|Branding that appeals to the naturalist/herpetologist.|
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Those of you that hunt are probably more familiar with the brand. Natural Gear specializes in camouflage apparel for hunting, but they might just make the best fishing shirt money can buy. Kelly bought the first one at Sam's Club, and I have since bought four more. The last two were on sale for less than $17 each.
The shirts are considerably less expensive than similar shirts from Simms, Columbia, and Ex Officio (which I also have in the closet)... and I actually like them better. I think my favorite feature is the magetic flap closures on the chest pockets. They even come with a friendly warning for fisherman with pacemakers.
The magnetic flaps make it really easy to get to your fly boxes when needed, but provide ample security when you accidentally take the plunge into a deep hole. I know, I've done it. There is also a really nice zipper pocket that I primarily use for tippet. I haven't really used my chest pack since I started wearing these shirts.
The Natural Gear Dry Vent River Shirt is available at Sam's Club, but maybe not for much longer. The last time we checked, they were on clearance for less than $12. It's pretty obvious that fishing apparel really isn't Natural Gear's focus, but I personally think they shouldn't give it up. It's unclear from their website, but it seems they might not be offering these shirts for much longer. The "sunset" orange one that Kelly gave me is currently being closed out. These shirts are well worth their full price on the website, but they are a steal at the prices we've seen at Sam's and the closeout price online.
I sent Natural Gear an e-mail to tell them know how much I liked their shirts and let them know I would be posting this recommendation to my fellow anglers. I really hope somebody at Natural Gear is listening.
So, if you're not concerned with wearing what all the cool fly fisher kids are wearing, check these shirts out before they're gone.