When Dale Lewis established Fortress Clothing, the company made a lightweight, breathable layer of insulation for clothing worn by the men and women who work in oil fields and on construction sites in temperatures that can dip to -50°F. And yet the clothing was still comfortable in indoor temperatures up to 60°F. Then he thought, “What about the people who do not work in such harsh environments? They get cold too!” So he scaled back the patented technology and made the material thinner, lighter, less restrictive and more versatile and produced insulated base layers, jackets, pants, balaclavas and gloves—all of which are comfortable and warm at temperatures that range from -5°F to 70°F.
The base layers (the BasePro line) insulate the vital parts of your body to keep your core warm. Wear under a shell, coat or sweater—wear under whatever you want! You will no longer need those layers and layers of clothing that have you waddling around like a penguin. Besides, bulky layers make you sweat and sweat makes you cold and wet. The material in BasePro is a four-way stretch brushed polyester that feels really nice against the skin. The reinforced stitching ensures durability regardless of how demanding the activity.
Fortress BasePro won both “Best New Product 2018” and “Best in Show” at the WorldWide Winter Show held by the suppliers of more than 3,000 vendors in the United States and Canada that deal in outdoor products.
Fortress hit some bumps along the way. Instead of becoming discouraged, Dale used the setbacks to improve the product and its production. He left a manufacturing company that could not meet his high standards and hired a world-class designer that led the search to find the very best manufacturing, sourcing and assembly facilities in the world. The clothing is formulated and designed in the United States and manufactured by various companies around the world that have the same high standards as Dale does. More than anything, Fortress stands for excellence in all things.
Fortress Clothing is designed for protection, mobility, strength and durability—and not only for the outdoor adventurers of the world. The paragliding community are big fans, as are hunters and fly-fishermen. Skiers, snowboarders, ice hockey players, airline baggage handlers, the military and the police. The list goes on and on, right up to survivalists and preppers. But Fortress also keeps people warm without cumbersome bulk while doing everyday activities, such as shoveling the sidewalk or walking the dog,
Dale gives back to his community by generously donating Fortress Gear to homeless shelters.