View Full Version : wading rain jacket recommedations

04-01-2009, 12:53 PM
Time to buy a new rain jacket. The old one has finally bit the dust, zippers won't stay together and seam sealing problems.
Looking for a recommendation on a lightweight packable jacket (shell type) Something I can pack really small and use over a fleece jacket in the winter.
Anyone have the William Joseph Tech rain jacket? Good quality construction, zippers hold up, waterproof seams over time?
Any other suggestions?

04-01-2009, 04:41 PM
TM, I have the Simms gore-tex. It has the self-sealing zippers and the abundance of pockets. It's also roomy enough in the shoulders and arm pits to wear over a fleece.

04-01-2009, 04:51 PM
I also have the simms model that is a couple years old and it has worked really well for me and withstood many downpours and high winds. I don't have any complaints and would go with another simms if i had a choice, probably no more expensive than the william joseph either (seems like everything is high priced nowadays).

04-02-2009, 10:09 AM
Another vote for the Simms Gore-Tex and it's made in Bozeman, Montana. Tight Lines. TDS

04-02-2009, 08:35 PM
Troutman, I bought a Patagonia SST. After 12 years it started leaking. Byron said to return it to Patagonia. I was thinking they might refinish it. Instead they sent me a new model SST. Great company. However, it is pricey and too bulky to pack in a vest. At 57 I doubt that I need a jacket that will last 15 years. Do like to think I'll still be wading at 72. I also have a Carhart softshell with a hood. Keeps out most rain and is bushwacker tough. It is fleece lined so it is too warm for spring.
Sure Knots, Monk

04-02-2009, 10:18 PM
Like Monk, i returned my SST after years of use, the back/shoulders had faded to tan from all the years of use, couple weeks & i to am enjoying my newer, improved SST.


04-03-2009, 06:16 PM
Thanks, I'm gonna have to save awhile longer for the Simms Goretex or the Pat. SST. I've worn simms waders for a long time and bought a really nice Pat. vest last year. Both companies make excellent products.

04-03-2009, 08:18 PM
I have a jacket from a big chain store that I bought for about $20 that I wear every where when it's raining and it works great. Not great for the Summer because it doesn't breath so well, but I love it any way. Of course, that may not be for you, but I have short arms and deep pockets.

04-05-2009, 07:37 PM
I have the William Joseph Tech rain jacket and love it. Packs up extremely small, has it's own waterproof bag, and has waterproof pockets for your stuff. I'm very pleased with the jacket the pockets are waterproof but not that big so you still need your vest or pack unless you don't bring a lot of stuff or a big fly box.

04-25-2009, 08:49 PM
I have a Cloudveil Crystal Creek Jacket and love it. It's been a solid performer for quite a while. I was torn between it and the Patagonia SST... Finally went with the Crystal Creek 'cause it was packable and about a hundred bucks cheaper.... Lots of good features though.

04-26-2009, 03:59 PM
I wouldn't call the Willy J Tech Jacket a rain jacket, more of a wind breaker IMHO. I have worn it in the rain several times and it has never kept me dry. The fabric saturates almost instantly. Its a nice looking jacket and will keep a light drizzle off but don't expect it to perform in a downpour. I keep it in my fishing pack but only because it packs so small and "might" come in handy someday.

Arctic Grayling
04-26-2009, 10:03 PM
I was going to pack my Simms in-vest jacket, but after reading this I think I'll take my G-3 jacket instead.