Designed by Vikings in Sweden. Built for backcountry conditions across the world.
We design gear for a specific purpose - to keep you warm, dry and safe in whatever snowsport you pursue and wherever your adventures lead.
Our motivation and determination to create the world's most reliable high-performance gear for the backcountry is renewed and intensified every day by the stories and experiences of the people we've had the privilege to protect in seasons past.
TOBE 2020-2021 tootevalik
The membrane is 100% recyclable, like a PET bottle. The polyester obtained during the recycling has 100% reusability. PTFE-free and PFC-free.
The waterproofness of the membrane is measured on the basis of the water column under the preassure of which the material starts to allow water to penetrate through it.
According to EN 343, a membrane is waterproof if it can resist a preassure of 1300MM. Pursuant to ISO 811, the Sympatex membrane far exceeds these values and is extremely waterproof with a water column of over 45000MM.
In contrast to other membrane technologies, the poreless compact Sympatex membrane is based on a physical and chemical principle. The water-attracting part of the membrane absorbs the moisture from the body and emits it to the outside by evaporation. The Sympatex membrane has no pores that can clog from oil, grease or salt from your sweat. The transportation of water vapor away from your body happens on a molecular level.
The Sympatex membrane is 100% windproof, persuant to Din EN ISO 9237. This property is important to avoid wind chill, the feeling of additional cold in the wind.
THE COMPACT HYDROPHILIC SYSTEM
Although it sounds complicated, it is actually very straightforward. When the body sweats, it does so to protect itself from overheating.
Although this natural process is vital, it also creates the risk that the body will be cooled excessively, for example if the moisture in the clothing removes the heat from the body.
The consequences of this would be reduced performance and a high risk of catching a cold.
The solution is called Sympatex.
There is nothing more unpleasant than wet and cold clothing. Sympatex has therefore developed a special membrane which absorbs the water vapor and removes it through the clothing to the outside.
This keeps the body warm and dry even in extreme situations. And the best thing about it is that the higher the physical activity, the more efficient the Sympatex membrane works.
Functional textiles with a Sympatex membrane also provide effective protection from low temperatures and rain.
Wash your gear as often as you want, 100% function will remain guaranteed. Unlike porous membranes (EPTFE) the Sympatex membrane doesn't get damaged or lose its waterproofness by detergent residues.
This means that the garments retain full performance even after frequent washing.
Watch the video below to learn more about the Sympatex 45,000mm Waterproof Membrane, and how it makes the TOBE 2.0 Collection the industry leader.
The men and women that choose our path and follow our trails are Vikings. They are not afraid of the cold or the wilderness.
These modern day Vikings belong in the backcountry and thrive in the wild, be it on a snowboard, a snowmobile or a pair of skis.
We keep them warm, dry and safe because it is what we do.
TOBE was born in the backcountry, at the intersection of motor- and boardsports.
In the late 90s, I swapped my skis for running boards and poles for handle bars. It didn’t take long to realize that the gear I was using from my ski instructor days didn’t hold up more than a few weeks to my new passion,which, looking back, was no surprise considering it barely stood up to skiing.
At the same time, my style was influenced heavily by the ski and snowboard industries; the snowmobile designs of the time weren’t for me. I figured there had to be some durable gear out there that appealed to my style - I still planned to ski in it every once in a while, after all. So, I went looking.
But weeks of searching turned up no viable options. There wasn’t anything out there that had the combination of performance and design that I was searching for.
At this time, I ran a welding business called TOBE Technology. I was used to building things myself when buying an off-the-shelf solution wasn’t an option. So, when I couldn’t find what I was looking for elsewhere, I decided to create it myself.
In this moment, TOBE Outerwear was born.
The first years were all about finding our self as a brand. We knew that we wanted to create non-traditional yet premium designs for the snowmobile market, but it took time to figure out the right way to do this. Over the course of the next 5 years, we made unique designs that were very different than anything else available at the time. These products were nothing like you see us designing now. During this period, we learned, created, tested, modified and improved our technologies, our processes and our collections.
It was in the planning stages for winter 2007/08 that we decided we were ready to make a big change.
It was time to introduce our 2.0 collection.
Our 2.0 Collection is the culmination of all those years spent learning, testing and fine-tuning how we make our products. The “2.0” represents the pivot we made from the first couple years of designs that were influenced by our culture as much as performance to creating the world’s best technical outerwear collections. 2.0 means never settling on materials, features or technologies. It is our promise to do everything in our power to keep you warm, safe and dry in the backcountry.
2.0 also meant the introduction of the TOBE Mono Suit.
Our mono suit is the original durable, technical one-piece suit that has since become a staple in the snowmobile world.
We’ve come a long way since those first years and we know we still have a long road ahead of us too. TOBE has always been a family project. My brothers have all worked with me at TOBE at some point in this journey. My parents have contributed and supported the whole way. My wife and kids have been crucial to the all parts of what we have done and what we are continuing to create here.
Now, you too are a part of this story and our tribe.
We thank you for choosing your path and joining us on the journey, and we look forward to hearing about where your adventures and your TOBE products take you next.
- Tomas Berntsson | Founder