Wet weather gear for fishing – three things to consider before buying
Good quality wet weather gear is a must-have for any fishing professional. But finding the best gear for your job isn’t as simple as you may think. The amount of technical and stylistic variety on offer means shopping for the right gear is never a case of just finding your size and colour
Stormline has been designing and manufacturing cutting edge professional wet weather gear for fishermen for more than 50 years, during which time we’ve had to evolve and innovate to solve new problems. This all comes from listening to our customers.
To help you find the best wet weather gear for your job, we’d like to talk about three very influential characteristics of wet weather gear.
The weight of the PCV has a direct relationship with the overall strength of the garment and how much abrasion and abuse it can take. The important thing here is to aim for a material that’s just heavy enough to withstand the rigours of your job and the weather you experience most regularly.
So for example, if you’re working in cold climates, close to oil, spray or machinery, a heavier material is suitable. In this scenario, we wouldn’t recommend any PVC under 600 gsm (grams per square meter).
But if you’re working in a less abrasive environment and in hotter weather, the heavier materials could be overkill, so you should look for a lighter fabric that’ll be cooler and easier to wear over layers.
Working conditions are also a consideration when thinking about weight. We design all of our professional wet weather gear to distribute its own weight in order to reduce wearer fatigue, but lighter materials are naturally easier to wear for longer periods of time. So if your works keeps you active for long, sustained periods, go for the lightest weight you can that still protects you from the elements.
Do you need a hood? Do you need somewhere to store tools? Do you do a lot of lifting? Climbing? Will you be exposed to high winds? All of these questions influence the type of technical detailing required on your wet weather gear.
Technical detailing impacts the weight and cost of your wet weather gear too, so we recommend taking the ‘performance vehicle’ approach and eliminating all non-essential features. That way, you know your budget is going towards quality material and design, not bells and whistles that are handy for some and useless for others.
Most technical details should be viewed as optional, depending on the kind of work you do and the kind of environment you do it in.
But one technical detail that is universally essential is good quality, reliable fastenings. According to our own research, our customers prefer zippers over press-studs (also known as ‘snaps’ and ‘poppers’) for the simple reason that they’re easier to use while wearing gloves. We’ve even designed our zippers to be glove friendly, so they’re larger and easier to grasp. Look for zippers made of plastic, as these won’t rust and if you have a choice, go for the larger, glove friendly type.
Deciding on what is a fair price for good quality wet weather fishing gear isn’t as straightforward as you might think. You need to consider whether you’re paying extra for things you don’t actually require. But in our professional experience, paying for the best you can afford does tend to result in gear that’s longer-lasting and more comfortable. And with longer-lasting gear, you may actually find that the extra expenditure pays for itself over time as you have to replace your gear less frequently.
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