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Ready Set Cargo is up to the toughest tests

Pants based in Cordura Nyco fabric in a micro-ripstop fabric produced by Sapphire.

12th September 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Portland, OR, USA


Dovetail Workwear, based in Portland, Oregon has partnered with Cordura and Sapphire Finishing Mills to launch the Ready Set Cargo pant exclusively for women.

For emergency medical technicians (EMTs), tactical teams and outdoor adventurers, the Ready Set Cargo is a re-imagined, multi-pocketed pant designed with the functionality for tough jobs, featuring Cordura Nyco in a micro-ripstop fabric produced by Sapphire.

“We worked closely together, pooling ideas and combining our strengths,” said Cindy McNaull, Cordura brand business development director. “Whether hiking up a mountain to rescue a fallen climber, teaching survival tactics in an outdoor school, or handling airline cargo in rural Alaska – the women who tested Dovetail’s new Ready Set Cargo need serious pants that stand up to the job. Cordura Nyco fabric is designed for ultimate endurance and lasting comfort.”

The pants are sewn in the same Sapphire facility in Pakistan that makes the fabric – a process involving a 90% women-powered workforce. Sapphire Finishing Mills has a robust women’s empowerment programme in place that includes home-to-work transportation and childcare for all 2,400 of the mill’s working women.

“Very few names in the industry are dedicated to workwear garments engineered especially for women and catering to their distinct needs,” said Sapphire’s senior merchandiser Alishba Shabbir “I was moved by Dovetail’s brand story and together with our long-standing relationship with Cordura, this was the perfect opportunity to take women’s workwear to another level and into new cross-over markets.”

To be sure the pants are ready for anything, Dovetail put them to the test with wilderness EMT Instructor and member of a technical rescue squad in New Hampshire, Ariel Temper. Bruise wheels, medical tape and trauma shears are just a few of the tools found in her pockets. As with all Dovetail pants, wear testers suggested tweaks in fit and function, which made their way to the final product.

 “These pants passed all my tests, including my ‘pick-your-patient-off-the-floor test,” Temper said. Thanks to the integration of Cordura nylon fibre into the fabric’s construction, the Ready Set Cargo is tough enough for sharp tools and jobsite hazards, while the cotton helps keep them breathable, with a flattering high-waisted fit.”

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