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    Quote Originally Posted by kglissmeyer1 View Post
    I use a Dan Bailey Yellowstone Guide Jacket and consider it as close to bomb-proof as they come. I was on the Railroad Ranch of the Henry's Fork this past July 4th and the rain, sleet and hail came down in buckets for over a half-hour, and I stayed nice and dry.

    Here's my buddy, Tom, in his Frog Toggs jacket and stayed dry also:


    Kelly
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    Thanks for all the opinions and ideas... I have looked at both the ll bean and simms jackets and like them both... Simms is a little pricey but i know you get what you pay for....

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    This is the Cabela's Dry-Plus® Grey Reef Drifter Wading Jacket. On sale now for $99. Not such a big fan of all the advertising on it, but everyone seems to do that now. Otherwise a great jacket/medium shell. Its a few years old and has been dragged through the bush without any signs of wear. Seems tough. Actually this my fishing cohort, but I bought one also after my really old Stearns jacket wore out.

    But I'm a big fan of Beans warranty. I use, don't abuse it, and they get a lot my families business.


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    Default Re: Considering a Wading Jacket

    The Simms jackets are great, as is the Orvis Pro Guide jacket. The primary advantage of the Orvis jacket is the seal on the cuffs, which is very tight, even for very skinny people. I have held my arms underwater and been kept dry, as long as my under-layers weren't creeping under the cuffs. I dislike the lack of availability of zinger attachment points, but it's intended to be clean on the outside to prevent snags (like the new Simms Slick jacket). The Pro Guide has held up on some seriously rainy days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moxnichts View Post
    This is the Cabela's Dry-Plus® Grey Reef Drifter Wading Jacket. On sale now for $99. Not such a big fan of all the advertising on it, but everyone seems to do that now. Otherwise a great jacket/medium shell. Its a few years old and has been dragged through the bush without any signs of wear. Seems tough. Actually this my fishing cohort, but I bought one also after my really old Stearns jacket wore out.

    But I'm a big fan of Beans warranty. I use, don't abuse it, and they get a lot my families business.

    I have a Redington Red Storm which I've had for quite a few years it's been a beaut Jacket & is about up for replacement before I go to Alaska again the next one I buy will probably be a Simms.

    Hi Ard. The Pic Looks a bit familiar without The Net.
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    I had an older version of The Patagonia SST which was the best wading jacket of its time. It lasted about 7 years and then I got the Cabelas version of the SST. I am still using it 8 years later.

    Neither of these above jackets are being made. Both have improved but given my experience with Cabela's gear I recommend the Cabela's GORE-TEX® Guidewear® River Runner Jacket which is currently on sale for $199.99

    Cabela's GORE-TEX® Guidewear® River Runner Jacket – Regular : Cabela's
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    I have the Reddington jacket Ard referred to.i run warm so even in the most frozen of a Colorado winter I will wear a t-shirt, then a fleece and the Redington goes over if its snowing . It has served me well


    I would get the Simms one but I have a similar north face one for dire cold. Plus if I got the Simms one I would have to start charging them royalties as a walking billboard.


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    I have the Orvis Pro Guide. Definitely pricey. It is a great jacket. The pockets are massive so I can really hold everything in the jacket with my lanyard. Keeps my very dry and I've worn it in some heavy rain and snow both everyday use and fishing. It has a large hood that covers head and hat, tight seams, hand warmer pockets as well as waterproof inside pocket. It blocks the wind well without being too heavy. That way I can wear it on rainy but warmer days and then wear a fleece under it as the weather turns colder. I got it one size larger so I could wear a couple fleeces under it on those really cold days. Now after some work and careful eating it is two sizes too big but still looks and feels good albeit roomy The cuffs are great. They keep water out and the velcro is under a sleeve so it doesn't snag on line, etc.

    In retrospect I probably would have been fine with the LL Bean one or the cheaper Orvis one etc., but I am happy with the jacket and with it going very strong almost two years later I think I'll get my money out of it. It is my go-to raincoat, wore it through our recent rainstorms.
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    I do have one question... On any of these jackets, is there a way to tighen up around your waist?

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    I wear a Gore-Tex "alpine" cut jacket made by Taiga (Canadian company based in Vancouver). It's 3 layer material so is pretty tough. I've worn it for years, fishing and otherwise. No special pockets or doodads for fishing, but it keeps the wind and rain out.

    I used to wear a coated nylon rain jacket thinking I didn't want to spend the $ on Gore-Tex for rough-duty fishing. I was wrong. Spending a rainy day in a cold clammy plastic jacket getting damp from your sweat and not the rain is not fun.

    Scott

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