Icebreaker Sierra Long Sleeve Full Zip Jacket
Merino wool is a wonderful fiber for its warmth, odor resistance, non-itch feel, and breathability. These are all excellent properties for a fishing garment, and we loved the functionality and style of this mid-weight full-zip jacket. It’s made from 260 gram brushed New Zealand Merino wool and equipped with zippered side pockets and a chest pocket with a media cord port, making it multifunctional for any outdoor enthusiast. It’s available in five colors and six sizes.
Outdoor Research Women’s Incandescent Hoody
Perfect anywhere a high weight-to-warmth ratio is important, we preferred this hoody for longer expedition-style outings in Alaska in 2013, and found the added warmth made ice fishing trips more enjoyable.
ExOfficio Men’s Rain Logic Jacket
MSRP: $135.91 to $180
This jacket lives up to its name. Waterproof, windproof, and breathable — it makes a logical addition to the outerwear choices for people who don’t hide from the elements. The Logic jacket is available in five colors and five sizes.
Gage Weather Watch Jacket and Bib Trouser
MSRP: $61 to $73 Jacket; $76 to $87 Bib Trouser
This set of rainwear is lightweight, durable and 100% waterproof. Bib trousers have multiple pockets and fit comfortably. The jacket is equally comfortable, adjusts at the hood and waist, has a long back for added protection from the weather and has two hand warmer and two inside pockets.
StormR Typhoon Jacket
During windy, cold days on the water this fall, the Typhoon jacket kept our female testers dry, warm and comfortable, allowing them to fish longer and catch more fish. The jacket is designed to be stylish as well, and our testers agree that this is the case. Also available in men’s.
Eddie Bauer First Ascent Men’s Hangfire Jacket
MSRP: $99 to $119
This is a versatile jacket that works well as a breathable mid-layer in the cold and outer layer on a cool, dry Alaskan morning. Features include a textured fleece torso, two-way stretch panels, and three zip pockets.
Carhartt Women’s Flagstaff Hoody
This comfortable, easy-fitting sweatshirt features a mock neck and raglan sleeves and looked great all year, whether worn on the water or around town.
Helly Hansen Women’s Crew Vest
This mid-layer crew is perfect as a layer for the colder days of fall, while wind- and water-resistance also make it a great choice as an outer layer during different times of the season.
Gage Storm Runner Rain Gear
MSRP: $70 to $80 Jacket; $66 to $76 Pants
This fully-breathable rainwear is light and packs down small, benefits testers appreciated in 2013. Leg zippers aid in getting the pants on and off over boots. Pants have Velcro adjustable cuffs and jacket has both elastic and Velcro adjustable cuffs, as well as two large exterior pockets and an adjustable full-sized hood.
Patagonia Women’s Nano Puff Hoody
Testers stayed warm and protected from the wind when wearing this jacket on the water in 2013. Reports from the field also indicated that it packs down small, making it an ideal item to bring along on any excursion considering the vagaries in Alaska weather.
Woolrich Women’s Abington Down Jacket
Online Editor Joy Davis says “I love this jacket because its 800-fill down makes it surprisingly super-warm for the weight. Some puffy coats make me feel like I’m wearing a sleeping bag, but the quilting and the cut of this jacket give it a nice, feminine shape. I especially like how the back is cut a little bit longer, so I can sit down without getting a draft. The outer shell is water-resistant, so I don’t have to worry about a little drizzle. And the color is fantastic!”
Marmot Women’s Dena Jacket
This jacket was among our favorites in 2013. It worked well as a light-weight top layer on the way to the river and then moved seamlessly into the layer under the waders. Testers also commented that it looks and feels great.
MontBell U.L. Down Pants Women’s
Try these pants and you’ll be impressed at how light and warm they are. Our testers commented that these pants will be their new go-to pants under waders in cold weather.
MontBell Women’s Highland Jacket
We loved this as a simple, close-fitting insulating layer, which provided sweater-level warmth and looked good to boot.
Bug Baffler Shirt with attached Headnet and Pants
MSRP: $38 to $40 for Shirt, $27 to $35 for Pants
When you venture out into the Alaskan bush in the heart of the season, expect to see swarms of biting insects. Carry one of these combos with you and you will be happy that you did.
Simms ExStream Jacket
This insulated jacket kept testers warm in cold, wet, windy weather, wearing only thin layers underneath. Equally important, it allowed testers range of motion while casting. Well-placed pockets, including zip hand-warmer, and convenient on/off storm hood.
REI Teton Polartec 100 Lightweight Fleece Pants
These lightweight, go-anywhere pants were one of the more comfortable and handier pieces of apparel we tested in 2013, making their way onto every packing list and performing exceptionally well in the field.
Simms Fall Run Jacket
Featuring PrimaLoft ONE insulation, this jacket offers incredible warmth-to-weight, a stylish cut and serves as either a layer for colder days or outwear on most fall afternoons in Alaska.
Sierra Designs Silicone Trail Pant
This stretch-woven nylon pant is both water-resistant and windproof, making them effective in the field. The knees and seat are treated with silicone to keep the wearer dry when sitting or kneeling on damp ground. We like their cut and the lightness of the fabric. Available in the Trail Skirt, Pant or Short.