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Old 09-26-2005, 09:57 PM
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What is a good type of foul weather gear?
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A Mustang survival suit......the jacket at least.
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I like the West Marine Explorer Offshore gear....it keeps the elements out and it is reasonably priced.
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Check the sailboat racing specialty shops for blowboat fowlies. Blowboats are notorious for being wet, so their fowl weather gear is some of the best out there. GoreTex is used almost exclusively in their gear, so the stuff will breathe and you won't steam in your own sweat (like you will in Grudens).

My stuff came from the Chapin Company, and was recommended by a blowboat racer friend of mine. Gill makes some good stuff too, and might be easier for you to find locally.

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Old 09-27-2005, 02:16 PM
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This is a good question as I've tried alot of the foul weather jackets out there as well as the pants. For one, I wouldn't go with a waterproofing that is sprayed on the inside of the nylon, like West Marine's stuff is. What happens is the coating wears away after the user has articulated/moved his/her arms in the jacket and when water hits that part of the shoulder/elbow, there is no more coating and one gets wet. Some mfg's use a coating on the outside of the fabric that lasts and is more permanent, like Henri Lloyd. I have a pair of their Breeze pants that I use for fishing/boating and I also use them for snowmobiling in the winter, now talk about getting mileage out of a pair of pants. I ride these pants hard, always scurrying around the decks of all the boats I fish on and at night, use them for landscaping in the rain and snowblowing the driveway, and on the snowmobile, no wind gets though and no snow, melted snow or water gets in the pants, I would recommend for under $100, I can't beat them.

Any Gore-Tex jacket/upper is good, however, as the GT is a membrane, there is often an outer layer of some type of nylon/cordura on the outside that will get wet and soak up the moisture unless there is a coating on the outside as well.

Someone had mentioned going for dingy/sailboat wear as those guys get really wet and wish to stay dry. I'm considering the Shadow jacket from Henri Lloyd as it is about $250 and as I'm happy with their pants, I'm sure I'd love the jacket as I can't stand all the gaudy colors that exist for many foul-weather jackets out there.

Of course, a PVC coated/rubber jacket is the best but they don't breathe and can be bulky/cumbersome.

I'd start out with a search of "foul-weather gear" on the net and see where it gets you, I've done it, then get thee to a store to see the stuff first hand. Good luck on your search and let us know what you get.
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Grundens or Guy Cotton. Both are exceptional.
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I finally stepped up to Cabela's "Guide Gear" last year, and so far it's been very satisfactory. It might be the most durable I've ever owned. Since I didn't need the insulated version, I bought uninsulated, and on those days it's cold, I wear wool underneath. It's not cheap, but I got tired of having rainwear blow out on ugly days.A friend uses Filson (not the tin, but the lighter weight) rainwear, and he likes it too. It's even more expensive than the Cabela's, but "Might As Well Have the Best..."
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As a Blow boater, it all comes down to what you want to wear.

For Fishing, and working, I have the Grundens. Fantastic for keeping dry, but hate to do any moving in it as it is hot and limited. Gill, Musto, and Henri Lloyd make excellent stuff in a huge range of prices. The Breathable stuff is well worth it if you are doing a lot of moving and sweating. It really does work.

Best way to find top shelf stuff that will not kill your wallet is to get stuff that is a few years old (like ski's) Call around to your local stores that supply sailors, and see what they have lying around they want to get rid of. Also mail order places like Annapolis Performance Sailing, and Team One in Newport are usually a good source for older stuff.

Hope this helps. Also sailing gear comes in a huge range from Offshore (sail around the world) gear to Dinghy (never out of sight of land) All depends on what you are looking for in terms of warmth and prolinged exposure as well as cost.

Good luck.

One thing to note is that the breathable stuff gers dirty VERY easily as it a fabric, and not a plastic. So fishing in good gear would be like offroading in a Porsche. Comfy, but it will NEVER be the same......
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Grundens, IMHO.
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i cannot stand the yellow foul weather gear most fishermen wear, and i do love quality, so we shopped for good quality gear that would stand up to hard fishing. we shopped around and got all our gear on sale (mostly at boat u.s.) and have gil gear from my size all the way down to pee wee sizes for little micha. i have to say we are completely happy with everything so far.

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Its time for the cold/wet fall striper season...if given a choice grundens or cabela's guide wear?
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Those gaudy colors are used for a reason, batman.

I have Gill and am very impressed - gaudy yellow.
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I personally wear my North Face or Mountain Hardware hiking clothing. For me...underarm pit-zips are a must!!

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Eventually the DWR can be worn off the garment by normal use. The rain no longer beads up on the fabric. This is referred to as 'wet out'. The outer fabric can then become saturated with rain. The wearer may feel damp and clammy due to the conductive and evaporative heat loss from the body to the garment. 'Wet out' may even cause condensation to form on the inside of the garment, and the wearer will perceive that the garment is leaking. So, Good DWR maximizes comfort.

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I have helly hanson paid 22 dollars in 96 4 years as a mate and an avid weekend fisherman plus I wear it at work No rips one broken snap (I'm bigger now) and I still have the 100 bucks I would've spent on grunden's or guy cotton These are more rugged but if you take care of your gear the helly stuff works well for alot less
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Those gaudy colors are used for a reason, batman.

I have Gill and am very impressed - gaudy yellow.
I have the Gill Atlantic model (near the top end of their line). I am an old blowboat sailor and really appreciate good foul weather gear. Having said all that, my center console isn't so wet that it taxes the gear much at all -- at least so far. We did have one wet day on DE Bay with a strong wind against the current which kicked up the sea and it was raining to boot. Really liked the breathable gear that day !

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I bought a set of gear by Columbia. (Bright yellow ) and have been very happy with it. The jacket part has the feature where you can zip in a fleece liner for the really cold days. While it does not use the brand name Gore Tex, it is of a similar, breathable membrane.
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Being and avid "blow boater" I love my Gill Key West I only have the jacket right now but it is the bomb. Breathable in the summer and warm enough in the winter. Gill is an excellent company to deal with as well great about standing behind their product for LIFE. Is a little pricey but well worth it

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Cabelas Guide wear would get my vote. When I bought mine it had and has a life time warranty. Used in Canada during rain, sleet, snow (which usually occurs all the same day while I'm fall fishing) gets covered with bait and fish guts and come out looking great after washing per gore tex instructions. Good reinforced areas for wear and can be had with a thinsulite lining if you want. I have two jackets one thinsulite on not along with bibs going on 6 years old and they still look like new. Not cheap, but I know Cabelas will stand behind them if I have a problem.

Even bringing the lite suit to fla with me for the winter, just hope I don't have to use it due to one of those "NAMED STORMS".

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