Before we encountered any rain I fished with the ProDry Jacket by itself and
later combined it with the Bib just to see how the garments felt in general.
Fishing with both casting and spinning gear the ProDry jacket felt light on my
shoulders and arms and I was able to enjoy full range of motion, never did I
feel like the jacket was restricting casting or the playing of fish. Also unlike
many foul weather garments the ProDry jacket was quiet, and even when my arms
came in contact with my waist the material did not make much noise as a result
of friction or simply shuffling around.
Staying out longer on the water has plenty of benefits, including the
opportunity to land big fish
There is an
abundant amount of storage in this jacket, probably more than any angler really
ever needs. I was able to stow everything from tackle and tools to even snacks
in the jacket without it feeling overloaded. The watch window is an amusing
option but I really didnít find it all that useful since in most cases I would
wear a second layer, like a fleece, which would cover up my watch anyways.
Anglers can wear a watch and tell time through a window in the sleeve
cuffs are excellent and helped keep water out of my arms when releasing fish or
simply providing a tighter seal over gloves on those colder windy days. When
running the boat quickly across the lake I found the ProDry to provide
exceptional wind protection, and while this garment is an excellent shield form
the wind it still doesnít provide a lot of warmth, so layering is a good idea
for consistently cold conditions.
double hookup while the rain is coming down hard
Let it rain,
let it rain. Iíve never been so happy to encounter foul weather and the other
anglers we came across on these particular set of field tests must have thought
Cal and I were downright loony as we got increasingly excited as the storm
clouds rolled in. With the rain finally coming down in sheets and the wind
adding another factor of pure nastiness the other boats on the lake pulled out
and even anglers on the shore called it quits. After an hour in the rain the
bites were few and far between but at least I was still dry. Thatís when our
host for the trip, Lucky Craft and Roboworm Rep Roy Gray, worked the bass boat
into a shallow lake arm and we targeted fish right off the bottom drop-shotting
Roboworms. Within the next two hours we caught over 40 bass between the three of
us, and these were quality fish.
Thanks to our friend Roy for a very rainy yet productive day on the water
The ability to
stay out on the water when there is less pressure is a real advantage and though
the rain was coming down hard it really didnít bother me at all, especially when
the bites were still coming too. When rain hits the jacket it beads up on the
surface and a simple shake is enough to get the water off. Over time if the
rain is constant the surface of the jacket will become saturated, and while it
becomes slick to the touch no water is able to penetrate the outer layer. At the
same time this garment is also breathable and the hood does a great job
shielding water off your head but is best used with a cap to keep the front edge
off your forehead.
Time to go home
After our time
out in the field bass fishing we took the ProDry back to the lab for additional
torture tests. We tested the jacket for abrasion and found the surface to handle
direct pressure simulating contact with rough surfaces very well. We also were
able to clamp the jacket down and test up to 8lbs of pressure on the seams,
after which we retested the ProDry to see if the jacket would remain waterproof,
which it did. Everything from the ProDryís zippers to the reinforced seams is
built to take a beating and keep on performing season after season.
cold morning at Pyramid Lake Nevada