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Anyone: I'm looking to purchase a rain suit. But I do not want to spend the $$ on Gore Tex. Any suggestions on what has kept you dry on long rainy days?

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I use frogg toggs very light weight and keeps you very dry. They run about $60-$70

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I use Wetskins "Dockside" rain gear. They are tough, durable and water proof. I paid about $139 US for the jacket and bibs but had to order from Canada. I have not found them in the US yet. They are not cheap but are a lot less than Goretex.

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Ill second the frog togs, cheap and they work.

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HEFTY in the 32 gallon size! Very cost efficent! grin.gif

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Gore-tex is expensive but I bought my Sterner set about 7 years ago and wouldn't trade them for anything. Very comfortable, very durable. I have made 2 one week trips a year to the boundry waters, done yard work in them and they may be a little dirty but no rips or tares yet.

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I have the Gander Guild Series non-gortex H20 Tech and I think its a pretty good buy for the jacket and bibs. I think it cost me around $150 for the set on sale. Have not had to use it in real extreme weather yet, but like it so far.

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The Frog Toggs are great but get them large enough to pull on over warm clothing on really cold days. They aren't warm by themselves.

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Yeti if you haven't done so, spend the money up front. No need to go crazy but buy something that is of quality!

BUY SOMETHING OF QUALITY. People don't like paying the $$ for Gore-Tex. Ask yourself this question,

"How many times have you seen Gore-tex fail someone in harsh conditions?"

It will last you a lifetime and will keep you dry.

I know Gander, Bass Pro and Cabela's has their brand names with Gore stiched into em'.

Good Luck.

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I agree, you get what you pay for when it comes to outdoor gear. Raingear is an item that can save a trip when conditions call for it. Gore-tex products are as good as anything offered, but they will not remain waterproof forever. Excessive washing or just plain old heavy use of gore-tex clothing will wear out the waterproofing. I speak from experience, having wore out a columbia quad waterfowl parka in about 5 years. I was able to restore the parka with a spray on product that worked fairly well.

Frogg toggs are probably the best option under $100 and are great when it is warm and humid because they breathe so well. Not as warm and rugged as the high dollar gore-tex suits though.

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Gander mountain Tech H2o as the above poster mentioned is what I have. I looked at alot of different options - and they are the best for the money. They will last for years - and are comfortable. I was on the river 2 weekends ago - and had them on when it was sleeting and snowing and windy. I had long underwear on and a light jacket - and they kept me warm, dry and prevented a bad weather day from keeping me home.

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Check out an ARmy/Navy surplus store for the military issue Gore-Tex. WOn't cost as much as it will in a sporting goods store, but it's some of the best stuff out there. I've had my set issued by the USAF for about 10 years now, and other than a small rip on the pant cuff (duck hunting....) they're as good as they were the day I got them. grin.gif

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If you spend a lot of time out in the weather I suggest that you Bite-The-Bullet and spend the cash on a good set of genuine GoreTex!!

Cabelas sells some great stuf and you can get some decent sale prices if you look for them.

I bought the camo Quad raingear a few years ago and use it for hunting and fishing.

I have spent many days in pouring rain (10-12 hours) and the only thing that was wet was my shirt cuffs! smile.gif

Cliff

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I second the idea of buying quality rain gear. I bought some of the cheaper stuff and find that it doesn't always work well. This winter I bought a line of rain gear from GameHide to use ice fishing. This stuff is non-insulated so I layered fleese under it in the winter and the stuff was perfect. I am looking forward to trying it out this summer. They designed it with all kinds of pockets for different gear. Take a look at their website for more info. I believe Joe's sells this line of clothing too.

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I agree with the other posts, you will definitely get what you pay for. Personally, I use the mid-range Gander Guide Series rain gear. I use it A LOT.... Fishing, camping, backpacking, hunting etc you name it, I do it, and my one set of guide series gear has been great for the 4+ years that I have been using it. The thing I really like about my set is that its very compact (nice for camping / backpacking), and seems to be really durable. I think the price for the set was somewhere around $50

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Go to the store and get some hefty bags youll have many to use and you can tailor them to your size.........you do know im just kidding Frog Toggs work very well and when i was in the military the Gore Tex ones worked like a charm

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