There are many important decisions that go int...


There are many important decisions that go into making a KUIU product. The factory, fabrics, zippers, thread, and seam tape. The brand of seam tape and fabric adhesive, a seemingly (no pun intended) small decision, is critical in rain gear manufacturing.

Bemis is the industry leader in seam tape and the only supplier I will work with at KUIU.  Other leading manufactures such as Arcteryx, Mountain Hardware and Patagonia exclusively use Bemis as well because of the quality and reliability of this seam tape and fabric adhesive tape (heat sealing tape) is a thermoplastic adhesive film applied to sewn seams of fabrics to prevent water from leaking through the seams. It can be applied by using any of the commercially available hot air taping machines, laser or ultrasonic machinery.

Bemis, located in Massachusetts, is a major manufacturer of thermoplastic adhesives, coatings, tapes and specialty film products that serve various markets throughout the world. Bemis products are specified in a number of industries for use in many different applications. From textile to industrial and apparel to building panels, they provide effective solutions that often solve complex technical challenges within a manufacturing process.  Bemis products utilize thermoplastics and involve an in-depth knowledge about how they behave when manufactured, as well their performance in the final application.

Bemis has perfected the extrusion process to provide the most advanced multi-layered films and tapes as well as single-layer adhesive coatings. Single-layer adhesive coatings are used for glueing in zippers and cuffs of garments for a cleaner and lighter weight design.  They are the strongest and most reliable fabric adhesives available.

You will find Bemis seam tape and adhesives on the Chugach and Guide series products.  I hope you find this information of interest and I look forward to hearing your thoughts and comments as always.


This article has 16 comment(s)

  1. Will Jenkins

    Very Cool! I love seeing all the different brands and products that ultimately make up KUIU. Thanks for the info.

  2. Josh Wright

    The Guide Pant cannot get here fast enough!

    • Jason Hairston

      They are coming.


  3. Matt

    Great information!

    • Jason Hairston

      Thanks Matt!

  4. Shamus

    The more I learn about all that goes into your product the better I feel about continuing to support it. Keep up the good work. I cant wait for the stock to get in to make my next order.

    • Jason Hairston

      Hi Shamus,

      I encourage you to put your list of items you are waiting for and call customer service 855-367-5848 and place a preorder. Demand right now is incredibly heavy.


  5. Mike

    I have to say that my KUIU gear is beyond reproach from a quality control standpoint. I used to sell hunting and outdoor clothing back in the day and I’ve seen plenty of examples from most of the major labels. KUIU stands head and shoulders above the rest. The only brands that equal (not surpass) this type and quality construction cost at least twice as much. Your commitment to quality shows in the final product; you have a winner here.


    • Jason Hairston

      Thank you Mike. I appreciate your comment. Thank you.


  6. Riley

    I’ve been curious when we’ll begin to see new products like gaiters?

    • Jason Hairston

      Hi Riley,

      The Gaiters are on track to be available this June. The fabric is complete and shipping to the factory next week. Guide Pants are scheduled on the same time frame.


  7. Curt Cabrera

    “The only brands that equal(not surpass)this type and quality construction cost at least twice as much. Your commitment to quality shows in the final product”

    I’d say that sums it up very well!

    • Jason Hairston

      Thank you Curt for the comment and kind words. I always really appreciate your support.


  8. alex e

    I can buy what I want, but after using KUIU, I won’t buy anything else!

    • Jason Hairston

      Thanks Alex! So happy to hear this.


  9. Jeff Cromer

    The first and only company I am aware of that gives the reason why decisions are made regarding materials and construction.. that and the product performs just like it was designed. Quality and Value. Can’t be beat.

    I am absolutely thrilled with all my KUIU gear!!