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Foul Weather Gear


While most foul weather gear 30 years ago was made out of welded PVC or a similar plastic sheet, most gear is now made out of a nylon or polyester base fabric with a variety of waterproof coatings. But PVC gear is still popular among fishermen due to its slick exterior, which makes it easier to clean up after a day of angling. PVC gear also tends to be the least expensive for short-term or occasional use. Finally, heavyweight PVC gear is the choice of commercial fishermen for its durability and slick surface. Look for the Grundéns products on this site.

  • Non-breathable PVC fabrics for stain-resistance and easy cleaning
  • Heat-welded seams for total waterproof protection
  • More expensive sets have either cotton or polyester base fabric for comfort
  • Commercial suits have reversible bibs which increase the life of the suit
  • Suits generally have few outside pockets to reduce the chance of snagging on crab pots or other fishing gear
  • Tip: Also excellent for guests, or when exploring muddy beaches and bays.


Made for daily use in mild to moderate climates with the possibility of light rain, spray and wind. Use this gear for day sailing and weekend trips in warmer climates. This type is ideal for most types of boating because of its light weight, good protection and relatively low cost. Some styles offer waist pants instead of bib overalls, and most jackets are short for greater mobility.

  • Lightweight fabrics for mobility and comfort
  • Fabrics range from water-resistant to waterproof
  • Basic styles at value prices
  • Works great as a windsuit off the boat, whether skiing on mild days, hiking, or wearing it around town
  • Tip: The products in this category are frequently the right choice for day-sailing and weekend trips in warmer climates. Less restrictive and clammy than coastal-class products.


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