FAQ

How do ArcticShield products fit? Are there sizing charts available?

How does ArcticShield Retain technology keep me warm?

What is ArcticShield Retain Active technology?

What is the difference between the ArcticShield Retain Warm, Warmer, Warmest ratings?

How often can I wash my ArcticShield garments?

How should I store my ArcticShield garments?

Can I walk in my ArcticShield Boot Insulators?

Is there a certain shoe or boot recommended to wear with the ArcticShield boot insulators?

What is the warranty on your products?

Do I have to reactivate or regenerate X-System garments?

How often can I wash my X-System garments?

What are Inflatable Life Jackets and how do they work?

Can I wear my inflatable life jacket when ice fishing?

Can I bring my inflatable life jacket on a plane with me?

What should I be looking for when trying to fit a life jacket for my child?

What is the right life jacket / personal flotation device (PFD) for the right activity?

How many life jackets do I need onboard my boat?

How do I properly care for my life jacket (PFD)?

Are there life jackets available for dogs?



 

How do ArcticShield products fit?

See sizing chart below for product sizing information:

ArcticShield Sizing Chart

 


 

How does ArcticShield Retain technology keep me warm?

ArcticShield® RetainTM utilizes a patented heat-resistant thermal material that captures up to 90% of body heat and returns it back to your body, providing exceptional warmth and comfort.  This RetainTM thermal material locks body heat in and keeps cold out in cool 50 degree weather to temperatures far below zero.

Due to the thermal performance of the Retain heat-retention material, no extensive layering or added insulation is required.   The RetainTM thermal material provides the warmth, but without the bulk.

ArcticShield Retain Technology

 


 

What is ArcticShield Retain Active technology?

ArcticShield® RetainTM Active utilizes nano-sized metallic pieces that are formulated into the laminate of the garment.   This efficiently retains body heat by providing thermal insulation.   This RetainTM Active material is 20% warmer than any comparable piece on the market. 

The ArcticShield apparel containing Retain Active technology delivers more than 20% warmth, is breathable, wicks away moisture from the body, and is extremely thin providing agility to move freely during hunting in various climates and regions of the country.

ArcticShield Retain Active Technology

 


 

What is the difference between the ArcticShield Retain Warm, Warmer, Warmest ratings?

Each Series provides a different type of warmth.   What works for you really depends on how well your body endures the cold and what type of hunting you are doing in which region of the country.  This varies from person to person.  Any of the three Series will help you remain comfortable, from 50 degrees Fahrenheit to extreme cold temperatures.

However, if you mainly hunt during cooler weather and not when it's bitterly cold, the Warm and Warmer series may work best for you.   If you are a sedentary hunter and in the colder parts of the country, the Warmest rating may work best.

Listed below are the three main levels of heat retention to help you choose the right garment for your own comfort zone:

ArcticShield Retain Technology Warm

Retain Warm - Retain technology in the main core of the garment.  Provides a comfortable amount of warmth while exposed to cooler temperatures

ArcticShield Retain Technology Warmer

Retain Warmer - Retain technology throughout most of garment.  Versatile for a greater range of activities and variable conditions.

ArcticShield Retain Technology Warmest

Retain Warmest - Retain technology throughout the entire garment.  Keeps you warm during extended periods outdoors in the coldest weather conditions.

 


 

How often can I wash my ArcticShield garments?

You can wash the garments as often as needed, but don't put them in the dryer.  Use a mild, scent-free detergent when washing, and let them hang dry.

 


How should I store my ArcticShield garments?

We suggest storing all hunting garments in a plastic bag, sealed off from outside elements, year round.  This helps keep the fabric from absorbing unwanted odors until the next washing.

 


Can I walk in ArcticShield Boot Insulators?

The boot insulators are not designed to walk in.  Rather, they are best suited for still hunting and should only be placed on your boots or shoes after you reach your blind or stand.

 


Is there a cerain shoe or boot recommended to wear with the ArcticShield Boot Insulators?

Yes, you will be more comfortable if you wear boots or shoes that are not heavily insulated.   When you're enroute to your hunting destination, the outside part of your boot or shoe can get cold.  Once you are at your destination, your feet don't produce enough heat to warm up your boots, so your feet will get cool.   If your feet happen to sweat while you're traveling to your destination, the coldness will be amplified.  It is best to wear lighter boots so your feet have less material to warm up, plus you're feet are less likely to sweat.   Slip the boot insulators over your lighter weight boot or shoe for complete warmth.

If you experience poor circulation and you want to add additional heat inside, put a single heat pack into each Boot Insulator.  This will add a heat supplement.

 


 

What is the warranty on your products?

Please see below for Absolute Outdoor, Inc. Warranty Information:

This product manufactured by Absolute Outdoor, Inc. is warranted to be free of defects from workmanship or materials for a period of one year from date of purchase. These warranties are NOT TRANSFERABLE and are effective only in the country of purchase and from the date of the original retail purchase. Authorized dealers do not have the authority to make warranties in addition to or inconsistent with the terms or conditions set forth in this warranty. Upon the return of this item to the factory (freight prepaid) it will, if found to be defective, be repaired or replaced to the owner free of charge. Abuse, negligence, cosmetic decoration and normal wear and tear are not covered in this warranty. Dealers and Distributors are not authorized to make adjustments or handle returns.  All returns must be accompanied by a dated sales slip or other acceptable evidence of date of original purchase. This warranty is in lieu of all other warranties expressed or implied.

CAUTION:  Fabric fading can indicate loss of strength. Store in a dry, cool, dark place. A weathered life jacket could tear easily, resulting in loss of flotation material. If faded, check strength or discontinue use.  Sunlight, chlorine and weathering may cause colors to fade and/or bleed into other surfaces.

 


 

Do I have to reactivate or regenerate X-System garments?

No.  X-System garments do not use activated carbon, which attempts to filter odor molecules after they form.  Rather, X-System has silver particles infused into the fibers of the fabric, which reduces or eliminates odor before it even has a chance to form.

 


How often can I wash my X-System garments?

The silver-infused fibers in the X-System garments are permanent - they will not wash out.  Wash the garments in a mild, scent-free detergent as often as needed.  We suggest you line dry all hunting clothes and NOT put them in a dryer.  A dryer may contaminate the fabric with fragrances left behind by fabric softeners and dryer sheets.  

 


 

What are Inflatable Life Jackets and how do they work?

Inflatable life jackets rely on inflatable chambers that provide buoyancy when inflated. Uninflated, inflatable life jackets are less bulky than inherently buoyant life jackets. Inflatable Life Jackets are U.S. Coast Guard approved. All inflatables contain a backup oral inflation tube (and also serves as a deflation tube)

Advantages of Inflatables:
Provides high visibility when inflated
Turns most wearers face-up faster than traditional life jackets
Will usually keep unconscious users face-up
Superior in-water performance

Disadvantages of Inflatables:
Not suitable for non-swimmers 
Requires more steps to deploy
Not approved for children under 16 years of age
Requires frequent inspection and maintenance
Not appropriate for activities such as personal watercraft use, tubing, sailboarding, whitewater rafting

Always read the owner's manual that comes with your inflatable life jacket before using.

 


 

Can I wear my inflatable life jacket (PFD) when ice fishing?

We DO NOT recommend wearing inflatable life jackets for ice fishing or on open water when the temperatures are below 40°F (4°C).

Oral inflation may be required in addition to manual inflation if chamber is not firm due to cold temperatures at or below 40°F (4°C). Inflation time using CO2 will be longer at these temperatures.

Never use in below freezing temperatures
unless worn partially inflated. At or below 40°F (4°C) inflation time with CO2 gas will be longer. Wearing a partially inflated PFD under these conditions will provide some initial buoyancy while the PFD fully inflates.

CAUTION: Do not fully inflate the PFD orally and then inflate with the CO2 cylinder. Repeated CO2 inflation after oral inflation will damage the PFD to the point that it will not hold air or float. Never inflate an inflatable PFD with a pump or air compressor.

 


 

Can I bring my Inflatable Life Jacket (IPFD) on a plane with me?

In regards to the CO2 cylinders for the inflatable life jackets, the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) allows for the following: Small compressed gas cartridges (Up to 2 in life vests and 2 spares. The spares must accompany the life vests and presented as one unit). This includes both carry-on and checked baggage.

You should always check with your airline's policy before your flight. For more information regarding rules and regulations on flights, please visit the website for the Transportation Safety Administration. http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items

 


 

What should I be looking for when trying to fit a life jacket for my child?

Children's PFDs are sized according to weight range and chest size. Weigh your child and measure their chest under the arms. Whenever possible, be sure to try the PFD on the child in the store. A PFD needs to fit comfortably snug. To check for a good fit, pick the child up by the shoulders of the PFD. If the PFD fits right, the child's chin and ears will not slip through.

To check for buoyancy of your PFD in the water, relax your body and let your head tilt back. Be aware, your PFD may not act the same in swift or rough water as in calm water. Children may also panic when they fall into water suddenly. This causes them to move their arms and legs violently, making it hard to float safely in a PFD. A PFD will keep a child afloat, but may not keep a struggling child face-up.

While some children in the 30-50 pound weight range who can swim may like the extra freedom of movement that a Flotation Aid (Type III PFD) provides, most children in this weight range, especially those who cannot swim, should wear a Near Shore Buoyant Vest (Type II PFD).

The "THINK SAFE" booklet, which is attached to every US Coast Guard approved device, has valuable information on types of flotation devices and how to fit a PFD. It is important to read the label on the PFD and test it in a controlled environment.

 


 

What is the right life jacket / PFD for the right activity?

PFDs come in a variety of shapes, colors, and materials. No matter which PFD you choose, be sure to get one that's right for you and the water conditions and activity you expect to encounter. Choosing the right PFD (Personal Flotation Device) is an important decision. Listed below are the various types of U.S. Coast Guard approvals and their uses. 

Most adults only need an extra 7 - 12 pounds of buoyancy to keep their heads above water. A PFD can give you that "extra lift" and it's made to keep you floating until help comes. But, a PFD is a personal flotation device and it's important to get the right one for you. Your weight isn't the only factor in finding out how much "extra lift" you need in water. Body fat, lung size, clothing and whether the water is rough or calm, all play a part in staying on-top. In general, the more physically fit you are, the more "lift" you need. 

Proper size and fit are important to the performance of a flotation device. Read the Label on your PFD to be sure it's made for people your weight and size. Test it in shallow water or a pool. Then in an emergency, don't panic... Relax, put your head back and let your PFD help you come out on top!

TYPE I - Off-Shore Life Jacket / minimum buoyancy requirement 22.0 lbs. 
Best for open, rough or remote water, where rescue may be slow coming.

Advantages: Floats you the best. Turns most unconscious wearers face-up in water. Highly visible colors.
Disadvantages: Bulky
Sizes: Two sizes to fit most children and adults

TYPE II - Near-Shore Buoyant Vest / minimum buoyancy requirement 15.5 lbs. 
Good for calm, inland water, or where there is good chance of fast rescue.

Advantages: Turns some unconscious wearers face-up in water. Less bulky, more comfortable than Off-Shore Life Jacket. 
Disadvantages: Not for long hours in rough water. Will not turn some unconscious wearers face-up in water. 
Sizes: Infant through adult

TYPE III - Flotation Aid / minimum buoyancy requirement 15.5 lbs. 
Good for calm, inland water, or where there is good chance of fast rescue.

Advantages: Generally the most comfortable type for continuous wear. Designed for general boating or the activity that is marked on the device. Available in many styles, including vests and flotation coats. 
Disadvantages: Wearer may have to tilt head back to avoid going face-down. In rough water, a wearer's face may often be covered by waves. Not for extended survival in rough water. 
Sizes: any individual sizes from small-child through adult.

TYPE IV - Throwable Device / minimum buoyancy requirement - Ring buoys 16.5 lbs., Boat cushions 18.0 lbs. 
Good for calm, inland water with heavy boat traffic, where help is always nearby.

Advantages: Can be thrown to someone, Good back-up to wearable PFD's. Some can be used as seat cushion. 
Disadvantages: Not for unconscious persons. Not for non-swimmers or children. Not for many hours in rough water.
Kinds:  Cushions, ring, and horseshoe buoys

TYPE V - Special Use Devices - Minimum buoyancy requirement 15.5 to 22.0 lbs. 
Only for special uses or conditions. See label for limits of use. Varieties include board-sailing vests, deck suits, work vests, hybrid PFD's and others.

Advantages: Made for specific activities, such as white-water rafting.

 


 

How many life jackets do I need onboard my boat?

The United States Coast Guard requires USCG-approved life jackets on all recreational boats. The number and type of life jacket needed depends on the number of passengers you will have aboard, the size and type of boat, and what water activity you will be doing.

IT IS REQUIRED to have one of the following life jackets for each person on board your boat:

• Off-Shore Life Jacket (Type I)
• Near-Shore Life Jacket (Type II)
• Flotation Aid (Type III)
• Special Use Device (Type V)


Federal regulations require all children 13 years old and younger to wear a life jacket unless they are inside an enclosed cabin. State laws vary in terms of age - check your state's boating safety office for your state's requirements.

Boats 16 feet or longer (not including canoes and kayaks) must also have a least one throwable device on boats (Type IV flotation cushions, ring buoys, etc).

 


 

How do I properly care for my life jacket / PFD?

Fabric fading can indicate loss of strength. Store in a dry, cool, dark well-ventilated place and also let it drip dry thoroughly before putting it away. Never dry your life jacket on a radiator, heater, or anyother direct heat source. A weathered PFD could tear easily, resulting in loss of flotation material. If faded, check strength or discontinue use.

Check your PFD often for rips, tears, and holes, and to see that seams, fabric straps, and hardware are okay. Give your PFD belts and tie tapes a quick, hard pull to make sure they are secure. There should be no signs of waterlogging, mildew odor, or shrinkage of the flotation foam.

Sunlight, chlorine, and weathering may cause colors to fade and/or bleed onto other surfaces.

Never alter your life jacket. If it doesn't fit, get a new one. An altered life jacket is no longer U.S. Coast Guard approved and may not save your life.

 


 

Are there flotation devices available for Dogs?

Yes. Even though dogs have plenty of natural buoyancy and many are good swimmers, dogs can get tired while in the water, and especially in cold water, their strength can get zapped. Flotation for your pet gives your dog a little extra lift and at the same time provides some hypothermia protection. If your dog is in rough water, that extra lift can help prevent the big gulps of water, too. Look for the flotation pet vests available on our web site. They come in a variety of sizes.