IMAX FEATHERLITE BOOT - RRP: £45.99
An ultra-light boot featuring a much deeper tread than many others. The EVA material is crammed with micro-bubbles that offer perfect heat insulation.
The soft inner lining is both fleece and foam and removable, while the insole contains aluminium foil for added insulation as well as absorbing and wicking away moisture.
Available in sizes 6-11.
For your nearest Imax dealer, tel: 01827 59659. Website: www.svendsen-sport.dk
TITAN MATCHMAN HOODIE SMOCK AND ACTION TROUSER SUIT
This is the first clothing addition range to the Titan Matchman range.
It features a durable and medium-weight cotton smock, in red, that is highly wind and shower-resistant.
Other features include rope cord hood locks to protect the neck, and Velcro adjustable cuffs with a large front handwarmer pocket. Available in sizes M, L, XL and XXL. The navy blue Action Trousers are tailored with a durable medium-weight cotton and feature four side pockets with two secured with zips. Cargo pockets and external kneepad pockets are fastened with a twin-hook and bar.
Available in regular length, with waist sizes that increase by 2in increments.
For more info, visit: www.titan.fishing or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PINEWOOD HUNTER PRO-EXTREME JACKET
RRP: approx £200
Super jacket designed to cope with harsh weather conditions. Durable as well as being totally wind and waterproof, it features ventilation zippers for extra air flow, and heat emissions from heavy exertions. Lined with high-vent mesh for added comfort, along with a removable and adjustable hood with a decent brim. Available in moss green and sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, 3XL and 4XL.
For more information or to locate a stockist near you, tel: 01509 233333 or visit: www.koolbox.co.uk
pinewood hurricane sweater
A stylish and incredibly warm sweater that features a high collar and half zip to offer extra comfort.
It’s wind and water repellent, while also lined with an extra membrane, which is laminated with a highly elasticated lining, helping it to be flexible and extremely supple.
Available in dark green, brown mix and dark grey mix, and sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL and XXXL.
For more info or to locate a stockist near you, tel: 01509 233333 or visit: www.koolbox.co.uk
daiwa isoflot flotation jacket - RRP: £110
This is Daiwa’s most recent certified flotation jacket, which is designed to offer ultimate freedom for anglers, especially when casting.
It has the same buoyancy a conventional, longer outfit and is incredibly comfortable and warm.
It features a tough outer shell in 210D nylon Oxford, making it totally wind and waterproof, with a rating of WP5000.
In addition, it has a polyester body lining, fleece-lined collar, neoprene cuffs, reinforced elbows, two outer pockets, two inner pockets and fleece
hand-warmer pockets. Plus, adjustable waistband and hood.
Other features include CE certificate ISO12402, lightweight flotation foam, 3M reflective tape, plus a warning whistle. Available in sizes M, L, XL, XXL and G.
For more info or to find your nearest Daiwa stockist, tel: 01698 355723.
- Waterproof and breathable F3.5™ fabric
- Three layer upper, six layer bottom
- Waterproof Riri Storm 10 zipper on zip model
- Matching colour stretchable wading belt with two belt loops
- Adjustable, matching colour braces.
- Built-in drying loops
- High back design
- Built-in gravel guard with lace hooks
- Neoprene feet with left and right side design
- Inner pocket
- Water-resistant front pocket
If you fish over rocky, slippery ground and you feel the need to wear lightweight, breathable chest waders, then I am sure you know all about how waders simply don’t last that long.
Bearing in mind that most of these breathable waders are made for the freshwater fly-fishing market though, it is perhaps understandable how they don’t tend to stand up particularly well to what we like to put them through.
Frustrating I know, but for many lure anglers especially, a pair of breathable chest waders is as important as a rod and reel – and the best ones I have used over the last couple of years are the Vision Ikon chest waders.
Value for money
I wish I could tell you that they were cheap, but around £150-200 is hardly throwaway cash. When compared to top-of-the-range waders like some of the expensive Simms ones though, the Vision Ikon waders represent pretty good value for money. So far they have lasted the longest for me in and around saltwater lure fishing.
I like these Vision Ikon waders because they do what they say on the tin – they are cut pretty well, seem to ‘breathe’ fine on long walks or scrambles, they don’t fall apart the moment they see saltwater, and also seem to be fairly tough. Okay, I slipped on some sharp rocks and put a little hole in the knee area – my fault entirely – but all I did was patch it up with a bit of Aquasure and it’s been fine ever since.
I would love to be able to tell you about some miraculously cheap breathable waders that will last you forever, but the fact is that the saltwater environment trashes most things.
When you have spent a not inconsiderable amount of money as I did on a pair of Simms G3 Guide waders and all they did was leak on me again and again, then it’s rather satisfying to wear these considerably cheaper Vision Ikon waders and have no problems at all.
There are some deals to be found on the Internet, with wading boots thrown in, and all for around £200.
They will deteriorate eventually, and I am sure that I will slip again and put various holes in them, but that, I am afraid, is the nature of a lot of bass lure fishing.
Call me a drip, but for nearly the entire year I simply don’t fancy wet-wading here in the UK, and because bass fishing is so much about being right in among it, breathable chest waders are vital kit to so many of us.
The trick, for me, is to find a pair of waders that are affordable and will give me a decent amount of time in them without having to tear my hair out, and so far I can’t complain at all about these Vision Ikon waders. Long may they last.
This brushed cotton hoodie has a drawstring hood and a hand-warmer style front pocket. A stylish garment that will keep the chill out, also features a ‘let the battle begin’ slogan running down the sleeve of the left arm. Available in sizes M-XXL in blue or black.
Perfect for the roving or boat angler, this olive-green vest has 11 pockets for storing all your small, fiddly bits of kit.
The quality is good and is perfect for locating items quickly, so you can spend more time fishing. It can be worn over other garments and available in sizes M, L, XL, XXL and XXXL.
For your nearest Fladen Fishing (UK) stockist, tel: 01305 821111
Sea Angler score sheet:
Value for money: Great value.
Practicality: Very comfortable and lots of storage.
Would we buy it? Yes.
Tramping over stony beaches or scrambling over wet kelp in pursuit of bass is hard work, and you need sure footing.
New to Fladen is a pair of neoprene and rubber boots, combining good grip with warmth. The boot soles have a heavy tread for dealing with the rocks and kelp, while the neoprene uppers help keep your legs warm on those chillier days or when you are walking along the shoreline.
Boot sizes range form 40 to 46.
Sold through Fladen stockists. For a local dealer, call 01305 821111.
This light and practical jacket will be perfect for wearing with your breathable stocking waders and boots.
It has two large pockets at the front for extra storage and a rear pockets offers more storage space. The waist, overall length and cuffs are adjustable and the handwarmer pockets at the front are fleece lined for comfort and warmth.
Available on-line at www.rivercraft.com
Value for money: A quality, protective garment.
Practicality: Wading anglers should have a good jacket.
Would we buy it? Worth a look.
Would I wear one of these contraptions? asks global photographer and angler, Henry Gilbey
My first reaction is ‘on yer bike’ because I’m more a rucksack man, but then I stood back and thought about it.
But let’s get one thing straight; this lure vest is not a lifejacket, and it will not keep you afloat if you fall in. In Japan they are used as a kind of crossover between a lure fishing vest and a flotation aid, but from my understanding these sorts of products have not been properly tested here as a true flotation device.
You can actually choose to either remove or retain the various flotation panels. Take them out and the vest becomes even easier and less bulky to wear, but that decision is up to you.
Fly-anglers know fishing vests allow them swift and easy access to their gear, which is stored around their body in pockets. Rucksacks aren’t a lot of good if you are rock-hopping or wading.
I took note of the IMA vest when I was forced to look around for a way to keep lures and other bits (leader, clips etc) to hand when we fished locations that required us to be up to our waist in water.
This vest isn’t cheap, but, having used one extensively, I think I have a pretty good idea why it costs so much. The zip and other fastenings are saltwater-proof, and properly adjust the straps and you’ll hardly know you are wearing it.
I haven’t really looked after the vest, yet I can’t find any signs of wear and tear. There is a small zip pocket on the back of the vest that can hold a few things, but the main attraction is what you can fit in the front pockets and hang off the D-rings that impresses.
The front pockets hold my favourite Sakura SK-9145 washable lure boxes, which measure 20.6cm x 17cm x 4.2cm, and there are even drainage holes in the bottom of the pockets for when you wade out deep.
Yes, it’s better than a rucksack and I can get at everything while I am fishing.
Available from selected retailers – many specialist bass tackle website sell them.
If it’s a tough pair of neoprene waders that you need, you won’t find any much tougher than these.
Built from 4.5mm neoprene with reinforced kneepads, you know immediately that they will protect well. The soles are fitted with tungsten studs to give you a valuable grip when walking over weed-covered venues.
At the front you have a large handwarmer pocket and the shoulder straps are easily adjusted and secured with Velcro.
Available in boot sizes 7-11.
Sold through Greys dealers, tel: 01665 602771
Value for money: Great protection at a great price.
Practicality: Superb for wading through weedy gullies.
Would we buy it? I grew up wearing waders, and I already have these.
These boot socks are made from a combination of wool and yarns that offer superb performance and durability.
They have a loop pile padded construction that offers extra protection and, being all-climate, you can wear them anytime. Not only do they insulate, they cool, are absorbent, wick moisture and are anti-bacterial.
Available in grey and sizes 6-8, 9-11.
Sold through EDZ (Mellbeck Ltd), tel: 017687 75069
Value for money: Excellent quality.
Practicality: Ideal for all seasons.
Would we buy it? Yes.
This tried and tested suit is one of the few suits that conforms to Europes strict safety standard EN393, has now become lighter, more comfy to wear, whilst still maintaining its awesome heat keeping and life saving factors.
Extraordinary life preservation apparel
Exemplary integrated buoyancy
Superb storm proof protection against wind and rain
Adjustable cuffs, face enclosure and waist belt
Adjustable crotch straps to prevent jacket riding up
Angler Cut allows unrestricted freedom of movement
Low density foam interlining giving unrivalled thermal protection
Flotation foam in the bib and brace as well as in the jacket
Double fold-over expandable pockets
Fleece lined hand-warmer pockets
Heavy duty 2 way main zip
S-34-37" M-38-42", L-42-46", XL-46-50", XXL-50-54", XXXL-54-57"
FREE POSTAGE AND PACKING
Highly breathable low density buoyancy foam
Abrasion guard, reinforced knees, sea, elbows and shoulders
Large zippered hand-warmer pockets
Silicon ‘pull tabs' on storm flap of handwarmer pockets
Highly reflective piping
3 way, ergonomically engineered adjustable hood for unrestricted vision
'Angler cut' allows unrestricted freedom of movement
Heavy duty adjustable straps on salopettes incorporating elasticated neoprene shoulders and back
Conforms to EN393 regulations
INCLUDING POSTAGE AND PACKING
SFT stands for seamless fusion technology, which is a new neoprene construction. New technology enables the seams to be butt glued and blind stitched then welded together, while an ultra-thin, highly elastic tape is applied. This results in a 100 per cent seamless and waterproof product.
As it is only 1mm thick, it offers a good tight fit and being ultra thin, allows you to feel everything and still remain dry.
The palms and finger panels are screen printed with a patterned silicone ink, giving a flat surface but superb grip, even when wet.
Shore and boat anglers can now keep their hands warm and dry and fish longer in comfort. Available in deep blue and sizes S, M, L, XL.
Sold through Snowbee dealers, tel: 01752 334933
Sea Angler score sheet:
Value for money: New technology makes these a bargain
Practicality: Warm, dry and sensitive enough to feel everything.
Would we buy it? I don’t normally wear gloves but I’ll give these a try.
This new range of clothing from Imax designed with the beach angler in mind. They feature the following...
Extremely comfortable soft-touch design with specially widened arms to aid casting.
Polyester tricot fleece lining.
100 percent waterproof, laminated and windproof.
Hand warmer pocket and large velcro-sealing storage pocket.
Heavy duty zip.
Peaked fleece-lined hood.
Sizes are: M, L, XL, XXL and XXXL.
These half-finger gloves are just the job for keeping your hands warm. The fleece is laminated and the palms are 3mm neoprene. The cuffs are elasticated and stretch beyond the wrist, while the open tips are ideal for baiting, reeling and feeling for bites. Sizes are M, L, and XL.
Value for money: These are well worth it when the cold weather arrives.
Practicality: Carry on fishing with warm hands.
Would we buy it? I’ve lost count how many sessions these have been with me.
These boots are perfect if you are fishing from concrete or shingle and when worn under a pair of salopettes.
Made from rubber, they have a neoprene lining and are abrasion-resistant with a radial dual density outsole to provide extreme comfort.
Sizes range from 8-15.
Available through Shimano dealers, tel: 01386 425824.
Value for money: They’re very tough and hardwearing.
Practicality: Perfect when waders aren’t required.
Would we buy it? I need a pair so I’m having these.
These tough, comfortable shoes are built for being around water and include reinforced mesh panels, padded tongue and a collar with an Achilles notch with rear webbing pull loop.
The Sebago Siphon system drains water through a series of screens, water channels and vents. The sole is non-slip and non-marking.
Sea Angler score sheet:
Value for money: Very hard wearing and comfortable.
Practicality: Superb if you’re in and out of the water regularly.
Would we buy it? Ideal for summer boat fishing.