What are Taped Seams?


What are Taped Seams?

When browsing for items on Trespass – and our sister shop DLX – you will come across the term ‘Taped Seams’ in the features and technical specification of many of our products. What on Earth are they, you might think?

Essentially, taping seams aids the waterproofing of clothing. Needle stitching leaves holes in the garment through which water can seep through when worn in wet conditions, however taped seams prevents this from happening.

Every seam produced creates hundreds of needle holes that water can get through. Applying a thermoplastic tape under heat and pressure will seal the seams to keep moisture from passing through. Taped seams keep you dryer and warmer.

Seam tape cannot be applied at home as the process requires a machine that bonds tape over the seams, so it is worthwhile checking for taped seams when shopping for clothing as it will provide additional protection that you sadly cannot DIY.

Taped seams do not only benefit waterproof jackets and trousers but also tents, where it is almost essential if you’re setting up camp in areas where it may rain.

Besides being a quality guarantee, taped seams are a way of ascertaining waterproofing in products and just strengthening the material in general.

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