Product Material Information
Combining tradition and nature, the fabrics used in our clothing are ecological, skin-friendly and long-lasting. From Loden to unusual Leather ... we've got your health and the environment in mind!
Through the ‘Harris Tweed Act of 1993’ only material carrying the iconic orb is guaranteed to be of top quality and coming from its genuine origin. The myth of being coarse and scratchy has been long debunked, and modernity promises all the tactile, breathing and sustainable qualities of any luxurious 21st century fabric. For further interest on the history of the markers visit: The Harris Tweed Authority or simply shop the best GASTON® Harris Tweed hunting apparel here!
Merino Wool is fine and soft, which prevents irritation and itching of the skin as is common with less prestigious wool assortments. In addition to this, it is breathable while remaining water resistant making it ideal for sporting outings. Due to its anti-microbial properties, Merino Wool remains odor resistant and helps regulate body temperature keeping you cool in warmer weather.
Here you can find all our cuddly GASTON® Merino Wool products!
Organic Cotton is among the most skin-friendly, soothing and harmless natural fibers, all while avoiding the detriment of the surrounding environment. The health benefits that come with Organic Cotton are met with its versatility of application in fashion allowing for a variety of style, shapes and colors. Our Organic Cotton apparel is biodegradable!
Source: Organic Facts
Modern use of dry waxed cottons remains to areas where greater warmth and insurance of remaining is necessitated, as it is highly wind resistant and maintains the breath-ability of cotton. It is however important that these materials are never stored in damp conditions, and are dried gently for lasting quality and longevity.
Virgin Wool is known for its attractive character, resilience to wear and tear while offering increased comfort with each use. This material is able to absorb up to 20% of its weight in water, so there is no need for it to be sprayed with harsh chemicals for it to be water resistant. It is also bio-degradable, and improvements on the standard of living for the animals involved in the process of sheering leaves a conscious-free and green choice for all.
All GASTON® coats contain Virgin Wool, a summary of these products can be found here.
Virtually any animal hide or skin can be processed or tanned to produce leather, GASTON® carries an array of unique products with just some of the following animals.
Originating from the Northern Lapland landscapes in Finland, Reindeer leather is produced from natural herd breeding. Due to the warmth of their fur and thick skin, these animals do not require indoor stables and are able to roam freely within the forests of the country. In addition to being kind to nature, the leather is as soft as it is exotic and guaranteed to provide long-lasting warmth in climates where it is most needed. In fact, Eskimos even in present day rely on reindeer skins to stay warm and protected from harsh environments.
GASTON® Reindeer Leather Gloves for Men & Women are now available!
Did you know there are 74 species of domestic buffaloes? Buffalo leather is usually sold as an aniline leather, meaning simply that it’s very natural looking and can be easily dyed. In Europe aniline leather is defined by the standard: DIN EN 15987 "Leather - Terminology - Key Definitions For The Leather Trade" (July 2015). Under this ruling, the leather is a smoother, and has larger pores that that originating from a cow. It also requires that any finish must not be thicker then 0,01 mm and should not contain pigments.Nonetheless, it remains to be equally sturdy and stable as that of other large game.
A beautiful instance of GASTON® Buffalo Leather can be seen by our Pull-up Leather Cartridge Belt
About 12% of total leather production comes from goats. It is slightly softer and tougher than cow leather and is lightweight, comfortable, supple, flexible, and water-resistant. Goat suede is a velvet-like subcategory of leather, which is why at GASTON® you will find it in the form of hunting undergarments! It is softer than goat leather but it retains the same stretch and durability.
Important notice: Cheaper suede is usually made from split skins, meaning they are very delicate and likely to rip or tear within a couple of years thereby it is wise to spend a little more on it. Waterproofing the suede is recommended at least once a year to maintain the integrity desired from the goatskin.
Roughly 85% of the worlds Yaks (an Asiatic highland bovine) live in Tibet, China, and Mongolia! Due to the harsh conditions which Yaks have evolved to be accustomed to, the leather is half the thickness as compared to a cow to achieve the same level of heat insulation and toughness. The production of the Yak leather itself is costly, due to the extensive grease deposits that keep these animals warm. Thereby, if a company claims to be selling Yak leather for a low cost it should be approached with caution. Traditional Yak leather comes predominantly from China or directly from the nomads themselves, making every product so much more valuable and rare as it is precious in respect to every animal’s life.
An example of fine craftsmanship of Yak Leather can been seen here, ideal for hunting and leisure.
For those with innate knowledge of leather grades, know that moose is top tier full grain. Unlike many other exotic leathers, moose skin is naturally resistant to the elements and can withstand the most uneven of surfaces. With time the leather does not stiffen or crack retaining original durability after years of use. Fun fact, in Alaska it is a legal requirement (CM00 § 11-13) for those that moose hunt to retain the skins to prevent waste, and encourage retaining the integrity of the animal.
Note: Damage caused by the warble fly and thorns are typical for these free-living animals and are regarded as authenticity features.
You can find GASTON® high-quality Moose products here!
Bison skin, sometimes mistakenly referred to as buffalo skin, is a heavy duty durable leather. It has a coarse grain, meaning that it is not as smooth but is soft with a rubber waxy feel to the touch. Bison is normally tanned using organic materials, where the material remains un-stretched. This process is to increase strength and to preserve the unique grain pattern, dissimilar to that from Cows or otherwise. Bison is used for an array of products such as: furniture, shoes, belts, bookbinding, rugs, gloves, jackets, and baseball gloves.
Since it is too thick for conventional sewing machines it is frequently sewn by hand using saddle-stitching as seen with our Bison Leather Hunting Bag.
Our high-tech materials are created to regulate temperature to keep you comfortable on the hunt or at the shooting range:
We offer a variety of products with Polartec technology for men and women!
GASTON® carries a line of Extreme Performance apparel with Coolmax® technology, available here!
Our DUNOVA® knitted caps are a customer favorite!
First produced in 1929, CORDURA® is a “durable, yet practical fabric.” Trusted by militaries across the world, this material can be found in be found in the most top-quality and tough fabrics on the market. The fabric is usually made from Nylon, but may be blended with other fibers to increase durability and resistance to abrasion. Each of these materials since 2011 must be 100% recycled, in alliance to protecting the environment. The images on the left demonstrate fabric undergoing the Modified Wyzenbeck abrasion test, which uses sandpaper to identify material strength.
- CORDURA® is:
- 10x more durable than cotton
- 3x more durable than standard polyester
- 2x more durable than standard nylon
Source: What is Cordura?
You can find the following variations of CORDURA® at GASTON® here!
The Science History Institute made a video worth watching on the inventors of Gore-Tex!
Our best-selling Skinlife® products can be found here!