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Sorry as idk where this thread belongs but I’m looking at gettin a official rain gear/cold weather gear for early spring and fall fishing. I don’t fish when the temps dip into freezing so anything that will keep me dry and warm from temps as low as 40 will be fine. I looked at the gore tex stuff but all I find around here is ice fishing gear that’s super heavy. I want something water proof and warm but not super heavy. Any suggestions anyone ? Price range is around 300$ for both jacket and bibs. 

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I never buy rain gear for warmth. I buy regular rain gear and if it gets cold, I wear layers underneath.  That way, I only need one rain suit instead of two. 

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I like the carhartt storm defender bibs and jacket should be around 250 for both together. There the most durable imo.

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1 minute ago, Scott F said:

I never buy rain gear for warmth. I buy regular rain gear and if it gets cold, I wear layers underneath.  That way, I only need one rain suit instead of two. 

Yeah I’m looking to get one suit that does both. And @sully420 thanks I’ll take a look at those. They aren’t super heavy ?

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22 minutes ago, Ksam1234 said:

Sorry as idk where this thread belongs but I’m looking at gettin a official rain gear/cold weather gear for early spring and fall fishing. I don’t fish when the temps dip into freezing so anything that will keep me dry and warm from temps as low as 40 will be fine. I looked at the gore tex stuff but all I find around here is ice fishing gear that’s super heavy. I want something water proof and warm but not super heavy. Any suggestions anyone ? Price range is around 300$ for both jacket and bibs. 

I'm glad you have asked this. I've spent hours the last few days trying to research this very question. 

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1 minute ago, Bassin' Brad said:

I'm glad you have asked this. I've spent hours the last few days trying to research this very question. 

Yeah! Everything I find is either made for ice fishing ! Or just rain gear with nothing to keep me warm. I don’t wanna have tons of layers , specially in spring where it could be 40 in the morning then sun and 60 later. 

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2 minutes ago, Ksam1234 said:

Yeah I’m looking to get one suit that does both. And @sully420 thanks I’ll take a look at those. They aren’t super heavy ?

No there not super heavy, I have 2 sets one I use for work, i work outside all year in Minnesota, the other for fishing. I just wear Jean's and long johns under when cold. I use froggtoggs pants and a Colombia rain jacket in the summer I got for 20 bucks each.

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12 minutes ago, Scott F said:

I never buy rain gear for warmth. I buy regular rain gear and if it gets cold, I wear layers underneath.  That way, I only need one rain suit instead of two. 

This. It's cheaper to layer and remove layers as the day gets warmer. Otherwise, you've buying cold/snow gear that's only good whenever it's super cold out. And then you still need a rain suit for the summer months. 

 

The good thing about most standard rain suits is they cut the wind really well (more so than a cotton hoddie or the likes). I wear my rain suit a good bit in the spring and late fall for this reason alone. 

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I have a Carhartt Maybe rainjacket that's surprisingly warm and wasn't too expensive, and I can add layers underneath. The downside about this over getting a lighter one is that I really could use a lighter rainjacket in the summer.

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6 minutes ago, fishballer06 said:

This. It's cheaper to layer and remove layers as the day gets warmer. Otherwise, you've buying cold/snow gear that's only good whenever it's super cold out. And then you still need a rain suit for the summer months. 

 

The good thing about most standard rain suits is they cut the wind really well (more so than a cotton hoddie or the likes). I wear my rain suit a good bit in the spring and late fall for this reason alone. 

Then I guess what is a good rain suit ? @Scott F I heard about Simms I think but those are pricey 

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17 minutes ago, Ksam1234 said:

Then I guess what is a good rain suit ? @Scott F I heard about Simms I think but those are pricey 

 

I have two rain suits. The Frabill F3 series, and the Huk All-Weather series. Huk completely revamped their lineup for 2019, so I don't know that you can get the Huk suit that I have any more. 

 

But I'll put it this way. If you want a good set that will last you for many years, be prepared to shell out $2-300. If you want a high end set, be ready to drop $4-600.

 

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I've been using Carhartt Men's Shoreline Bib Overalls for a while and really like them.  I use them all year long.  The full length leg zippers make on/off easy and the zipper fly is a huge plus in my book.  For a jacket, I use an older Gill offshore sailing jacket with adjustments everywhere and cuffs on the arms and waist.  I picked it up on sale for like $300 about 15 years ago. It is a tad warm in the summer but has some vents to help.

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Stormr Typhoon set is like 200 per piece.  It's great for April,May,Sept,Oct,Nov fishing up here.  June-August I use the light $100ish Stormr shell.

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Frogg toggs has rain gear with removable insulated liners. Not very expensive either. Cheaper than the bass pro shops brand I was looking at.

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The lady friend got me a set of the Simms Challenger jacket and bibs for Christmas 2 years ago.  They are very light weight and comfortable, yet keep you warm and dry.  In the summer they do get a tad toasty for my liking,  but I'm fine with no rain gear in a warm rain. 

 

Never looked at the price before,  looks like I'll be making dinner tonight to say thank you again. 

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Wait for a sale on Cabela's Guidewear. That's what I am wearing in my avatar

more than a decade ago. Bibs and a jacket still good as new!

 

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IMO rain gear must match up to the weather or else you're uncomfortable.   Me, I solved that problem by getting several sets of rain gear.  Early spring - late fall -temps under 50 degrees I have a set of Cabelas Guide Wear - purchased 2000 or 2001, somewhere in there.  Still in good shape, all the zippers work.   Spread the expense over 18 years (and still counting) and great foul weather rain gear becomes pretty cheap.  I don't get to go fishing all that often, but I will wear this suit 6 or 7 times per year, give or take.  Late spring - summer - early fall I like the Frogg Toggs.

Windproof - just as water repellent as the Guide Wear - adjust clothes underneath to current weather conditions.

I've been in pretty heavy cloudbursts in July 90 degree weather give or take and been fine.  When the rain stops you might want to unzip or you'll start sweating.   Frogg Toggs can be fragile so pay attention to where it rubs on seats & stuff and getting hooks stuck in it.  Not a big issue, but something to remember.  So that is how I deal with rain gear.  Unless you live somewhere where it is the same temperature all the time, I don't think you can comfortably get by with one set and in my case, taking reasonable care of the gear has resulted in it lasting for a while now.

 

While we're on the subject, rain gear and cold weather gear isn't necessarily the same.  Cold weather gear involves a good hat, gloves/mittens/ warm socks,  waterproof footwear, etc.   MY advice for that is to buy an assortment of it and keep it in the fishing truck and use as needed.

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I have & use two sets - one is 100 % Gortex Cabela Guidewear bibbs & jacket and the other is HUK, (last years version) bibbs & jacket.

 

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The Gortex is better at keeping me totally dry, but the HUK is pretty close and is more comfortable.

Both are excellent 'windbreakers' for long cold wet runs across big open water.

By layering under them, I can use either the entire open water season, from the very beginning to the very end. 

If you plan on being out in the weather, do yourself a favor and invest in a product that will meet or exceed your expectations.

You'll be glad you did.

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A-Jay

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I prefer one rainsuit and layer under for warmth. I got frogg toggs, but bought them one size larger than i needed to accomdate layers underneath. 

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Don't forgot to keep your head warm too with StormR neoprene beanie. I've found early/late season fishing much more tolerable since I bought one.

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I spent countless hours researching new rain gear over the last 12 months.  My advice is to really scour the net.  You can find some great deals if you put the time in. You shouldn't have too difficult of a time piecing together a 3-layer rain suit for around $300.  Believe me, you really want a 3-layer suit.  If you get wet when it's below 50, your day is done.

 

While I don't have personal experience with most of these, the specs are good and within your price range:

 

https://www.carhartt.com/products/carhartt-clearance/Force-Extremes-Shoreline-Angler-Bib-Overall-OUT-102380

https://www.carhartt.com/products/carhartt-clearance/Force-Extremes-Shoreline-Angler-Jacket-OUT-102407

 

https://www.sierra.com/grundens-dark-and-stormy-fishing-bib-overalls-waterproof-for-men-and-big-men~p~650kw/?filterString=s~grundens%2F#reviewsSection

 

https://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Frogg_Toggs_Pilot_II_Jacket/descpage-FPTJ.html

https://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Frogg_Toggs_Pilot_II_Guide_Bib/descpage-FTPB.html

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I went down this path like other have here.  I ended up getting a nice Columbia jacket and pants with Omni-tech for less than $100 on sale.  Waterproof and breathable.  I layer underneath.  Works for me.

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@Ksam1234

 

Huk is offering 25 % off all their rain gear 

Use code RAIN25

 

https://www.hukgear.com/

 

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A-jay

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