Gatorskins® thermals are the warmest and best solution for cold weather outdoor sports; in fact, they are a fantastic warm body answer for any outdoor activity in cold weather. Knitted from an extremely thin and lightweight material that moves with the wearer. A breathable and rugged fabric, that is water repellent and warms three times better than wool. Great stuff!
The Gatorskins® technology was developed by DuPont researchers from a new leading edge material. This micro fabric is knitted from ultra microfibers that are smaller that a human red blood cell, yet they hold a greater amount of warm air next to the body than traditional fabrics of equal or greater thickness. Gatorskins® will keep you warmer in the cold and dryer in wet weather and still breath better than any other water repellent material you’ve tried.
Gatorskins® is proudly made in the U.S.A. by a veteran owned company.
Water repellent / windproof
When fitted properly Gatorskins® will repel water and not allow wind to enter the shirt. Due to our circuitous cross-sectional knitting, wind will never penetrate the fabric exterior.
Breathability / wicking capabilities
Though Gatorskins® repel water and wind from the exterior; they allow air to flow through the fibers from the inside out. Air molecules are smaller than water molecules and move through the fabric, but the larger water molecules are grabbed on the inside by the micro fibers and evaporated with the air flow, thus wicking sweat.
The secret of our performance lies in our patented construction and fabric. Ultra microfibers retain just the right amount of warm air next to the body insulating the body perfectly for a comfortable experience. Though Gatorskins® is a breathable material; it still retains warmth in a miraculous new way. Due to the various fibers used, Gatorskins® have the ability to allow some air to pass and some fibers to warm quickly and effectively hold onto warm air molecules. This second fiber has millions of tiny air pockets that trap warm air thus warming the fibers themselves, creating an inviting and pleasant experience.
Gatorskins® will not fray, even if you somehow manage to punch a hole in one of our shirts, it will not rip, run or fray. Due to the lock knit technology used, the damage will not increase.
Fitting the GatorSkins® shirt
The shirt is worn against the skin or over a cotton t-shirt. The warmest application is directly against the skin. The shirts should be worn loose like a t-shirt. Wearing Gatorskins® shirts too tight will impede their water repellent and windproof properties as well as their warming capacity.
Gatorskins® shirts have knitted sleeve cuffs and collars to stay close and out of the way of other gear. The shirts also have extra long tails to stay tucked in while leaning forward when riding bikes.
Gatorskins® pants are worn closer than the shirts because they will be under the users’ pants. The waist should fit comfortably and the lower cuff should end right around the ankle.
Gatorskins® should be washed in cold or warm water normally. DO NOT use bleach. They should be hung to dry or run through a cool air dry cycle. If dried in a hot dryer the shirts fibers will tighten up due to its unique knitted properties. A quick fluffing of the shirt will bring it back to normal size. GATORSKINS® WILL NOT SHRINK. Washing will soften new shirts and pants.