Rain gear has benefited greatly from technology. Gone are the days of essentially putting a plastic tarp around your body to protect you from the rain. Hunting and fishing in the rain has become a lot easier with the evolution of rain protection through the years. Today's gear is vented, waterproof, windproof and best of all has the ability to breathe so it's not raining on the inside of your gear and you're no longer in a homemade sauna all day.
Choosing the Right Rain Gear
The first step in buying the right gear is to decide what you'll be using it for. Many people try to get away with just one good set of gear for fighting rain and try to tailor it to each particular season to fight the rain and wind. I own two separate rain suits to fight the rain. The first piece of gear I fight the rain with is a lighter set from Red Head Gear. Its waterproof however doesn't seal up as nicely as my second set which is the Browning Dry-Lite which I use for keeping the rain and wind out when hunting or fishing during colder months of the year.
All Rain Gear Is Not Created Equal
Pay careful attention to what the manufacturers packaging says. Water Resistant does not mean waterproof. A Water Resistant piece of gear will put up a fight to keep a light rain out; however will give up quickly during a heavy rain or a prolonged period of light rain. Waterproof is what you're looking for. A piece of gear marked waterproof should keep the rain out indefinitely no matter how long it will rain or how heavy the rain. When deciding the best rain gear for you pay careful attention to the venting and what the gear manufacturer uses to allow the fabric to breathe. I'm a big fan of gore-tex myself, but there are a number of lesser brands coming on strong which will help your rain coat breathe while providing a strong barrier against wind, snow and rain.
Make sure the rain gear you buy has plenty of pockets for storing your gear so you won't have to open your coat exposing you to the rain in order to access your hunting or fishing equipment. My Browning Dri-Lite has two hand warmer pockets that were well thought out in addition to several other pockets all in the right place for storing my gear. Last, but not least make sure you can really lock down the rain coat with draw cord hoods, waist and sleeves for when the heavier rain and wind comes. Having a good rain coat and set of rain pants can mean the difference between a great day of hunting and fishing and a good day.
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