Fantastic Fishing Clothes for WomenFantastic Fishing Clothes for Women
Advances in Technology Make Huge Improvements
By M.L. Anderson
Ladies, just because you’re standing in a bass boat all day working a jerkbait 3,000 times down the bank does not mean you have to look like you’ve been dragged through the woods at the end of the day. Your arm may like it is about to fall off and your feet may be sore, but the livewell is full and you can look amazing as you sashay up and accept that tournament check. IF you choose the right clothing, that is.
Most people opt for comfort when fishing. However, wouldn’t you like to look as good as you feel? That’s not easy to do when you spend the day fishing hard -- coffee can splash and spill, you absentmindedly wipe your hands on your pants, maybe a big bass upchucks a crawdad on you. We’ve all been there. Those stains, smells and sweat will be with you all day if you are wearing jeans and t-shirt. This may sound like science fiction, but nanotechnology has made it possible for you to fish hard all day and still look awesome when you step off that boat.
There is a company called Nanotex that produces fabrics with properties such as moisture wicking, stain release, repellency, odor elimination, and wrinkle-free. They can also bundle these technologies so that one garment can have many properties. I know what you’re thinking. You are imaging those old shirts that are like wearing a plastic bag. Sure they resist stains, but wearing one makes you feel like you have been in a greenhouse all day. Believe me, living in Arizona has made me extremely sensitive to non-breathing fabrics. Nanotex is different, and the reason is in the name.
Not just anyone can slap the word “nano” into the company name. In order to legally use that term, the process you use has to be in particles that are very tiny -- about abillionthof a meter. And that’s what Nanotex does. They use a process that puts a nano whisker on each fiber, giving it whatever properties they choose, changing it on a molecular level. These properties are permanent -- locked in for the life of the garment. On a repellant fabric, for instance, the nano whiskers make water bead up and flow away. You may be used to such fabrics as feeling like plastic, but the Nanotex process doesn’t alter the feel, or hand, of the fabric at all. The nano whiskers are so tiny that the technology still allows for breathability – it does not close the weave at all.
Nanotex doesn’t make clothing. They work with fabric mills. After the fabric is woven and dyed, it is dipped in Nanotex solutions and sometimes rolled. Then it is heat-dryed in a curing oven. This is where the magic happens. Stain repellent fabrics let previously impossible stains come right out in the wash. Shirts with Cool Inside balance your body temperature and enhance your comfort no matter what it’s like outside -- or inside. Speed Dry fabrics mean that even if you get drenched on the run back to the ramp you’ll be looking sharp in no time. Vitalize DP fabrics let you look as fresh at the end of the day as you did when you first got dressed. These are not your grandma’s blouses, ladies. Welcome to the 21st Century.
You can find clothing featuring Nanotex technology in stores like Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops, TravelSmith and more. Also, Nanotex is used in clothing for men. As for the price, you may expect to pay a LOT more, but clothing made with Nanotex fabrics cost about the same as a decent shirt without nano properties. Next time you’re in a store or shopping online, check out those hang tags and labels carefully. Nanotex is the way to go.
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