Best Fishing Rain Gear
It never fails. You have been working hard all week, watching the beautiful sunshine from your office window, and as soon as you have the time to break away and pack up for a little fishing trip- the sky opens up for a downpour. Bad weather doesn’t have to mean that you have to cancel your plans and couch surf all weekend- not if you have the right clothing. Not only can a good rain be incredibly beautiful, especially along the shoreline or in a canoe in the middle of a lake, but it also means that three might actually be more fish closer to the surface. We have done our research to find some of the best fishing rain gear out on the market so that you should never have to cancel a much-anticipated trip on account of bad weather.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 15 hrs of research
Great range of motion
- Frogg Toggs
- Glacier Glove
- Helly Hansen Bib Overalls
- Rugged Shark Boots
- Navis Marine
- Frogg Toggs Pilot II
- Viking Journeyman
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Expert Interviews & Opinions
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top 10 Picks
1. Frogg Toggs
Great range of motion
Runs a little big
What we loved most about this product is that it comes with a jacket as well as a pair of pants. It is lightweight, made from strong and pliable materials so that you will remain completely dry without limiting your range of motion- which is important to pull off that perfect cast.Read more
The jacket and the pants are made from 100 percent Polypropylene, which means that water is simply going to roll right off of the surface. It comes with a hood that is able to be detached if you prefer to wear a different cap, or just don’t mind a little water on your head. The pants cinch at the waist, and they also cinch at the ankles with adjustable velcro straps to fit over shoes or boots easily.
What users really respond to with this design is that it leaves you completely covered from wetness while not limiting your range of motion. The jacket had multiple panels that won’t restrict the way you are moving so that you will still be able to pull off that perfect cast as if you were just wearing a t-shirt.
Users can select from sizes that range from small, and run all the way up to 3XL. About 70 percent of users feel that the fit runs as they expected, while others find that it runs just a little too big.
Frogg Toggs is a very respected brand that has been bringing users great quality gear since 1996. What we love most about this is both the pants and the jacket come in at a really affordable price point that leaves you no reason not to give this set a try the next time a rainstorm blows in.
2. Glacier Glove
Ensures a really good grip with a sharkskin texture
Some users found it difficult to find the right fit for them
Every fisherman knows that if their hands aren’t happy, it’s a recipe for an unpleasant afternoon. If you want to keep your hands dry and warm if it happens to be a colder and wet day in late autumn, the Glacier Glove is a perfect solution to keeping your digits warm and dry.Read more
What’s great about these is that they are made from an incredibly thin (2mm) layer of neoprene that is textures along the outside to ensure that you get a good grip on your gear. It is considered to be 100 percent waterproof so the water just slips off of the surface to leave your hands dry and comfortable.
Users really respond to comfortable and flexible neoprene material. It makes it so that your digits are free to handle all of your gear, and the grip along the outside is perfect, even in wet weather where everything you touch is slippery when wet. Some users find that they aren’t as warm as they would have expected, so if you are working in extreme temperatures, you might want to throw another type of warmer glove on top.
Due to the fact that these are designed to fit like a second skin, the sizing is just a little bit troublesome. If they fit too loose, users will have difficulty handling their gear, and if they are too tight they will lose circulation in their fingers. Glacier Glove offers a sizing chart that uses the measurements of your finger to ensure that you get a great fit. Users can select from sizes that run from extra small all the way to extra large.
Keeping your grip dry is a really important aspect of fishing in wet weather conditions. It can be frustrating hooking lures and casting lines when it seems that everything is slipping right out of your hands. The Glacier Glove design is made to be a solution to that problem, and users love the lightweight and waterproof design.
3. Helly Hansen Bib Overalls
Comes in a wide range of size options
Adjustable shoulder straps
Some users feel that they become too hot
Helly Hansen has quite the reputation of crafting excellent outdoor gear that can really take a beating, and their bib overalls are no exception. These are perfect for packing into your equipment bag and throwing them only when the weather starts to get bad.Read more
The exterior shell of these pants is made from 100 percent polyester, and have a completely waterproof coating to keep water from penetrating your clothes. What’s great about these is that they are big enough that you can slip them on right over your normal clothes so that they can be easily removed when the sun comes out. The straps are adjustable with velcro, and there is a waterproof front pocket on the breast.
Users love that these pants are incredibly lightweight, so popping them into your bag for a ‘just in case’ instance will not weigh you down with a lot of extra bulk. Plus, the adjustable shoulder straps ensure that you can wear them as loose as you want to offer a natural range of motion.
If you often find that companies do not have your size because you are either too small or too large, Helly Hansen ensures that their gear has enough size options available for most sizes. Sizes start at an extra small (which is also good for women that wear under a size 8 in pants) and run all the way up to 6XL.
If you want something that you can just pack away into your backpack that you can throw over your regular clothes just in case the weather gets bad, these bib overalls will be a great addition to your next outdoor endeavor. Plus, they are offered at an affordable price point from a much-trusted brand.
4. Rugged Shark Boots
Comfortable cushioned removable insole
More flexible than some of the other similar designs
Runs small (users suggest buying one size larger than your normal size)
What’s worse than cold and wet fingers? Soggy socks. That’s why we made sure to include a good pair of boots that will keep your feet completely dry, while still offering you a lot of traction to ensure that you don’t slip on a slick dock or while getting out of your boat.Read more
For a boot to be effective, it needs to be able to completely keep water away from your socks, even if you are splashing in puddles as you make your way to the shoreline. The Rugged Shark Boots are made from 100 percent rubber and have a seamless design to ensure that water stays on the outside, even with rough extended wear over the years. It stands 10.75 inches up your calf with a tapered top to ensure water doesn’t enter through the top.
Many people find that these types of boots don’t offer a lot of comfort and support, but the Rugged Shark design sets out to disprove that. The interior has a removable padded footbed that users find to be incredibly soft and comfortable. The tread on the bottom will ensure that you won’t slip on slick surfaces, and it isn’t as stiff like some of the other rubber boots so you will still have a full range of motion.
About 80 percent of users feel that they fit as they expected. This boot is offered in sizes that start at size 8 and run all the way up to size 13. Some users have reported that they run just a little small, so it may be in your best interest to buy one size larger than you usually wear.
When the weather turns bad, your normal sneakers are just not going to cut it in keeping your feet dry. Luckily, the Rugged Shark boots will not only keep your feet dry, but it will also give you the sole comfort that you would find in your favorite pair of sneakers.
Perfect for cool or warm weather
Tons of large pockets
High collar to protect the face from high winds
If you have the extra money to spend on this pretty expensive jacket, you will not be disappointed by its performance. In fact, it might be something that you will even want to wear on those cooler sunny days in early autumn. It has a lot of innovative features that will keep you dry and the wind from blowing on your face, but still being very lightweight and easy to wear. The only downside is the expensive price tag that may cost as much as you spent on your winter coat.Read more
Nothing is going to keep your body drier than the WindRider design. It is made from a completely waterproof outer shell with vents along the backside to keep users from overheating. It also has a fleece lined high collar to keep the wind out of your face. Users love that it is lightweight enough to wear in layers, and the way it was designed makes it perfect for the warm or cool weather, depending on how you wear it.
One thing that we noticed about the WindRider design is that users love the design and comfort of this jacket. It has a lot of pockets that are in all the right places, and all of the zipper and pockets are covered so that they aren’t exposed to the elements. It has a fleece lining that will keep users warm but covered vents in the back to prevent overheating due to the sealed waterproof outer shell.
Many users find that the size runs a little small, but the larger size may be due in part to the fact that it was designed to wear alone, or over existing winter gear in the cooler months. We suggest that if you live in a warm region or often don’t go out in the cold to buy a size smaller than you normally would. If you intend on wearing this over layers of winter clothes, you should buy the size suggested from WindRider’s sizing chart.
While this jacket has tons of innovative features to keep you high and dry while out on the water in foul weather, it is important that we mention that design packs a wallop of a price tag. However, if you plan on using this jacket year round, it will be well worth the added cost.
6. Navis Marine
Easy to adjust
Neoprene at cuff creates an excellent seal
Doesn’t restrict the range of motion
Some feel that it runs too big
If you are serious about your sport, and a torrential downpour will not tear you away from the water, you might be interested in the Navis Marine design. It is made to be worn in some extreme weather while keeping users completely dry and comfortable. If you have the money to spend on the high price tag, this might be a perfect solution to keeping you dry no matter what the weather.Read more
Few options out there on the market are prepared to take on extreme weather conditions quite like the Navis Marine jacket and pants. While it may be raining cats and dogs on the outside, your body will be nice and dry and comfortable on the inside of this set. It is made from high quality 100 perfect nylon exterior with neoprene cuffs to keep the water from penetrating. The interior is constructed from 100 perfect nylon with a mesh overlay to promote air circulation and overheating.
What makes this design so comfortable is found in all of the ways that you can adjust it to fit your body perfectly without restricting your range of motion. Users can adjust the waist, hood, and cuffs to fit their body to their preference, and it will help to keep water out as well. The tight hood with a high collar is designed to keep the wind out of your face. The cuffs are made from neoprene which will keep water out without creating a seal that is so tight that it will cut off circulation.
There are some users that feel that it runs just a tad too big, but for the most part, users seem to be pleased with the accuracy of Navis Marine’s sizing chart. This design is made to fit just a little bit baggier than more because a looser fit means that you will have more room to add layers underneath if you want to wear it during the cold winter months.
While it does sport a price tag that is higher than most, users feel that it is well worth the added cost. It does an excellent job of keeping users dry and comfortable, and it versatile enough to wear during all 4 seasons.
7. Frogg Toggs Pilot II
Various color options offered
Users feel that they are very lightweight
Slightly more expensive than other bib overalls
Frogg Toggs is making our list yet again with their high-quality Pilot II bibbed pants. These are great because they are incredibly lightweight, but they still have a lot of pockets to hold your gear, and they come in a wide variety of sizes and styles so you can select a pair that matches your personal style.Read more
The easy fit of these overalls makes them simple to throw into your backpack and pop on when the weather starts to become bad. They are made from 100 percent polyester and every seam is sealed to prevent water from penetrating through the seam lines. The exterior is coated with 3 layers of a waterproof material so while the weather may be wet and nasty on the outside, you will be high and dry on the inside.
The overall come up just a bit higher than some of the others out there on the market, which is great for keeping you dry but may slightly restrict your range of motion. They are designed to fit loosely so you can layer them in the cooler months, and they have adjustable velcro straps at the shoulder so you can adjust them to fit as you feel is comfortable while still keeping you dry.
An impressive 84 percent of past users felt like these overalls fit exactly as they expected. Some users felt that they ran too large, but that might be due in part because they are designed to be baggy so that you can add layers underneath in the cooler months. Users can select from sizes that start at small and run all the way to up 3LX.
If you are looking for something that comes from a trusted company that is known for making high-quality gear that will keep you dry and comfortable in any type of weather, the Frogg Toggs Pilot II is going to be a great way to stay dry on your next trip out on the lake.
8. Viking Journeyman
Users feel they are very durable
What we liked most about this bibbed pant is that users are able to detach the bib in the even they feel like they do not need it or it feels too constricting. The Journeyman has a little bit more style and polish in the accents in the shoulder straps as well as the color options offered. Plus, it comes in at an affordable price point.Read more
The exterior of this design is made from 420 Denier nylon that comes in black, dark green, and yellow. It has lined pants that can be worn alone over another pair of pants. The cuffs that the bottom can unzipper to accommodate a pair of boots, and then zippered closed.
Users love that these pants are lined on the inside which made them perfect for wearing alone. The bib is able to be completely detached if you feel like you just need the pants, but if you are in really nasty conditions it can be snapped back into place.
Almost 80 percent of users feel like this design fits as expected. Users can select from sizes that range from small and run all the way up to 4XL.
If you need something that is lightweight, and that can be worn a variety of different ways while still keeping you completely dry, these are going to be an excellent option for your needs. Plus, they are one of the most affordable bibbed options out there on the market.
Easy access pockets
Some users have experiences tears at the seams with little use
Coleman is a name you are probably very familiar with since they have been making great quality outdoor gear since they were founded in 1900. This full body suit comes with a pair of waterproof pants and a sharp hooded waterproof jacket that will keep you high and dry no matter how the winds are blowing.Read more
The most notable feature about this suit is the care that went into ensures that it is completely waterproof. The exterior shell is made from 20mm PVC that also has a very durable nylon lining. The cuffs to the wrists and the ankles are cinched with a drawstring paracord.
What users love most about this design is that it is incredibly lightweight and won't limit your range of motion. Plus, it has a high collar that will keep high winds from stinging your face. The best part about this design is that the jacket has slits in it to allow access to your pants pocket without the need of unbuttoning and taking off your jacket.
Just over 82 perfect of users that wore this set felt that it fit just as expected. Some users felt that it fit just a little too big, but it might be due in part to the fact that Coleman makes it just a tad big so that users will have the option to layer clothes beneath it in the event of cooler weather conditions.
If you are in the market for something that is from a trusted brand, is made from high-quality materials, and won’t break the bank- Coleman is an excellent option that users have been relying on for over 100 years.
Comes in three bright color options
Unreliable sizing- some feel it runs too small
If you want to buy both a pair of bibbed overalls with a matching jacket, Gempler's offers an excellent option that comes in at one of the lowest prices out there on the market. Users will suffer in the quality department a bit, but considering the low price, we feel these are worth a try for those looking to save a little bit of money.Read more
Both the pants and the jacket are constructed from .20mm PVC-on-nylon with a double layer in places that get more wear and tear such as the elbows and the knees. It has vents along the back to prevent you from overheating and uses hook and loops along the cuff to keep water out.
The downside to the Gempler's design is that it doesn’t have any lining on the interior. The back vent is great at letting air in but not water, but the pants could get a little hot on warmer days due to the lack of vents or lining.
Sizing can be just a little problematic with this design, with about 63 percent of users feeling that it fit as expected. Gempler's doesn’t offer a sizing chart for users to reference, so they just have to kind of take a stab in the dark at their size. From what we gathered, if you do not plan on layering clothes underneath, you need to buy two sizes up. If you don’t plan on layering, you only need to buy one size up.
For those that need something lightweight, simple and affordable that they can store in their backpack just in case the weather turns foul, the Gempler's design will keep the rain off your back while still saving you a little bit of money at the same time.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
If you are a seasoned outdoorsman, there are certain brands that you might already be familiar with, such as Frogg Toggs and Helly Hansen. Brands such as these are known throughout the out apparel world as being some of the toughest outdoor clothes out there on the market, and they generally sport a pretty affordable price tag. When we saw some of the big names come up in our research, we made sure to get them a look first. Users always feel a little bit better about their purchase when they know that they have a brand name behind them. Plus, these companies have a generally good track record about exchanges and returns- which is an inevitability when shopping for apparel on the internet without the option of trying it on first.
What we mean by weather readiness is how well it will hold up in the elements, and how it will perform in keeping you dry. We tested each designs weather readiness by looking at two distinct features- materials used, and user reviews. Materials such as polyester and nylon are great because they are incredibly durable, and they already have some water resistant properties. Most of these designs are then coated with a thin layer of PVC to ensure that water stays on the outside and doesn’t even come into contact with the polyester. After we made sure that each model used superior materials to ensure that they would wick away water, we read what users had to say. Even if a brand claimed that they used the highest quality materials to keep water out, if they didn’t put any extra care into the seams, water could still penetrate. That’s why we read what users had to say because the proof is in the pudding. If there were an overwhelming number of past customers that claimed that water was still able to penetrate through, we typically moved on to the next design.
No matter if it’s 90 degrees and sunny, or 5 degrees in the middle of a snowstorm, you always want your clothes to fit comfortably. Just because you are braving it in bad weather doesn’t mean that you aren’t allowed to be comfortable. That’s why we made sure to select designs that allowed for a full range of motion and has many places for users to be able to adjust the fit. Details like adding neoprene in the cuffs were something that we looked for because it meant that it would provide an excellent seal to keep water out while still feeling comfortable on your wrists and ankles. We were also drawn to design that had vents and mesh lining to keep you cool. Often, with waterproof materials, it can feel a little bit like wearing a plastic trash bag. Even though your skin is dry from the rain, the lack of circulation could have you sweating bullets. Products the utilize covered vents on the back and breast, as well as having a mesh lining will help keep air circulating to your skin while still keeping water out.
Buying clothes without being able to try them on first can be a tricky endeavor. You want to be able to get the size right the first time because even though a company is generous with their return policy, no one likes to make the trek to the post office to return something. Plus, that means that you will have to wait even longer to be able to wear your new clothes. That’s why we selected brands that not only had a very detailed sizing chart, but we also took a look at what past users had to say about the accuracy of the fit. Almost all of the options that we selected for this list had at least 80 percent of users feel that their product fit as expected. The other users that didn’t feel that they fit right usually felt that they were too big. This may be due in part because the company intentionally made them fit a little loose to allow users to layer clothes underneath if they wanted to wear them in the winter months.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
No one likes to be hindered by big and bulky pieces of clothing that restrict their movements, which is why we made sure the select items that were lightweight and has only positive responses in terms of comfort from past users. We also wanted to make sure that they were able to be worn for multiple seasons because there are few people who want to invest in apparel to accommodate all four seasons. There were a number of things that we kept our eye on when searching for the best clothing for your next trip- come rain or shine.
Other Factors to Consider
Before you head out on your fishing trip, be sure that you pack the clothes that you will need for any type of weather condition. Many of these options are fairly lightweight, so you will be able to pack them into a backpack without weighing you down all that much. While it is great about keeping out water and moisture, it is just a good at keeping air from getting in or moisture from getting out. If that is something that is going to be a deal breaker for you, you might want to spend just a little bit of extra cash to get a jacket that has covered vented flaps on the back and on the breast to allow a little bit of airflow in, as well as a design that has a mesh lining that will be a little more cool to wear in warmer weather.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Will it be light enough to carry in a backpack?
Yes, this apparel is known for being very lightweight and easy to pack up into a backpack when you are going to be on the go. If the day starts out of sunny and then turns to rain, you aren’t going to want to wear your waterproof clothes in the heat of the sun. Since it is so lightweight, it’s no problem packing it up without weighing you down.
q: Will the be warm enough for cold weather?
While jackets and pants might be too hot to wear in the summer, they also might not be enough for colder days. Luckily, most brands make their jackets and pants to be worn over top of other clothes, so you can make sure that you are wearing a lot of warm clothes underneath your waterproof and wind resistant apparel.
q: Do I need to wear waterproof gloves?
It’s all a matter of personal preference. Most outdoorsmen don’t mind getting their hands wet, because they can be wiped down easily. However, wet hands do come with a few problems in regards to your grip. If you need your hands to have a good grip to handle lures, line, and poles, you might run into a little bit of difficulty if your hands and all of your tools are wet and slippery. One way to get control is to invest in a pair of waterproof grip gloves such as the Glacier Glove that we listed above.
q: Are waterproof boots comfortable?
Everyone has had a bad experience with rubber boots at some point in their lives. They are notorious for being incredibly heavy, and they typically don’t offer any arch support or padding in the sole whatsoever. Plus, some designs don’t have much traction on the treads which can make them rather slippery. However, new in innovative designs, such as the product we showed you earlier from Rugged Shark offer users a lot of comfort without being as big and awkward as some of the other brands. It even comes with a sole cushion that is able to be removed. If you were reluctant to give rubber boots a try because they just aren’t as comfortable as your sneakers, the Rugged Shark is worth a look.
q: What’s the benefit of using bibbed overalls rather than pants?
The problem with pants that has elastic at the waist is that depending upon your body type, they have a tendency to fall down. When you are trying to stay dry out in the elements, the last thing that you want to contend with is adjusting your pants. If your normal pants shift down even a little bit, it leaves an opening between your pants and your jacket to let rainwater in. If you use a pair of bibbed overall under your jacket, the shoulder straps will keep them securely in place, and the higher waist will prevent water from coming in contact with your skin or clothes. Some people just don’t like the bibbed design because they don’t think it is very comfortable, while other users love how effective they are at keeping water out.
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