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Old 03-04-2016, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by keithelder View Post
I spent a little over $200 for my foul weather gear. That included bib, jacket, and rugged shark boots. I don't know how long it'll last but unless something happens it should last 5+ years at minimum.

5 years would be ideal... I have had the bibs I have now for longer than that, however I also fish more now than I did the first few years I had them. Just seems like the older I get the worse I hate to part with $$$$
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I own a set of the Stormer, incredible gear to say the least, check it out !
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Old 02-02-2021, 06:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Wickedfisha View Post
Iv had my orange grundens for quite some time and they are rugged and ugly. Ith that said, I love them better than the other options. I mostly wear the bibs but they are easy to wash, don't flap as much as other choices like my cabella offshore jacket, and they stay dry. I even use them when I wash my house once a year. I should have got white but i figured the coast guard would find orange faster if God for bid I was swimming and needing help. I think it's more about how much time you want to spend washing the salt residue off and what type of fashion you want.

Hey, I found this thread while searching for tips on how to clean my orange Grunden's Neptune 509 Bib. I have had them for about a year now and have only washed the outside PVC part with some dish soap, hose water and a brush.

I noticed that the inner part is beginning to smell a bit and I'm worried of possible mold/mildew build up. I wanted to know if you ever put your bib in the washing machine and if so, what detergent you used/find works best. I am worried that I will destroy the outer orange PVC material so any advice/tips that you/anyone else can provide would be super helpful. Thanks.
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Forgot to mention this in my last post...but is there any truth to the idea that "washing Grunden's in the washing machine will make them lose their ability to be waterproof?"

I believe that I saw that in another thread on here, and read on the Grunden's website that you should use NikWax TechWash to avoid this. But a ton of reviews on Amazon said that the product had actually destroyed other people's gear and made them lose their waterproofing.

Again, any advice/tips that you can share would be much appreciated and thanks in advance for your help!
Old 02-03-2021, 05:57 AM
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What about boots? sucks muck quit making the deck boots they used to. White with the white bottoms they were amazing, comfortable and warm. All the popular brands now xtra tuff, huk etc arent good when its cold ? fine in warmer weather but what do yall wear when its cold? i found some simms "river bank boots" i havent pulled the trigger on but read nothing but great things. anyone have any experience with these?

Striker also makes great foul weather gear
Old 02-03-2021, 06:54 AM
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I have three requirements for my rain gear.....it must be Gore-Tex, it must be Gore-Tex, and it must be Gore-Tex. Other companies make products that claim to be as good. They are lying.
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y'all gonna laugh but look at the frogg toggs piolt series. I have a camo duck hunting rain shell and its been great. They make fishing specific stuff as well.
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I wear Grundens and Cofish cold weather. There are newer alternatives to Gore-Tex that have higher permeability and waterproof ratings than Gore-Tex. Gore-Tex has always worked well for me but just saying.
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Originally Posted by Greg Manning View Post
I wear Grundens and Cofish cold weather. There are newer alternatives to Gore-Tex that have higher permeability and waterproof ratings than Gore-Tex. Gore-Tex has always worked well for me but just saying.
You could be right....I just have used Gore-Tex since the late 1980s and have never tried anything I thought was better. I routinely check out the used Gore-Tex gear on ebay. Just picked up a pristine knee length LL Bean hooded parka for $45.00, plus $10.00 shipping.
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Originally Posted by wahoo wacker View Post
y'all gonna laugh but look at the frogg toggs piolt series. I have a camo duck hunting rain shell and its been great. They make fishing specific stuff as well.
shoot theyve came a long ways.. a lot of pros use frogg toggs
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Originally Posted by Clarence888 View Post
Forgot to mention this in my last post...but is there any truth to the idea that "washing Grunden's in the washing machine will make them lose their ability to be waterproof?"

I believe that I saw that in another thread on here, and read on the Grunden's website that you should use NikWax TechWash to avoid this. But a ton of reviews on Amazon said that the product had actually destroyed other people's gear and made them lose their waterproofing.

Again, any advice/tips that you can share would be much appreciated and thanks in advance for your help!
Be careful with the TechWash. Save it for the technical fabrics and not the pvc/rubber coated fabrics. It's will damage the latter. I ruined a set of Petrus 116 bibs with it. They got real sticky and the coating started peeling off the backing fabric. Same thing happened on my buddy's west marine brand jacket.

Works great on my Gore-Tex stuff though.
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Old 02-03-2021, 01:12 PM
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For waterproof clothing, generally two types of waterproofing technologies in use - there is barrier technology (waterproof coating) and there is membrane technology (Gore-Tex type materials). Both have come a long way. Membrane garments may also have a waterproof barrier on the outer fabric.
For both, you need to follow the manufacturers recommendations for care, particularly when washing. When storing, you can always throw in a couple of dryer sheets to keep them smelling fresher. Generally, never use fabric softener on any of the waterproof garments.

The key to both is getting them very dry before storing them. This time of year when I am using them frequently, they always hang up in a decent sized storage room with small fan blowing, so they get good ventilation and dry quickly, and between uses. I won't fold them up to store until it warms to the point I don't need them that often, and when packed away, they are totally dry.

Generally have used Grunden's, but recently got a pair of Simm bibs for inshore use, and will use the Grunden's mostly for ocean and offshore uses.
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I've got the fairly inexpensive Grundens Weatherwatch bibs and jacket. I layer up under that as needed. If it's too cold and wet for that setup, my boat is staying home......
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Anything that is using Gore-Tex. Guaranteed to keep you dry.
Old 02-03-2021, 04:42 PM
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Just buy GILL and be done, have had the same jacket and bibs for 15 years... Still performing like they should!
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I think a lot of the decision comes down to how you use your gear. Funny that there hasn't been any debate between buying a jacket or a smock (pull over with a neck seal). From the bottoms side, you can buy pants, bibs, or salopettes. Pants go to your waste, bibs have elastic shoulder straps and salopettes go over your shoulders. It's worth taking a look at the variations as they are all very different and you may find a slightly different design better fits your needs.

My rule of thumb since I find myself in open boats is that bibs and a smock are the way to go. It's nice to have that seal around my neck if I'm getting rained on or taking heavy spray for long periods of time. If I'm in a bigger boat, a jacket with a hood (must have a hood) is a nice and more comfortable choice. If I'm only going to get wet occasionally, I like foul weather pants with nothing over the shoulders. The reason for me is back pain. I injured my back a long time ago and the compression from those elastic straps is rough on it.

Good boots are the other crucial thing. They need to be comfortable but not make you a klutz. And, they actually need to be waterproof. I suspect that most boots are trustworthy here, but my problem is keeping gear longer than I should and finding those cracks in my boots let the water in on a cold day.

I buy stuff from Henri Lloyd and Gill mostly. For my uses, they have a line of gear that matches and I usually just buy the most expensive pair that I am willing to pay for. With that said, I don't think I have any gore-tex gear. I'm just too cheap.
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Originally Posted by Clarence888 View Post
Forgot to mention this in my last post...but is there any truth to the idea that "washing Grunden's in the washing machine will make them lose their ability to be waterproof?"

I believe that I saw that in another thread on here, and read on the Grunden's website that you should use NikWax TechWash to avoid this. But a ton of reviews on Amazon said that the product had actually destroyed other people's gear and made them lose their waterproofing.

Again, any advice/tips that you can share would be much appreciated and thanks in advance for your help!
I’ve thrown my Grundens in the washing machine once, when they were well beyond hosing out and wiping down. They came out clean and work just as well. All I had was tide.
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