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Old 09-13-2021, 12:09 AM   #1
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Any recommendations for rain gear in pacific north west?

Just curious if anyone has favorites for those rainy fall days?

And footgear.
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We have foul weather parkas from our days in the CG Auxiliary. They are made out of Goretex fabric and are wonderful. The hood does an excellent job of keeping your head dry. Not sure of a commercial source though.
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Old 09-13-2021, 05:32 AM   #3
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Gortex! Nothing better.
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Old 09-13-2021, 07:48 AM   #4
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My experience with Helly Hansen raingear is that it's a one-and-done purchase. A bit pricey, but delivers full value for every dollar. My H-H foul weather jacket has survived 39 years and countless miles afloat and ashore.
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Old 09-13-2021, 09:07 AM   #5
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Helly Hansen, Fishermans in Seattle has a good selection. Grundys is also top notch but a bit heavy for general cruising. I carry two sets, one Helly Hansen for general use. and one cheap set for fishing, as it gets bloody and damaged a fair bit. The Helly is a size larger than what we need so that we can layer under it. The fishing set is spot on as most of the time we are working a bit and it gets hot.
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Old 09-13-2021, 11:27 AM   #6
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Cabella's Goretex rain parka and associated trousers are great for general light/moderate duty to keep rain and spray off of you. I had my first parka that lasted from age 19 to 36 until a seam developed a leak after using it for a rain suit while kart racing. The replacement is still going strong with regular use; I am now near 59 years of age. I've used the first set mainly for bluewater fishing and it held up very well in a very active environment. Even fish blood and slime easily cleaned out in the washer. The original had fleece lined hand pockets which the newer version lacks....unfortunately.
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Old 09-13-2021, 12:40 PM   #7
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Any recommendations for rain gear in pacific north west?

My Helly Hanson is 30 years old, so I have no idea if what you would buy now would be as durable as the company has gone through change like everyone else. I will say that any of my rain gear is ďhotĒ as it doesnít breathe so well, goretex may be the answer. The one item I wear a ridiculous amount of time is a wool Gansey jumper. Pollen in Canada makes a good one, and I have a bespoke knitted one from the UK. Both get worn more than my rain gear (sometimes together). I can work in the rain and be warm and not feel wet until I come inside. Iíve had my Pollen about 25 years, itís amazing and versatile. Big believer in wool.
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Henri Lloyd makes somer of the best marine specific rain gear on the planet.

Musto is also a very good marine specific brand.
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Old 09-13-2021, 12:58 PM   #9
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Best rain gear?
Heated pilot house wins every time.
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The official footwear of Alaska and the PNW. I resisted too, until I got my first pair. The Admiral wore them when she worked at a summer salmon cannery during college years. We remove them prior to entering the cabin; we do that with all foot ware.

https://www.xtratuf.com/products/men...oot-copper-tan
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I like my West Marine suit, it's warm, very waterproof, and well designed. They replaced my 15 yo jacket when it began sheding the white fabric coating inside, no questions asked.
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My Helly Hanson is 30 years old, so I have no idea if what you would buy now would be as durable as the company has gone through change like everyone else...
Unfortunately that's my experience -- Helly Hansen is a big, high-end name of course and commands very high prices. Lots of nautical cache' I know. My wife bought me a HH raincoat as a big Christmas present two years ago. I wouldn't buy anything HH again. After about one year the zipper started losing or bending teeth and won't zip up anymore, the zipper tab fell off (I replaced it with a small white zip-tie), the water-sealed cuffs are awkward (reminds me of a Viking drysuit I used as a commercial diver) and it's sweaty-hot, doesn't breathe for anything. Very disappointing. I did get a very good, very tough and heavy set of "foulies" on eBay by "Rockwater Designs." I'm sure it's just a Chinese knock-off marketing name but they're my favorite set so far. Whether the rain and wind is blasting horizontally on the boat or I'm shoveling snow at 30 below zero in February, this is my go-to gear for really bad weather. Very well made and still breathes (at least a little). Very tough for a low price.

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Heated pilot house wins every time.
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Gore Tex is fine for the occasional wet spot, but can damp out and your clothes get wet under it. It's hard to beat Grunden's for prolonged wet weather... That said I have two sets of Gore Tex and just stay in the cabin if it's REALLY wet out there. Gage by Grunden's seem to be very nice, but I have never tested my jacket in prolonged wet.
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The official footwear of Alaska and the PNW. I resisted too, until I got my first pair. The Admiral wore them when she worked at a summer salmon cannery during college years. We remove them prior to entering the cabin; we do that with all foot ware.

https://www.xtratuf.com/products/men...oot-copper-tan
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I had a full set of Gill when I was sailing a lot. Bib bottoms, jacket with sealing cuffs, shaped heavy-duty hood, waterproof pockets, etc.

That worked great (and I still have it all these years later). You could sit outside on watch for hours being pummeled with spray and remain relatively comfortable. Amazing.

But for myself I found that once I wasn't out in the elements sailing for hours on end I no longer needed it. Now I buy a high quality set from a good camping/hiking type brand that is much lighter. Doesn't have the "sit out in the spray all day" features but I don't need them, and it's much easier to toss around, stow, and wear. Also nicer for walking into town or hiking when on boat trips (or other times).

This may not apply to you, and you may still want the top end sailing (or fishing) specialty gear. I can't speak to other brands, but Gill had a "coastal" and an "offshore" category for their foulies back then.

PS: For footgear it depends. I tend to either wear knee-high rubber boots, neoprene booties with soles (from kayaking), or just sandals (with toe protection). The latter because if it's warm enough to go that way, skin is like the ultimate Gore Tex. Breathes, dries instantly, and keeps the water out (Obviously not always appropriate though.)
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I had a full set of Gill when I was sailing a lot. Bib bottoms, jacket with sealing cuffs, shaped heavy-duty hood, waterproof pockets, etc.

That worked great (and I still have it all these years later). You could sit outside on watch for hours being pummeled with spray and remain relatively comfortable. Amazing.

But for myself I found that once I wasn't out in the elements sailing for hours on end I no longer needed it. Now I buy a high quality set from a good camping/hiking type brand that is much lighter. Doesn't have the "sit out in the spray all day" features but I don't need them, and it's much easier to toss around, stow, and wear. Also nicer for walking into town or hiking when on boat trips (or other times).

This may not apply to you, and you may still want the top end sailing (or fishing) specialty gear. I can't speak to other brands, but Gill had a "coastal" and an "offshore" category for their foulies back then.
Yes it depends on the time you spend outside in the rain and the work you do when out there.

Here in my part of Alaska we get twice the annual rainfall as Seattle.
Years ago I figured out that the sailing community had devised gear that works in very wet conditions for prolonged periods of time.

BTW gill is another very well designed foul weather gear brand.
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I have a set of Line 7. Had them for 35 years. Still waterproof and in good shape. Problem is they don’t let the water out either. After a good day sailing you are as wet inside from sweat as you are on the outside from rain.
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I donít need really heavy gear. Mainly when itís raining to pull up or set an anchor or dock. I guess lighter weight gore tex is the answer.

My father has some serious stuff from his offshore sailing daysÖthat would almost stand up by itself in the closet!
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Gore Tex is fine for the occasional wet spot, but can damp out and your clothes get wet under it. It's hard to beat Grunden's for prolonged wet weather... That said I have two sets of Gore Tex and just stay in the cabin if it's REALLY wet out there. Gage by Grunden's seem to be very nice, but I have never tested my jacket in prolonged wet.
Doug has it right. Gortex and similar breathables are fine, but when its really coming down in buckets, Grundens or Helly Hansen is the ticket. I also have and use both, breathables and the heavy stuff. Check out 'Deadliest Catch' for what they wear...Grunden's
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