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ICAST 2018: Sunglasses and Fishing Apparel

New clothing and eyewear introductions from popular brands

July 18, 2018
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The market for fishing clothing and sunglasses is highly competitive. Each year at the ICAST fishing-tackle trade show in Orlando, Sport Fishing editors see dozens of new tech shirts and performance shorts as well as foul-weather gear and sunglass innovations. Here are 16 new products that highlight the latest technology, including quite a few respectably technical ladies’ lines for serious women anglers.

Columbia Terminal and Tidal Deflector Zero Shirts

Columbia Omni-Shade Sun Deflector Shirts
Columbia Terminal and Tidal Deflector Zero shirts and hoodies for men and women Chris Woodward

This Columbia second-generation sun-deflector technology offers a softer feel and Omni-Zero cooling technology in technical-tee styles for men and women that include crew necks, hoodies and hoodies with face masks. The long-sleeve shirts deliver optimal sun protection and quick-drying features. They are available in a variety of colors and cost $65 to $75.

Columbia Women’s Tidal Leggings, Tidal Deflector Hoodie, Dorado PFG Shoes

Columbia Women's Leggings, Hoodie and Shoes
Columbia Women’s Tidal Leggings, Tidal Deflector Hoodie and Dorado PFG shoes Chris Woodward

Columbia established a technical women’s line of clothing before most other fishing-apparel companies. This year, Columbia has added the Tidal Leggings to that collection. The leggings come in a 7/8 Capri length and offer UPF 50 sun protection and a stash pocket. They come in Hyper Blue and Hyper Blue Fishscale and cost $60.

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AFTCO Cortez Shorts

AFTCO Cortez Fishing Shorts
AFTCO Cortez fishing shorts Chris Woodward

AFTCO’s men’s Cortez fishing shorts feature two-way stretch fabric, four large pockets and a plier pocket. They cost $69.

AFTCO Ladies Samurai Hoodie

AFTCO Ladies Samurai Hoodie
AFTCO Ladies Samurai hoodie Chris Woodward

AFTCO’s newly introduced women’s technical fishing clothing line includes this Samurai Hoodie ($40) in coral, and in XS through XL. It features UPF 40+ sun protection and moisture-wicking, stain-resistant fabric.

Costa Cape and Montauk

Costa Cape and Montauk Sunglasses
Costa Cape (brown) and Montauk (black) frame styles Chris Woodward

Costa’s Cape and Montauk extra-large wrap-style frames, launched earlier this year, come with the company’s sweat management system in the sidepieces. The system’s ventilation ducting allows air to flow through the end piece of the frame, which reduces lens fogging and works in conjunction with the sweat-management temple channels. Available with a variety of Costa 580 lenses, the Cape and Montauk styles cost $179 to $259.

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Xtratuf Camo Print Deck Boots

Xtratuf Deck Boots in Realtree and Mossy Oak camo
Xtratuf Deck Boots in Realtree and Mossy Oak patterns Chris Woodward

Xtratuf’s lightweight 6-inch deck boots now come in new camo patterns from Realtree and Mossy Oak. Available in whole sizes from 7 to 14, they cost $100.

Bluefin USA Ladies’ Solar Tee

Bluefin USA Womens Solar Technical Tee
Bluefin USA women’s Solar technical tee Chris Woodward

Bluefin’s Ladies’ Solar tech tee is made from microfiber and spandex with mesh under the arms. It’s quick-drying and carries SPF 50+ protection. The shirts are dye sublimated and can be fully customized. Available in sizes S-XL, Solars cost $45.

Frogg Toggs Pilot Pro

Frogg Toggs' Pilot Pro foul-weather gear
Frogg Toggs’ Pilot Pro foul-weather gear Chris Woodward

Challenged to improve on its Pilot II Guide gear, Frogg Toggs created the new Pilot Pro all-weather jacket and bibs. The outer layer is Teflon DWR-coated polyester and the inner layer is a nylon taffeta. The middle layer features DriPore technology with a performance film that takes water holdout to more than 15,0000 mm and breathability to more than 20,000 MVTR. The jacket and bib each come in sizes S to 3X and each cost $269.99.

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Pelagic Pursuit Sunglasses

Pelagic Pursuit sunglasses
Pelagic Pursuit polarized sunglasses Chris Woodward

Pelagic’s Pursuit frames come with blue-mirror lenses made from polarized mineral glass. Pictured are black matte, green dorado and helix blue colors. They cost $269.

Pelagic Pinacol Elite Boardshort

Pelagic Pinacol Elite Boardshort
Pelagic Pinacol Elite Boardshort Chris Woodward

Pelagic Pinacol Elite boardshorts are made from a cotton/nylon/poly/spandex blend fabric that stretches four ways. They feature a 20-inch outseam, a hydro-repel coating, welded seams and zippers, and a tool pocket. Available in sizes 30 to 40, they cost $150.

Huk Leviathan Foul-Weather Gear

Huk Leviathan Foul-Weather Gear
Huk Leviathan foul-weather suit under regular lighting (left) and under illumination from a flashlight (right). Chris Woodward

Huk’s Leviathan foul-weather gear comes with Reflectek reflective technology, which brightens when exposed to a light source. The waterproof fabric includes polyester and spandex, which gives it some stretch. Available in sizes S through 3XL, the jacket and bib cost $380 each.

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Huk Women’s Crop Legging

Huk Women's Crop Legging
Huk women’s Crop Legging Chris Woodward

Huk’s women’s crop legging is made from 92 percent polyester and 8 percent elastane. It features sun protection and anti-microbial properties. Available in sizes XS to XL and in two colors — glacier (pictured) and shallows (aqua camo) — the leggings cost $50.

Mojo Wireman Aqua Camo

Mojo Wireman Aqua Camo
Mojo Wireman Aqua Camo Chris Woodward

Mojo’s Wireman technical tee comes in two colors of aqua camo. The shirt is available in sizes XS through 2XL and costs $39.95.

Oakley Split Shot

Oakley Split Shot sunglasses
Oakley Split Shot sunglasses Chris Woodward

Oakley has introduced the brand’s first-ever watersport-specific frame with the Split Shot. The frames feature an integrated retainer system and are hat compatible (with a slightly curved temple tip to avoid hat crashes and a modified brow). Split Shots come with deep- or shallow-water polarized Prizm lenses and cost $163 to $213.

Simms TriComp Cool Shirt

Simms TriComp Cool Shirt
Simms TriComp Cool Shirt Chris Woodward

Simms’ new TriComp Cool shirt is made from three different fabric blends in the body, sleeves and side panels, and pockets, and features Coolcore fabric technology to deliver up to 30 percent lower surface temperature when wet. Available in sizes S through 2XL and in two colors (mist pictured), it costs $149.95.

Smith Freespool MAG

Smith Freespool MAG sunglasses
Smith Freespool MAG sunglasses with interchangeable temples (thinner left, wider right). Chris Woodward

Available with Smith’s ChromaPop lens technology, the new Freespool MAG also comes with two sets of interchangeable temples — a wider temple for greater coverage while fishing and a thinner one for everyday use. The medium-size frames come with hydrophilic megol temple and nose pads and cost $249.

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