05-23-2011, 10:03 AM
Re: Best Saltwater / Flats clothing?
Originally Posted by MoscaPescador
I'm jealous. Flats trips are awesome.
Clothing is pretty simple. Get yourself some quality clothing that packs well and is highly breathable. Even though I am a dark skinned Filipino, I prefer to cover myself up from head to toe.
Flats boots - Simms and Patagonia make quality ones. Try one one, and go from there. Just make sure to wear them a few days before your trip in order to break them in. There are specific flats socks that are marketed towards these boots, but I just use wool hiking socks.
Pants or shorts? - I wear pants more than shorts because I want more sun protection. If you choose to go with the convertible pants option, make sure the zippers are corrosion resistant. Simms and Patagonia make quality products, but I'm sure you can find others.
Shirts - I like wearing long sleeve collared shirts. The collars should be high for extra sun protection. If it gets warm, you could always roll up your sleeves. There are a number of good brands out there. Take your pick.
Neck gaitor - I am a big fan of Buff neck gaitors. They are highly breathable and UV resistant. Use it to cover up your neck and your lower face.
Hat - Get something with a long bill.
Sun gloves - Sun screen will eventually wear down. Cover your hands with a pair of sun gloves. Simms, Dr. Shade, and Buff make some good gloves.
I am a minimalist at heart. Whatever I can carry in my shirt pockets is what I will take. If I am going to be a good distance from the panga, I will use a lumbar pack. Simms, Patagonia, and Sage have lumbar packs that are either waterproof or highly water resistant.
Edit: I always bring a packable rain jacket. I like jackets made with a Gore Pac Lite membrane or some similar lightweight waterproof and breathable membrane. Sometimes those squalls can make for a cold and wet boat ride.
Great advice there.
A few additional points:
Pants also prevent stings from jellyfish tentacles. Its really not a huge concern, but a nice bonus on top of the sun protection.
Boots- whether to go with lace up or zip-off depends on how you're going to be fishing. If you're going to be wading the whole time, you're better off with the more supportive lace-up variety. If you're going to do some fishing off a skiff, I'd recommend zip-offs so you can be barefoot on the boat. Its amazing how much of a help it is to be able to feel when you're stepping on your fly line. These look good- Simms Fishing Products : : Zipit Bootie
These are less travel friendly, but I've been EXTREMELY pleased with these- Ray Guard Reef Boots
Buff- definitely get one, or two. I like lighter colors so they're cooler in the sun.
Lumbar pack- I prefer to keep all gear in one, because if you load down shirt pockets, your shirt sticks to you instead of blowing in the breeze. I don't like the ones that are super water-safe, because the zippers are a PITA. I'd sooner have a easier access pack and keep my phone in one of these- Dry Pak GPS/PDA/SmartPhone Case