Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Long Mike

Rain Gear

Recommended Posts

I've been doing a lot of research lately on waterproof, breathable rain gear.  I've discovered that there are at least five or six companies that are marketing rain suits with new technologies that are equally as good as Gore-Tex, at a much more reasonable price.  If any of you guys have waterproof, breathable rain suits that are not made of Gore-Tex, I would love to have your opinions.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So this is not exactly what you are looking for but i have used both gore and non gore waterproof shells, pants and waders from various manufacturers.

Here is what I have learned. As far as waterproofness goes, they all work. Where you get into differences is in durability and breathability. You also have to look at if the waterproof ability is a membrane or a coating. Coatings wear off membranes generally do not wear out to quickly. Another side note is if you have a waterproof piece of gear and the water is not beading on the outside that does not mean it isn't waterproof but it does decrease breathability.

Gore products breathe a ton better than non gore products. Now the one caveat is in extremely humid environments breathability is not optimal in any garment but gore does perform better.

Personally I only own gore products. Yeah they are more pricey but since I have the same gore xcr rain jacket now for 10 years I cannot complain one bit. I have worn other membrane based products that just didn't hold up to the abuse I put them through.

Good luck in your decision :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I use a frogg toggs jacket and pants. I got the set for under $75. It's comfortable, and light weight.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I use columbia pfg gear, though the set is not cheap it is worth it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Frogg Toggs are the best lightweight, breathable, and affordable rain gear I've ever found. I've had lots of different rain gear, some of them really expensive, but none of them keep me dry like the Frogg Toggs have after several years. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cabelas Guide Wear for cooler times - early spring & fall.  Frog Toggs for late spring, summer, early fall.  The Guide Wear has many pockets.  I have to remember where I put stuff.  Frog Toggs have no pockets.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Frogg Toggs are the best lightweight, breathable, and affordable rain gear I've ever found. I've had lots of different rain gear, some of them really expensive, but none of them keep me dry like the Frogg Toggs have after several years. 

 

 

+1

 

I have the bibs and jacket and for the warmer months It's simply the best I have found. The only Issue I have with Frogg Toggs Is you have to be extremely careful getting in and out of the bibs.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I do a ton of water foul hunting in the rain along with fishing. As far as breathable rain gear goes there are only two products I buy as of right now. Thats Columbia's Omnitech and Goretex. I have wasted so much money on other stuff its ridiculous. Most products last a season and thats about it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Frogg Togg has a new jacket and pants called the "Toadz". It is a lot more durable than the original ones. 

 

With that said, I just picked up a Frabill Stormsuit. I've wanted one since I saw them at ICAST in 2010. To say I love it is an understatement. The Linders helped design it and fixed all the thing I didn't like about my BPS 100mph suit. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Of the Frabill or 100 mph, Which would be better in the colder months out on the lake?

 

I am getting ready to purchase a set and will probably use them mainly in Feb and early March.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cabela's Guidewear

 

I think mine are going on 10 years, but still look practically brand new!

Thats a real life picture of them in my avatar.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have had both the Frogg Toggs rain suit (not very durable over the ong haul) and now use a Frogg Togg Hellbender hip wader with neoprene boots. I cover them up with waterproof SIMMs wading boots and cover my chest with an NRS spalsh top. Whichever option you choose, test the fit and function of the gear with the clothing you will be wearing when you need to put the suit on. Also, all the waterproof gear you put on does absolutely no good if you also don't consider your head, hands and feet! A cold driving rain on the Great Lakes in the spring or fall is no laughing matter. Your extremities can get cold lightning fast if you're not careful and makes for a very uncomfortable and unpleasant day on the water, regardless of your fishing skills or vessel type.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have two rainsuits, the one that stays in the boat is a frogg toggs toads the other is a herters foul tech. I wore the herters in hurricane sandy hunting in ohio for five strait days and never got wet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have the BPS 100MPH suit that I bought 10 or 12 years ago. It has been used a great deal and the only problem with it has been fading a bit. This suit has been abused but has held up extremely well. If I had a complaint would be "it is hot in the summer".

In my opinion there is no substitute for gore tex. I have not found anything that performs as well. But in all fairness and due to past failures I don't try anything else..............................Al

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mike sent you a PM.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I use a Columbia jacket/pants. I don't know the style off hand but it is pretty light weight and very comfortable to wear. I think it was around $100 for the set. I'm very happy with it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Frog Toggs in the boat for emergencies, but when I know I'll be in the rain, I have a Marmot waterproof shell, and a pair of old Guidewear bibs.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well I took the advice on the Frabill stormsuit and ordered some. I also got a SWEET deal. I usually wear an XL in bibs, but I found a jacket in XL and bibs in XXL for $310 shipped to my door.

 

Just couldn't pass it up. Especially after reading about them on this thread.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Many thanks for the replies folks, but Dwight Hottle clued me in on a sale that Cabellas was having.  I just bought a set of Gore-Tex parka and bibs for $265 that normally sell for $570.  Thanks Dwight!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Cabela's Guidewear

 

I think mine are going on 10 years, but still look practically brand new!

Thats a real life picture of them in my avatar.

which model of Guidewear? I see ice, extreme, tidal...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • fishing

    fishing forum

    fishing rods

    fishing reels

    fishing

    bass fish

    fish for bass
    fish

×