We have been manufacturing technical outdoor clothing and accessories in our UK factory since 1969 under our own brand SUB ZERO. Our speciality is base layers and thermal mid-layers, as well as waterproof, fleece and down jackets.
During a cold and wet scramble along the Lake Districts Helvellyn mountain in 1967, Derek Laxton hit upon the inspiration for a technical range of thermal underwear. With a trained mechanical engineer background and a lust to run his own company, in 1969 Sub Zero Technology Ltd was created. From their original Leicester textile mill, the Sub Zero Factor 1 range of thermal base layers was born to worldwide acclaim.
In the five decades since Sub Zero has expanded its range to include heavyweight thermal mid layers through to insulating down jackets. Never a company to stand still, Subzero have adopted new manufacturing processes, such as seamless knitting technology and body mapping, to produce garments that are at the pinnacle of performance.
Sub Zero today is still family-owned, with the third generation of Laxtons running the company. The factory and offices now reside in rural Leicestershire, with the workforce coming from the local communities. Sub Zeros work ethos is still true today as it was from its interception – to design and manufacture technical outdoor clothing using the finest technical textiles for the words most extreme conditions.