When it comes to cold, rainy weather, I’m a complete wimp. To make things worse, I had two fishing trips scheduled to take me north of the 48th parallel. I was dreading the thought of heading to both Canada and Alaska. Not because of the fishing, I just plain hate being cold and wet.
I prefer 95-degree temperatures and 95-percent humidity over the slightest inclement weather. Heading north, no matter what time of year, is usually not my bag.
To compound the issue, the foul-weather gear I had was tired and beat, so it was time to upgrade. After seeing the new Gage Technical Gear by Grundens I thought I’d give it a try. I ordered up the jacket and pants in both the Storm Surge and Burning Daylight models. They are two different weights, so I figured I could use both depending on the weather.
As my trip to Prince Edward Island, or PEI, approached, the forecast called for bluebird weather to my exhilaration. Mid-70s with some wind and rain, but mostly sunny skies. I figured the Burning Daylight would be too heavy, so I only packed the Storm Surge.
On day one, we were met with 30 knots of wind along with a 3- to 5-foot wind chop. Spray in the face every five seconds with cold water in the upper 50s. The Storm Surge was absolutely perfect for these conditions. I wore shorts and a t-shirt underneath with the foul-weather gear shell as protection from the wind and sea spray. My shirt never got wet even though the outside of my shell was soaked. It really was some of the best foul-weather gear I’d ever worn.
However, that bravado got me in trouble. I figured since the gear protected me from the elements, it must be equally good protecting me from paint balls. The guys on the trip to opened fire on me, and guess what — Gage foul weather gear will not protect you from the sting of paint balls, but it will protect you from the paint and whatever weather you encounter.
My next trip took me to Sitka, Alaska. The forecast called for temps in the mid 50s mixed with wind and rain — awesome.
I figured that I’d need a little heavier outerwear, so I took the Burning Daylight jacket and pants. For four days I wore the gear on the water with only a hoodie and sweatpants underneath. Not only did I not get cold, neither the rain nor ocean spray penetrated the shell. The waterproof pockets protected my camera and phone and the hood kept my beanie stone dry.
After these two trips, I have to say that I’m completely sold on the Gage line of products. We all know that these Grundens make gear for the most hardcore watermen, but now the new line of products they developed are a little less “commercial” but offer the same protection.
Priced at $164.99 for the Burning Daylight jacket and $149.99 for the pants. The Storm Surge retails for $109.99 for the jacket and $99.99 for the pants — a bargain price considering the quality and comfort. Available at Melton’s and many other marine/tackle stores nationwide.
For more information visit www.grundens.com.