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    Introducing the Limited-Edition Recycled Gore-Tex Stevenson Jacket

    Boathouse Sports is proud to announce our new limited-edition Reclaimed Gore-Tex Stevenson Jacket. When it comes to waterproof outdoor apparel, Gore-Tex is the choice of most premium brands. Pair this exceptional fabric technology with our famous Stevenson jacket, and you get breathable, waterproof, and windproof apparel that’s perfect for athletes who train and compete in the elements. Even better, this limited-edition line is made from reclaimed materials. This means in addition to getting an elite jacket, you’re also doing something kind for the planet.

    Reclaimed Stevenson

    Legendary Jacket Design

    Designed by Boathouse founder John Strotbeck for the 1976 Olympics, the Stevenson owes its popularity to one distinct feature: the extended tail. This patch of extra waterproof coverage makes sitting on a damp bench totally comfortable. It’s a game-changer when it’s needed, and can be tucked away when it’s not. Other perks of the Stevenson jacket include a roll-away hood, a micro-mesh moisture-wicking inner lining, taped seams for legit waterproofing, and orbital gusset shoulders for non-restrictive arm motion. The Stevenson has plenty of pockets, a drawcord bottom, and a ventilated cape to further add breathability.

    Revolutionary Fabric

    Before Gore-Tex, apparel was either waterproof and non-breathable (think of a yellow rubber raincoat), or prone to getting wet in inclement weather. Gore-Tex jackets use a polymer technology to create a layer that lets air pass, but blocks water droplets. Usually, there’s also a comfort layer that provides a soft feel and moisture-wicking properties, and an outer layer of material that may feature a water-repellent coating.

    Boathouse Sports carries a selection of Gore-Tex rain jackets, including insulated parkas for the cold winter months and lightweight designs for the in-between seasons.

    Reclaimed Materials

    The story of how this specific design came to be goes back to the 1990s, when colleges and universities were requesting more apparel to keep their players comfortable during games. One of our clients was the University of Tennessee. As sports fans may already know, Tennessee’s main color is a unique shade of orange. It was quite difficult to dye properly, but we finally figured it out. Around this time, Boathouse was working on a Stevenson jacket for the U.S. Military, made from olive green Gore-Tex. After these orders, we were left with rolls of each color. Since neither of these colors is particularly common when it comes to sports team colors, the rolls of high-quality Gore-Tex simply sat in a warehouse.

     

    Fast-forward to last year, when a member of our team had the brilliant idea to reclaim the spare fabrics and make a new Stevenson jacket. As fate would have it, the Tennessee orange and the Army green look incredible together. We've saved fabric that otherwise might have ended up in a landfill and created an attractive look that's wind/waterproof, breathable, and has extra coverage when you need it.

    Made Right Here in Philadelphia

    Boathouse is proud to manufacture our clothing right here in Philadelphia, PA. Our line of men’s Gore-Tex rain jackets and women’s Gore-Tex rain jackets features off-the-rack options and designs that are fully customizable and perfect for team wear. Find the apparel you need to stay comfortable, even when Mother Nature isn’t cooperating.

    How Long Will a Gore-Tex Jacket Last?

    Whether you're a lover of the outdoors, often train or work outside in the elements, or just want to keep dry on a rainy day, you've probably heard of Gore-Tex jackets. Designed to repel water while allowing water vapor to escape, Gore-Tex apparel keeps you comfortable. When it comes to waterproof, breathable materials, it is an industry leader.

     In fact, you really can't do better than Gore-Tex rain jackets from Boathouse.com. But how long will these jackets last? The simple answer is 5-10 years with proper care, depending on how often you wear it. Read on to learn more details.

    What Exactly is Gore-Tex?

     Gore-Tex is a layer of stretched Teflon with pores that are small enough to let air pass through. Gore-Tex waterproof jackets feature this stretched polymer layer sandwiched between an inner fabric layer for comfort and an outer shell to protect it from abrasion and friction. Some Gore-Tex apparel has added insulation, and some do not. From gloves to parkas, pants to rain shells, Gore-Tex apparel comes in many designs.

    The Role of DWR Coating

    Almost always, Gore-Tex clothing features DWR coating. It stands for Durable Water Repellent--a polymer that's also applied to the garment's outer layer. This causes water to bead and roll off the fabric to help keep you dry. The outer layer can become saturated with water if the coating wears off. It will make you feel damp and clammy, even if your jacket isn't leaking. When Gore-Tex stops working, it's usually worn down DWR that is the culprit.

    Years of Use if Properly Cared For

    If your Gore-Tex clothing is properly cared for, it should remain waterproof for 3-5 years. It can easily last for ten years or more if you store it properly and don't wear it that much. Of course, with regular active use, friction and heat can cause the DWR to break down more quickly. The good news is that you can reapply the coating to a garment. It will never be as good as the one applied in the factory. However, you can keep your Gore-Tex functioning pretty close to new with yearly reapplication.

    Don't Accept Any Imitations

    There are a lot of waterproof garments out there, but few work as well as Gore-Tex. When investing in waterproof apparel, make sure you're getting the real deal. Trusted retailers like Boathouse.com have men's Gore-Tex rain jackets and women's Gore-Tex rain jackets for a wide range of weather conditions. They also carry Gore-Tex pants and gloves, which really come in handy on a rainy day. From the soccer field to the golf course, waterproof apparel can keep you comfortable, even when Mother Nature isn't cooperating. And with the right care, your favorite jacket could last a decade or more.

    What Are Gore-Tex Pants?

    Rainy days are standard in places like the Pacific Northwest, while in sunny Southern California, they are rare. But, of course, when you’re stuck in the rain, that feeling of being wet, clammy, and uncomfortable is the same--whether you’re in Seattle or San Diego. This is where waterproof apparel comes in. From plastic ponchos to the classic yellow rubberized raincoat, there are many ways to keep from getting wet. However, most of these garments have a significant drawback--they are not breathable.

    Gore-Tex is a material designed to block water droplets while allowing air and water vapor to get through. Gore-Tex pants are made with this waterproof, breathable material. Other common items made with Gore-Tex include jackets and gloves. For this blog, we’ll be talking about rain pants, but all Gore-Tex apparel works the same way.

    How Does Gore-Tex Work?

    Gore-Tex is a flexible membrane of stretched Teflon that has pores big enough for air to pass through but repels water droplets. Gore-Tex waterproof pants and other apparel often have a soft layer against the skin and an outer layer—which protects the inner polymer against abrasion, heat, dirt, and other things that may cause damage to its waterproof capabilities. Often, this outer layer is covered with a DWR (durable water repellent) coating to keep it from becoming water saturated. Gore-Tex gear made for colder environments will also have layers of inner insulation.

    Best Settings for Gore-Tex Pants

    Gore-Tex pants are popular with hikers in wet climates, people who fish, people who work outside, golfers, and athletes who train outdoors. Basically, anywhere it’s wet is a good setting to wear Gore-Tex pants. Keep in mind the level of insulation in your clothing, though. For example, you don’t want to feel overheated and uncomfortable by wearing a winter jacket on a summer fishing trip. Make sure you have the right pants for the season--cutting-edge Gore-Tex technology will ensure you’re cool and dry.

    Shop With a Trusted Name

    An industry leader since the 1980s, Boathouse.com is proud to carry a full selection of Gore-Tex rain gear, which includes pants and jackets. Many of our designs are customizable and make great team warm-up or sideline wear. Gore-Tex apparel is perfect for rowing teams and sports that run deep into the fall, like football and soccer. Boathouse.com was founded by a two-time Olympian, so we know precisely what every elite athlete demands from their warm-up apparel, uniforms, and cool-down clothing. The best part? All of our custom apparel is made right here in Philadelphia, PA. So, if you want the best for your high school or college squad, you’ve come to the right place.

    What is the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta?

    How much do you know about the Head of the Schuylkill regatta? One of the most prominent regattas worldwide, the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta was founded back in 1970 by three members of the University Barge Club. Lyman Perry, Jay Pattison, and Rail Betancourt were keen to provide rowers of any age a congenial autumn competition.

    The three founders decided upon a new fall race located within Philadelphia's Boathouse Row, turning the 1000-meter Graduate Sculls competition into a head racing format. This format allowed competitors to race the clock across the 1000-meter course to try and achieve the fastest time.

    In the first Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, just twelve women took part. However, that figure was 3,200 in the 2013 edition.

    The spirit of inclusion has continued to grow in the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, as adaptive and recreational athletes are now allowed to compete as well.

    While the Regatta began in 1970, it was only named the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in 1975, after Thomas Ekins, a Philadelphia painter. Eakins was well known for his work painting scullers on the Schuylkill River.

    The Format of the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

    Due to the popularity of the event growing rapidly, the format switched to a two-day event in 2008. This move opened the event up for even more racing, and the new format allowed the Regatta to be marketed as a full weekend event in Philadelphia.

    Within the new format, college crews competed on Saturdays alongside elite and master's rowers. Any remaining elite and master's rowers competed on Sunday, alongside high-school and veteran rowers.

    The Head of the Schuylkill Regatta 2022

    As well as hosting thousands of rowers this year, the 22' Regatta will play host to 20,000 - 30,000 eager spectators on the 29th and 30th of October.

    With that crowd volume, it is no surprise that the Regatta is deemed one of the nation's premier rowing events.

    Regatta Clothing

    As you can see, the Regatta event is one of the biggest of its kind, so if you are looking to compete in this prestigious competition, it is important that you have the correct rowing apparel.

    To make sure you look and feel the part, be sure to check out our range of pro-quality men's unisuits and women's unisuits, to ensure you get the most out of your weekend of rowing.

     

    What You Need to Know About Reflective Running Gear

    Running enthusiasts want to get outside and hit the trail--no matter the weather—rainy or sunny, humid, or cool, day or night, even under the most challenging circumstances. Maybe you run at night or early in the morning because it works with your schedule. Or you love running solo in the dark. Reflective gear is essential no matter the weather or time of day.

    Reflective running gear is designed to make the person more visible. Running when it’s dark is exhilarating but running when it’s dark without the proper gear is dangerous. Read below to find out what to look for when choosing your reflective running gear from Boathouse.

    Types of Material

    High Visibility Material

    Hi-vis running clothing uses contrasting, bright colors to make the wearer more visible to others. For example, workers in potentially dangerous industries like construction or utilities wear this clothing when working on roads or at busy sites. Likewise, runners wearing it on  rainy days, at twilight, or break of day--are much more easily seen. At Boathouse, our hi-vis running gear is moisture-wicking, highly breathable, resilient, and easy to care for with a compression fit. Outfit yourself with the best so you can run any time, day or night.

    Reflective Material

    Reflective running gear is ready when you are. It’s constructed from a high-performance fabric--reflecting light from your immediate surroundings. A driver will see a runner when the reflective material flashes the light back in their direction. Remember, it will only work in conditions where a light source is hitting it. Our hoodie with a reflective gold flag is perfect for an early fall jog, keeping you warm and safe as you head out at twilight.

    Types of Gear

    There are several types of reflective and hi-vis athletic clothing that you should consider when making your choice. Wearing reflective or high visibility material on all sides of your body is the safest choice.

    Vests, Shirts, Pants, Shorts and Sports Bras

    Every single bit of workout clothing you wear can be outfitted with high visibility or reflective material. The key is to make sure that it’s the right material for the climate and that its reflective properties are sufficient for a safe 5K at dawn in the hot summer months, or on the coldest morning in January.

    Skullcaps and Hats

    Wearing reflective hats helps drivers see you from a distance. Choose skull caps that keep you visible and warm during the colder months or choose regular baseball caps fitted with reflective pieces. Make sure that the reflective material is placed strategically.

    Clip-On Lights and Headlamps

    You could also add a clip-on light to any part of your body that needs extra visibility. They’re lightweight enough to stick just about everywhere, making them ideal safety gear. Equipped with a quality headlamp and reflective gear, running miles in the dark on well it route is optimum. But it’s also exciting and invigorating. 

    Boathouse has a wide selection of hi-vis and reflective gear

    Boathouse has a wide selection of hi-vis and reflective athletic and running gear. Check out our collection so that you can select what suits you best and keeps you safe when you hit the trail for your run. At Boathouse, we believe that all people deserve the same top-quality gear of an Olympic athlete, and we’ve been designing and manufacturing it since 1976.