Any pants and parkas made in Australia?

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  1. CR500

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    I'm looking at pants and parkas for my myself and the wife and was wondering if there is any gear made in Australia? I know Mont Adventure is an Australian company, but can anyone tell me if they have Mont gear, are they made here?
     
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    aussie company -made in china I think.. their fabric is german/chinese
     
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    Yes, they're an Australian company, but the gear is made in China.
     
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    Wilderness Wear used to have waterproof jackets and pants (good for bushwalking) but I can't see that stuff on their website. (I still have some of their gear in my shop). Australian owned. Manufactured in Australia.
     
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  6. CR500

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    I will look into the Wilderness Wear to see what they do have.
    I’m not into supporting Aussie companies who get their gear made in China at sweatshop costs then charge full Euro type prices.
     
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    I think the last standing Australian-made snow apparel manufacturer was good old Kurt Lance (RIP) with his Merit label.
     
  8. Donzah

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    Chinese textile workers have better conditions than when there was a textile industry in Aus.
    Sweatshops and technical snow gear.... That's a contradiction.
     
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    So what are you going to wear? Everything comes out of China.
     
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    I know a woman that used to machine knit (in her home) all of the woollen jumpers that were sold in Fleets Ski stores back in the 1960's.
     
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    second question down. https://www.mont.com.au/faqs
     
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  12. CR500

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    So none anymore? That blows.
    Oh well, how about made in NZ? I don’t mind supporting them.
     
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    @CarveMan is an Aussie retailer with good supplies!
     
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    The Australian brands that we stock - Rip Curl, XTM, Rojo/Elude and Pure don't seem to fit OP's criteria.
     
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    ...he'll just have to adapt!
     
  16. CR500

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    Not so. 0% of my clothes come from China.
    90% are made in Oz, with the rest made in NZ, Peru, Italy and U.K
     
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    Cactus is made in NZ and super tuff stuff.
     
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  18. CR500

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    I checked their website. I do like their jackets and pants. I don't need super tough though as I wont be working in it and it will only get a few weeks use a year at most.
     
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    I'd imagine they make good crampons......................:D
     
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    Sad isn't it. All made in China. If we went to war against China, the whole of the rest of the world would be stuffed. Another brand that I stock is Swanndri (outdoor NZ brand) - quintessentially Kiwi. But made in China.
     
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    Rather than making assumptions, why not ask? They seem to be doing everything else right with regards to environment, sustainability etc https://www.facebook.com/pg/purebrandz/about/?ref=page_internal
     
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    I like the Wilderness wear base and mid layers, I think I will likely get some of them. The only jacket they make, a softshell which I would want to see in the flash first before I buy one. I was after a hooded jacket, not sure if I will prefer regular head wear and no hood?.
     
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    Driza-Bone. Go old school. Also, I think there’s some custom workwear/uniform manufacturers still around who might be able to make something for you. But seriously, go Cactus.
     
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    Just hope the prickly bits aren’t on the inside
     
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  25. CR500

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    I am tempted by the Cactus but will want to see one in person to look it over before I get one. I will look around to see if anyone has one in stock I can look at.
     
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    If you see you will buy. It is that good.
     
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    Do they do third party retail?
     
  28. CR500

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    I emailed them and no, they don't have any retail shops in oz.
    I ordered a few different socks and base and mid layer clothes from Wilderness wear on clearance to check sizes, fit etc before I spring for more mid layer and softshell jacket from them.
     
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    The Mont gear made for police, npws etc is Australian made i think. Could ring them and ask if they have any excess unbadged gear?
     
  30. CR500

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    Really? OK, I will find out. I have now ordered most gear I will need from Wildernesswear, but I am after a shell jacket and pants, so hopefully they will have something left over.
     
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    Yeah, MONT do still do short order specials here. Ahh, remember the J&H, One Planet and MONT days when they all manufactured in Queanbeyan, even had friends who worked in the sweatshops! they used to sew their name on the pieces they made. But that all ended at least 30 years ago. I still have a couple of sleeping bags made in Qbn. Actually I think I still have my first ever gortex jacket, a PP, would have been made here somewhere, circa 1979 still works!
     
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    Saw some oz made all black special forces sleeping bags at one of the sales, looked very nice!
     
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    Any garment, especially 'technical' garments manufactured in Australia today would be hopelessly sub-par and no amount of 'supporting Aussie manufacturers' would make a difference.

    In the aggregate, the Chinese are the best manufacturers in the world today. Best quality, best plant and equipment, best skills. Certain sectors such as aviation and motor vehicle manufacturing are still notably superior elsewhere - and every nation could point at a couple or sectors and say they are the better than the Chinese - but in the aggregate, they are the best and they are certainly the best at making products to very cheap specifications - no one else could make a working toaster for less than $5 per unit, boxed and shipped with a profit (for example).

    We are the best ore miners. We are also very good at knowledge-based service industries and our primary sector still kicks-ass in the aggregate. There's only 25 million of us. The world is global. That's how it plays out.

    Buying china made goods is dragging them forward. Slowly but surely. Does not matter which way you cut it, life in China is much better today than 30 years ago. In another 30 years they will be on par with us or better standard of living - buying inferior 'Aussie made' goods is misplaced altruism. Our best chance is to keep smart and be good at knowledge services like Singapore is.

    Vote for a govt that does not gut our education system - that's how you make a difference.
     
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    China has a very poor QC ethic as yet and also they will makes as cheap as the customer wants, even if that is bad for business in the long run. Otherwise as Richard says.
    If you want made in Australia it is Make It Yourself territory or one of the few cottage industry players who do custom work. I sew my own gear To much like hard work to do 1-offs for somebody else
     
  35. CR500

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    OK, so it seems there are no technical jackets or outer pants made here which will suit what I am after. I likely will go for an overseas made shell and pants, but will stick to Australian made base and mid layers at least. Wildernesswear and some others appear to make decent gear for inner layers.
     
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    If you want non-Chinese made technical gear that is very good Japan has Finetrack they make everything from materials, design to sewing in Japan. But their fit is more Japanese so it is best to try first.
     
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    I have a suspicion that there may be some very specialised clothing still being sewn in this country, but such clothing is for the Police SO and the Army and not at all available. Any real surplus gear and clothing is now being destroyed [ some issued stuff is still available on eBay and Gumtree tho] but check out Platypus They may still have some stock of Australian made army camouflage stuff and probably in eVent. Although the last issue softshell I looked at was made in Thailand as was the ThermalPro fleece and the Oz-Cam japara raincoat had no labels at all
     
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    not aware of any. not even sure if rip curl, billabong, or quick silver still make ski clothing.