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Camet Shorts Rated Excellent by Practical Sailor Magazine

September 17th, 2012

Camet  shorts were  tested and compared bt Practical Sailor Magazine with 8 pairs of padded sailing shorts on the market, to find out which would offer the most protection and comfort. Just as we have been saying all along, while you may pay a premium for their shorts, they are still the best value on the market!

The Camet shorts have been through a bench and field test by the independent magazine Practical Sailor and are recommended as a best buy for 2012, for durability, quality and price. The shorts received and excellent rating for the following features:  Overall construction, abrasion resistance, drying time, comfort, color fastness, and shrinkage, odor, pockets, pad use and price.

The women’s Wahine received the Practical Sailor 2012 Editor’s Choice . Rating based on Overall construction. They were the top pick since they are well tailored for female bodies, dry fast, color fast very comfortable and held up very well during the bench and field test.

So check out the Wahine and Martinique at http://www.pointlomaoutfitting.com/c/CWS.html.

For you skippers, Camet shorts make good crew gear when you have a stable crew that you sail with year in, and year out as these shorts will easily last three seasons.

 

Sunglass Lens Colors Decoded from Sailing World Magazine

October 7th, 2009

The October issue of Sailing World Magazine has a great article written by Rachel Johnstone. I thought it would be worth while forwarding it on:

When I finally broke down, agreeing to ditch my cheap, generic sunglasses for the real deal, all I knew was that they should be polarized and filter out all ultraviolet rays. I avoided the meticulous thought process that should go into buying quality eyewear and quickly selected a pair, deeming them “good enough”. Acura Key West Race Week was rapidly approaching, and so long as my new shades protected my eyes and let me spot puffs on the water, I was a happy camper. But my eyes have been opened to the abundance of choices available in colored lens. It’s a choice that’s more important than you may think. Lens color is a key factor to the sunglass-wearing experience; the amount and type of details the wearer sees on the water vary with each hue.

 

“Color perception varies from person to person”, says Oakley’s Andy McSorley. “It is solely opinion based.” Nonetheless, he adds, specific colored lens do perform better in certain conditions.

 

Let’s start with grey, a neutral color and good, all-purpose lens tint. “Grey is the most universal”, says Steve Rosenberg, of Kaenon Polarized. “It does a great job overall.”

 

Grey lenses block the sun’s brightest rays without altering one’s color perception, giving the wearer a darker version of what he or she would see with the naked eye, or the most natural view. Many people, says McSorely, prefer grey lens for days with intense sunlight because, despite identical light transmission rates, they believe grey lenses to be darker than colored lenses, which induce a color shift and make reds and greens stand out.

 

Of all the light waves interacting with our eyes, those at the blue end of the light spectrum are most powerful. Cones in the eye’s retina read color, and its blue light that dominates our vision, washing out our perception of other colors. Minimizing this blue light and enhancing other colors, such as red and green, is said to improve visual acuity.

 

“Blue light can limit the ability to focus, creating chromatic aberration or blurriness, especially in aquatic and snowy environments where blue light is prevalent,” says Colin Smith, of Revo.

 

“Because light waves are at their most powerful within the visible blue portion of the spectrum, the most noticeable effects on visual contrast occur by modifying visible blue light transmission,” says McSorely. In order to knock down blue light, however, there must be a color shift. If the wearer doesn’t mind an altered view of the world, there are many different lenses that highlight specific colors and diminish others, which is extremely effective in variable-to-low-light conditions.

 

Copper, amber, or bronze lenses are ideal for variable light conditions because contrast created by the lens heightens visibility. “Contrast works by highlighting color and separating light from shadows,” says Rosenberg. “It defines slight details in tonal colors, such as the water’s surface, which is otherwise one color. Breeze and wave height versus little wind and flat water create darker or lighter water surfaces.”

 

Such contrast, adds Rosenberg, determines how sailors see breeze velocity and direction, as well as current.

 

Because of color shift, and the wearer’s ability to distinguish distant details easily, copper lenses work well in an environment with dark or grey water. They are also very easy on the eyes, as they don’t cause lasting color distortion.

 

Yellow is another lens color used to enhance contrast and block blue light. Yellow is ideal reading details in overcast, low-light conditions. Yellow lenses excel in a mid-range level of darkness because of the higher light transmission rate, says Rosenberg. It’s the “sweet spot” for those sailors who require and want specific and extreme contrast. Being able to cut through the atmospheric haze allows the user to better see puffs fanning across the water’s surface.

 

Although different colors perform better in different light conditions, the experts insist that ultimately there is no right or wrong decision when it comes to colored lenses.

 

“Tints do have a scientific attribute, but each of us is different,” says Rosenberg. “We have different eye colors, different light sensitivity levels, and we do indeed see things differently.”

 

Lens tint is a personal choice based upon light conditions and the types of information the user wants, adds Rosenberg. “More contrast isn’t always best; it’s a personal; choice.” He says. “This is the trend we see with the best sailors: grey tens to be a favorite of the more intuitive, seat-of-the-pants sailors, and contrast-enhancing colored lenses tend to be favored by the more analytical.”

 

 

Deal of The Week

March 11th, 2009

We are in the process of changing one of our websites into an “outlet site”. In doing so, we will start offering Deals of the Week, and if that works maybe going to Deals of the Day, hell who knows, maybe Deals of the Hour. The objective being to offer really nice pricing to you on some great gear, and clearing out some inventory for us. In order to take advantage of these deals you will have to follow us on Twitter.com. So for those of you that have Twitter accounts we can be found at Point Loma Outfitting Twitter ; those that do not have accounts, they are free!. Remember, the only way to know about these deals is to follow us on Twitter!

The “deal” starts tomorrow, and the discount will become smaller as the days pass. We’ll start with some nice foul weather gear from SLAM.

Patagonia Focus on Design: Puckerwear Shirt

August 21st, 2008

OK, I think I am definetely getting lazy by just posting some video footage! Believe it or not though I actually learned something about the Puckerwear cloth:

AAI Guide’s Choice Award Winners

August 16th, 2008

This year the American Alpine Institute presented six awards at the annual Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City last week. The equipment and clothing awarded the AAI Guides Choice designation have proven to be of the highest quality in their product category. The awards are determined on the basis of excellence in design, performance, and durability demonstrated in rigorous international field tests conducted by professional guides of AAI. Evaluations are made throughout the year in desert, cold weather, rain, snow, high wind, and high altitude environments. The American Alpine Institute has no financial ties or financial interest in any manufacturer or distributor. All testers and their expenses are paid by AAI.

A core group of AAI professional guides conduct Guides Choice field tests year round, throughout the world. Tests may be completed in a single long season (for example five summer months of intensive climbing in South America), or over several seasons (for example McKinley expeditions in the spring and Himalayan expeditions autumn). Because of the intensity and constancy of use, the wear and stress that gear receives during these tests corresponds to many years of use by a recreational climber.

The following products won this year’s Guide’s Choice Award:

Patagonia Guide Pant

The guide pant is comprised of a tough, weather-resistant nylon/polyester/spandex blend that both breathes well and retains its shape. The guide pant is a lighter alternative to many of the other options on the market, but not too light. Patagonia found a great compromise in the epic balancing act between weight and warmth. This product is just about the right for everybody.

Many of our female guides found that these pants fit better than any of the alternatives. The cut of the women’s guide pants is both feminine and comfortable. AAI Guide Mary Harlan felt that they were the best option on the market for female climbers.

Patagonia CSS Technology

Like all new products, two to three years ago the stitch-free composite seam system technology (CSS) had a few problems. Patagonia worked to eliminate these problems and this year after extreme testing in a variety of environments, our guides found absolutely no problems with the CSS technology.

Patagonia’s CSS technology provides for jackets that are streamlined without extra bulk, weight or material. Sewn seams are far more vulnerable to abrasion, wear and leakage than the durable non-stitched seams found in Patagonia’s modern jackets.

Buff for Buff Original Headwear

The Buff is a multifunctional article of clothing that may be used as a scarf, a neck cover, a face cover or a hat. Many guides find a variety of other purposes for the product. Over the last couple of seasons our guides have begun to wear these on a regular basis. Indeed, it has become almost a part of the AAI guide’s uniform. “When it’s too warm for a balaclava, but too cool to go without, the buff is the perfect piece of clothing,” Senior AAI guide Justin Wood said. Such a sentiment is common among the guide staff.

MontBell Ultralight Thermawrap Parka

The MontBell Thermawrap Parka is an incredibly well designed and functional mid-weight layer. The Exceloft synthetic insulation stays warm even when wet. The combinations of fabric and insulation are designed to dry extremely fast. This makes the jacket a valuable piece in warm and wet environments like the one that we have in the Pacific Northwest.As part of a layering system, our guides found that the jacket performs extremely well. Some of these light to mid-weight jackets are too warm to be used as a part of a layering system. This particular model doesn’t have that problem. On Denali our guides found this to be a good top layer low on the mountain and a phenomenal mid-layer as the temperatures dropped higher up.

Black Diamond Quantum Pack

Our guides found the 55 liter Quantum Pack to be an exceptionally well-designed backpack. This stream-lined pack feels bigger than other packs of the same volume. This has to do with its longer/taller profile. It’s built with ultralight, durable and water-shedding VX 21 Polyant laminated fabric and lined with lightweight 30d SillNylon. In other words, the pack is tough, light and carrys loads well. There are no extra bells and whistles. It is a good pack.


Black Diamond Anarchist Ski Pack

The 42 liter Black Diamond Anarchist Ski Pack is a durable well designed pack with the multi-day backcountry skier in mind. There is enough volume in the Anarchist to cover the minimalist skier for up to four days in the field. The pack’s expandable top-loading design features a side-access panel for easy admission. Its sleek design allows it to compliment the skier’s movements.

Like the Quantum Pack, the Anarchist is tough. The 420d nylon fabric and 1300d Ballistic reinforcements offer water-shedding, long-wearing performance. Our ski guides put this pack to the test, working it through day after day of deep powder in the Sierra and the San Juans and brushy wet approaches in the Cascades.

Mountaineers Books Outdoor Experts Series

A few years ago Mountaineers Books introduced a new series of “how-to” texts. The books took off in a way that went far beyond anyone’s expectations. This series of books now includes some of the most well-known outdoor education writers and climbers in the field. Kathy Cosely, Mark Houston, Craig Luebben, Jared Ogden, Molly Loomis, Martin Volken, Margaret Wheeler, Scott Schell, Andy Tyson, and Will Gadd are just a handful of the well-known mountain guides and climbers that have contributed to the series.

Voilé Telepro T6 Avalanche Shovel

One might think that a shovel is a shovel. But when our guides are up on Denali in -30 degree temperatures, trying to dig out a tent platform during a storm, a good shovel may make the difference between frostbite and comfort. The T6 Avalanche Shovel was the only model not to break or become damaged during our eight expeditions to the tallest mountain in North America this year. If that isn’t enough reason to give this product the Guide’s Choice Award, then we don’t know what is…

New Dryarn(R) Fiber Raises the Bar on Comfort and Performance Standards in Athletic Wear

July 30th, 2008

 ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, July 30 /PRNewswire/ — A new metallocene based polypropylene (PP) fiber produced under the trademark Dryarn from Italian synthetic fiber manufacturer Aquafil has been selected by Italian sportswear manufacturer SLAM to create a jersey for the national sailing team that will compete in Beijing 2008.

SLAM chose the PP fiber, based on a Metocene PP resin produced by LyondellBasell Industries, due to the unprecedented levels of comfort and performance it achieves in skin-contact textile applications. “We believe this is the first time that a PP resin has been used to produce nautical sportswear, which has historically been the domain of polyester and polyamide synthetic fibers,” said Bernd Schuetz, Global Business Manager for LyondellBasell’s Metocene resins.

The wicking effect

The Dryarn fiber was chosen by SLAM to produce the “Area 51″ jersey due to its wicking effect, which conducts perspiration away from the skin to the outside where it evaporates. This leads to a sweat expulsion rate that is nearly eight times higher than polyester, which leaves the wearer dry and comfortable. The fiber does not allow humidity to collect close to the skin, and it retains none of the microorganisms that create odor in garments made from synthetic fibers.

As climatic conditions at the Beijing 2008 regattas typically exhibit high temperatures and high humidity in the port of Qingdao, where the competitions will be held, tests were carried out to assess the performance of different fibers. The results confirmed that the jersey kept the wearer significantly cooler and drier than cotton or other synthetic materials. Athletes who participated in the tests reported that they felt dry 30 minutes after completion of the test. These trials have shown that Dryarn out-performs competitive materials in terms of wearability and comfort.

Lightest yarn in nature

Metocene resin can also be used to produce yarn with outstanding lightness characteristics. With a specific weight of 0.9 g/cm3, Dryarn is an extremely light yarn, which provides 20 percent weight savings compared with other fibers on the market. In addition, the fiber’s excellent resistance to sea water conditions and abrasion makes it a good choice for the demanding nautical environment, as sea water can cause fading and brittleness.

Metocene resin provides a narrow molecular weight distribution that improves the mechanical properties of the fibers, which enables up to 30 percent higher tenacity over other PP-based fibers comparable to polyester and polyamide fibers.

LyondellBasell sees nautical sportswear as just one of a growing range of applications exploiting the outstanding skin-contact characteristics of Metocene-based fibers for use in demanding conditions.

Aquafil (http://www.aquafil.com) is an Italian company with headquarters in Arco di Trento (Italy) and about 2,000 employees working in 11 factories in Italy, Slovenia, United States, Croatia and Thailand. There is a strong synergy between the activities of the three Business Units (carpet yarns, textile yarns, Plastics Engineering/Polymers), characterized by a high level of innovation and product diversification. http://www.aquafil.comhttp://www.dryarn.com

SLAM, founded in Genoa in 1979, is the Italian leading company in technology clothing for sailing and is well established in the sportswear sector with expanding collections for men, women and children. http://www.slam-shops.com

LyondellBasell Industries is one of the world’s largest polymers, petrochemicals and fuels companies. We are the global leader in polyolefins technology, production and marketing; a pioneer in propylene oxide and derivatives; and a significant producer of fuels and refined products, including bio-fuels. Through research and development, LyondellBasell develops innovative materials and technologies that deliver exceptional customer value and products that improve quality of life for people around the world. Headquartered in The Netherlands, LyondellBasell (http://www.lyondellbasell.com) is privately owned by Access Industries.

Reverse Logistics: From Trash to Cash

July 26th, 2008

BW Magazine

There’s no place on a company’s balance sheet for garbage, so most executives don’t think much about it.

But with oil and other commodity prices surging, some companies are reconsidering trash. They recognize that used-up products are the sum of their raw materials, energy, and labor: With another wring of the sponge, more value can be extracted. So they’re essentially running their supply chains backward, a process called “reverse logistics.”

Genco, a privately held company in Pittsburgh, has lately seen brisk reverse-logistics business. It helps retailers such as Best Buy, Sears, and Target find buyers for products that are returned as defective or broken and would otherwise be landfill fodder. A recent KPMG study suggests companies can recover up to 0.3% of annual sales this way. (That’s $100 million in the case of Best Buy.) Genco has even spun out a reject-pile brokerage business, called Genco Marketplace, that connects sellers and buyers with $5 million a day in junked goods.

Some companies are keeping the efforts in-house. Carpet makers Interface and Shaw Industries collect used-up materials to feed back into production. The hurdles have been numerous, they say, but both expect to enjoy cost advantages over others that produce from scratch.

Outdoor gear maker Patagonia is one of the most ambitious reverse-logistics pioneers. Its Synchilla Vests consist of fiber recaptured from old fleeces and T-shirts—even those sold by rivals. Customers drop worn duds at a Patagonia store or mail them to a distribution center. A subcontractor turns them into new fibers. More than 90% of the fabric is spun into new clothing, says Patagonia; the rest becomes a cement additive.

Patagonia concedes that its process costs more than virgin polyester, but there’s an environmental mandate from Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia’s founder and majority owner. “[He] really wants us to plan for the end of oil,” says spokeswoman Jen Rapp. For most companies, though, it’s all about money. “The real value of reverse logistics is turning trash into cash,” says Curtis Greve, a Genco senior vice-president. There’s a clear spot on the balance sheet for that.

Our New Store Is Finally Open!

July 21st, 2008

I meant to write this Friday morning, but it appears there is always something popping up. Thursday evening we celebrated the Grand Opening of our new 6500 store in Liberty Station. I would like to thank all of the representatives from our vendors that attended, as well as all of those that showed up. By the looks of the floor when I came in Friday morning a good time was had by all. Besides celebrating our opening, this past weekend 10% of our sales will be donated to San Diego Coastkeepers. it is our way of trying to give back to the waters we enjoy. So stop on by and check us out.

As a present to myself, I took Saturday off and went sailing. It was the San Diego Yacht Club One-Design Weekend so we dusted off old Etchells Hull #1000 and participated in the three races held. I thought this would make an excellent opportunity to test drive some of the new gear we just go in from Atlantis as well. I wore the Microburst Vest all day, and it was subjected to its first test on the tow out to the course. We were hit broadside by some powerboat wake, I will say I was glad the vest had a low sweeping back, and was waterproof! All in all I think this vest is perfect for those temperate days when you need a little protection, but not a full set of waterproofs. I think this vest might have found a permanent spot in my sailing backpack. Until next time…

Catch College Nationals on TV

July 16th, 2008

By SW Editor at 2008-07-16 15:15

This weekend ESPNU broadcasts the 2008 Gill College Nationals Sailing
Championship presented by Rolex. The program airs Sunday, July 20, 2008, at 11:00 p.m. EST on ESPNU.

For the fourth year the ESPNU program features the top young sailors competing for a trophy that dates back to 1937. Onboard cameras and microphones highlight the action of the 18 teams from across the United States. Georgetown University came from behind on the final day to take the championship.

Special features include interviews with recent All Americans who are now heading to China for the Olympic Games, a segment with former College Sailor of the Year Ken Read as he discusses his participation the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race, and interviews with college sailors who went on to compete in the America’s Cup when it was held in Newport, R.I.

The program will re-air on Tuesday, July 22 at 12:00 a.m. EST, Sunday, July 27 at 12:00 a.m. EST, Sunday, July 27 at 9:00pm EST, and Monday, July 28 at 3:00am EST.

SLAM at the Golden Gate Cup – San Francisco

July 16th, 2008

SLAM sponsered Golden Gate CupGolden Gate CupSLAM was official sponsor of the first ever “Golden Gate Cup”, a regatta organised by the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco. 

An inter-yacht club challenge, it featured Fleet regattas and Match Races; an original formula to which many Yacht Clubs appear to have taken a liking.  Participating in the sailing were some members of the BMW ORACLE Racing Team. 

Victory in the Match Race went to the crew of the GGYC, which included Sgannon Falcone and Gilberto Nobili, sailors from BMW ORACLE.  The crew wore SLAM foul weather gear oilskins from the RC line.

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