Flats Nation Performance Hoodies and Face Shields!
After many months of concept and design work to help battle the elements. We are excited to announce our Flats Nation Performance Hoodies!
We have several design concepts with our Technical Wear to help you better combat the elements, which include:
Purpose chosen colors to help you blend into the background, be it clear sky, cloudy, or light green, to help you fade into the mangroves. The fish are looking up at you, so why not fade into the background better for increased stealth... You can read more on that aspect, even in low-light conditions, by clicking here.
High levels of Sun protection help you stay cooler and not have to (bathe) in sunscreen as much that tends to block up the pours in your skin, which can make you overheat even quicker or worse... Then, it gets on your flies and lures, becoming a negative cue to the fish as they turn and swim away from your offerings.
Moisture wicking so you feel cooler even in 90-degree plus heat and do not have as much sweat pouring off of you. Things like cotton tee shirts can become sweat-soaked rags in short order or, as we say, "Wrong Tool for the Wrong Job." 😉
As in the case of the Flats Nation Performance Hoodies, which some may forget, they also make for a great base layer in the cooler winter months by being moisture-wicking. And though it may feel warm when you jump on the Skiff, say in December, it always feels 15 degrees cooler when on or moving across the water.
Plus, a lightweight hoodie comes in handy even in the cooler months when running or helping to negate the effects of sun and wind. When you feel your ears getting warm or cold or chewed on by the bugs, pull it up and use your hat to help hold it in place if needed.
Wear your Bimini top and not have to crawl around and over the one on your boat. Having shade is great for times like lunch on the water, but a Bimini or T-Top can get in the way of casting/fishing! We discussed some other shade ideas that don't take up as much space for your Skiff, which can be found here.
Do send us some pictures of the Flats Nation Technical wear being worn with your rough location (no need to give up your hot spots) and story to this email address email@example.com, and we will be happy to review them for coverage and posting of them on The Nation! 😎
What is in the planning stages?
We have tested several lightweight performance hats and hope to have them in the store soon! Our design concept included the following technical requirements that most of the more regularly seen mesh trucker-style hats do not provide:
Unstructured moisture-wicking lightweight materials.
Sweatband style along the bottom edge. That Bonefish or Tarpon will only give you a few seconds to make a cast; the last thing you need is sweat pouring into your eyes!
The crown has no mesh material, so the guys with thinning (or no) hair will have even greater protection from the Sun!
Employ a fully adjustable back strap to find that particular sweet spot for your needs! This is unlike others that use snaps that seem either too tight, giving you a headache, or too loose as the day progresses.
White or light in color will help fend off the heat while adding to the cloud/sky effect you already use in your other clothing to help blend into the background.
Dark under the bill (see below) to help reduce glare from spilling onto the back of your polarized shades that you spent a small fortune on.
Plus, we are working on other technical clothing and gear and should have them in the mix soon! Finding the right collaborations and (quality) suppliers is not always easy, and we have some great ones right now!
In the meantime,
We invite you to take in a few Flats Nation Podcast Episodes to help "Scratch that Fishing Itch" when working or traveling and you cannot hitch up the Skiff and go, on these links:
Our main podcast page works well for your mobile devices since it will stream (or download) right on your phone/tablet. It can be found by clicking Here.
Our newer Flats Nation YouTube Channel can be found by clicking Here and sharing them with family and friends if you find them Entertaining and Educational! We have some great guests in the works and planning stages on a wide range of topics and product coverage soon.
Tight Lines, and God Bless!
Dave and the Team