As I pulled everything out of the box, gave it a quick look, and tried it on to make sure it all fit, the quality seemed top notch as did the fit. The main point is that if you use the sizing guide on the AFTCO site, the stuff you order should fit fine.
The style on the Shirt is a bit....
Well let's throw out this disclaimer first - I haven't see a "technical fishing shirt" from any maker that doesn't look a bit on the Crocodile Dundee side of fashion...some may even say it looks a bit dorky. When you put some roll up sleeves on a button down shirt, then add two big pockets on the front, a collar, and a big flap on the back to allow some incoming breezes and circulation, you are bound to end up with that. I think it's truly a matter of function over form and the AFTCO shirt is no different.
In terms of the pants, they are quite simple and look like a pair of workout pants with a nylon exterior. In all reality, they look just fine.
The hat is where it's at! The fathom hat is just a cool looking hat...period. It's one of those "fitted" hats with the flex headband to fit most heads. Apparently I have a small head and if it were any smaller, it might make me look like a toddler trying to be cool and wear Daddy's hat.
|LS Technical Fishing Shirt|
The roll up sleeves are also quite nice. There are a couple of straps with a button that quickly and easily ensure that the sleeves stay rolled up until you want them to come down. Keeping style out of it, I give this shirt a solid two thumbs up.
Pants - I'm not gonna lie; I've only had one chance to use them and it wasn't a very rainy day....more of a misty, drab, and gray day. I really wish I would have had them with me for my Florida flats trip as it poured buckets. Still, on my damp and misty day, my legs stayed a lot drier than my upper body did so another solid two thumbs up. These roll up quite small, so it sure doesn't hurt to have these things in your truck in case...I'd say my only complaint about them is that they are a bit noisy when you walk.
|Fathom Fishing Hat|
All three items I received are great products that I would gladly pay full price for. The prices are reasonable when compared to similar products and in some cases, I think that these are some "must have" items of clothing. The shirt is almost a must in hot and sunny weather. The hat is a must when it comes to fishing because it truly helps you see fish. Have you ever been trying to look into the water without one? If you have, then I am sure you have had a hand over your eyes to help block out the sun. The hat is a constant hand over your eyes so your actual hands can do more fishing. The pants, well, it just makes sense to have a pair in the truck...you never know when that rain may ruin a day of fishing without good rain gear.