As we mentioned, the reason is quite clear - our current home base is becoming a bit cramped, especially for a growing company such as Varusteleka. The best advantage of our new premises is that we’ve had a say in things right from the start, so we’ve been able to design things according to our own specifications. For example, our new warehouse is going to be pretty efficient, whereas at the moment there are a few bottlenecks. We have also designed “slightly” better working and social spaces, our shop will be larger, and Sotima will get it’s very own entrance and a terrace. One of the biggest advantages of the new place is that it is more energy-efficient, quieter, and comes equipped with solar panels.
Over the course of the spring we’ll start giving you updates on how our little project is coming along. The following dates are locked in so far:
- 13-15.07.2018. The warehouse moves. There may or may not be all sorts of problems during this time. Our webshop will continue to serve you faithfully, but shipping times may increase. Our walk-in shop will continue to serve you at its current location.
- 21-22.07.2018. Our walk-in shop moves. During this time the walk-in shop is closed. Obviously.
- 23.07.2018. Our walk-in shop will open its doors at the new address, Hankasuontie 11A. Things may still be in a state of disarray, but we won’t let that stop us.
- 11.08.2018. The world’s most epic shop opening ceremony! An absolutely unbelievable party... You won’t want to miss it!
- 13.08.2018-30.9.2018. Our grand opening extravaganza will continue.
Want to help us out a little bit? Buy some stuff throughout the spring so we won’t have so much to move!
Why didn’t you move closer to the city center?
We won’t start to raise our prices just to pay the inner Ring I rent prices. In addition we want to keep all of our operations under one roof and offer the same selection in our walk-in shop as what is available in our webshop. There’s no space large enough on Aleksanterikatu that will meet these needs just yet.
How do you get to the new place?
Use the same means that you used to get to our current location - buses 321, 321N, 322, 332, 345, 345N, 346, 355, 355T move along Vihdintie, and according to Google Maps, it’s only about three minutes from the bus stop to Varusteleka. Also, because we have a high flow of customers, HSL has given us our own bus line, 39B, that ends its route right by our new place. This route is already in use, just in case you want to go take a look at the construction site.
You can take the train to Malminkartano station, and the distance from there is about the same as the distance from Kannelmäki station to our current location.
There will be plenty of parking spaces, as well as charging stations for electric cars. Get some of that!
Will the cost of this move show in the product prices?
No way! Things will actually move in the opposite direction: our current premises requires a lot of energy, isn’t very comfortable, and its design makes our work a bit more difficult. Our productivity should grow so much in our new premises that, for example, heating and air conditioning work perfectly, and a “free” bonus on top of everything else.
Will we be able to order things from the warehouse to the walk-in shop?
Yeah, we will work to maintain that function in our new premises as well. As with our current location, we’ll make sure that the warehouse is still right behind the wall of the walk-in shop. Our walk-in shop space will also grow, so more items are able to be put on display.
What will happen to Sotima?
Nothing but good will happen to Sotima. We’ll build Sotima in the new place and improve upon it. Sotima will have its own entrance that will allow for new and exciting possibilities. Oh, and we’ll of course have a terrace.
Is there a customer toilet?
YES! Imagine: no more labyrinth to navigate just to go pee! Sotima will have proper toilets, and Sotima is in the walk-in shop, so problem solved.
Will Sotima be open longer?
Technically it is possible, because of its own entrance. Once we get things rolling smoothly in the new place then we will begin testing how different opening hours work.
When is the moving sale for the current premises?
As we’ve said before, we don’t willy-nilly slash prices. All sorts of random articles and other stuff we don’t want to move will probably go on sale throughout the spring. We’ll give a heads up about it when things start moving along.
BW Windstopper watch cap, surplus5.99 USD
18 ratings. The Germans decided to make their black winter woolly hats properly; these have a Windstopper-liner to give extra protection. Used Bundeswehr surplus.
Swiss puttees, surplus14.99 USD
4 ratings. This is just what the beeping, blinking and hectic modern world needs. Put a stop to all that shit and practice Zen every morning by donning on a proper real deal army surplus long puttees before leaving home! No joke, these are Swiss made! Because of course they are!
Särmä TST Backpack cover, M05 snow camo19.99 - 49.99 USD
1 rating. A snow camouflage cover for backpacks, available in three sizes to fit anything from small combat packs to huge overpacked bergens. Shields your pack from both snow and surveillance, including the NIR spectrum. Finnish MILSPEC quality!
Särmä Windproof Smock68.99 USD
40 ratings. Our take on the classic British Windproof Smock with improvements and civilian-friendly colours. If you're tired of sweating in 'tex clothing but want some protection from showers, you'd do well to give this a try.
Särmä merino boxers, black14.99 USD
10 ratings. We set out to make Merino boxers, because why not: it allows sweat to pass through without soaking, is naturally resistant to stains and odours, and is just right in terms of insulation in most environments. These are a piece of garment you will love to wear all year around - including summer.
Finnish fur hat, gray, surplus14.99 USD
Made in Finland. 12 ratings. In the merry year of 1939, the Finnish army came out with a fur hat good and proper. What's even more, it did not look like it came from Soviet Union, but it looked spectacularly Finnish. This hat model was so good that it was retired from active service in the early 2000's. The successor? Same but camouflaged.
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Bundespolizei leather jacket, short, surplus RELEASED TODAY98.99 USD
What comes to leather jackets, the Germans have long traditions of these items of style and fascis-, uh fascination. Nowadays replaced with happy attitude and bright polyester uniforms, these not-so-old leathery relics have been retired and sold off to civilian market. Wohoo!
Swedish wool tunic, diagonal wool, surplus RELEASED TODAY24.99 USD
Our beloved Western neighbour made a classic wool tunic ages ago and released large stock of it to the civilian market. The tunic became an army surplus classic, as it's hard wearing, affordable and looks damn nice. Well guess what! They made a fancier diagonal wool version of it too. This must be a very limited production garment, we suspect these will not be available for long.
Thermos Stainless King 710 ml (24 oz) RELEASED TODAY39.99 USD
Don't let the name fool you too much, this Thermos works well with anything edible or drinkable. The large mouth facilitates easy operation & cleaning, while the steel construction is virtually unbreakable. Thermos products overall are made extremely well, it's always money well spent.
Motorola T81 Hunter PMR-radiopuhelin RELEASED TODAY98.99 USD
You don't need to be a hunter to appreciate the T81 Hunter. Basically you're looking a weatherproof walkie-talkie with features such as a 10 km max range, optional hands-free silent operation and the possibility to recharge it from your car battery.
Särmä kids' merino wool socks RELEASED TODAY4.99 USD
Made in Finland. Buy these or you don't love your child. They will thank you later, and not even at the cost of hating you now. The socks aren't thick at all, which means they are good for every season.
British Boot Combat High, surplus RELEASED TODAY39.99 - 49.99 USD
Issue British Army combat boots. Older model, the kind that actually was pretty stylish compared to modern sneakers. Used.
Särmä square scarf, merino wool RELEASED TODAY34.99 USD
A square scarf is something everyone should have: it's stylish and versatile, as well as comfy. Here's a Merino woollen scarf to offer better functionality, even more comfort and blend in better - without age-old woven patterns. The wool is so fine that this doesn't even itch.
Austrian field cap, winter model, surplus RESTOCKED TODAY1.99 - 9.99 USD
An exceptional winter hat with traditional Germanic form - this one actually looks pretty good, at least with the ear flaps up. Austrian Bundesheer surplus.
Swedish folding cup, green, surplus RESTOCKED TODAY2.99 USD
A very handy piece - an indestructible plastic cup that folds in half and is small enough to go into your trouser pocket.
Swiss wool mittens with leather palm, surplus RESTOCKED TODAY6.99 USD
Once again the Swiss managed to make something extraordinary out of something ordinary. These are just like your everyday military issue woollen mittens, but made of thick wool with leather palms to give a better grip and more durability. A handy feature for any environment.
Italian gaiters, wool, long, surplus RESTOCKED TODAY19.99 USD
These gaiters represent the cream of italian military engineering. These mountain troopers' gaiters almost look like they could've worked! Made of wool!
NFM EC Paint, 400 ml RESTOCKED TODAY14.99 - 19.99 USD
Proper military grade spray paint, perfect for weapons, gear and any other trinkets you want to camouflage. Unlike most civilian paints EC Paint also works under NVG surveillance, blending in naturally.
Särmä TST L3 Loft Jacket RESTOCKED TODAY98.99 USD
A very lightweight and packable loft jacket for thermal insulation. Lightweight and breathable polyamide with Climashield continuous fiber filament insulation. A fantastic little bundle of warmth and happiness, this is something you want to bring with you where ever you go.
Särmä balaclava, 1-hole, merino wool, black7.99 USD
Lightweight balaclava made of merino wool - excellent head cover when you need one. Works just as well as a helmet liner. Our own production made in Lithuania.
Finnish flag patch, sew-on model0.99 USD
Made in Finland. Finnish national insignia, model 1958, used mostly with gray service uniforms and such, especially abroad, we believe. Meant to be worn on the arm.
US Pick Mattock cover, WW2-model, surplus0.99 USD
A cover for your everyday US WW2 model pick mattock. Dated mostly 1945 or earlier. Colours vary. Unissued original militaria.
Särmä hoodless fleece jacket24.99 USD
A light fleece jacket is your best friend in cool but nice weather, when just a T-shirt is too little but other jackets would be too much.
Särmä hooded Fleece jacket29.99 USD
Our very own fleece jacket! We've sold so many different tactical fleece jackets over the years that we believe we have gotten a good understanding of what people want. So, we put all the good features together in one neat package and made this! A modern, nicely fitting and a very functional piece of warm clothing for just about any use.
Pentagon Elgon Heavy Duty Pants34.99 USD
A pair of modern cotton cargo trousers, and unlike most of the stuff sold in clothing stores, these are actually very well thought out and to top it off, look pretty good! Being "tactical", they have some nice extra features hiding in plain sight.
Särmä merino boxers, black14.99 USD
We set out to make Merino boxers, because why not: it allows sweat to pass through without soaking, is naturally resistant to stains and odours, and is just right in terms of insulation in most environments. These are a piece of garment you will love to wear all year around - including summer.
US waterproof bag, surplus9.99 USD
A large heavily wateproofed nylon sack. A cheap way to make your rucksack reliably showerproof.
US ALICE Medium Pack, with frame, olive drab, surplus68.99 USD
One of the best military rucksacks ever made, available once again. As the stocks are depleting the ALICE pack only rises in popularity. A classic design, you can carry it with or without the frame. Comes in two sizes, Medium and Large, with the Medium being the more desirable one.
US ALICE webbing set, surplus49.99 USD
This is probably one of the most well-known load carrying systems around. And no wonder, as it provides a good basic modular base for most carrying needs.
Särmä Wood Stove, laser cut19.99 USD
Made in Finland. A wood burning hobo stove of very very very Finnish design! This might not be the prettiest, lightest or handiest stove out there but it works, packs relatively small and is modestly priced and of course 100 % made in Finland.
Austrian Anzug 03 field jacket, surplus14.99 - 29.99 USD
Austrian field jacket, the model of 2003 - these are almost vintage by now! Probably inspired by the US Army ECWCS Gore-Tex jacket, but made of tough cotton/polyester blend. The colour is olive drab of the typical Bundesheer shade.
BW shorts, Flecktarn, surplus14.99 USD
Genuine German army issue trousers cut down to shorts length by our supplier! In short, if you like the Flecktarn trousers - and who doesn't - these are just the same, but better for hot summer!
Särmä shorts29.99 USD
Lightweight, practical and comfy polycotton ripstop shorts with an excellent cut. We'd been looking to make good shorts and the solution was simply to take a nice military style trouser model and cut the leg in half! Because we had these made in huge volumes, the end price could be kept very reasonable.