By Dan Durbin
Who knew fishing clothing would go high-tech? Several manufacturers today are tackling the need to keep the sun’s rays at bay, and rain on the other side of the garment. You want to stay dry, but not feel like you’re baking like a crab that can’t discard its non-breathable shell.
While most of us reading this article have long lost out shot a modeling, we all need to keep our skin safe, and that goes far beyond just applying lotion. These clothing options can help you with that.
The new Buoy X Gore-Tex Jacket and Bib utilizes Gore-Tex three-layer laminate which is a 150-denier face fabric treated with C6 DWR for maximum water beading performance and avoids wet-out from contamination via oil, blood, or fish slime. The result is the burliest Gore-Tex garments ever produced for the fishing industry. The jacket includes neoprene shingled cuffs in the sleeves, dual zippered storage pockets, and a kill switch anchor among other fishing-centric features.
The bibs use Grundéns adjustable suspenders, a Grundéns removable belt, and water diversion system at the front lower closure.
These performance rain gear items may not look as “fancy” as others on the market, but the guts of their design means they won’t back down from the Bering Sea, much less your local river, Lake of The Woods, or the Great Lakes.
Outdoorsmen and women know there are times when staying dry is a necessity, not an option. For lady anglers who need to stay dry and comfortable, Blackfish Gear offers the Surge Women’s Rain Suit and for men the new Men’s Torrent Rain Suit is the latest addition to the line of technical gear for anglers.
The Torrent and Surge Rain Jacket and Bibs are designed with EquiDry Technology, a Breathable Waterproof System designed to keep water out, while enabling body heat and vapors to escape. This system offers 10K breathability and 10K waterproof ratings, resulting in a 100% waterproof, comfortable garment.
St. Croix’s lightweight and stylish performance hoodie offers ideal protection from the wind and sun. Made from a 90% polyester/10% spandex performance blend that is moisture wicking, quick drying and antimicrobial, additional technical features include UPF 50+ sun protection, stain protection and side mesh panels for added breathability and comfort.
The new Mossy Oak Elements is a family of patterns using core elements of earth, water, and wind. These elements were fused to create multi-directional, photo realistic images that disrupt the human outline – making it great for spooky clearwater fish. Moisture-wicking helps you feel dry while UV protection shields you from the sun.
For chilly spring fishing, the Men’s Flux Melange Bonded Fleece Jacket is perfect. It’s styled with a tone-on-tone front zipper and stitching with matching Rapala logo. The chest pocket has an invisible zipper while lower pockets feature contrast reverse coil zippers. Also handy is an audio port access via the inside left pocket, and an adjustable cord on the bottom can be synched to provide a custom fit.
The Rogue Wave Boot is a full neoprene-lined rubber upper that hugs your foot yet is extremely durable. A molded footbed offers support for your ankle and heavy duty pull tabs let you pull them on with ease. To prevent scuffing up your boat deck, GripX Wet traction is a non-marking outsole to make sure you don’t.
The new Diego is the most feature-laden, highly engineered frame the company has ever produced. It has a vented hinge system to maximize airflow and comfort coupled with vented nose pads to reduce fogging. And integrated top and side shields block light for sight fishing and overall protection while a sweat management system cools and wicks away moisture. The Diego also includes flexible and keeper-ready temple tips to enhance fit for a custom feel.
They come with Costa’s color-enhancing 580 lens technology in both Lightwave glass or impact-resistant polycarbonate, which provides 100 percent UV protection and polarization. This lens technology selectively filters harsh yellow light for superior contrast and definition while absorbing high-energy blue light to cut haze and enhance sharpness.
Hands are the most important tool in our kit so protect them with the SolarFlex SunGlove. From hot sun to fast moving line, these lightweight gloves extend the range of what your hands can handle without compromising knot tying or line handling dexterity. Extended cuffs meet your shirt sleeves for full sun coverage and the breathable stretch fabric provides practical coverage for hard-working hands.
Don’t forget about your face and neck either with a SunGaiter. Built from sun-blocking SolarFlex UPF 50 stretch fabric, this lightweight, breathable gaiter sports Coolcore technology can lower the surface temperature up to 30% when wet.