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Ethical Manufacturing

Designed in Canada. Ethically manufactured in Canada & overseas.

Production Facilities

Sherbrooke, Canada

All of our bags, panniers and accessories are designed in our Canadian office. When it comes to production and assembly of our products, we try to do as much as possible in our production facility in Sherbrooke, where our bags and panniers are hand-sewn. These products are made of the real Dupont Cordura® fabric, no cheap copy or substitute, and we source it from the USA, our close neighbors to the south. And when it comes to our production crew, we strive on a quality-first approach: we clearly prioritize stitching quality over production pace in our ceaseless quest to offer the very best bags on the market. Our seamstresses work hand in hand with the lively crew from CRDITED Estrie – a social service program for folks with Intellectual Disabilities and Pervasive Development Disorders. They’ve worked at Arkel’s Quebec headquarters since 2003. We think of them as family around here. Once the designers have finished creating our bags and the seamstresses have stitched them tight, the gang from CRDITED Estrie goes to work assembling and putting the finishing touches on them.

Overseas Partners

We take great pride in being a Canadian company and we’re not ashamed to admit that we also work with overseas manufacturers for several reasons. Indeed, our foreign partners use specialized machinery and trained adult personnel in order to produce Arkel gear parts. For example, in order to make the Orca 25, 3545 panniers, radio-frequency welding technology is required in order to seal them tight and guarantee waterproofness. Once made, these pieces are shipped to our headquarters for further assembly and quality inspection by our team. Depending on the model, our patented Cam-Lock is also added during this process in Canada. This whole process allows us to offer high-end bicycle accessories with the latest innovations, all while offering respectable market prices. By structuring our operations this way, we believe we allow Arkel to strive and prosper in a global market dominated by giants, all while staying true to our values. For any further questions, feel free to reach out to us at info@arkel-od.com.

Product Origins

Product
Location
GT-54 Pannier, GT-18 Pannier, GT-18 Convertible Backpack Pannier, T-42 Panniers, T-28 Panniers, B-40 Panniers, B-26 Panniers, Large Handlebar Bag, Small Handlebar Bag, Bug Pannier Backpack, Haul-It Pannier, Kargo Large, Kargo Small, Seat Bag (outer case only), Signature H, Signature V, Signature D, Signature BB, Metropolitan Pannier, Briefcase, Commuter, Shopper, RT-60 Panniers, RT-40 Panniers, XM-28 Panniers, XM-45 Panniers, Catrike Expedition, Catrike 700-V2, Catrike Trail, Recumbent Seat Bags, Frame Bags (Small, Medium & Large), BB Packer, Tote Bags, Bike Cover, Bike Carry Bag, Laptop Pouch, Seatpackers (15 & 9) & Rollpackers (25 & 15).



Canada




AC Lowrider Rack, Randonneur Rack, Seatpacker Hanger, Handlebar Bag Mount, Seat Bag (inner liner), Tailrider Trunk Bag & Cam-Lock Mounting System.

Taiwan

Dolphin Panniers (32 & 48), Dry-Lites, Mapcase, Rain Covers & Orca Panniers (25, 35 & 45).

China

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