Ethical Manufacturing

Designed in Canada. Ethically manufactured in Canada & overseas.

Our Fabrics

In order to make industry-leading bags and panniers, we need locally sourced materials that can live up to our, and your expectations. Multiple factors weight in on our choice of fabrics: lightweight, resistant to abrasion and tear, durable, waterproof or breathable and water repellent. We use the best fabrics that perform to the highest standards.

Cordura Fabric

The majority of our Canadian-made products is made with Cordura® 1000 deniers, a durable nylon fabric from Dupont®. The Cordura® fabric we use, down to its raw fiber, is produced in the USA. This high-performance material is breathable, water repellent and is extremely resistant to abrasion. In fact, some military equipment is typically made with Cordura®.

Cordura® boasts an exceptionally high ratio of strenght and abrasion resistance to weight. Let’s call it the best of both worlds in the realm of fabrics.

X-Pac Fabric
Originally manufactured for sailmakers, its numerous qualities and exceptional properties make it an ideal fabric for other items such as bags. Similar to our Cordura®, our X-Pac™ material is made in the USA. Our X-Pac™ is made of a three layered lamination of a 210 denier nylon face fabric, polyester ply inner layer and polyester film backing. This makes for an extremely light, durable, resistant and waterproof fabric, the fabric of choice for our bikepacking line.

"80% of our bags and panniers are made right here, in Canada."

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.

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 contact us.

Product Origins