Made by Savotta
As most people who invest in our gear are probably also interested in how it’s made, and it is in our interest to open this up for all of you, here we go! We do our best to be as transparent as practically possible when it comes to our production. How we make stuff is for us both a matter of pride and values. Our stuff is not made to be cheap, it’s made to function and endure.
We are a Finland based, Finnish company employing a total of (as of mid 2021) approx. 110 employees at own manufacturing facilities in Karstula, Finland and Tartu, Estonia. For certain specialty work (stoves, specialty components etc.) we use a select few, highly curated subcontractors. Most materials (fabrics, webbing, buckles etc.) we use are made in the EU, some right here in Finland, with some specialty stuff coming from Asia and the USA.
At our headquarters in Karstula, Finland we do pretty much everything. This is where our main offices and logistics are located. Our production facility in Karstula comprises our full spectrum of manufacturing capabilities: metalworking, laser cutting, vacuum forming and of course sewing.
At Karstula our sewing facilities produce field camp tents and a lot of smaller production runs of all kinds of gear. Having all our production capabilities at our HQ means flexibility when needed and is of course a fundamental necessity for our product development.
Our second facility in Tartu, Estonia is used for large scale sewing of our regular textile products, excluding field camp tents. Big production runs of our packs, pouches etc. are mostly sewn here as opposed to the smaller yet more numerous runs we make at our HQ in Karstula.
When we need something made which we really can’t do in-house we use our network of subcontractors. Such products/components include stoves (made in Finland and Estonia), the fiberglass bodies for our ahkios (made in Finland) and our wooden sauna tent benches (made in Finland).
WHERE WAS YOUR SAVOTTA MADE?
If you’re wondering where your specific piece of Savotta gear was made – just check the tag! These mostly say simply “Made in Finland” or “Made in Estonia”. If it says “Made in Finland & Estonia” then that means just that, the production run has been split up between our two facilities. A very simple example of split production is our sauna tents: the tent sheets themselves are mostly made in Tartu, Estonia but all the metal stuff (corner poles, centre poles, stakes) are made in Karstula, Finland. Sometimes we also split sewing work 50/50 between our two facilities.
We hope this opened up things for you, and remember that you can always contact us with any questions!