Lance Kronberger has asked me to develop a hunting pant for him. Waterproof, breathable and VERY durable; a pant that will last a hunting season of 200+ days, beginning in mid-April with Spring Grizzlies, Kodiak for Brown Bears in May & June, salmon fishing and sheep scouting in July, August and September Dall’s Sheep, Grizzly, Mountain Goats and finishing with Brown Bears in the late fall.
Lance has been destroying multiple sets of hardshell rain pants every season and has not found a pant by ANY company that will hold up to his abuse. Not surprising at all.
Schoeller, an incredibly innovative Swiss textile company, makes the most durable textiles in the world for various applications. I have partnered with Schoeller to build a set of gear that will withstand the professional abuse of mountain guides.
The fabric Schoeller developed is very unique, a durable and abrasive resistant nylon 3-layer waterproof and breathable, 4-way stretch textile. It is treated with Nanosphere, Schollers innovative DWR, that not only repels water, but resists oil and dirt which will keep the fabric cleaner which bear guides will appreciate. This fabric is not silent, however surprisingly quiet for a 3-layer shell material. We are sacrificing weight for high durability.
Lance and I designed the pant with cargo pockets for storage, full leg zippers with two zipper heads to ventilate, built-in waist belt and zippered fly for ease of use. For added durability we bonded another very abrasion resistant nylon fabric on the cuffs, knees and seat to significantly increase the durability and longevity of this pant.
The Jacket was designed around storage for the guide. Like the pants we were not concerned about saving weight, so we added a bonded vertical zippered inside pocket large enough for a satellite phone, two front chest pockets, plus a shoulder pocket for stashing the small stuff. We included KUIU’s two-way cinch storm hood, YKK weather resistant zippers, oversized cuff tabs and waist cinches to handle the bad weather Kodiak and the Chugach will throw at it.
Bemis seam tape and Bemis heat activated glue was used for all seams and bonding to insure durability and reliability. This gear was created in Tamoda Apparel’s advanced development room in Vancouver. This development pushes design and innovation, which gives me and my team insight that can only be gained from this type of problem solving.
Lance is testing this new product concept this season and I will post his comments and feed back. He just returned from his first hunt this season wearing the gear with very very positive feedback on the fabric, design, durability and comfort. The pants and jacket held up perfectly. So far his only request is to move the knee reinforcement 2″ lower and make the inside pocket for the satellite phone larger. I will continue to post up dates on this new gear during the testing phase Lance will run it though this spring on Kodiak.
It is unheard of to share this type of product innovation and development during the testing and design phase of a product concept. I am willing to take the risk to give you more insight of our design and testing phase. You all are such gear nuts I thought you might enjoy following the process. Please let me know you thoughts and comments. I always value your input.