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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-22-2019, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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new rain gear needed..........

I know many of you do a bit of ocean fishing/crabbing, and for that you need good, dependable rain gear.

My old rain bibs broke down on me last week (seams are shot), so I'm hunting new bibs.

It seems a lot has changed over the years, so I'm interested in hearing what others have to say about 100% rainproof bibs for salmon trolling, crabbing, etc.

I don't think nylon surfaced pants will do because salmon slime and crab crap will stain and permeate the material, after which I won't even be fit for burying by the cat!

What brand/style do you like, and why?


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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-23-2019, 12:10 AM
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Helly Hansen old style coated rain gear. Because it has lasted 25+ years. Even pheasant hunting in a downpour and duck hunting in western Washington.

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since i do all of my ocean fishing/crabbing out of a kayak(far north of the gate), i wear a Kokatat dry suit, so not much help there, but seems all my boater friends seem to wear Grundens bibs/jackets etc, and seem to be comfortable, cameron
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Hard to best Grundens!
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-09-2019, 09:45 PM
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If we are talking bibs, Helly Hansen are just about bombproof and would be my first choice in the salt fisheries. But, if you include a waterproof coat in the mix, I would go with the best breathable your money can buy that doesn't drive you into financial insolvency. I swear by Gore-Tex, having spent far too many hours and days working in torrential cold rains and sweating my buns off in non-breathable rain gear, only to suffer serious chills once my clothes had become wet from the sweat. Being able to shed this moisture while keeping the rain out is my number #1 technology invention of my time as it pertains to the outdoors. As a former carpenter, hunter and fisherman in western Washington, nothing impacted my outdoors experience as much as it did. Frankly I am surprised I didn't name my first born Gore-Tex! I rate Gore-Tex up there with the personal computer, internet, Harleys, Hooters and graphite blanks.
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For use as bibs whilst sea fishing from a rocky south west Wales coast exposed to the Atlantic (& the "interesting variations" of weather it comes up with), I just cut the neoprene feet off a knackered pair of breathable chest waders, Aquasure the seams & any holes / leaks & carry on until they die which time the next pair of Hi-Tech breathable wonder chest waders have given up to ghost!

So a low cost & (seemingly) inexhaustible supply of second use garments are available.

(I remember when even the cheap breathable waders lasted 3 - 4 seasons, now even the expensive ones fail to match I just cynical or does this seem planned to increase sales/ profits?.....

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66 North makes some really nice stuff.
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