Everything you need to know about taped seams

Everything you need to know about taped seams

Taped seams are essential to true waterproof protection. But what are they and how do they work?

Taped seams keep kids dry

In order for clothing to help protect against water, seams are taped to keep moisture out. This prevents water from seeping through the tiny holes caused by sewing needles. A non-toxic polyurethane tape is melted over the seams, blocking out moisture.

Taped seams symbols

Reima offers 3 levels of taped seams

When you check a Reima product label, you’ll spot one of these three symbols:

  • 1. Seams sealed means that every seam is sealed. Products with seams sealed on the hang tag provide the highest level of protection.
  • 2. Exposed seams sealed means that the seams that are exposed to rain and puddles are taped. Products with exposed seams sealed are perfect for everyday protection from rain.
  • 3. The third symbol indicates that the product does not have sealed seams.

Several ways to seal a seam

Taping is not the only method for sealing seams. Seams in traditional rainwear are welded, meaning there are no holes from stitching at all, which is possible thanks to the specific material used in rainwear. Reima gloves and mittens, on the other hand, don’t have taped seams because small seams can’t be taped. Instead, they have a waterproof insert between fabric layers.

Taped seams give an extra boost of protection on wet and rainy days, so kids can splash around without getting drenched. Reima outerwear is also designed to repel dirt, so mud’s no problem either.