(Bainbridge Island, Wash.) – Sage, which has built the world's finest fly fishing rods and reels for over 30 years, is pleased to introduce its first line of technical angling apparel. Designed to match the quality and craftsmanship of Sage's legendary fly rods and reels, the new apparel collection will perform in a wide variety of conditions, from fishing flats in the blazing sun to chasing steelhead in an ice-cold river.
“We’ve designed our technical apparel with premium fabrics creating an aesthetic that combines form and function for anglers who demand the best,” notes Sage Marketing Manager, Eric Gewiss. “Each new piece of apparel features angling specific details, extreme weather protection attributes and advanced construction techniques to provide the highest quality possible.”
Sage’s Quest Collection includes technical garments designed for discerning anglers who travel the globe. The quintessential piece in this collection is the Quest Softshell Insulated Hoody. This jacket is unique to the fly fishing world with Primaloft® insulation mapped throughout the main body for core warmth and no insulation in the arms for unrestricted movement to make it ideal for rowing and casting. The high performance, 4-way stretch, double weave exterior fabric combines nylon with a DWR coating for water and wind resistance. The adjustable cuff with low profile closure, adjustable waist and hood and pre-shaped sleeves add technical features that any angler will appreciate. The Quest Softshell Hoody is available in Canyon and Black for a retail price of $250.
Other pieces in the Quest Collection include the Ultra-Light Rain Shell, which uses Sage’s new GeoShell™ membrane to ensure anglers stay dry and comfortable on even the wettest days. The Ultra-Light is easy to pack and weighs in at just over 10 ounces; it is the lightest 3-layer hooded, waterproof/breathable jacket in the fly fishing market. The rain shell is available in a two-tone Deep Green and retails for $200.
Made from the same 4-way stretch double weave as the Insulated Hoody, the Quest Softshell Jacket is a great lightweight piece for unpredictable weather days. It is designed to be highly water and wind resistant but retain excellent breathability. The Quest Softshell Jacket comes in Canopy and Black and retails for $175.
Sage’s next offerings in the line-up include pieces designed to protect sensitive skin from the sun. The Keys Crew is a lightweight, technical long sleeve with UPF 30+ sun protection. Combine that with elongated sleeves with a thumb loop and a raised collar for excellent protection from the sun while still being comfortable for a full day on the flats. Available in Fog Bank, Offshore Blue and Equator, this shirt retails for $45. The Seychelles Convertible Pant is a highly technical pant ideal for travel or time on the water. The zip-off pant legs provide versatility while the abrasion-resistant nylon fabric is quick-drying and fast wicking. Available in either Sand Bar or Dark Peat, these pants retail for $80.
For anglers who appreciate exceptional apparel for everyday wear, Sage introduces the Lodge Collection with just enough features for technical functionality but all the style and comfort modern anglers demand. The Opala Guideshirt is a technical top thanks to its quick-drying nylon fabric yet is equally at home après-fishing thanks to the ultra-soft feel of its wrinkle-free, anti-pilling material. This shirt is available in Canyon, Offshore Blue, Dorado and Smoke for a retail price of $80. The Kanektok Wool Pro 1/2 Zip keeps anglers warm with Polartec® Power Dry® with wool. The perfect layering piece with next-to-skin comfort and high warmth-to-weight ratio, this will be the go-to piece for nearly any fishing excursion. Available in Black and two new colors Offshore Blue and Aztec Gold, this piece retails for $125.
Founded in 1980, Sage was created with one idea in mind - to build the world's finest performance fly rods. Passionate about creating fly fishing products that continually exceed expectations, Sage strives to seek performance advantages through new materials and designs based on a foundation of research and innovation. Sage also offers fly reels, apparel, accessories and luggage for avid to expert anglers. For more information, please visit http://www.sageflyfish.com