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best light weight rain gear? #11532428 04/10/16 04:30 PM
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After getting very wet and freezing yesterday which cut my fishing day short I decided to donate my
"Frog Toggs" raingear. They let me down big time. I figure this forum is the best way to determine what the best light weight rain gear is. So friends what rain gear would you recommend based upon your personal experience?


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Re: best light weight rain gear? [Re: Allfish] #11532543 04/10/16 05:38 PM
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You said you were also freezing yesterday, which I understand after getting wet. But, you should understand that to ask for "light weight" raingear, you are asking for gear that affords the most comfort on a TX lake in July. Such raingear generally has a very thin inner liner and can seem quite cold when its raining in milder weather. Of course, you can compensate for this by buying a size with ample room for layering underneath. This is usually the most reasonable option from an economic standpoint.

The ones most mentioned as "the best rainwear" aren't really lightweight (BPS 100mph, Cabela's standard Guidewear). Very few would try to argue they are a good match for July in TX. They are great products, but you'll sweat like a pig because they are just too heavy/thick once it warms up some. If you talk to the seller's product experts, they'll admit this and suggest something lighter for all-around use, especially in the South.

One thing you'll want to decide is do you want bibs or pants? Bibs offer better protection but are obviously less comfortable once the weather heats up. I went with a bibs set, but later bought a pair of lighter weight goretex rain-pants when I found some for a decent clearance/sale price. Once the weather warms, I can wear the parka/pants combo. If it's 95 degrees and I get a little water on me if I bend over, I'm not too worried.

I have been extremely pleased with my Cabela's Bass Guidewear raingear. It is very lightweight when compared to the ones mentioned earlier. The prices are almost stupid, though. I bought mine from the Cabela's bargain cave when the new model must have had some graphics or other small design change. I never did figure out any difference, but saved almost 50%. I also looked at BPS Pro Qualifier raingear, and it was a bit less expensive, but also a tad heavier than the Cabela's Bass Guidewear. I was concerned it would be hotter in the summer. Cabelas has their Bass Guidewear in their bargain cave now, under men's casual clothing.

Cabela's Tourney Trail raingear is nice (and cheaper), but it's heavy, and would not be a very good year-round choice for Texas weather. I own a set of this I wear when its cold, actually.

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Goretex


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Gander Mountain worked for me yesterday on the rain... i was completely dry.

http://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/pr...ib&i=433110

http://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/pr...et&i=433109

they will not break the bank


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my $19 frog tog set worked great yeasterday. I have the blue h20 suit for fall thru late spring, after that i buy a new set of FT every year and put em in the boat( i also have a set under the truck seat) when we have days like yesterday they work fine with a hoodie on under them.

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Originally Posted By: Rudy Lackey
Goretex


That's not a rainsuit brand - it's a fabric technology brand from W. L. Gore and Associates. ....I'm sure there are 1000s of rainsuits made with it, as are all of the ones I mentioned as candidates.

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I'm on my second pair of Kool Dri bibs and jacket. 1st pair only lasted me 10-15 yrs...

https://www.kooldrirainwear.com/




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A large trash bag with holes cut for your head and arms.

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Cabelas PacLite

I've had mine for almost 10 years, well worth the money

http://www.cabelas.com/product/clothing/men-s-casual-clothing/men-s-rainwear/men-s-rainwear-jackets-parkas|/pc/104797080/c/104746680/sc/104522580/i/104091480/cabela-s-men-s-rainy-river-reg-parka-with-gore-tex-174-paclite-reg-150-regular/1907757.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fmens-rainwear-jackets-parkas%2F_%2FN-1100878%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104091480

I've never gotten wet through them. They are good from 60-80 degrees I'd say. Colder than that you might need a couple layers. Warmer than that, I'll probably just deal with being wet.

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I didn't care for the frog togs...kept a set stashed in the boat and after the first year they basically fell apart. But since you asked I have been having the discussion with myself...and I can't seem to come up with anything that will beat the 20 plus year old military grade goretex stuff, that was given to me as a present. they are starting to show some age, but to save my life(literally and figuratively), I can't find anything that works any better, from an all around perspective...seems all the products currently offered are cheap junk or way overpriced almost decent stuff. If you truly come up with something well worth the money...Let me know...

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Originally Posted By: PondFish
A large trash bag with holes cut for your head and arms.


Been there, done that...works in a pinch, pretty well actually...just get the heavy mil type!

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The new generation of fabrics with a laminated membrane will keep you dry and offer good ventilation without being as heavy as Goretex.

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I think marmot makes the best rain gear for the money. Durable, light, very breathable. The Precip jacket and pants have kept me comfortable for years.

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Originally Posted By: D Miner
The new generation of fabrics with a laminated membrane will keep you dry and offer good ventilation without being as heavy as Goretex.


Such as.....??

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Originally Posted By: D Miner
The new generation of fabrics with a laminated membrane will keep you dry and offer good ventilation without being as heavy as Goretex.


Without being as "heavy" as Gore-Tex? Exactly how "heavy" do you think Gore-Tex is? (Weight varies depending on which exact version one is addressing.) Actual "Gore-Tex" is a synthetic membrane of incredibly microscopic thickness that must always be bonded to at least one laminate surface. The weight of the bonding surface is what really determines the final weight of the garment. I'd be willing to venture that the Gore-Tex in an entire adult parka with hood weighs only a small faction of an ounce.

The pac-weight products sold by many suppliers (such as one mentioned earlier in the thread) are products where the manufacturer has focused on making a 2-layer laminate (instead of 3 layer) to focus on making the finished product as lightweight as possible. Other finished products add heavier and more durable layers for insulation and product ruggedness, for instance. It certainly isn't the Gore-Tex membrane making those products "heavier".

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