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Old 11-21-2008, 10:52 AM
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Default Grundens Clipper/Petrus Foul Weather Gear?

I have searched all over for foul weather gear. It seems that Grundens is recommended by more people than any other brand. Trying to find information about experiences with specific models of Grundens foul weather gear is a different matter.

I do most of my boating in NE FLorida, somewhere between the St. Mary's River and St. Augustine. In the summertime, it's 90+degrees every day, with occasional strong to severe thunderstorms. This time of year, it's in the 40's in the morning, and the rain is pretty cold.

I have looked at the Clipper and Petrus models from Grunden. The Clipper is significantly heavier with a cotton lining, while the Petrus is lighter with a polyester lining.

Clipper:
Fabric: A cotton twill base material (4.7 oz. per yard), coated with a specially formulated PVC (8.5 oz. per yard) for a total weight of 13.2 oz. per yard.

Petrus:
Fabric: A knitted polyester base material (2.6 oz. per yard), laminated to a PVC polyurethane layer (2.4 oz. per yard), for a total weight of 5 oz. per yard.

Because of the PVC outer shell, neither of these models will breathe, making them awfully warm in Jacksonville in July. That same quality would seem to make them pretty nice this time of year - especially the Clipper.

Could anyone share their experience with either of these models of Grundens in hot and cold weather?

Thanks!
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Default Re: Grundens Clipper/Petrus Foul Weather Gear?

Grundens are great, it's what I used when I fished commercially, and the only thing I saw others using. What sucks about PVC is that it doesn't breath, so you'll need a good layer underneath to keep moisture and condensation off your skin. For example, when you work up a sweat and it's cold outside, expect a lot of condensation.
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I use the petrus, cheapest prices are at the rope shop here in Manteo,nc.
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Default Re: Grundens Clipper/Petrus Foul Weather Gear?

How about Frog Togs? Never had them, but I heard that they are good, despite Roland Martin being their spokesperson.
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Default Re: Grundens Clipper/Petrus Foul Weather Gear?

Frog Togs is a wierd fabric thingy. My BIL loves his but he's a bass fisherman. I like my Grundens but it's cold up here. Aqua Skins had an ad in SWS that came in the mail yesterday but I have no other info. For a long time I used my GoreTex pants for fishing and washed them in the machine when I got home. They still work fine.
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Default Re: Grundens Clipper/Petrus Foul Weather Gear?

For cold weather... Grundens, they block wind very very well too. Not breathable which may be a problem in southern states. For lighter weather protection, you could always check with a camping or outdoor sport stores for something that is breathable and water/wind proof. I have a rain jacket from Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) that was cheap, breathable and water proof.
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Default Re: Grundens Clipper/Petrus Foul Weather Gear?

I have great goretex stuff, but the good thing about oilskins is that blood and guts just hose right off.
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Default RE: Grundens Clipper/Petrus Foul Weather Gear?

The reason the Clipper is heavier than the Petrus is because the Petrus has three layers of polyuethane vs two layers on the Clipper.

Grundens are the rain gear of choice of many along the eastern seaboard as well as in the NE, and they are fine for Florida on the cold days of winter, and as "monomoy" said above, blood & guts wash right off.

But in the spring, winter and fall where temperatures are warmer that say say 65-70 degrees, again as monomoy said, you will roast inside a pair of Grundens.

Personally, I have a pair of Grundens that I wear as described above, and I wear Frog Togs at all other times when I need raingear.
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If your wearing them to stay dri it must be cool enough to want to stay dry If it is that hot out getting wet would be welcomed imho I've seen guys cutting fish in shorts then after awhile they will get infections at the bottom of those shorts a pair of slickers will prevent this from ever happening I have the clipper pants and jacket I also have the sund 763 pullover This has neoprene cuffs and the best feature is no seam in the center of the chest for those cold runs
If you want to wash and dry your boat gear after every trip go goretex otherwise get grundens
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Default Re: Grundens Clipper/Petrus Foul Weather Gear?

this maybe a bit out there- but if its a matter of staying dry and keeping comfortable- i'd go with somthing a bit more yachtie-- I've got some Musto bibs and a Musto offshore jacket (gortex/other material)- see www.team1newport.com for examples... I've spent lots of time in soaking rains, heavy weather and never end up wet from either the elements or sweat/condensation. I've had Grundens in the past (clipper) and they keep you dry but not comfortable- on the other side if you plan on gettings lots of blood and guts all over your rain gear I'd definatly go with Grundens though!
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Default RE: Grundens Clipper/Petrus Foul Weather Gear?

I've been using Grundens bibs for the last ten years...the same pair. I finally needed another, but this time I got the Aquaskinz Albatross bib. I got this one because it had a waterproof zipper in the front. What a great idea...

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