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  • Portwest Lightweight Waterproof Jackets are perfect for Irish Summers!

    Portwest have a wide range of men's and ladies waterproof jackets in a variety of styles and colours. The Portwest waterproof fabric has been developed with our customer in mind.  It is designed to wick moisture away from the body and pass through the outer fabric keeping you cool and comfortable on those rainy days.  Our specially treated fabric has been developed to form a barrier against wind while also offering breathabilty.  And of course the unpredictable Irish weather means a good rain jacket is essential in Ireland!

     

    The Kinsale is one of our most popular women’s waterproof jackets.  Made from 10k ventron fabric, which is a specially treated fabric ensuring the material is windproof and waterproof yet breathable. The jackets extremely lightweight material makes it perfect for any outdoor pursuits. The Kinsale features a roll away hood, adjustable cuffs and multiple pockets.  With mesh lining and waterproof zippers to ensure you will stay dry in those summer showers. The jacket’s stylish fitted design and drawcord hem makes it a versatile piece.  And with colour options of pink or navy, we understand why this is a customer favourite. Also view our full range of womens waterproof jackets here.

     

    The men’s Malin rain jacket is made from from specially treated 10k ventron fabric, making the material windproof, waterproof, and breathable.  And its mesh lining and waterproof zippers protects you from the harsh elements.  Yet its lightweight material ensures ease of movement making the Malin jacket perfect for outdoor activities. Other features include roll away hood, adjustable cuffs and waterproof zips which help make sure you are prepared for our Irish weather!  Available in Blue/Navy  and Black/ Grey contrast colours.  This jacket is the perfect addition to your wardrobe!   Take a look at our full range of mens Portwest waterproof jackets here.

  • What to look for when buying a wetsuit

    What to look for when buying a wetsuit.

    Womens Portwest Wetsuit Wearing a wetsuit is essential in this country considering our waters are cold practically all year round. It is important to find a surfing wetsuit that caters specifically to individual needs. There are different types of wetsuits offered by many surfing companies, including Portwest, O’Neill, Quicksilver, Roxy and Rip Curl. Each offers unique styles and designs, and it is important to keep your options open and take into consideration all options. When choosing a surfing wetsuit, there are several key factors to judge by: durability, flexibility, warmth provided, comfort, and style.

    Durability Surfing wetsuits are made from a high-quality material called neoprene. Despite the ranging differences between wetsuits, neoprene is the basic foundation of the wetsuit. The durability of a wetsuit will be directly related to its level of quality. Wetsuits with less seams (where there is stitching), and thicker material tend to be of higher quality. After the eventual wear-and-tear a wetsuit goes through, it is important that the seams stay tight and together to prevent any holes. Wetsuits measure thickness in millimeters, and wetsuits that effectively accommodate surfing needs are usually between 2 and 6 millimeters thick. If surfing is a regular routine, the wetsuit will, in time, show signs of deterioration. However, choosing a durable, superior wetsuit will significantly slow this process.

    Flexibility The amount of movement made while surfing makes flexibility a necessity. This, too, depends on the thickness and quality of the wetsuit. A surfing wetsuit with few seams, usually at the arms and the legs, will provide more flexibility than a wetsuit with more seams. The neoprene material stretches to provide flexibility, but the stitches of the seams can only withstand so much pressure before creating limitations. It is important to find a wetsuit that allows the legs to stretch and expand fully, and allows for the arms to swing comfortably back and forth. When trying on wetsuits, try to mimic the movements you would make while in the ocean.

     

    Warmth Provided As the main purpose of wetsuits, the warmth provided is extremely important. It is not uncommon to spend hours on end in the frigid water, and if you are merely swimming in place, it is easy to become entirely too cold. Thickness, therefore, should be chosen accordingly. A wetsuit 2 mm thick will provide minimal warmth, and after long periods of time, may become ineffective. On the other hand, a wetsuit 6 mm will provide more warmth over longer periods of time. The key is to find a balance in which warmth is provided, but flexibility is not reduced.

    Comfort If you are an avid surfer, you will be most likely spending a lot of time in your wetsuit. Putting on the wetsuit at the beach, prepping your surfboard, wading out, surfing, coming back and taking it off – it adds up. You will want to find a wetsuit that you are completely comfortable in. Wetsuits, in order to work properly, should be snug fit. This does not mean a wetsuit has to cut off circulation to your extremities. A good wetsuit will provide a warm, slightly tight fit, but allow enough room to move around in.

    Style With so many different designs out there; choose a wetsuit that looks appealing. Oftentimes, the outward appearance of wetsuits is a direct correlation with its performance. The higher quality wetsuits in many cases look better than those made by smaller, lesser known companies. Surfing companies use a wide array of colors in their wetsuits; choose one that looks appropriate for your style – one you will still like in a few years. Click here to view the full Portwest range of wetsuits; http://www.theoutdoorshop.ie/

    Click here to view the full Portwest range of wetsuits; http://www.theoutdoorshop.ie/

  • Portwest Leisurewear Feature on 'Big Week on the Farm'

    Big Week on the Farm

    id you catch ‘Big Week on the Farm’ last week?

    In its second series Ella McSweeney and Aine Lawlor joined the Shalvey family on their farm in Cavan.  With world records, special guests, not to mention all the cute animals it’s a show that always delivers.  And RTÉ's hit show, "Big Week on the Farm" have just added another reason love the show,  Last week’s show featured two favourites from the Porwest leisurewear range.

    Aisleigh  

    Did you spot our Portwest Ashleigh Waterproof Jacket which was  featured?  With its fleece lining and 5K Ventron Fabric, the Ashleigh is perfect for any outdoor activities, including farming!  The Ashleigh is made with our soft feel Ventron Fabric  which is specially treated to ensure it is windproof, waterproof and breathable.  Available in both blue and navy, you can buy the Ashleigh jacket here;

     

    Did you spot our Portwest Ashleigh Waterproof Jacket which was  featured?  With its fleece lining and 5K Ventron Fabric, the Ashleigh is perfect for any outdoor activities, including farming!  The Ashleigh is made with our soft feel Ventron Fabric  which is specially treated to ensure it is windproof, waterproof and breathable.  Available in both blue and navy, you can buy the Ashleigh jacket here;  Also featured on the show was our Portwest Leigh Bodywarmer, this lightweight garment protects the wearer from the windiest conditions.  The Leigh features down fill and with its soft feel fabric, it is a great option for those who want to add extra warmth around the core while allowing for ease of movement, especially on the farm.  Available in Black or Charcoal you can buy yours here; http://www.theoutdoorshop.ie/leigh-bodywarmer-5076

    Leigh
  • Announcing Our Partnership with Connacht Rugby!

    Portwest are delighted to announce our partnership with Connacht Rugby.

    Connacht Rugby and Portwest have announced a new three year jersey sponsorship deal, with the company logo appearing on the sleeve of the new jersey which will be unveiled in July.

    11 /04/2017 Repro free: Media Release ?9 April 2017 James Heaslip with Ultan Dillane, Matt Healy and Eoghan Masterson Connacht Rugby who signed New three year sponsorship deal with Portwest . Connacht Rugby and Portwest have announced a new three year jersey sponsorship deal. This is the first foray into the world of rugby for outdoor and workwear company Portwest. The company logo will appear on the sleeve of the new jersey which will be unveiled in July. Owned by brothers Cathal, Harry and Owen Hughes, Portwest is the fastest growing workwear company in the world and confidently expect turnover to reach €350 million by 2021. Portwest has three high street outdoor shops in Galway and Westport. Commenting on the new partnership, Connacht Rugby CEO Willie Ruane said: “We are delighted to welcome Portwest on board with us in what is a really exciting partnership for both parties. While Portwest operate on a worldwide scale, they are a local, West of Ireland company whose values are very much aligned to our own.” “This is an exciting new sponsorship for Portwest”, said Owen Hughes, Acquisition and Financial Director at Portwest Limited, “We see this as a perfect match – two high achieving west of Ireland enterprises constantly innovating and sharing a confident, can-do attitude. We look forward to working with Connacht Rugby into the future”. Portwest Group Chairman Cathal Hughes also welcomed the new partnership, saying, “We are very happy to work with Connacht Rugby. Although we are a global company, we remain strongly committed to supporting our local community. This is an ideal opportunity to partner with a proud sporting team who carry the west of Ireland standard high wherever they go”. ENDS Contact: Lesley Emerson, PR West?lesley@prwest.ie 087 2263319 Louise Creedon, Media & PR Manager, Connacht Rugby?louise.creedon@connachtrugby.ie 087 7390046? Portwest Westport-based Portwest has been designing, developing and manufact

    The Official Launch was held in the Portwest Galwa11 /04/2017 Repro free: Media Release ?9 April 2017 Connacht Rugby and Portwest working together, New three year sponsorship deal announced - ? Connacht Rugby and Portwest have announced a new three year jersey sponsorship deal. This is the first foray into the world of rugby for outdoor and workwear company Portwest. The company logo will appear on the sleeve of the new jersey which will be unveiled in July. Owned by brothers Cathal, Harry and Owen Hughes, Portwest is the fastest growing workwear company in the world and confidently expect turnover to reach €350 million by 2021. Portwest has three high street outdoor shops in Galway and Westport. Commenting on the new partnership, Connacht Rugby CEO Willie Ruane said: “We are delighted to welcome Portwest on board with us in what is a really exciting partnership for both parties. While Portwest operate on a worldwide scale, they are a local, West of Ireland company whose values are very much aligned to our own.” “This is an exciting new sponsorship for Portwest”, said Owen Hughes, Acquisition and Financial Director at Portwest Limited, “We see this as a perfect match – two high achieving west of Ireland enterprises constantly innovating and sharing a confident, can-do attitude. We look forward to working with Connacht Rugby into the future”. Portwest Group Chairman Cathal Hughes also welcomed the new partnership, saying, “We are very happy to work with Connacht Rugby. Although we are a global company, we remain strongly committed to supporting our local community. This is an ideal opportunity to partner with a proud sporting team who carry the west of Ireland standard high wherever they go”. ENDS Contact: Lesley Emerson, PR West?lesley@prwest.ie 087 2263319 Louise Creedon, Media & PR Manager, Connacht Rugby?louise.creedon@connachtrugby.ie 087 7390046? Portwest Westport-based Portwest has been designing, developing and manufacturing high quality workwear, high visibility garmy store on Wednesday last with players Ultan Dillane, Eoin Masterson & Matt Healy instore.  There was great excitement as fans got to meet their favourite players for pictures, autographs and a Q & A in the store.

     

    To celebrate our official partnership with Connacht Rugby we are offering one lucky fan the chance to win a signed Connacht Rugby jersey by players Ultan Dillane, Eoin Masterson & Matt Healy just in time for the game this weekend! Enter here; https://www.facebook.com/portwest.westport/

    11 /04/2017 Repro free: Media Release ?9 April 2017 Ultan Dillane, Matt Healy and Eoghan Masterson Connacht Rugby and Portwest working together, New three year sponsorship deal announced - ? Connacht Rugby and Portwest have announced a new three year jersey sponsorship deal. This is the first foray into the world of rugby for outdoor and workwear company Portwest. The company logo will appear on the sleeve of the new jersey which will be unveiled in July. Owned by brothers Cathal, Harry and Owen Hughes, Portwest is the fastest growing workwear company in the world and confidently expect turnover to reach €350 million by 2021. Portwest has three high street outdoor shops in Galway and Westport. Commenting on the new partnership, Connacht Rugby CEO Willie Ruane said: “We are delighted to welcome Portwest on board with us in what is a really exciting partnership for both parties. While Portwest operate on a worldwide scale, they are a local, West of Ireland company whose values are very much aligned to our own.” “This is an exciting new sponsorship for Portwest”, said Owen Hughes, Acquisition and Financial Director at Portwest Limited, “We see this as a perfect match – two high achieving west of Ireland enterprises constantly innovating and sharing a confident, can-do attitude. We look forward to working with Connacht Rugby into the future”. Portwest Group Chairman Cathal Hughes also welcomed the new partnership, saying, “We are very happy to work with Connacht Rugby. Although we are a global company, we remain strongly committed to supporting our local community. This is an ideal opportunity to partner with a proud sporting team who carry the west of Ireland standard high wherever they go”. ENDS Contact: Lesley Emerson, PR West?lesley@prwest.ie 087 2263319 Louise Creedon, Media & PR Manager, Connacht Rugby?louise.creedon@connachtrugby.ie 087 7390046? Portwest Westport-based Portwest has been designing, developing and manufactu

     

     

    Read more about the partnership here; http://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/connacht-rugby/portwest-signed-up-as-new-sponsors-35621048.html

    11 /04/2017 Repro free: Media Release ?9 April 2017 Matt Healy with Oonagh Morrisey, Katherine Clendon , Ultan Dillane andZoe O'Brien, Eoghan Masterson Connacht Rugby and Craig Reardon Portwest . Connacht Rugby and Portwest have announced a new three year jersey sponsorship deal. This is the first foray into the world of rugby for outdoor and workwear company Portwest. The company logo will appear on the sleeve of the new jersey which will be unveiled in July. Owned by brothers Cathal, Harry and Owen Hughes, Portwest is the fastest growing workwear company in the world and confidently expect turnover to reach €350 million by 2021. Portwest has three high street outdoor shops in Galway and Westport. Commenting on the new partnership, Connacht Rugby CEO Willie Ruane said: “We are delighted to welcome Portwest on board with us in what is a really exciting partnership for both parties. While Portwest operate on a worldwide scale, they are a local, West of Ireland company whose values are very much aligned to our own.” “This is an exciting new sponsorship for Portwest”, said Owen Hughes, Acquisition and Financial Director at Portwest Limited, “We see this as a perfect match – two high achieving west of Ireland enterprises constantly innovating and sharing a confident, can-do attitude. We look forward to working with Connacht Rugby into the future”. Portwest Group Chairman Cathal Hughes also welcomed the new partnership, saying, “We are very happy to work with Connacht Rugby. Although we are a global company, we remain strongly committed to supporting our local community. This is an ideal opportunity to partner with a proud sporting team who carry the west of Ireland standard high wherever they go”. ENDS Contact: Lesley Emerson, PR West?lesley@prwest.ie 087 2263319 Louise Creedon, Media & PR Manager, Connacht Rugby?louise.creedon@connachtrugby.ie 087 7390046? Portwest Westport-based Portwest has been designing, developing and man

     

  • Waterproof Rainwear: Buying a New Portwest Rain Jacket

    Are you in need of a new rain jacket, but not sure which one is right for you? There are a few things you should know when considering purchasing a jacket to keep you nice and dry.

    Portwest jackets are made with Ventron technology, a specially treated fabric with a membrane that prevents water entering, but allows vapour to escape. It also protects you against the wind chill factor. You’ll probably notice a waterproof rating on our jackets, such as 5K, but what does it mean? The rating represents the thousands of millimetres of rain the fabric can withstand in 24 hours before water permeates. The majority of our rainwear is 5K, however our new range includes the ladies Kinsale Jacket and mens Malin Jacket, which are both 10K. We’ve also added the ladies Burren Jacket and mens Nephin Jacket, which is our most waterproof jacket yet at 15K.

    For a rain jacket to be fully waterproof, there are other necessities other than just the fabric. Taped seams on the inside of jackets stop water from entering any where there is stitching. You can spot these inside the jacket around the shoulder and sleeve. Waterproof zippers are important on the main zip and all pockets, otherwise water can easily enter through the zipper teeth. Adjustable hoods, cuffs and hems all help keep the jacket close to your body.

    So, which rain jacket is right for you? Do you need something to stop you getting wet on your walk from the car to the shop? Our basic rain jackets like the Clare, Serena, Conn or Dawson will do you fine. For extra warmth, we recommend the Ashleigh and Culin Jackets due to their cozy fleece lining. Do you need something a bit tougher against the unpredictable Irish weather? The Kinsale and Malin Jackets are up for the job. And if you absolutely can’t stand getting wet, spend a lot of time outside walking the dog or are headed for a hike, the 15K Burren or Nephin Jackets are your go-to. Along with their high waterproof rating, they’re extremely lightweight and durable, ideal for being active outside.

    Have any questions on rainwear? Email us at asktheexpert@portwest.ie.

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