Let It Rain

Cutting-edge gear to keep you dry.

Field & Stream Online Editors

**1) Columbia Lake SuperiorJacket and Bibs **
This heavy-duty jacket and bibs set is great for severe weather. Taped seams, adjustable neoprene cuffs, and an innovative second inside collar will keep drafts out-and you comfortable and dry. The bibs offer a tall cut that completely covers your chest, articulated knees, hand-warming pockets, and ankle zippers that come up to the knees for easy access. All stress points have a double-layer fabric for extra durability. About $175 for the jacket; $135 for the bibs. 800-622-6953; www.columbia.com

2) Gempler's Commercial-Grade Green Rain Jacket and Bibs
It's not hi-tech or packable, but this gear will keep you dry all day, even in a driving rain. Constructed of PVC-coated polyester-cotton fabric, the industrial-grade Gempler's rain suit is the choice of many who work outside in foul weather. Difficult to puncture or tear, the jacket has a layered double-front closure to keep rain out; the bibs have removable suspenders. It's great for long, wet boat trips. About $50 for the jacket; $50 for the bibs. 800-382-8473; www.gemplers.com

3) Patagonia Deep Wading Jacket
Made for wading deep water in the rain, the Patagonia Deep Wading jacket is generously cut, making it roomy enough to wear with a liner and still have a complete range of shoulder motion to cast. The sleeves have neoprene cuffs, which can be tightened down to form waterproof seals at the wrist, and there are two large storage compartments in front as well as unlined hand-warming pockets. You also get a comfortable hood, three D rings, and elastic drawcords. It's highly packable and, at only 17 ounces, truly featherlight. About $180. 800-638-6464; www.patagonia.com

4) Helly Hansen Packable Jacket and Zero-G Pants
Designed to shove in your boat bag or backpack, the light, breathable Helly Hansen jacket and pants will keep you dry while you're on the move. The jacket is constructed of ripstop nylon and has adjustable cuffs and three front zippered pockets. The back of the jacket has an 18-inch horizontal vent to aid ventilation during peak activity. The pants come with an elastic waist, articulated knees, and tall ankle zippers. There is one flapped pocket in front and a zippered one in the rear. Sizing on these products runs on the small side, so order one size larger. About $90 for the jacket; $50 for the pants. 800-435-5901; www.hellyhansen.com