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ICAST 2020 Coverage


AFTCO Builds Upon Their Catalog of Outdoor Wear For All Seasons


Date: 7/10/20
Location: Virtual Event
Admission: Industry Only
Manufacturer: AFTCO
Reviewer: Cal

Introduction: Since they burst onto the freshwater scene in 2017, American Fishing Tackle Company, or AFTCO for short, has been aggressively filling their product catalog with outdoor apparel tailored towards the needs of recreational and professional bass anglers. They've always made a splash at the industry's largest trade show, and this year's change to an online venue did little to slow them down.


The new Reaper Soft Shell Jacket takes the warmth and comfort of AFTCO's popular hoodie to another level


Reaper Soft Shell Jacket : Leveraging the success of their Reaper Performance Fleece Fishing Hoodie, AFTCO takes this same popular design to create a soft shell jacket so anglers can extra degree of protection from the elements. Made from a blend of 94% polyester and 6% spandex in a ripstop, stretch material, the new Reaper Soft Shell Jacket has laser cut ventilation in the underarms for breathability and a zippered side vent offering the flexibility for extra range of motion. Of course, it comes with the integrated facemask and additional features like lycra cuffs with thumb holes for those who enjoy that added bit of secure fit. Availability is expected this coming Fall and retail price will be $99.


 AFTCO extends their AIR-O Mesh fabric to a breathable pair of shorts


Diffuse AIR-O Mesh Fishing Shorts: Last year, at ICAST 2019, AFTCO won an award for their Yurei AIR-O MESH Hooded Performance Shirt. This year, they're taking that same, super breathable fabric to create the Diffuse AIRO-O Mesh fishing short complete with a reinforced utility pocket for pliers, AFLEX 4-way stretch for mobility, and DWR treatment to prevent stains. This water repellent short will be offered in three colors and retail for $59 when it debuts this upcoming Spring.

Micro pours in the fabric enable better ventilation for more comfort in hot, humid climates

Breathability with utility pocket durability

Are boardshorts more your style? AFTCO's new Saba series may be for you

Saba Recycled Seam-Free Boardshorts: Do you prefer the more casual look of board shorts? AFTCO understands this appeal and offers their new Saba Board Shorts made from a material that features sustainable, 88% polyester and 12% spandex in its composition. What's more, to ensure the lightest, most comfortable fit, AFTCO builds this short with "Seam-Free" construction eliminating unnecessary trims while at the same time using their AFLEX 40way stretch for maximum mobility. The Saba Recycled, Seam Free Boardshorts are set to debut with three colors in the Spring of 2021 for a retail price of $65.

Boardshorts with every-day shorts pockets

AFTCO's new Triton rainsuit offers more year-round comfort

Triton Waterproof System: Of course, between now and Spring 2021 are two seasons where inclement weather is the rule. Understanding not all rainy fishing days come with cold temperatures, AFTCO introduces their Triton Waterproof System consisting of a new jacket and bib similar to their ICAST award winning Hydronaut Waterproof Suit, but in a lighter package more suitable for year-round, waterproof comfort. Both the jacket and rain bib are made from 100% Nylon Oxford Shell that's both waterproof and breathable. The bib comes with Velcro adjustable shoulders and a ComfortFlex mesh back. Retail pricing is $199 for the jacket and $189 for the rain bib with availability coming in Fall 2020.

The Triton rain bibs come with Velcro adjustable shoulders

Finally a rainsuit for female anglers

Women's Hydronaut Heavy-Duty Waterproof System: Finally addressing a product that's been missing in the industry, AFTCO delivers a rainsuit made for the female angler. Their Women's Hydronaut Heavy-Duty Waterproof System takes the same great features from the original Hydronaut suit and offers it in a more petite, size, and cut appropriate package. Made of 2 layer 100% Nylon Shell with 100% Polyester lining and 30K waterproofing, fully taped seams, the Women's Hydronaut suit will be available this Fall for a retail price of $249 for the jacket and $229 for the rain bib.

AFTCO's Women's Hydronaut WaterProof System offers long overdue, heavy-duty protection from the elements.









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