commonly used pack fabric, 1000D Cordura, is water repellant and PU coated on the inside, it is by definition wateproof. Water can however trickle in through seams and stitchlines, so our packs are not 100% waterproof. In heavy rain we recommend using a rain cover.
“Is your gear made in China?”
No, there was a time when we did sell generic Chinese gear under our own brand but those times are gone. The majority of our products are manufactured in Finland and Estonia.
“Sparks and flames burn holes in my tent even though the fabric is supposed to be fire retardant. Why?”
This is perfectly normal. Fire retardant fabrics still char and become brittle from exposure to flames and spark, but they self extinguish when said flame or spark is gone. Small holes are easily repaired using our tent repair kit.
“Can you make a one-off custom design for me?”
Unfortunately we do not offer this service.
“Which way around is your sleeping mat supposed to be used?”
This particular product was designed in the 1980’s for the Finnish Defence Forces who specified that it should be used with the rubberized fabric facing up. Our official opinion on the matter is: use it which ever way you like, both ways have their own merits. Video below:
“Why is there colour variation in your green products?”
We use the same green Cordura for our commercial production as we use for large military tenders and other huge production runs. For these contracts we often order complete production runs of the necessary fabrics, and the leftovers are used for our commercial production. Due to the highly precise Near Infrared signature specifications for these military fabrics the visual (as in visible to the naked eye) colours have a looser tolerance, this leads to some variation between production runs. We do our best to keep this variation to a minimum but unfortunately this is something we will probably never be able to fully eliminate.