We order materials for every production run many months in advance, and do exhaustive quality control testing. This way, we ensure that we can replace any inferior component long before production begins.
We test every roll of all our fabrics for proper color, abrasion resistance, waterproofness where appropriate, weight and hand properties. We also test a significant sampling of outer tent and floor fabric rolls for tear strength, and, in the case of outer tent fabrics, color consistency and color resistance to light. We also subject our tent floor fabrics to “tapability” tests along with the other, more standard tests.
In addition, we ensure that poles, zippers, fasteners, webbing and the like all meet our quality criteria.
1. & 2. Making the Tents
Fabric pieces are cut using pattern shapes. The relevant pieces – including fabric, zippers, and all details needed for each model – are assembled, and passed on to the sewers.
3. Assembly & Quality Control
Every tent we make is completely set up and inspected before it is shipped.
A Tent Inspector visually inspects both the inner and outer tents, puts the two together, inserts the poles and puts on the ground straps. After erecting the tent he or she makes sure the ground straps have the proper tension, and opens the tent to check zippers and seams. After closing the tent up, he or she does another quality check and affixes the guy lines and line runners. If at any point a mistake is discovered, the affected piece goes back to the production area for correction.
Once the tent is certified and approved, it is taken down. Poles and pegs are put into their individual stuff sacks and bundled with the tent, into its stuff sack. Finally, an instruction booklet is added, as are quality control and hang tags.
The completed tent is now ready for shipment to the company warehouses in either Sweden or the US.