Decades ago, in the beginning of Arntson Marine®, we decided that sailing and watersports hats and caps should float, (common sense, right?), yet, we were the first to apply our ideas and passion for floatation. We worked with a foam factory, experimenting with different compositions of stiffness and densities. We discovered that foam is exceedingly comfortable against the forehead, and, that its flexibility enabled flipping the brim/visor up for ease of visibility! Hey, great for trimming sails! Those were good innovations, and years later they continue with subtle revisions and improvements.
Today, our FlipFloat© Brims, combine our exclusively developed foam, with the edge support of a plastic ring. The foam provides buoyancy as well as conforming to the individuals forehead shape for lasting all-day comfort. The plastic ring provides support to the brim edge without intimidating its flip function. With a flick of the hand, the brim can be easily flipped into an upwards position, allowing the user to sight sail shape, trimming, and wind indicators without undue back-bending of the neck, thus eliminating that end of the day soreness of “sailors-neck”. The FlipFloat© Brim, Arntson Marine’s® first innovation.
Between sizes on cap adjustment? One setting too loose your hat blows off, the other too tight gives you a headache? Or maybe it takes two hands and is difficult to adjust? How annoying!
Our caps come standard with the Flexion Buckle Tensioner© system, one-handed, micro-adjustable, on the fly without removing your cap. The left side of the system is anchored with premium elastic for flexible tension and all-day comfort. The right side is a micro adjustable custom webbing strap. The svelte buckle easily disengages to allow secure reattachment to lifelines, bags, bike frames, without losing your setting! Best-in-class function, by Arntson Marine®.
Our watersports community desperately needed better sun protection. Full brim sunhats that would not fold, flap, flutter or fly away in windy-wavy conditions. Solutions needed to be fully functional and elegant, not crude or uncomfortable. We proudly present our copyrighted 4-part engineered system, which we feel provides the finest heavy wind performance, of any hat; dependable extreme stability in gale force winds, with no fold, flutter, or flop! Starting with our exclusive foam formula, our pattern and geometry adds stable structure and aerodynamic shape. We then reinforce the brim perimeter with our RingFrame© construction. Lastly, inserted under the front brim is our WindSert©, laminate, completing the 4-part system. A best-in-class, Arntson Marine® innovation.
Watersports can expose one to high velocity winds, splashing water and waves, strong forces that can sweep a hat off a head. Arntson Marine® introduces it’s 360-AdjustoFit©, an engineered solution for providing maximum tension while maintaining comfort. As the forehead is more sensitive than the back of the head, the 360-AdjustoFit© system, incorporates a load-spreading band in the forehead, connecting to the back head’s flexible shockcord suspension. Our high strength premium shockcord, exits the center-back through corrosion resistant 316 Stainless Steel eyelets, then through a premium cordlock for unlimited adjustability. With the cordlock secured by an elastic anchor, the 360-AdjustoFit© system provides best-in-class ergonomics and function, exclusively, by Arntson Marine®.
The HybridVisor© provides robust buoyancy to our caps, by laminating our exclusive foam over traditionally curved visor plastic. The rigid plastic lives underneath as a support structure, a special cut-away assists shaping to the individual’s forehead. Our floating foam rounds over the top. The HybridVisor©, another Arntson Marine®, best-in-class innovation.
Our chin strap system provides a complete set of solutions to hat wearers. Our goal; create a detachable system that is elegant, simple, comfortable, dependable, non-intrusive to sight or feel, non-corrosive, easy to employ, and, optional.
Challenging? Yes. Impossible? Not anymore.
Our customized system employs strong, corrosion proof hooks. The shape is engineered for robust attachment, yet, is easily removed. The hooks engage discreetly into lace loop anchors.
Our chin strap lace is custom woven, premium, and extra wide for all day comfort. Finished to a specified length, to reduce chin and eye whipping, and stay out of the way of activities.
The selected cordlock was highly considered for quality, compatibility, function, ergonomics and comfort. With the added touch of a bead puller, 13 points of detail comprised our D-Tach Strap©. An Arntson Marine®, best-in-class solution.
In evaluating the exit for our 360-AdjustoFit© shockcords, we wanted metal eyelets, however, corrosion resistance could not be compromised. Introducing our customized 316 stainless-steel eyelets of premium anti-corrosion material. Eyelet application is backed with plastic washers for best-in-class construction and durability. Exclusively, by Arntson Marine®.
Given the innovative fit and construction incorporated in our hats, some designs leave no room for solid eyelets. In these cases, we incorporate a soft sewn eyelet. Corrosion resistance with minimal bulk, a well-considered solution for tight parameters.