© Cameron Karsten Photography and Grundens new recreational GoreTex line in the Pacific Northwest
Grundéns, the producer of the world’s best fishing foul weather gear, recently announced a new, rugged line of fishing rain gear in partnership with Gore-Tex®. Three jackets and two bibs, all designed with specific fishing features and utilizing Gore-Tex’s® proprietary waterproof breathable technology, will provide exceptional wet weather protection to anglers in a variety of climates.
“Gore-Tex® is synonymous with waterproof breathable protection and the Guaranteed to Keep You Dry™promise. By combining our years of experience building apparel for one of the toughest jobs on the planet with their membrane technology, we’ve created an exceptional line of products,” says David Mellon, CEO of Grundéns. “All of these styles are designed and built for a specific use and users will find that they are more rugged than what is currently offered for fishing and offer better performance than anything Grundéns has ever produced. There is a style and feature set that will appeal to nearly all anglers and we know our customers will be stoked with this line of products.”
Buoy X Gore-Tex® Jacket and Bib
The flagship products are the new Buoy X Gore-Tex® Jacket and Bib. Utilizing Gore-Tex® 3-layer laminate, the 150-denier face fabric is treated with C6 DWR for maximum water beading performance and avoids wet-out that can be created by contamination from oil, blood or fish slime. The result is the burliest Gore-Tex® garments ever produced for the fishing industry. The jacket includes neoprene shingled cuffs in the sleeves, dual-zippered storage pockets, and a kill switch anchor among other fishing-centric features. The jacket will be available in three colors in sizes from small to 3XL and retails for $479. The bibs utilize Grundéns’ famous adjustable suspenders, a Grundéns removable belt, and a water diversion system at the front lower closure. Available in two colors in sizes from small to 3XL, the bibs will retail for $449.
Downrigger Gore-Tex® Jacket and Bibs
The workhorse fishing suit is the Downrigger Gore-Tex® Jacket and Bibs. Built with Gore-Tex® 2-layer laminate technology, the Downrigger maintains the same exterior ruggedness and water beading performance of the Buoy X but at a more affordable price and the next-to-skin comfort of a liner. The Downrigger jacket has a single chest pocket, an adjustable hook and loop cuff closure and a unique hood that handles wind and rain while running in boats without flopping around. Also available in three colors ranging from small to 3XL the Downrigger Gore-Tex® Jacket will retail for $349. The Downrigger Gore-Tex® bib has handwarmer pockets and lower leg zippers to facilitate easy on/off over bibs. Available in two colors in sizes from small to 3XL, the bibs will retail for $329.
Charter Gore-Tex® Jacket
The most portable jacket in the line is the packable Charter Gore-Tex® Jacket. Featuring Gore-Tex® Paclite® Plus, which provides an improved interior next-to-skin feel compared to classic Paclite® technology, the jacket is extremely breathable and highly packable. Gore-Tex® Paclite® Plus offers an improved interior next-to-skin feel compared to classic Paclite® technology. The compressible jacket has engineered sleeves for range of motion, zippered handwarmer pockets, and adjustable hook and loop closure on the sleeves. Available in two colors including refraction camo glacier, the Charter Gore-Tex® Jacket will be available in sizes from small to 3XL and retails for $269.
According to Director of Product Design Curtis Graves, “Grundéns is the newest Gore-Tex® brand in fishing and our rainwear is super rugged and burly. Nobody else’s can compare. We have every confidence that when customers get their hands on these products, they’ll be exceptionally happy and won’t return to anything less rugged.”
“We are very excited to see these products hit the market,” said Capt. Scott Goodwin, BD’s Editor in Chief. “Grundéns has always built practical and extremely functional gear to keep us comfortable and dry, even in the harsh conditions that Mother Nature can dish out. It makes fishing in these conditions bearable and safe. The additional comfort properties of Gore-Tex® will elevate the traditional Grundéns gear to new levels.”