For those unfamiliar with the name, Old Harbor Outfitters (OHO) is a newer company based out of Block Island that specializes in innovative apparel and gear built by fishermen for fishermen. Chris Grech, our NY Bight Field Editor here at Noreast, never tried any of their products before and was very eager to put them through a grueling test to see what they are really made of. A company can talk all they want but you never know until you try out what they have to offer. Chris tested their Captains Bag and Hydro Performance Shirt (LS) on 20+ fishing trips this season and this is what he found.
The first thing Chris mentioned was, “This bag is a tank!” It's a water resistant bag that will hold all your gear and then some. Some of its features include a waterproof PVC exterior, waterproof zippers, 100% washable, wide mouth opening, 10 large internal pockets, one removable internal divider, tackle box, first aid pocket, chart/fishing rod holders and two rubberized mesh pockets. Chris wanted to test how waterproof the bag really was. “After a day of fishing, I hosed it down full blast for a solid 5 minutes. Not a drop of water was inside…those zippers really are waterproof and the metal components do not rust.” Another one of its many features is that you can take the shoulder strap off the bag and use it as a belt for added back support and securing your tools of the trade with OHO’s belt attachments. Chris added, “A good friend of mine, the devious Capt. Richie McArdle, liked the bag so much that he tried to steal it on several occasions. I ended up buying him one as a gift because I want to keep mine!” The price of the bag is $119.95. Chris stated, “You get what you pay for. You can buy other gear bags for $50 but your important stuff like cell phone and wallet may get wet and you'll be buying a new bag every season or two. I can honestly say that this will be the last bag you will ever buy. It’s bulletproof.” If that's not enough, OHO guarantees all their products. As per OHO, “If one of our products fails due to a defect in craftsmanship or material we will, at our discretion, replace the item free of charge.”
Hydro Performance Shirt (LS)
This navy long sleeve shirt is made for fishing. It has a high-tech moisture management system which wicks moisture away from your skin keeping you cool on hot days and warm as a base layer when the temps get chilly. It's wrinkle-resistant, fast drying, offers ultraviolet protection with SPF 30+, anti-microbial and stain resistant. Chris reported, “I tested this thing hard all season, especially on a trip out in Montauk in July. I fished for 8 days straight and wore the shirt every day. I simply hosed it off after each trip and hung it out to dry, which only took a few minutes. Unlike me, the shirt had no stains, no wrinkles and no smell. When you wear the shirt it feels like you’re wearing nothing and the wind blows right through to keep you cool. The best part is that when you get wet, you’ll be dry in a few minutes, unlike regular shirts where you’ll be wet and uncomfortable for hours.” These OHO shirts sell for $34.95 and are available in navy and white.
For more info, check out http://www.oldharboroutfitters.com