couple years ago at Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle, representatives for Grundéns were having a good time showing off their new SuperFabric, a ceramic polymer coated polyester layer that would hold up to vigorous slashing from a serrated Victorinox.

Back then, they had put sheaths of SuperFabric over wear areas on their popular nylon Weather Watch gear for a new line they called Super Watch. They thought the lightweight and breathable yet durable gear would be a hit with trap fishermen. But they ran into a hitch.

“It just wasn’t executed properly,” said Grundéns representative Cory Lowe.

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Brian Hagenbuch is National Fisherman's products editor, a contributing editor to SeafoodSource and a Bristol Bay fisherman. He is based in Seattle.

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