Watsonville, Calif. - (February 8, 2010) – West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, is introducing a new line of technical apparel and foul weather gear at the Miami International Boat Show. This new line of performance apparel was designed and tested by Boaters for Boaters, to offer the best combination of performance, comfort and value. Samplings of the new offerings are listed below.
The Typhoon Jacket is our new super-lightweight jacket made of a laminated microporous fabric, a breathable membrane laminated between two layers, for strength and durability. Breathable fabrics allow water vapor, but not liquid water to pass through them. When the heat and humidity are greater inside than outside your clothing, breathable fabrics act like a water pump that transfers moisture to the outside of the garment. This fabric is ideal when boating in warm climates, or when the boating activity requires exertion, and therefore results in perspiration.
The Typhoon Jacket’s outer shell is coated with a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating, which prevents water from soaking in and provides total wind and water protection. The jacket is available in Unisex sizing with elasticized cuffs and shock cord hem that are adjustable for a tailored fit. With a Liquid Moisture Transfer Rate of 20,000gsm, the Typhoon Jacket offers double the breathability previously available.
New 6th Generation of Third Reef Foul Weather Gear
West Marine’s Third Reef Foul Weather Gear is the best selling, high quality foul weather gear in the world. The new 6th Generation of Third Reef Foul Weather Gear is 100% water and windproof to protect active boaters from rain, spray and solid water. It offers a full range of movement and ventilation options to accommodate varying exertion levels. It’s fully lined, breathable, articulated for ease of movement and contoured to reduce windage. Additional features include a high visibility foldaway hood, gusseted cargo pockets, zippered handwarmer pockets, internal zip pocket with headphone port and adjustable cuffs.
The newest generation of Third Reef also features new lighter weight fabric that performs 66% better than that of previous versions and has a fully breathable liner for maximum comfort. The high visibility hood now folds away in to a more contoured collar that allows greater neck comfort and mobility. Also available in a Women’s fit, which has been updated for a more modern look without compromising movement or comfort.
Men’s Captain Tech Tee
Our Captain Tech Tee has short and long sleeved styles, with raglan sleeves and underarm gussets for a relaxed fit. Primarily designed as a base layer for active outerwear, these cool tees can also be worn alone. UPF60 fabric protects you against the sun and the anti-microbial treatment inhibits odor. No matter what the level of activity, this breathable, moisture wicking fabric will help to keep you dry.
Changeable, like the weather, West Marine’s new Tidal Pants feature zip-off legs
so you can convert them to shorts. Details include mesh lined pockets, comfortable side elastic waist, quarter-top front pockets and right leg and back zip security pockets. It’s blood, oil and water-resistant with UPF-60 fabric that shields against the sun. These quick dry pants (or shorts!) also boast an antimicrobial treatment that keeps odors under control all day.
To see more of West Marine’s new line of technical gear and casual apparel, visit West Marine’s booth at the Miami International Boat Show, center pod lower level. For additional information on these or any of West Marine’s 50,000 other product offerings,
visit westmarine.com .
ABOUT WEST MARINE
West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has more than 330 company-owned stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada and two franchised stores located in Turkey. Our call center and Internet channels offer customers approximately 50,000 products and the convenience of exchanging catalog and Internet purchases at our store locations. Our Port Supply division is one of the largest wholesale distributors of marine equipment serving boat manufacturers, marine services, commercial vessel operators and government agencies. For more information on West Marine's products and store locations, or to start shopping, visit westmarine.com.