Best of Both Worlds: Fishing Raingear that’s Rugged and Breathable

Grundéns Gore-Tex

Grundéns and Gore-Tex have teamed up to create a line of rugged, burly foul-weather gear for fishermen.

After 20 minutes of fall-run mayhem—stripers and bluefish blasting through bait, screaming seagulls, double-header hookups, and multiple fish brought to the boat, photographed and released, the fish sound and all goes quiet. Your heart rate slowly returns to normal as you scan the ocean looking through the steady drizzle for the next blitz. A fall breeze sends a shiver through you, and that’s when you realize that you’re not very comfortable. In fact, while the outside of your rugged raingear is shedding water, underneath your layers you’re feeling damp, clammy, and cold.
As fishermen, we have to contend with weather on the outside of our raingear and the weather we’re making on the inside. During bursts of activity, your perspiration can get trapped inside your waterproof garments and condense, leaving you damp, cold, and uncomfortable. Light, breathable raingear favored by hikers and active outdoorspeople solves this problem, but it’s rarely rugged enough to stand up to the rigors of salt spray, fish slime, and rub rails.

Grundéns Gore-Tex raingear
Grundéns rugged and breathable raingear specifically designed for fishermen

To create a line of rugged yet breathable raingear specifically designed for fishermen, Grundéns, producer of commercial-grade foul weather gear, has partnered with Gore-Tex, a name synonymous with waterproof, breathable garments. Together, they’ve created 3 jackets and 2 bibs, all designed with specific fishing features that will provide exceptional wet weather protection to anglers in a variety of climates.
Grundéns’ Director of Product Design Curtis Graves summed up the collection: “Our rainwear is super rugged and burly. Nobody else’s can compare. We have every confidence that when customers get their hands on these products, they’ll be exceptionally happy and won’t return to anything less rugged.”

Available at select Grundéns dealers and in Fall 2019, the line will be widely available at authorized Grundéns retailers and online in Spring of 2020.

Buoy-X-Gore-Tex Jacket and Bibs

THE FLAGSHIP: Buoy X Gore-Tex® Jacket and Bibs. Utilizing Gore-Tex® 3-layer laminate, the 150-denier face fabric is treated with C6 DWR for maximum water-beading performance and avoids wet-out that can be created by contamination from oil, blood or fish slime. The result is the burliest Gore-Tex® garments ever produced for the fishing industry. The jacket includes neoprene shingled cuffs in the sleeves, dual-zippered storage pockets, and a kill-switch anchor among other fishing-centric features. The jacket will be available in three colors in sizes from small to 3XL and retails for $479. The bibs utilize Grundéns famous adjustable suspenders, a Grundéns removable belt, and water diversion system at the front lower closure. Available in two colors in sizes from small to 3XL, the bibs will retail for $449.

Downrigger Gore-Tex® Jacket and Bibs
Downrigger Gore-Tex® Jacket and Bibs

THE WORKHORSE: Downrigger Gore-Tex® Jacket and Bibs. Built with Gore-Tex® 2-layer laminate technology, the Downrigger maintains the same exterior ruggedness and water beading performance of the Buoy X but at a more affordable price and the next-to-skin comfort of a liner. The Downrigger jacket has a single chest pocket, an adjustable hook and loop cuff closure and a unique hood that handles wind and rain while running in boats without flopping around. Also available in three colors ranging from small to 3XL the Downrigger Gore-Tex® Jacket will retail for $349. The Downrigger Gore-Tex® bib has handwarmer pockets and lower leg zippers to facilitate easy on/off over bibs. Available in two colors in sizes from small to 3XL, the bibs will retail for $329.

Charter Gore-Tex® Jacket
Charter Gore-Tex® Jacket

THE PACKABLE JACKET: Charter Gore-Tex® Jacket. Featuring Gore-Tex® Paclite® Plus, which provides an improved interior next-to-skin feel compared to classic Paclite® technology, the jacket is extremely breathable and highly packable. Gore-Tex® Paclite® Plus offers an improved interior next-to skin feel compared to classic Paclite® technology. The compressible jacket has engineered sleeves for range of motion, zippered handwarmer pockets, and adjustable hook and loop closure on the sleeves. Available in two colors including refraction camo glacier, the Charter Gore-Tex® Jacket will be available in sizes from small to 3XL and retails for $269.

Dealers Carrying Grundéns Gore-Tex:, Inc., 2062 Somerville Road Annapolis, MD 21401
Fawcett Boat Supplies, 919 Bay Ridge Rd, Annapolis, MD 21403
Goose Hummock 15 RT 6A, Orleans, MA 02653
J & H Outlet, 4112 Sunrise Highway Oakdale, NY 11769
Sea Gear Outfitters, 795 Route 109, Cape May, NJ 08204
Tackle Direct, 6825 Tilton Road, Building C Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234