Rivers West Clothing - Rivers West Hunting Clothing - Rivers West ClothesIn the Fall of 1997, shortly after my yearly hunting expedition in the Cascade Mountains of Central Oregon, Michael McGinley, founder of Rivers West Clothing, recognized the need for a truly comfortable and rugged waterproof fabric. That trip had been the coldest and wettest of his life. My thick wool jacket soaked through quickly and took hours to dry by the fire. My old vinyl rain slicker worked, but hindered my movement. Not only was my top-of-the-line GORE-TEX parka too noisy when I walked, but I snagged it on a broken tree limb and tore a lovely "L" shaped hole into one of the sleeves. Needless to say, I was extremely disappointed with the current choices on the market. Upon my return home, I set out to resolve this issue.
After three years the Original Waterproof Fleece (OWF) was born. OWF is a warm and insulating waterproof fabric which lends comfort, durability, and virtual silence to the outdoor arena. Was the OWF that impressive? Well Field and Steam Magazine was convinced and awarded Rivers West clothes with the Best of Best award back to back in 2005 and 2006. However, there is no miracle fabric for all outdoor pursuits. Some of the very characteristics which make OWF so appealing to some, have become drawbacks to others. Because OWF is a warm and insulating fabric with limited breathability, this has been an issue for active hunters, early season hunters, or those who hunt in moderate temperatures.
So Rivers West clothes introduced the Advanced Waterproof Fleece (AWF). AWF will not, by any means, replace OWF. Instead, it is a complimentary fabric utilizing a 2-layer waterproof/breathable fleece system.
Once again, RIVERS WEST clothing is first-to-market on a revolutionary new fleece fabric.