Best Jacket and Pants for Fishing in Alaska in 2017
Grundéns Dark and Stormy Jacket and Bib Pant
The set is lightweight, tough and waterproof, which are good traits to have for saltwater clothing in Alaska. Both the jacket and bib are made from eVent fabric that is both waterproof and breathable. On offer are ample pockets, including kangaroo chest-warmer pockets in the bib pant, which we found nice considering the cold and rain experienced in the fall on the saltwater in Alaska. Other features we appreciated are the waterproof crotch zipper, adjustable cuffs, recessed neoprene adjustable wrist cuffs, roll-away drop-hood and D-ring tool attachments.
Drift Creek Stormbloc Woman’s Togiak Softshell Jacket
Our tester liked the function, style and comfort of this jacket, which offers a three-layer shell fabric that provided good water-repellant properties in light rain. With Spandex built-in to the design, the jacket also delivers good range of motion for casters, and a standup collar, reversible center-front zipper and hemmed cuffs add to the features.
Montbell Superior Down Parka, Women’s
Already loving a variety of Montbell jackets, our tester immediately fell for the Superior Down Parka. It’s light in weight and is highly compressible, meaning it was easy to pack for extended trips, but the jacket really stood out when put on during inclement weather, as its cozy-comfortable warmth was of paramount importance at some point during all those excursions and the loose fit allows her to layer up.
Helly Hansen Women’s Seven J Jacket
Our tester commented that this jacket made the day in a steady downpour tolerable and even enjoyable. The jacket is windproof and provides warmth when worn over other layers, and is well designed with pockets that kept her and her phone dry. She said is it comfortable to wear all day, fishing or around town, and she recommends it.
Mountain Hardwear Sawhorse Convertible Pant
These pants were among our favorite items of the year. They are supremely comfortable and versatile, incorporating many strategically placed pockets as well as ankle zippers to easily put the pants on and off while wearing boots, and zip-off legs to convert the pants to shorts.
Grundéns Stormlight Jacket Mens
Super light and tough, we stayed dry through some nasty downpours on the Nushagak in July 2016 with this jacket. Features include an adjustable hood, waterproof front zipper and large storage pockets. The breathable jacket is functional and packable and a great choice for the angler heading to Alaska. It’s available in five colors and six sizes.
Drift Creek Outdoors Granyte Rainwear
This rainwear is tough and completely waterproof, and those are essential qualities in rain gear, especially in Alaska. When moving, the rain gear is quiet, making it a good choice for hunters and anglers.
Grundéns Neptune Anorak and Trousers
They are sturdy and durable, well-designed with good stitching, snaps, safety-color and venting options. Both are comfortable to wear all day; they kept our tester dry in driving rains and he reported they are well-suited for fishing and for all-around use.
Montbell Plasma 1000 Down Jacket, Women’s
Used both as a layer during colder temperatures and as an outer shell, the Plasma down jacket was a hit with our tester across all four seasons in 2016. The jacket is cut trim to work effectively with outer layers, and features straight-forward core insulation utilizing 1000 fill-power goose down.
Carhartt Men’s Force Extremes Convertible Pant
These performance pants have a relaxed fit and are constructed from a blend of cotton and polyester, making them lightweight and comfortable. They are also imbued with Carhartt’s FastDry with 37.5 Technology. Ample pockets provide plenty of storage, and the zip-off legs make the garment multifunctional. These are excellent, fast-drying pants.
Patagonia Men’s Tres 3-In-1 Parka
This parka combines two separate jackets to allow users to wear them in three combinations—each separately or together as one parka. The inner down jacket is light but warm enough when the weather turns cold. And the top jacket is long with a large, adjustable and removable hood; both these design factors make for a good jacket in wet weather. It’s constructed from H2No fabric, which admirably repels water.
Helly Hansen Men’s Crew Insulator Jacket
This men’s jacket is warm, wind repellent and lightweight, which makes it a good choice as a mid-layer on cold, rainy days and a top layer on most dry Alaska mornings. It features Primaloft insulation and zippered chest and hand pockets.
Baffin Logan Vent-Max Hooded Jacket
For Alaska’s inclement weather, our testers loved having this jacket along in the field. The jacket features a waterproof breathable membrane on shoulders and the hood, as well as water-repellant vent-max chest and back for high-performance temperature regulation—something our people loved when activity and exertion ramped up on the rivers and in the woods. Multiple interior and exterior pockets add storage and improve temperature regulation, helping to make this one of the handiest jackets of the year.
Marmot Women’s Starfire Jacket
This jacket is lightweight and cut for an athletic fit for serious pursuits in the field, and it offers excellent protection from the elements. It features Marmot’s three-layer NanoPro fabric, which is breathable and waterproof, fully seam-sealed, and includes an adjustable hood and venting pit zips.
Eddie Bauer Women’s Neoteric Removable Bib
This bib harnesses the next-level power of Polartec NeoShell, and our tester loved the warmth and comfort provided by the waterproof and windproof, three-layer fabric, which has the added benefit of being ultra-breathable as well.
Helly Hansen Women’s Loke Pants and Jacket
Our female tester reported that these pants and jacket are waterproof and comfortable. The thin material makes movement effortless. The pants are comfortable wearing over layers in cold conditions, and they worked great for keeping her warm and dry. The jacket provides a nice outer layer and blocks the wind. The thin material is able to enclose your body heat, which makes it surprisingly warm.
Woolrich Men’s Andes II Fleece Jacket
Attractive and comfortable to wear any day, this garment provides great performance as an extra layer in cold temperatures while fishing or hunting. It kept testers warm and the outer shell is soft and comfortable. It features two roomy, inner pockets and has two drawstrings at the waist to adjust as needed to keep the weather out. It’s made from quality materials that should last a long time.