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Coghlan’s Ltd. Acquires McNett Corporation

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Coghlan’s Ltd., the leading outdoor accessory supplier in the United States and Canada, is pleased to announce that the Company has completed the acquisition of McNett Corporation.

Winnipeg, MB (October 9, 2015) — Coghlan’s Ltd. is proud to announce that it has completed the acquisition of McNett® Corporation, a leading provider of outdoor gear and accessories to recreation and defense industries throughout North America and world-wide. McNett Corporation, with its 45 employees, will remain headquartered in Bellingham, Washington USA under the management team led by CEO Travis Huisman. McNett’s European offices will remain unchanged and operating from Walsrode, Germany under the existing management team led by Managing Director Roy Whitehead.

“Duane and Nancy McNett and the McNett team have built a great company over the past 35 years, very much the same way as Coghlan’s has done, one item at a time,” said Rob Coghlan, president of Coghlan’s Ltd. “We look forward to working with the McNett team on introducing new and expanded offerings to each market the company touches with its family of brands.”

D.A. Davidson & Co. served as financial advisor and Davis Wright Tremaine LLP served as legal advisor to McNett in this transaction.

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McNett Microfiber Towels Now Treated With SILVADUR Silver Antimicrobial Ions

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

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All Ultra Compact Microfiber Towels by McNett® now treated with silver antimicrobial ions called SILVADUR™.

Bellingham, WA (May 13, 2015) — McNett® Corporation announces that all microfiber towels sold under the McNett® Tactical and Outgo® brands will now be treated with SILVADUR™ silver antimicrobial ions. SILVADUR keeps the towel fabric fresh and odor-free by inhibiting the growth of microbes. The antimicrobial technology prevents unpleasant odors, decay and discoloration by preventing the growth of bacteria in the first place.

“The Ultra Compact Microfiber Towel by McNett is packed with more features than a Swiss Army knife. From patented sewn grommets, snap loops and retention straps to the free toiletry bag, our microfiber towels have always been loaded with attractive features missing from the competition,” said Gerald Craft, consumer marketing director. “Now that we’ve added the SILVADUR treatment by Dow consumers can grab the towel that truly has it all.”

The SILVADUR antimicrobial treatment is unique in that it offers a controlled release of silver for improved durability. During testing, after 50 rigorous launderings, SILVADUR still had a 99% antimicrobial control rate against bacteria and fungi.

In addition, SILVADUR has been approved as non-toxic by the International OEKO-TEX® Association. Tested at 10 times the recommended dosage and use levels, SILVADUR is proven to neither irritate nor cause sensitizations in humans. It is truly a durable antimicrobial that can stand up to real life.

All Ultra Compact Microfiber Towels by Outgo and McNett Tactical will now be treated with SILVADUR silver antimicrobial ions to keep them fresh and odor free. For more information, please visit: www.mcnett.com/tactical/microfiber-towel#44035.

McNett – Free Camo Form LT Sample

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

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McNett is currently giving away samples of their new Camo Form LT. A lighter weight, less expensive version of the original Camo Form, Camo Form LT stretches to twice its length and will be available in several new patterns.

You can sign up to receive your sample here: www.mcnett.com/tactical/lt-free-sample

McNett – Back Country Nutrition

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Backcountry Nutrition

What’s necessary for extended hikes and scouting:

• Endurance
• Strength
• Speed
• Mental Clarity
• Dexterity

All of which are affected by nutrition.

When any of the above are impacted, you can quickly turn into a liability for the rest of your group. That said, keeping our body in proper working order and maintaining our speed, strength, endurance, mental clarity and dexterity are essential, which means maintaining proper backcountry nutrition is extremely important.

Caloric Needs
An average person on an average day burns around 2500 calories. A backpacker carrying 50 pounds for 6 hours over level terrain may burn 4000 to 5000 calories. Add elevation gain and a few more hours and the count raises to 6000 to 8000 calories.

A calorie is simply the amount of energy that foods will produce in the human body. The calories in our food come from three sources: carbohydrates/sugars, proteins and fats. Carbohydrates and proteins provide us with 4 calories per gram. Fats provide us with 9 calories per gram. While fats are much more energy-rich, than carbohydrates or proteins it does not mean that we should only consume fats as we will find out below.

Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are our main source of fuel for energy in the backcountry. Our ability to sustain vigorous activity/exercise is directly related to carbohydrate stores. Many times, when sprinting, climbing or strength training, carbohydrates will contribute to 100 percent of energy needs.

Carbohydrates are stored in the body as glycogen. Each gram of carbohydrate is stored with 3 grams of water, which means we can only store so much. Glycogen is typically stored in the muscles where it is used for muscular activity (i.e., endurance and/or high intensity activity) and in the liver to maintain glucose levels for the brain. The brain does not store glycogen and relies on these stores in the liver for its fuel source. Basically what happens is, after you eat, enzymes in your digestive system begin to break down the carbohydrates and create glucose.

The body will use some of the glucose produced to fuel its cells and body systems by transporting it through the bloodstream (approximately 120 Calories of glucose are available within the bloodstream at any given time).
As the amount of glucose in your blood begins to rise, insulin is released and directs the cells in your body to remove excess glucose from the bloodstream and store them in your muscles and liver. As it’s being transported to the liver and muscle tissues, glucose molecules bond to one another to create glycogen. Think of glycogen as back-up energy for when our body needs it. Your muscles can store about 1400 calories and the liver can store about 400 calories. Endurance training increases glycogen storage capacity. That said, a little bit of endurance training will certainly help with glycogen storage and will give you added back-up energy storage.

On average the body stores enough glycogen to fuel moderate effort for 90-minutes in a trained individual. However, increased workout intensity can deplete oxygen in as little as 30-minutes.Which is important to note since carbohydrates contribute to a majority of our energy needs. The greater the intensity of exercise and heart rate, the more carbohydrates burned. Remember, these carbohydrates are the primary fuel for high intensity activities as well as proper brain function.

Carbohydrates not only fuel exercise and brain function, but they are also essential for maintaining body temperature in the cold and for shivering. Low levels of carbohydrates impair thermoregulation and increase the risk of hypothermia.

The goal is to eat frequently and to avoid dips in blood glucose levels. We digest and absorb, on average, 1 ounce of carbohydrate every minute. That said, we need about 60 grams of carbohydrates (240 Calories) per hour, which means that ideally you will fuel up every 15 minutes with about 15 grams (60 Calories) of carbohydrates.

Once depleted, the body turns to our fat reserves for energy.

However, if carbohydrate storage sites are filled to capacity the body will begin to burn more glucose rather than fat as a last resort. And if glucose continues to enter the bloodstream, fat cells will then start the process of storing energy and you start the process of getting fatter!
In addition, the brain runs exclusively off of carbohydrates, which means carbohydrates are essential for proper brain function and mental clarity.

Fats
Muscles require a mix of carbohydrates and fats for energy. Carbohydrates burn off fairly quick and need to be replenished constantly, while fats (a more concentrated energy source) burn slow and continuous maintaining a slow, constant flow of energy.

There are two types of fats: saturated and unsaturated. Saturated fats are usually preferred in the backcountry because they tend to be solid and tend not to go rancid. However, saturated fats do not travel as well through the vascular system and are typically associated with higher levels of cholesterol. They are easier to carry into the backcountry and less likely to go rancid, but they are typically associated with higher levels of cholesterol and should be consumed in limited quantities.

Either way, the body needs fat. It’s a major energy source, helps you absorb certain vitamins and hormones are also synthesized from fat, so it is a very important source of nutrition.

Fat requires oxygen in order to breakdown properly, which should be taken into consideration at higher altitudes that are more oxygen deprived. At higher altitudes you may want to have a greater reliance on carbohydrates.

Fat does not metabolize as quickly as carbohydrates so during high intensity workouts the body can’t keep up, resulting in fatigue, weakness, and mental confusion. This is typically called hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

Fat is our endurance energy, and carbohydrates are for short-term power. A bi-product of the digestion process is the generation of heat. As your body breaks down and digests fats, heat is created. That said, it’s a good idea to consume a food or beverage high in fat before bedding down for the night in cold environments. Add butter to hot chocolate before going to sleep to help stay warm at night.

Endurance athletes are good at burning fat as fuel over a long period (well-developed fat metabolism) of time allowing them to rely less on carbohydrates, however, carbohydrates are still essential for and remain the primary energy source for muscle contraction.

Fat should contribute to 25 percent of core calories. Carbohydrates should contribute to 65 percent. Proteins should contribute to 10 percent.
While Protein does Provide Calories, its Primary Function is for growth, maintenance and repair of muscles, bones, organs, hair and nails. This is why protein needs are far less than fats and carbohydrates.

Vitamins and Minerals
6 types of nutrients in foods: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water. Only carbohydrates, fats and proteins can provide energy/calories. Vitamins, minerals and water provide no calories but they are essential in our ability to use the calories.

Vitamins and Minerals are essential for the breakdown of carbohydrates and fats. We eat foods. Next, the food is converted into chemical energy within our muscle cells with the help of vitamins and minerals and then transformed into mechanical energy for the physical exercise.

In the Nutritional World:

Energy = Calories
Unprocessed foods = good
Processed foods = bad

Why: Nutrient destruction happens to all fruits and vegetables that are not freshly prepared. Excessive heating and cooling processes, which are required in order to give processed foods extended shelf lives, greatly diminishes nutrients. Blanching vegetables before they are packaged causes water-soluble vitamins like vitamin B to fall out. Milling grains for breads causes the husk to fall off, which stores most of the valuable nutrients, etc. etc. Trans-fats, sodium and nitrates are also typically added to processed foods to boost flavor and increase shelf life.

Food Groups
The food groups (2-3 servings from each group is ideal):

Dairy: Milk (cup), yogurt, cheese (1 oz), cottage cheese

Vegetables: Fresh at home, dehydrated in the backcountry, salsa

Whole Grains/Starch: Whole grain bread and cereal, brown rice, potato, pasta, corn, tortillas

Protein: meat, chicken, turkey, eggs, fish, beans, peas, lentils (1 oz. of meat or fish and each half cup of legumes = 8 grams of protein)

Fruit: fresh or frozen at home; dehydrated in the backcountry

Fat: Unsaturated ideal: olive oil, canola oil, seeds, olives, avocado, nuts

We’d love to hear what you’re bringing into the backcountry…

This post is brought to you by McNett. McNett offers products for maintaining, repairing, and waterproofing gear and clothing, and water purification, as well as microfiber towels and tactical products including lens cleaner and anti-fog, survival products, and Camo Form camouflage wrap.

www.mcnett.com

How/Why To Maintain Technical Garments from McNett

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

We met with our friends at McNett during a recent trip to Seattle. One of the things we asked them if they could do was to share some info on how to use their products with our readers. Let’s face it, money isn’t there like it used to be and we are going to all have to become very good at maintaining what we have. McNett offers a great range of accessories and garment care products.

Routine cleaning and maintenance is necessary in order to keep technical fabrics performing at their best. Typically, technical fabrics are constructed of a face fabric (usually some type of nylon), a waterproof breathable membrane (i.e. GORE-TEX, eVent, etc.) and a liner fabric that rests against the body. The outer fabric is typically treated with a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) to help water bead up and roll off. It is extremely important that we keep these fabrics in top shape.

Many soldiers think that GORE-TEX and other waterproof breathable fabrics are fragile and should not be washed, but this is not the case. Cleaning technical fabrics only improves their performance; however, it is extremely important that you use a specialized cleaner. Typical “household” cleaners contain heavy residues, optical brighteners and fabric softeners which can also impact performance.

The chemicals used in fabric softeners build up and leave residues on your garment. These residues will cover the DWR coating on the outside of the item, which will allow water to spread out and soak into the fabric instead of beading up and rolling off. Residues from fabric softeners also tend to remain in the clothing fibers. The residues from fabric softeners can also affect the breathabilty of the waterproof breathable membrane as well.

Picture a water repellent as millions of tiny hairs standing straight on end. When a bead of water falls from the sky and lands on the hairs standing straight on end, it simply rolls off. With time, you get a build-up of dirt, smoke, body oils and other residues which tend to weigh down on those hairs standing straight on end. Now they are now longer standing straight up and when a bead of water falls from the sky, it begins to wet through the fabric as opposed to rolling right off. When this happens, you need to wash the garment with a cleaner that will remove all the residues and particulates without leaving behind additional residues.

All that said, it is extremely important that you use a clean rinsing detergent like ReviveX Synthetic Fabric Cleaner (http://www.mcnett.com/gearaid/synthetic-fabric-cleaner#36296) to rinse away the dirt, oils and residues which prevent the water repellent from shedding water and which also tend to clog the GORE-TEX membranes.

Once you have cleaned the garment with a specialized cleaner, many times you can restore the DWR and get the jacket to bead-up again by simply placing it in the dryer. If the DWR is still present, the heat will re-activate those tiny “hairs” and cause them to stand straight on end again. If the jacket is not repelling water after cleaning with a specialized cleaner and drying, then you will need to re-treat it with an aftermarket water repellent like ReviveX Durable Waterproofing (http://www.mcnett.com/gearaid/durable-waterproofing#36230). Start with a clean garment, spray it down with ReviveX Durable Waterproofing and dry according to the manufacturer’s recommendation or air dry for 48 hours.

Another benefit of the water-repellent finish (DWR) is that it allows passage of vapor more readily from inside the garment. Without this water repellent on the outer fabric, water can soak in and cool the surface as it evaporates. Moisture generated by a soldier’s body in the form of vapor can pass easily thorough the membrane unless the vapor contacts a cool surface; then it condenses into liquid (just as warm breath condenses into a liquid when it contacts a cool piece of glass). This is another reason why the water-repellent finish and the garment should be kept in good shape.

We all know that garments that wet-out and aren’t able to breath can lead to some pretty miserable times. With proper maintenance, however, we can prevent those uncomfortable moments outdoors and keep our garments dry while enhancing performance.

This post is brought to you by McNett. McNett offers products for maintaining, repairing, and waterproofing gear and clothing, and water purification, as well as microfiber towels and tactical products including lens cleaner and anti-fog, survival products, and Camo Form camouflage wrap.

www.mcnett.com

McNett – Hunting With Heroes

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

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McNett is holding a fundraiser on Indiegogo for the 2013 Hunting with Heroes event. They’re looking for 10 Veterans in Skagit or Whatcom Counties in Washington to send on an all-inclusive weekend of outdoor activities including pheasant hunting and fishing. McNett is providing transportation, gear, food, and lodging for the entire Hunting with Heroes 3-day weekend, October 11th-13th. The funding is being run through American Legion Post 0007 Albert J Hamilton Post, and 100% of the contributions go towards the cause. If you know a Veteran in the aforementioned counties that might be interested, nominate or send them to bellinghamlegion.com/HWH.html or contact Mac McMaster at 360-734-3110.

www.indiegogo.com/projects/mcnett-hunting-with-heroes

McNett Tactical Art Contest

Monday, June 10th, 2013

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McNett Tactical is holding a tactical art contest. Send in any original art, from illustrations to sketches to pics of your tattoos. Not sure what to send in? Pick one of the following themes: ‘Never Forgotten’, ‘Duty, Honor, Country’, ‘Brothers in Arms’, ‘Skulls and Crossbones’, and ‘Unit Logos’ and work from there. Winners are chosen weekly via community voting and prizes include Ultra compact Microfiber Towels, Camo Form camouflage wrap, and Op Drops anti-fog lens cleaner. Finalists receive an additional prize pack, with the overall winner receiving $500 and a chance to have their artwork printed on a Microfiber Towel and sold at retail. Submit your entry at the McNett Tactical Facebook page. Contest ends September 2nd.

www.mcnett.com/tactical/contest/custom-towel/

Outgo Becomes McNett Tactical

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

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McNett’s Outgo line is being rebranded at McNett Tactical. Personally, I like the change. Everyone already knows McNett and it lets them know that these are tactically focused products.

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