Aftco is a family owned and operated company that has been
developing saltwater fishing tackle products and apparel for sixty years. Worn
all over the world the brand has been recognized for both their quality in
design and construction as well as their commitment to conservation initiatives
to protect and ensure sustainable fisheries in the future.
Aftco has taken the fishing
garment world by storm and has continued to deliver technical garments for the
complete range of anglers. The Samurai 2 is designed to be a go-anywhere fishing
A few seasons ago the
company decided to expand their offerings and branch into the freshwater fishing
applications, and especially the ever-growing bass fishing market. Since that
transition Aftco has rapidly grown their freshwater portfolio, and one of
the areas where they are particular strong in is sun protective performance
shirts and hoodies. The original Samurai hooded shirt was designed to provide
strong protection from the sun, stay cool while wicking away moisture on those
very hot days, and provide all day comfort while fishing.
The Samurai 2 builds on the
original and offers the same reliable sun protection with a new 92% polyester
and 8% spandex blend
This season Aftco introduced their second generation of this garment,
the Samurai 2, which
delivers the same UPF 50 level of sun protection of the original but makes use of a 92%
polyester/8% spandex construction and a newly created cut that is designed to provide a
greater range of motion for movements such as casting and hooksets.
The shirt has become my go-to
shirt for bass fishing
Real World Tests: Iíve learned the best way to test apparel is to simply live in
them for an extended period. I used to try and replicate situations and
environments but found the only way to really get a complete feel for how well a
garment performs, and just how comfortable they are, is to wear them as much as
possible both on and off water.
The Samurai 2 offers excellent stretch for all day casting
comfort, and quick sets and landings
I did exactly that with the Aftco Samurai 2 hooded shirts, and they have
been my primary sun-protection garments on many bass fishing trips throughout
the last season, as well as hiking and off-road trips from California to the Hawaiian
island of Kauai. Which was the last long range trip that I was able to partake
in prior to the onset of the current pandemic. Since that time I've taken a
number of road trips, and the Samurai 2 shirt has been a primary fishing and
outdoor piece in my kit.
Need more sun protection for your
neck and head? The Samurai 2's integrated hood has you covered
Operation: The moment you pick up the Aftco Samurai 2, or Sam2 as I like to call
it, you can tell this is a garment designed for warm weather conditions, as the
entire garment feels very lightweight. The Sam2 also feels noticeably more
flexible than the original due to the blend of 8% spandex, versus the original
Samurai garment which is constructed from 100% polyester.
That extra bit of spandex gives
the shirt a lighter more flexible feel
I immediately liked the updated more generous modern style cut, but found that it is
definitely true to size. A medium is a true-to-size medium and while it is more
generous in the arms and rib sections it definitely looks and feels like a
medium-sized garment. Anglers should take this fit into consideration when
selecting the size.
The hood is light and unstructured
so a cap is a nice addition to keep it in place