What you wear on the water can greatly impact your fishing experience. That little drip down the back of the neck, the chill in the upper extremities, or the sun exposure can be uncomfortable—and prevent you from executing properly. These new fishing apparel items will keep you comfortable and on top of your game at all times.
The Columbia Terminal Deflector Hoodie is a lightweight, technical shirt with a lot of user-friendly features. Omni-Shade Sun Deflector technology utilizes spots of titanium dioxide that act as little mirrors to repel the sun’s rays. Sweat-activated Omni-Freeze ZERO enhances cooling, while Omni-Wick pulls perspiration through the fabric. Also treated with UPF 50 sun protection, the shirt includes an internal neck gaiter and thumb holes. The hood offers additional shielding, which benefits your sight-fishing efforts by blocking peripheral glare. Available in cool grey, black, green mamba, riptide and vivid blue. $75
Built tough enough for a commercial fisherman but plenty comfortable for the recreational angler, this shoe’s upper section is constructed with 4 mm neoprene and rubber for maximum durability. The Grip-X traction keeps you upright and stable, while an EVA midsole cushion and molded sock liner keep your feet feeling good all day. Huk gave this shoe an extra dose of sturdiness with thicker pull straps that won’t tear out and a second layer of rubber in the heel. $84.99 www.hukgear.com
Designed specifically for women, these outerwear garments are made with PU-coated nylon that’s waterproof and breathable. The jacket includes an integrated, adjustable hood, inner and outer storm flaps, zippered external and internal pockets, hook-and-loop adjustable wrists, and a cord-lock adjustable waist. The pant features an adjustable, elastic waist belt, zippered pockets, one right-leg cargo pocket, and zip-to-knee side zippers. $59.99 each.
The Brella Brella 1010Z is a customizable, non-restrictive, packable, waterproof, and breathable rain jacket that ensures freedom of movement. While the general shape will, indeed, remind you of a poncho, a closer look reveals a full-length front zipper, a zippered chest pocket, and snaps to adjust the fit around the arms and waist. Best of all, the Brella 1010Z weighs only 12 ounces—perfect for packing. $99
Super light comfort meets impact resistant support thanks to Soft Science’s proprietary closed-cell copolymer known as Trileon, which the FIN H2O‘s durable outsole and removable insole are made of. Soft Science adds a woven, breathable reinforced microfiber upper and finishes with neoprene collar for a secure fit. The design is based on Soft Science’s Levelast Universal Comfort Platform (UCP), which uses the biomechanics of foot position for proper body alignment. This results in evenly distributed body weight and reduced pressure points. The FIN H2 features a quick-draining forefoot water flow system and a slip resistant non-marking outsole. Kayakers will particularly appreciate the lace-free design, which eliminates possible snag points. $89.99
SIMMS made sneaking into range for that perfect presentation a little easier with this new pattern designed to distort a fish’s ability to detect your shape and movement. The G3 Guide Stockingfoot Wader is made with breathable 4-layer GORE-TEX Pro Shell fabric in the legs and 3 layers of the same in the upper section. The wader includes a chest pocket, removable Tippet Tender, hand warmer pockets, and patented front and back leg seams. $599.95
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With three decades of keeping professional anglers and mariners protected from the elements, Mustang introduces its first drysuit specifically for the recreational market. This new drysuit is made from 4-layer Marine-Spec BP fabric, the most durable waterproof and windproof material in the Marine-Spec family. The outer layer is formed from highly durable face fabrics with abrasion-, salt water-, and UV-resistant features. Internally, a fully waterproof and windproof non-porous membrane combines with a microporous coating for maximum protection in the most demanding marine environments. $999
The Hydronaut Waterproof Jacket features a 2-layer 100% nylon shell with 100% polyester mesh lining, a SpeedVent™ Airflow hood, a double articulated storm flap, a molly system camera mount pocket, covered chest pockets, top-entry pouch pockets, brushed tricot hand warmer pockets, retractable d-rings, an elasticated rear buckle waist cinch, and rubberized internal sleeve cuffs. Made from the same material, the bib adds an array of additional protective features. Suffice to say, this gear is built for extreme conditions. Jacket $249; Bib $229