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(Edit- Should have been more specific- I'm thinking river-side, steelhead fishing environment. ) What do you guys wear when the temps are south of freezing- or south of zero for that matter? Do you simply bundle up layers beneath a breathable wading jacket/shell? Or are there waterproof, insulated options out there that work well?

 

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I am the king of getting cold...it's just how I'm wired. Keeping the top half of me warm actually starts with my waders: 5 mil neoprenes that come way up to my chest. I'm a layers guy: an UA mock neck, a microfleece shirt, (if it's really cold) a fleece vest, and a heavyweight fleece jacket over that. Final layer is a breatheable shell.

 

The coldest weather I've ever fished in was 10 degrees, but that was only for a few hours. It's kind of hard to cast when your line freezes instantaneously in midair.

 

I think it's worth mentioning that for many people, (I'm one of them) keeping head, feet, and hands warm is critical to staying warm. Next to my 5 mil waders, hand warmers are my bestest buddy.

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Simms surf top for the coast. Wading jackets are useless and eventually you will get wet with them in the surf.the don't make those simms surf tops anymore and luckily I got my hands on 2 of them! An alternate is aquaskins surf top

 

I wear a surfing neoprene hood with a visor I picked up in a surf shop. Tested perfectly. Its 3 mil thick and seals out water.

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the simms dry top is a POS destroyed 2 in less than a year. either layer up and use athe guy cotton jackets and have no problem. or just layer with a goretex jacket

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the simms dry top is a POS destroyed 2 in less than a year. either layer up and use athe guy cotton jackets and have no problem. or just layer with a goretex jacket

 

 

 

I am interested in hearing more about your issues with simms dry top. I had mine for 2 years now. Used it probably 3 dozen times. If your talking about a rip where the neck seal separated from the fabric then it may be due to when pulling it off. I can see that being an issue.

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the neo de laminating from the neck, waist and cuffs. it is an ok top in a pinch but not worth the cash i paid when they first came out. the material also leaks, and isnt even water resistant. also i have worn the new replacement mabe 10 times and it just sits

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the neo de laminating from the neck, waist and cuffs. it is an ok top in a pinch but not worth the cash i paid when they first came out. the material also leaks, and isnt even water resistant. also i have worn the new replacement mabe 10 times and it just sits

 

Hmm, mine work perfectly right now. I got them when they were discounted.

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Spent lotsa hours freezing my behind off in steelhead streams in Canada,Mi,Pa,Oh and Ny.



I start out w/ the feet,wicking liner,midweight wool kneesocks,300wt fleece socks over that.



300wt fleece bottoms you can get at outlet malls,just make sure it says 100%polyester,cotton soaks up sweat and will make you cold.Under 20 deg or wading deep(like in Mi's PM) I'll add a heavyweight pr of long underwear.Polyester/wicking underwear,boxer style.



On top, a wicking top,fleece of 100-200wt depending on weather and a mid to heavy(heavy more for deep wading than cold) fleece vest.Vest is good,keeps upper body warm w/o overheating like too many layers of sleeves.



A hat w/ brim and earflaps that you can choose to use or not and made of goretex.



Fleece fingerless gloves.



Calories.Gotta have fuel in the furnace to keep warm.I always carry a backpack w/ lunch,beverages and maybe a thermos of something hot if it's cold.I use a roltop waterproof bag that actually helped me float out of a close call once.Had all my stuff zipped and fastened and pulled tight and I only took a little water up top.



Boots w/ carbide studs for the ice.Make sure they are a size or two larger to fit all what you're wearing.



I prefer breathable waders but neoprene is a good call if you deep wade a lot.Boot foot waders are warmer but a boot w/ cleats over stockingfoot is better traction/grip.Never use felt soles in winter as they will collect ice/snow on the bottom and make wading dangerous.



A good rainproof top to keep wind and wet at bay.Breathable is a must.


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riverside, go with a wading jacket, waterproof breathable and I like primaloft to layer with when real cold. It is lightweight and warm. 60 gram jacket or real real cold go 100 gram, that can get a little bulky. In the surf I wear a kokatat tectour paddling jacket. 3 layer gore tex with latex wrist seals and an adjustable neck. It also has a hood. When you aren't using the hood it can be a little pain in the neck, get it!

But when you need it, its nice.

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