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New Gear for Crew Comfort
By Kathy A. Smith

It goes without saying that safety, warmth, staying dry and personal comfort are necessities that commercial fishermen must have on the job, no matter the task or the season. And the companies that manufacturer and sell critical outfitting equipment are indeed advancing the next generation of gear and listening to what customers want.

“I notice how technically-oriented commercial fishermen and women are and how knowledgeable they are about the product,” says Bill Combs, Founder and CEO of Bogs Footwear in Portland, Oregon, a company that’s been making warm, waterproof and comfortable footwear since 2002. “For example, you’d think an Alaskan fisherman would want a boot that is really warm and kind of bulky but it’s actually the opposite. They want to be warm but they don’t want bulk, and they want to feel more athletic.”

When working long hours, moisture management and odor control are very important. “We have a technology we developed called Max Wick. “It pulls the moisture off the sock of the user and then takes it into the lining of the boot and disperses it so you don’t get that wet, cold clammy feeling in your feet,” explains Combs. “It is quick-drying so it dries out overnight while the boots are resting. We know if we can keep someone dry, we don’t need nearly as...