I've had the L.L. Bean Emerger II wading jacket for, sheesh, has it really been 7 years now? It's a pretty good jacket, has most of the bells and whistles of many of the more expensive jackets, but under a bill. I did notice this year that the Velcro tabs at the cuffs are starting to peel off a bit, but as I almost never use them, I guess that's still okay.
Another nice thing about it is the lifetime warranty. I sent it back one time about 3 years ago to get the seams re-done, no charge to me.
Oh, in case you'd like to know, all the zippers, draw cords, etc. still work perfectly, and I've spent more than a few days in this jacket during a downpour and stayed perfectly dry.
One thing to be aware of with this jacket (don't know if it's true of other Bean jackets), it's cut a little small. I got the medium, and if I try to wear my heavy thermals under it, it's pretty tight. So if you're a bigger guy, or plan to wear several layers under this thing, you should consider going up a size.
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Originally Posted by fly_guy12955
What about this deal guys,,got a few bucks off,,plus 10 more on code...so,,,
"Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn." ~Chuck Clark
I have the Simms stuff as well, but my Cabela's employee discount makes it affordable. A friend of mine was mentioning that LL Bean had an affordable jacket that checked out wit great reviews. Googling I found that they range from $100 to $400. I have a Columbia that I had bought before my Simms and it worked well. Features that my Simms is missing is a zippered slash pocket. I like the enclosed ones to keep my hand warmers hot. That doesn't happen with my Simms jacket.
I have a simms packable that is very light weight and only has 2 hand pockets.
I have a frogg toggs wading jacket I got at basspro for uner $100. Has a packable hoog. Large pockets for fly boxes, 2 inside pockets and 2 large hand warmers and 2 hand pockets that are zip up and seem sealed. I have been in the water when the air temp was ZERO and I was protected from the wind and cold. I like it enough to recommend it