Rambling Review – Duluth Trading Company Armachillo Gear
It’s wicked hot here in Arizona. From late spring to early fall, Phoenix temps skyrocket into the triple digets, and 110° and higher is not uncommon. During this time, I am pointing the truck northward to try and find some willing trout to take a fly. Even in the mountains, mid-day temperaturs reach the mid 90s and staying cool and hydrated is extremely important. I have had the opportunity to check out a new line of Armachillo clothing from Duluth Trading Company and was able to put their Armachillo cargo pants and Armachillo long-sleeve patterned shirt through the paces.
Made-in-the-Jade Technology – The Armachillo line is made with their “made-in-the-jade” technology which refers to the microscopic jade embedded into the fabric, creating a cooling effect on the skin.
Lightweight – I was very excited about the how lightweight the Armachillo fabric was. I’m always looking for gear that cuts down on weight when hiking and camping, and the Armachillo line is the ticket for a lightweight option.
Fit – Sizing was a bit different. Typically, I wear a large in shirts and 34 waist. I ended up needing a medium in the Armachillo patterned shirt, and even then, I still had a quite a bit of room. The 34 waist pants fit, but I’m not a huge fan of the elastic band on the waist. The pants are extremely comfortable, but I would like to see a version without the elastic waist.
After a couple months of hard hiking and fishing, I can safely say that the Duluth Trading Company Armachillo line stands up to the abuse of a small stream fly fisherman. I crawled and bushwhacked my way through some new country and found this clothing line is the real deal.
- Pants – The Armachillo Cargo Pants are made from quick-drying, rip-stop nylon. Add in a gusseted crotch and the fact that they are antimicrobial and have UPF 40 sun protection and you can crawl, crouch, and sneak your way along the creek in search of small wild trout. The cargo pockets are a bit unique as well with several different pockets instead of just one, and the cargo flap has the option of tucking inside as well for easier access.
- Shirt – The Armachillo Long-sleeve Pattern Shirt was very nice too. The long-sleeve shirt adds more protection by fighting off the morning chill and keeping you cool in the heat of the day. I really felt the cooling effects of the made-in-the-jade technology as well as the vented back as the sun rose throughout the day.
Elastic waistband on pants
Prognosis: If you find yourself in the sweltering heat of the Southwest, the Duluth Trading Company Armachillo clothing line is definitely worth a look.
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