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Old 03-03-2016, 06:03 PM
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I am looking into purchasing a new set of foul weather gear and quite honestly I am not 100% on what I want to get. I would like something that is durable, breathabale and able to withstand several seasons of the abuse we put our gear through offshore fishing....

Currently I have a 8 year old set of Helle Hanson bibs and use an old black columbia rain coat... It occurred to me last year fishing the Bone Sucking Sauce tourney that if I fell over board I would be very hard to spot with dark clothing on...

So enlighten me, what is everyone wearing when the weather goes to shit?
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I wear Gill offshore gear. It has a hi-viz hood with reflectors. I do make sure what ever gear I purchase can be washed or removed quickly if I do get dunked. Several years of sailing dingy's taught me this.
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West Marine Third Reef rain jacket.
Not going to miss me if I fall overboard. ....... ICM
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I just did some research and got new stuff in on Wednesday. I went with Grudens Gage in yellow. And I went with Rugged Shark white boots.
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Thanks guys,

How true is the size in each of these jackets?
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West Marine loves you guys!!!! I am a professional guide out of Seward Ak. Do not get me wrong, it is great to have the best gear on the market. I run over 90 charters each summer out of Seward and I buy my gear from the bargain section from several different suppliers. I check Cabelas, BPS, and Sportsmans Guide, I also check Men net and twine. It is not about how long it will last, it is about how cheap you can get it. I am going to wear it out no matter how good it is. Cabelas has got some great 80.00 bibs right now for 40.00 Thats how we do it. peace.
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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.
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I've got orange grundens. They are great. When you get home hose off and hang up to dry. I've had mine for six or so years and don't have any rips or tears only thing is if you wear them in the summer they are freaking hot.
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Look at Huk. Great products.
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The Huk stuff is great. Had some sizing issues on the first run, but the new stuff is awesome.

www.HukGear.com

They are running a 25% off special on foul weather gear until 3/6.
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Originally Posted by Cakilack View Post
Thanks guys,

How true is the size in each of these jackets?
The grudens you have to go up one size on both bib and jacket. Meant to say that. I wear an XXL tshirt and got 3XL. Everything fits. Same thing for Rugged Shark boots.
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Originally Posted by Cakilack View Post
I am looking into purchasing a new set of foul weather gear and quite honestly I am not 100% on what I want to get. I would like something that is durable, breathabale and able to withstand several seasons of the abuse we put our gear through offshore fishing....

Currently I have a 8 year old set of Helle Hanson bibs and use an old black columbia rain coat... It occurred to me last year fishing the Bone Sucking Sauce tourney that if I fell over board I would be very hard to spot with dark clothing on...

So enlighten me, what is everyone wearing when the weather goes to shit?
Have you looked at Artic Armor? About $400 a suit (a 3 season jacket runs about $150) and these have built-in upright floatation. May not be the best for warmer weather but I think they would be ideal for right now.
I like the Cabela's Guidewear system. I got the non-insulated set to cover fall and spring and just throw a pair of Drakes bibs underneath to cover winter. Have not been cold yet.
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I have the yellow Calcutta foul weather jacket an bibs for several years. So far so good, holding up well and reasonably priced.
http://www.calcuttafishingstore.com/...-3098-0001.htm
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Originally Posted by Youngin19 View Post
The Huk stuff is great. Had some sizing issues on the first run, but the new stuff is awesome.

www.HukGear.com

They are running a 25% off special on foul weather gear until 3/6.

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Anybody tried the Stormr Gear? http://stormrusa.com/products/

I like to be different so no Huk for me.
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I've been wearing the Stormr since they came out. Purchased the new fusion jacket and can't be more happy with it. Excellent quality and has not leaked when I was out in a driving rain for 3 hours. I had to trim back the neoprene cuffs which are tight out of the package. I also have other Stormr jackets, gloves, beanies and socks. Like them all.
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Originally Posted by cabissi View Post
I've been wearing the Stormr since they came out. Purchased the new fusion jacket and can't be more happy with it. Excellent quality and has not leaked when I was out in a driving rain for 3 hours. I had to trim back the neoprene cuffs which are tight out of the package. I also have other Stormr jackets, gloves, beanies and socks. Like them all.
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I have been looking at the Gundens for a couple years and just haven't pulled the trigger as my gear was working for me... I was always curious about breathing, I hate being hot, sticky and wet... I feel I can always add layers if it gets cold, but it is what is on the outside layer that keeps you dry.

I have also been following the HUK products for a while now and just was not sure of the quality? They sure think a lot of it and that is the same with the Storm gear... I do not mind investing in quality as I completely appreciate breathable, waterproof technology. I just want to be certain that whatever I end up with is durable to put up with my usage for several years... I am not interested in replacing a $600 rain suit in 2 years......
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Originally Posted by Ice Cream Man View Post
West Marine Third Reef rain jacket.
Not going to miss me if I fall overboard. ....... ICM
One of the best in the game right there! Thanks ICM
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Originally Posted by Cakilack View Post
I have been looking at the Gundens for a couple years and just haven't pulled the trigger as my gear was working for me... I was always curious about breathing, I hate being hot, sticky and wet... I feel I can always add layers if it gets cold, but it is what is on the outside layer that keeps you dry.

I have also been following the HUK products for a while now and just was not sure of the quality? They sure think a lot of it and that is the same with the Storm gear... I do not mind investing in quality as I completely appreciate breathable, waterproof technology. I just want to be certain that whatever I end up with is durable to put up with my usage for several years... I am not interested in replacing a $600 rain suit in 2 years......
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.

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