Welcome - Autumn 2015
Take a quick look at what we've been busy with at WE over the past few years. We've got a lot of new models, we're back doing rainwear for bushwalkers, and we've made some very nice refinements to faithful, established products. This has put us behind with the product information. That's as it should be, the shopping cart comes after the horse has done the work, or something like that. Please bear with us while we work on bringing the detail you are used to on this site up to speed. The deeper stuff on design, materials, construction and fixing things on the kitchen table is all still here. It probably needs a freshen up but, given you won't find anything like it collected in one place elsewhere, we feel we are still ahead in that game.
The new pack models are available now
All the new Pindar series packs in 50, 60 and 70 litre models are here. These are classic canvas packs but they hide some sophisticated design and, on the outside sport just the perfect mix of modern features for anything from an overnight walk to a multi-week trek. Click on the Alpine, Hiking and Outdoor Ed backpack sections for a closer look.
And New Tents too!
Our all-time-classic, some would say unrivalled tunnel tents have now been re-created in superlight fabrics. Check out the new First and Second Arrows. They are getting down to half the weight they used to be 30 years ago! Unbelievable! The SPACE-2 has already proved the outstanding design in its class. Now the Space 1 has landed and, like the Space 2 is available in mesh and winter inner versions. Both these models share the benefits of our unique dihedral hub has brought to a tent pole framework. Combined with more applied asymmetric thinking these two low-profile, wind-ducking yet incredibly spacious tents have wide appeal. One thing we haven't done is race to the bottom in pitched weight. Our tents have 'proper' floors and storm rated outer skins. When the weather blows up we have provided the means by which you can use your walking or ski poles to add rock-solid stability.
Down-loadable Product A4 'Tech-sheets'
We are not big on printed brochures. They are out of date almost the minute they are printed. If you want some bedtime reading use our PDF download buttons to grab all the important information on the WE products that interest you.
Here we take a break. It's 3am on an August night in 2011, there's a full moon illuminating our Second Arrow and for once on the 800km Pyrenean Haute Route the air is still and the sky is clear. The 'Big Dipper' (Ursa Major) is hanging in the northern sky and you can just make out an aircraft trail above the tent. (We went back and completed the Haute Randonnee Pyrenee in 2012 in perfect weather. Then it was the GR20 in Corsica last year. Go to the Razor pack model for that story).
Go to the Gear
Three clicks into the right-side menu bar gets you to everything you might wish to know - specs, model descriptions, and more. Many products have a 'gear in use' photo gallery. Use the PDF Download button to get a single page illustrated summary of the product specs. Missing pages are on the way! Links on every product page lead you directly to all the other related information you could possibly wish for - instructions for choosing sizes, use and care information, DIY maintenance tips, fabric technology information, design choices, and so on. We have almost 40 years experience making gear and using it. Product performance is at the core of what we do. Innovation over imitation, experience over wishful thinking, excellence over mediocrity.
Service is part of the Equation
An intrinsic part of any product's true value is the service available after you have made your purchase. This responsibility dawned on us back in 1977, the first time we stitched a WE label onto our handiwork. Well, now it's 2015 and some of our earliest products are still in use. A long product life translates directly into a reduced call on increasingly scarce (and expensive) resources. Besides comprehensive advice on use and care, you can find detailed instructions for common DIY repairs for all products, past and present. If a zip isn't closing properly on your well-worn backpack or tent you can discover the usual reasons why, and how you might be able to fix it yourself. Sea To Summit, the WE brand partners and distributors, provide follow-up service. If you need a measure of our commitment send STS a tricky question. More than likely, the reply you get will be detailed and come either from me or the real front line, Henry Kelsey, son and WE Brand Manager at STS.
There is a secondary purpose behind this website. The things we have to say here about design, materials and construction are all firmly grounded in the realities of days spent, whether behind a sewing machine or traveling the back-country, carrying big loads and depending on lightweight shelters. In the head menu bar tab 'Other Stuff' there is other, more 'random' content, less directly related to products. Take the page about Staying Comfortable in the Outdoors. There are lessons for life in there, simple principles of physics and everyday science. Whether you're caught out, soaked to the skin and night is falling, or at home on the couch reading some gear ad, they will give you guidance.
Behind the Brand
What about the big questions? How do we see our business responsibilities in the areas of social accountability, impact on the natural environment, limited resources and global warming? With one life each to live, we do not draw a line between our business and private activities. The resources required to make a difference, the commitment of time and finances, flow freely back and forth across such a line. If you are interested in where we have come from, and where we are going, look up "Behind the Brand" under Other Stuff.
Finally, like many of our friends, we depend greatly on wild country, the mountains and on the ocean to provide energy and direction in our lives. Through the WE product range we see ourselves playing a part in these aspects of your life. That's a privilege and another important source of satisfaction. Thank you!
Keep fit and have fun! We'll see you out there.
Founder and Designer