25.04.2018 Our fan contest is over and the winners have been contacted. If you didn't get lucky this time around then don't worry - just a little less than 10,000 more likes until the next competition! So, you know, go out and spread the word if you want to help speed things along.
05.03.2018 We have crunched the numbers, and our results from 2017 are in. Here’s a little recap of everything that happened last year: Varusteleka Profit Report 2017. All in all, you could say that we managed to do a lot, but there are still some things we didn’t quite manage to pull off this year. Nevertheless, we think that 2017 was a complete success.
23.02.2018 Yeah, it’s true. We’ve sort of outgrown our old premises on Ruosilantie, and the time has come to pack up and move shop in July 2018. Our new address will be Hankasuontie 11A. About a kilometer north along Vihdintie. Nothing too dramatic.
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.
09.11.2017 Here in Finland we like our veterans, and we thought what could we do to show appreciation to those that have served for your country as well. Well, we can't do a whole lot from over here, but we can offer you all (everyone in the US) free shipping via Posti. Offer valid from now until midnight on 11.11. Get!
We’ve sold you a gas mask whose filter contains asbestos.
We hope the above got your attention. The deal is, the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes) tested 12 Russian GP-5 gas mask filters and all were found to contain chrysotile or white asbestos. Asbestos is a harmful substance that has been banned in Finland since 1994. Because our products have been sold after this, we have to organise a campaign to get back all the said filters in Finland. We’re not required to do this internationally, but we’re doing it anyway, as it is the right thing to do. You will reveice 5€ refund in cold cash or 7€ discount code to our webshop.
What to do
Our records show that you’ve purchased a russian gas mask from us. If you’ve resold it, please pass this e-mail forward to the person who has it now.
The filter is the key. Don’t use the mask with the filter on. The mask itself is harmless and you can keep it. It’s the fun part of the product anyway.
Please return the filter to us - reply to this e-mail and we’ll let you know the details on how. When replying, please give your name, street address and country, so we can arrange for transport - this is an automated message sent all over the world, so we don’t know who you are unless you tell us.
The other alternative is that if your country has a system to get rid of items that have asbestos, you can use that. In Finland it’s as simple as going to the nearest refuse dump / refuse processing station and giving them the filter. We don’t know about the rest of the world.
Asbestos is mostly legal in the United States, because corporate greed. We assume, that because of this, there isn’t a system to process asbestos refuse. If you return the filter to us, we’ll have it processed in Finland.
We didn’t know the mask contained asbestos. There was an internet rumour circulating that it would be so, and after we heard about it, we put some text on the product page indicating that the filter may contain asbestos and you shouldn’t use it. If you read the product description when you bought the mask, you’ve seen the text. In hindsight it was stupid to still sell the mask, but we didn’t take the rumour seriously at the time, and we didn’t really even know there was a way to have the filters tested. Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes) found out about the rumour, ordered us to send 12 samples and tested them - and they all had asbestos in the particle filter. Anything containing asbestos is illegal in Finland, so here we are.
The mask has chrysotile or white asbestos in the textile part of the particle filter. The reason for asbestos here is that it works really well for filtering small particles. We have no official information about the health hazard this poses, as the only official test we have is that there is asbestos. Some unofficial tests have been run and it would appear that the asbestos stays where it is, it shouldn’t be able to get through the charcoal part of the filter and all in all the filter should see some serious damage before the asbestos would get moving (and get into your lungs.) This, however, is still unofficial and it’s best to assume the filter is a health hazard and you’d want to get rid of it.
Gas masks from other sources
It’s very likely that all Russian filters contain asbestos. There’s a reason asbestos was used so much - apart from the lung risk, it’s really good material for many kind of uses. It would be very likely that all gas mask filters, no matter what the origin, made before 1990s contain asbestos. It’s likely that gas mask filters made in the us even today contain asbestos. In short, you should treat all military surplus gas mask filters as health hazard. They wouldn’t be good for their original use anyway, as the activated charcoal is most likely saturated in all of them.