Surf Expo Apparel

by • October 20, 2014 • Apparel/Footwear Reviews, Product ReviewsComments (0)3307

We’re all about looking good on the water, but also having our apparel serve a purpose while out on our SUPs or kayaks.  We want protection from the harmful UV rays of the sun, as well as cool and comfortable clothing, but we’ve also got to maintain appearances while chasing our next favorite trophy fish.  Here’s a look at some of the new and amazing Surf Expo Apparel choices.

Howler Bros.

Howler Bros. brings a unique feel and take on apparel for the water.  Functional, yet bringing a bit of style to the angler.  Howler Bros. believes in offering choices where an angler can wear their apparel on the water, yet still be stylish enough to go meet up with some friends afterwards.  We checked out some of the gear from Howler Bros. like the Hybrid Horizon Pants and shorts, as well as the Aransas shirt.  Both very stylish yet extremely comfortable on the water.


Aransas Shirt

  • Woven poly-cotton blend
  • Sunglass-cleaning microfiber-lined chest pocket
  • Contrast stitching
  • Howler Monkey icon embroidery on back yoke
  • Button-through pockets at chest
  • Regular fit
  • MSRP: $80.00


Horizon Hybrid Pants

  • button closure with zipper fly
  • Contoured self-lined waistband for optimal fit
  • Howler classic label at back waistband
  • Nylon mesh pockets bags at front
  • Quick-drying nylon ripstop
  • Reinforced cuff at back hem
  • Reinforced pliers pocket with drainage grommet
  • Zippered stash pocket at back right
  • MSRP: $75.00



Zhik is a relatively new company, but extremely new to us at Yak Outlaws.  We took full advantage of our time speaking with Zhik USA sales manager, Mike Krantz, and came away with a ton of knowledge regarding the Zhik brand.  What really caught our eye at the Zhik booth were their Deckbeaters pants & shorts, ZKG’s & ZK Boatshoes.  These shoes look amazing for the water offering high grip, a comfortable feel, and the ability to drain water quickly.


Deckbeater Pants

  • UV50+ Spandex
  • Flatlock Stitching
  • ZhikTex Rear Panel
  • Contoured neoprene padding
  • Perforated for water drainage
  • MSRP: $159.99




  • Quickdrying
  • Antibacterial
  • High grip rubber sole
  • Breathable perforated neoprene
  • Nubuck upper
  • Sneaker styling
  • MSRP: $89.00



ZK Boatshoe

  • High grip rubber ZK™Sole
  • Breathable perforated neoprene
  • Antibacterial Inner
  • Super flexible
  • Boatshoe styling
  • MSRP: $99.00


Bimini Bay Outfitters

Bimini Bay Outfitters have long been synonymous with offering high quality performance fishing apparel, but without the high prices.  New this year from Bimini By Outfitters is the new Mossy Oak knits, Dorado Pass shorts & shirt.  Bimini Bay Outfitters also offers several styles of fishing pants, short, shirts, outerwear, optics, and face shields & hats.  Here’s a sneak peek of the new Surf Expo apparel from Bimini Bay Outfitters.

Pieced Camo shirt

  • 100% Polyester Interlock with wicking & Quick Dry
  • Mossy Oak Break-up Infinity print
  • Bimini Bay Outfitters Tonal Embroidery
  • UPF protection

Dorado Pass Shorts

  • 100% Polyester Stretch
  • 2 on seam front pockets, 2 side pockets
  • 1 side pocket with plier lined pocket with heavy oxford , hook & loop closure
  • Rigid waist
  • Marlin embroidery on wearer’s left pocket
  • Metal grommets with Marlin logo
  • 9 1/2″ inseam


True Flies

We were at the end of our last day checking out the Surf Expo apparel when we passed by the True Flies booth.  I noticed a tailin’ red t-shirt, and it immediately caught my eye.  Little did I know there was so much more available from the folks at True Flies. We found an array of clothing specific to the angler who not only wants his apparel to perform, but also look good.  Stylish, yet the ability to perform with the angler is what we’re all looking for and we found this in the Tattersall shirt, Shell Creek Short, and the Oyster Creek Pants!


Bokeelia Tattersall Shirt

  • SPF 30 Sun Protection
  • Moisture Wicking
  • Twill weave for softness
  • Stain resistant
  • Quick Drying
  • MSRP: $99.99 – $119.99


Shell Creek Short

  • 4-way Stretch Polyester
  • SPF 30 Sun Protection
  • Quick Drying
  • MSRP: $89.99


Oyster Creek Pant

  • 60% Cotton, 40% Nylon Twill
  • SPF 30 Sun Protection
  • Water Repellent
  • MSRP: $89.99


Body Glove

Body Glove is well known for being a top notch company for those who spend countless hours on the water.  We spent a little time while scoping out the Surf Expo apparel and focusing on footwear for the kayak and SUP angler.  We found several styles of footwear which fit our lifestyle perfectly and won’t break the wallet.


3T Barefoot Pro

  • Adjustable velcro straps
  • Adjustable shocklace
  • Stretch fit upper
  • easy on with the three toe design
  • hybrid, use it in or out of the water
  • zero heel lift
  • non microbial footbed
  • ultra grip plusfoam outsole
  • IDS-Integrated drainage system
  • MSRP: $69.99



  • “just your foot protected” minimalist construction for maximum performance
  • Hybrid – use it in or out of the water
  • Synthetic Nubuck/Air mesh upper
  • Phylon midsole/ultra grip rubber outsole
  • IDS-Integrated drainage system
  • MSRP: $59.99



Speedo was one of the last companies we visited while checkig out Suf Expo apparel.  We were pleasantly surprised with the new styles of footwear available from Speedo with their new Upswell & FST Evolution.  Both shoes offer great design, comfort, and the ability to easily drain water ,making them ideal for on the water.


  • FluidFlow technology provides inside-out drainage
  • Lightweight midsole for all day comfort
  • Outsole with rubber inserts provides traction on wet or dry surfaces
  • 100% seamless upper construction
  • Quick drying open air mesh offers maximum breathability
  • weight: 6.4oz
  • MSRP: $65.00


FST Evolution

  • Lightweight shoe for the active athlete
  • reBND foam-lasted for extra cushioning
  • 100% seamless upper construction features hydrophobic monofilament engineered mesh
  • Lightweight speed lace closure system and heel loop tab
  • FluidFlow technology provides drainage throughout the upper
  • Vibram outsole wih TC1 compound is non-marking & offers superior traction
  • Ortholite fully washable, anti-microbial sock liner
  • weight: 7.9oz
  • MSRP: $125.00

Sperry Top-Sider

Sperry Top Sider has been in exisnce since 1935, and a proven manufacturer when it comes to footwear for the water.  We’ve worn Sperry on the water on numerous occassions and can attest to the quality.  Here’s a look at what we found enticing at Surf Expo apparel, including the H2O Escape and the Shock Light 2.


H2O Escape

  • Amphibious, Ultra-Lightweight Design, Weighing 160 grams, Enhances Comfort for All Day Wear
  • Adaptive Wave-Siping™ Disperses Water Under Foot to Reduce Slippage on Wet or Dry Surfaces
  • EVA Midsole with Internal Water Channels are Comfortable, Durable and Feature Drainage to Help Feet Dry More Quickly
  • Removable perforated Foot Bed Works with Internal Water Channels to Allow Water to Escape Faster and More Efficiently
  • Uppers and Linings Promote Ultra-Fast Drying
  • Adjustable Bungee Allows for Secure Wear and Easy On and Off
  • MSRP: $90.00


Shock Light 2

  • Ultra Lightweight design weighing only 6.7oz
  • ASV Technology™ in the heel absorbs vibration and reduces shock by up to 30%
  • Adaptive Wave-Siping™ disperses water underfoot to reduce slippage on wet or dry surfaces
  • Removable full length compression molded EVA footbed maximized comfort underfoot
  • Nylon and mesh uppers and linings promote ultra fast drying
  • Adjustable bungee allows for secure wear and easy on and off
  • MSRP: $90.00


As you can see through our time checking out the Surf Expo apparel, there’s a ton of new gear available for the avid kayak and SUP angler.  We can’t wait to test some of this new gear!  What are you most interested in out of Surf Expo apparel?



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