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FORTIS GUIDE TO ANGLING CLOTHING

In this section we will take an in depth look at our performance angling clothing and the fabrics they are comprised of. We will discuss topics such as:

  1. What is the difference? Waterproof vs Water Resistant?
  2. Is a thicker jacket warmer?
  3. More is more, if I wear more I'll be warmer, right?
  4. Why is technical gear so expensive?

alongside an advanced technical breakdown on what fabrics are available.

1.

WATERPROOF VS WATER RESISTANT

A proper ‘waterproof’ garment will keep you protected even in the harshest of downpours and these garments feature multi-layered fabrics with fully taped seams. A 'water resistant' garment will keep you protected in light rain and will have a DWR coating to help water bead off the fabric.

WATERPROOF PRODUCTS

Triflex
Developing a waterproof garment is no small task and our Triflex™ fabric is a key component in creating a truly special set of garments in the Marine range. Our Triflex™ boasts:

  • Advanced 3 layer fabric
  • 4 way stretch - which is critical to ensure the clothing moves with you.
  • 20,000mm Breathability - highly breathable and wicks away moisture generated from high levels of activity.
  • 20,000mm Waterproof - extremely high level of protection

 

2.

IS A THICKER JACKET WARMER?

A question we get asked a lot at exhibitions and the question should really be "How thermally efficient are your jackets?" It stands to reason that the more filling there is in a jacket, the warmer the garment will be. However, a decade ago this would have been the case but technology and our understanding of heat retention has improved so dramatically, that we can create an incredibly thin jackets whilst retaining a huge amount heat. Our Marine Liner is testament to that and here is why...

INSULATED PRODUCTS - FORTIS X PRIMALOFT®

The creation of the Fortis Marine Waterproof Jacket protects the user from the rain, so to compliment this garment, we set about designing the ultimate lightweight packable insulated jacket; The Miner Liner. After a huge amount of research, we set about sourcing an insulator that could tick all the boxes and Primaloft® insulation did just that! This collaborative project brings the finest designers in angling to develop a unique reversible packable jacket.

80% Post Consumer Recycled Material
This synthetic insulation Primaloft® insulation behaves like down in many ways but handles humidity better and dries faster offering warmth, softness and lightweight comfort, packed with everything you need to battle the elements. Manufactured with 80% post consumer recycled material for an environmentally friendly garment.

Other benefits include: retention of heat when wet, washable & high loft. Check out the Marine Liner here!

INSULATED PRODUCTS - FORTIS X SNUGPAK

Our award winning Fortis X Snugpak clothing range is based around one core principle and that is to keep warm. This collaborative project saw our product design skills meet Snugpak's technical manufacturing experience to bring the finest angling clothing range. Utilising Snugpak's Softie Premier insulation, which is exclusive to them, we have produced angling jackets rated to as low as -15c.

Softie Premier Insulation
This synthetic insulation boasts the latest in extrusion technology and binding resins to result in a finer, softer and more durable insulation. Whereas standard insulation is formed in straight thick/bulky fibres with a flat unnatural feel, our Softie is comprised of randomised fine filament fibres to create extra voids and loft. This traps more warm air without additional unwanted weight.

Other benefits include: retention of heat when wet, washable & high loft. Check out the full range of Snugpak X Fortis.

3.

MORE IS MORE! IF I WEAR MORE I'LL BE WARMER, RIGHT?

Surely the simple logic of wearing more, keeps you warmer right? Wrong! This is a serious misconception and I'm sure we've all worn two hoodies when the weather turns cold thinking this will help, only to find there's no real improvement and here is why. Imagine you've turned up at the lake, piled on the clothes and set off fully laden with tackle. By the time you have arrived at your chosen spot, you've actually worked up quite a sweat! The problem is, that sweat is now trapped. It is trapped below the two hoodies and the moisture is turning colder on the layer right next to your skin. So... How do you solve this? The answer is breathability.

The garments you wear need to perform in harmony with one another. This is why we call it technical layering. The base layer needs to provide comfort, warmth but most of all needs to be able to wick away the moisture from your skin and to the other layers. The mid-layer i.e. a Marine Jacket or Sherpa Fleece needs to be very thermally efficient yet critically still retaining that breathability. The Outer Layer needs to not only protect you from the wind and rain but also breath and help in the moisture wicking process. This breathability is what allows you wear less but stay warmer and this is not the only benefit. Comfort and freedom of movement, not feeling like the Michelin Man. Our garments will perform and allow you to focus on the important things, like locating your quarry.

SYNTHETIC PRODUCTS

Polyester
This synthetic fabric boasts a myriad of features but the most beneficial specifications for our elements range is its high wicking properties. A critical feature for drawing away moisture (sweat) from the body which can make you cold. Add to this its ability to be durable and warm and it's no wonder our Elements Fleece & Base Layers have become so popular. Our Base Layers are engineered in our 225 g/m2 polyester / elastane fabric, where the elastane adds stretch to the garment allowing maximum comfort when worn directly against the skin.

Rip Stop & DWR
Our Trail Pants are designed for the active angler and they are engineered from a rip stop style fabric comprised of 210gm/m2 stretch Ripstop 100% Polyester. Our lightweight ripstop is tough and durable to combat brambles whilst including stretch and softness for a relaxed fit. Understanding the rigours in which we put our trousers through we were keen to enhance the fabric by adding a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. This is a great feature for protecting against autumn showers and fresh spring morning dew.

4.

WHY IS TECHNICAL GEAR SO EXPENSIVE?

It is easy to be put off by the price tag of expensive garments and in a market so saturated, it's difficult to know the real from the fake. Technical garments as a general rule are more expensive because the materials are higher performing, whether that be, more durable, more breathable, more waterproof or have higher thermal efficiency. These will then be manufactured using specialist machinery or in the case of our Snugpak jackets hand made in the UK. Our products may not be for everyone but our mission is to aide the enjoyment of being out in nature. If you have any more detailed questions or would like to get in touch, please email info@fortiseyewear.co.uk

RIP STOPS, PREMIUM COTTONS & BLENDS

Cottons
Cotton is cotton right?... wrong! As with everything we do, we always look for the very finest fabrics from around the world. Now cotton has been around for centuries and is made from the cellulose fibres of the cotton plant. These fibres then get spun into threads that are then woven into fabric. The quality can vary depending on the length of these fibres. The longer the fibre the better quality the fabric will be in terms of durability and colour retention. Fabrics made from shorter fibres of cotton can go bobbly and look duller after a shorter time in use.

The threads can also be different thicknesses too. A thinner thread woven densely will produce a lighter weight more durable fabric than a thicker thread in a looser weave.

Our fabric is described by its weight in grams per square meter or gsm. Our 100% cotton T-Shirts are a high grade 30/1, 150-160 gsm making them a mid-weight garment for comfort and durability. The 30/1 is the unit of measurement that defines the fineness of cotton thread. A standard spool of single-ply cotton thread is comprised of 840 yards of cotton thread. If it takes 20 spools to weigh one pound, then the thread on those spools is referred to as 20s cotton, or 20/1. If 30 spools weigh one pound, then the thread on those spools is referred to as 30s cotton thread, or 30/1. If it takes 40 spools to weigh one pound, then the thread on those spools is referred to as 40s cotton, or 40/1. The higher number means a finer thread, and thus a finer, softer fabric is created. T-shirts made of 30s and 40s are softer, finer, and have better drape than t-shirts made of 20s.

Rip Stop & DWR
Our Trail Pants are designed for the active angler and they are engineered from a rip stop style fabric comprised of 218gm/m2 Stretch Ripstop 98% Cotton and 2% Elastane. Our lightweight ripstop is tough and durable to combat brambles whilst including stretch and softness for a relaxed fit. Understanding the rigours in which we put our trousers through we were keen to enhance the fabric by adding a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. This is a great feature for protecting against autumn showers and fresh spring morning dew.

Blends
Our range of merchandise including the Crew Jumpers & Hoodies are the perfect example of providing quality, style and comfort and this is down to the blend of fabrics used. Engineered from a mix of cotton & polyester (poly cotton), the cotton providing the comfort and the polyester providing the durability. This mix makes the garments less prone to piling and is why we use it in garments that are worn day in, day out.

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