Whilst looking around in a couple of Fishing/Tackle shops today I was impressed with the quality and looks of a few different syles and makes of floatation jackets and bib trousers, these in my opinion were better than some of the more expensive designer ones for a number of different reasons. The main one being price! I could get a two piece set that incorporates neoprene wrist cuffs and numerous pockets, with a nice detatchable hood and big coller, the material was said to be breathable and was bouyant to 50N it came in at I think £60.
Most of the designer brands start at £150 for a set of Togs, so this seems to be a bargain.
I was also looking at waterproof wear for the feet and legs and tried on a pair of thigh waders and Neoprene chest waders. The Thigh waders were easy to get on and off, but needed attatching at the top as they had a tendancy to fall down, they were also cold to wear as they where of a rubber contruction. The Neoprene chesties were harder to get into, but being much more flexible than I thought, they also had warmth properies too.
What I was looking for is a Jacket that would offer excellent Ocean going protection at a fraction of the price of the Designer ones, I think I've found just what I'm looking for in these fishing floatation suits, however I would not fancy walking long distances around Cowes or where ever as these are quite heavy.
The Boots, I'm not too sure! I originally wanted these just to launch and recover the boat. The cheaper Thigh ones would be ideal as I could slip them off whilst aboard. The Chesties were very comfortable and if I where caught out in the rain or whatever would offer excellent protection. The only real draw back being the fact I could only get these in GREEN
So any thoughts?
are what I'm looking at in terms of a jacket.