The best winter fishing waterproofs

The best winter fishing waterproofs

by Mark Sawyer |
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When fishing in the colder months, it's important you have the best winter fishing waterproofs you can afford, as there is nothing that ruins a fishing session or reduces enthusiasm quicker than being wet and cold. Fishing can put you as an angler in some horrendous conditions at times, so it's important you stay warm and dry to be able to fish to the best of your ability.

The best winter fishing waterproofs vary in design and how comfortable they will keep you on the bank. Some are superior in how waterproof they are, some are better insulated, others are lighter and easier to manoeuvre in, whatever your need there will be waterproof clothing to suit you and your budget.

The best winter fishing waterproofs at a glance:

• Best Value Carp Fishing Waterproofs- Trakker CR 3 Piece Suit - View offer on Angling Direct

• Best Designed Fishing Waterproofs - Preston DF Hydrotech Suit - View offer on Fishing Tackle and Bait

• Best Waterproof Fishing Suit - Drennan 25K Quilted Thermals - View offer on Fishing Tackle and Bait

• Best In Class Fishing Waterproofs - Halkon Hunt Custom Gore-Tex - View offer on Halkon Hunt

Whether you're a serious match angler willing to sit out in all weathers, or just an occasional angler who doesn't want to be uncomfortable on the bank, this guide takes a look as some of the best winter fishing clothing available to help make your fishing more enjoyable when the weather deteriorates...

Best value fishing waterproofs

The Daiwa Matchman Two-Piece Suit features a fully waterproof jacket and bib ‘n’ brace set with sealed seams and a 5K rating. Both items are fully lined with a two-way zip, with Velcro and stud fastening storm flaps.

The bib ‘n’ brace boasts elasticated adjustable braces and elasticated waist and front pockets, while the jacket has a detachable hood with Velcro closure and adjustable draw cord, inner zipped pocket and adjustable Velcro cuffs.

If you’re on a tight budget, this exceptional value set is well worth taking a look at.

Pros

  • Bib 'n' Brace is comfortable to wear.
  • Adjustable cuffs help keep cold air and water out.

Cons

  • Not the warmest suit.

Best waterproofs for sea angling

The Imax Oceanic Thermo Suit is a two piece suit, compromising of a fully waterproof (8000mm) jacket in a stylish red and black finish and a fully waterproof bib 'n' brace. The garments are fleece lined to help retain heat even on freezing cold days, especially useful for those anglers that brave the beach in winter.

All pockets are zip and fleece lined for comfort and safe keeping of belongings, the zips are heavy duty too and corrosion resistant to prevent them being destroyed by water. An unbelievably warm and comfortable suit for an even better price!

Pros

  • Fully waterproof.
  • Great for staying warm.

Cons

  • Colour scheme might not suit everyone.

Best winter carp fishing waterproofs

Boasting a 5K waterproof and 3K breathability rating, the Daiwa Winter Carp Suit is a newly modernised two-piece suit, which has thick fibre insulation and magnetic closures on the bib ‘n’ brace pockets.

Retaining the discreet look whilst keeping you warm for hours on end at the water’s edge – essential for the dedicated specimen angler.

Pros

  • Well-insulated suit.
  • The design of the hood and neck area trap heat in.

Cons

  • Not the easiest to wipe clean.

Best in class fishing waterproofs

Tailor-made Halkon Hunt Custom Gore-Tex clothing incorporates premium-quality three-layer Gore-Tex fabric to construct their waterproofs, specifically designed for the rigours of top level angling and the most demanding of weather. Choose from two different cuts of jacket, bid ‘n’ brace or overtrousers, all available in off the peg sizes or made to measure in any colour scheme, and embroidered with your name, club and team if required.

Simply the best you can buy. Not only is it incredibly comfortable, designed specifically for anglers by a company with 30 years’ experience, but the durability is immense, with anglers fishing twice a week often finding that a suit will last 10-15 years or more. Halkon Hunt’s exceptional after-sales service also offers alterations and repairs, available along with a two-year warranty.

Pros

  • The ultimate waterproof angling clothing.
  • Can be made in any size.

Cons

  • A bit too extravagant if you only fish in occasional bad weather.

Best waterproofs for keeping your whole body dry

The Matrix Tri-Layer 25k Clothing gives you a choice of jacket, salopettes and overtrousers made in durable triple layer PU coated reinforced nylon outer fabric, with a 25,000mm water resistance. Fully taped seams, reinforced high-abrasion resistant knee and seat panels, along with waterproof YKK zips, ankle straps and part elasticated waist, all make for a comfortable and durable suit for all seasons.

Smart coloured thin and lightweight material, with loads of Velcro and elasticated adjusters, make these really comfortable to wear. Neoprene cuffs help stop water running up your arms when shipping and casting. A great all-round set of clothing.

Pros

  • Excellent waterproof rating.
  • Smart and comfortable.

Cons

  • Trousers can slide when leaning over.

Best winter match fishing waterproof suit

Thick and padded, this two-piece Matrix Winter Suit has additional fleece lining in key areas in the hood, collar, pockets, waist and knees. Neoprene cuffs with thumb holes prevent drafts and water ingress.

The additional fleece ensures that not only is this suit warm, but it feels snug and comfortable too.

Pros

  • Very warm suit.
  • Neoprene cuffs are a great addition.

Cons

  • Not the most waterproof suit available.

Best designed fishing waterproofs

This new lightweight, 15K Preston DF Hydrotech Suit is designed to allow for layering and keep you dry in all seasons. The jacket has a high neck, a waterproof hood with stiffened peak, neoprene cuffs with thumb holes, and three large external pockets. The bib ‘n’ brace has a reinforced knee and seat area, waterproof zips with storm flaps and pullers, wide opening ankle areas and adjustable shoulder straps.

Smart and functional at a pleasing price, with a comfortable feel allowing unrestricted movement. It doesn’t have the waterproof rating of expensive suits, but is more than adequate for most.

Pros

  • Great waterproof properties.
  • High neck provides protection from wind chill.

Cons

  • Slightly better insulation properties would be great.

Best fishing waterproofs for warmth

To tackle the coldest of days, this two-piece Preston Innovations Celcius Suit set has a Hollofil lining which traps air pockets, ensuring minimal heat loss while still maintaining the durability and flexibility required by anglers.

Thick and warm, this great suit offers a cost-effective solution to keeping clean, warm and dry.

Pros

  • Superior warmth.
  • Great looking suit.

Cons

  • Might be a little bulky for some anglers.

Best value match fishing suit

The Middy MX-800 Pro Limited Edition clothing set offers superb value for money. Waterproof and breathable with a 5,000mm rating, this clothing set comes with a cosy fleece lining, Velcro storm cuffs and ankle fasteners, along with elasticated adjusters on the waist and hood.

The bundle itself includes a huge six-pieces of clothing for around £160 in some shops. The quality isn’t bad for the money either, and it will keep you both warm and dry in all but the worst of conditions.

Pros

  • Warm fleece lining.
  • Comfortable fit tailored for active angling.

Cons

  • 5,000mm material will struggle to keep you dry in torrential rain.

Best waterproofs for specimen anglers

A resilient and hard-wearing set, the Korum Neoteric Waterproofs are designed to withstand the rigours of walking long distances, accessing difficult swims and stalking big fish. Incredibly lightweight, these waterproofs pack down easily to fit into a bag. The jacket features an all-encompassing adjustable hood system, Velcro cuffs, side pockets and a handy phone sized breast pocket, while the trousers include a click-lock buckle belt and hand sized pockets with storm flaps.

Light and comfortable, preventing you from feeling bogged down on the bank, and kind on the wallet. A great set to carry with you to guard against that unexpected storm or to wear all day long on those damp and drizzly days.

Pros

  • Ideal for the roaming, specialist or short session opportunist angler.
  • Packs up small.

Cons

  • No XXXL sizes for larger anglers.

Best match waterproofs for all seasons

Maver MV-R 25 waterproofs
Price: £99.99 Jacket, £119.99 Salopettes

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A classy addition for match anglers are the Maver MV-R 25 Waterproofs. Made from heavy-duty waterproof material, with discreet contrasting colours. The items feature Modest MV-R branding, storm cuffs, storm hood, high neck protection, rubber zip pullers, taped seams, Velcro fasteners and drawstring waist, along with storm flap protected external pockets.

A generously proportioned set that leaves plenty of room to move and for extra layers. The longer-designed jacket is ideal for taller anglers, and the grey and black colouring with green trims is striking yet not too ‘in your face’. Reinforced areas and quality construction mean these waterproofs should stand several seasons of heavy use, longer for occasional anglers.

Pros

  • Tough zips with oversized pullers and strong buckles.
  • A longer designed jacket is great for taller anglers.

Cons

  • Matching overtrousers for summer would be good.

Best waterproof fishing suit

Drennan 25K Quilted Thermals
Price: £158.99 Jacket, £139.99 Salopettes, £109.99 Trousers

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With an impressive 25K waterproofing and 10K breathability, the Drennan 25K Quilted Thermals combine protection from the rain and the cold, and they do it really well. The clothing is made with ripstop fabric and features neoprene cuffs, handwarmer pockets and several internal pockets furnish these high-end winter garments.

The highest-quality materials and a host of features make this arguably the best dedicated winter suit out there.

Pros

  • As good a waterproof rating as you will get outside of Gore-Tex.
  • Comfortable, well-insulated suit.

Cons

  • Hood/neck area could offer more protection.

Best value carp fishing waterproofs

The Trakker CR 3 Piece Winter suit is arguably the best carp suit out there for the money, a 3 piece suit compromising of a fleece liner, jacket and bib 'n' brace for less than £150 is value in any angler's book. You might be thinking its cheap, it will be poor quality but that couldn't be further from the truth, the suit is incredibly well made and very well insulated, there is no wonder its one of the best selling suits out there.

When you have all the layers on and zipped up, you will be lovely and warm, and thanks to the insulation, adjustable cuffs and waist you can lock the heat in to remain warm. The suit benefits from taped seams and has a rating of 5000mm, whilst that won't keep you dry in torrential rain, it will offer protection in showers and you can retreat to the bivvy for the more adverse weather.

Pros

  • Three piece suit, fleece, jacket and bib 'n' brace included.
  • Good quality.

Cons

  • Not designed for really wet conditions.

What to look for in fishing waterproof clothing

When deciding on the best winter fishing waterproofs, the material needs to be your first port of call – 5,000mm fabric will keep you dry in moderate rain, while 10,000mm to 15,000mm will withstand heavy storms. But 20,000-plus is the gold standard, and is the only choice if you are planning on sitting out in a downpour all day without a brolly.

Breathability is also worth looking at. A plastic bag is 100 per cent waterproof, but sit outside in one and you’ll soon end up soaked in condensation and sweat! The winner in both water resistance and breathability categories is Gore-Tex – the ultimate all-weather material.

The best winter fishing waterproofs have an adjustable hood, won’t restrict movement when casting and will have a good seal on the cuffs to prevent water soaking the sleeves of the clothing underneath. Also look at the insulation properties, as whilst the main job of waterproof clothing is to keep you dry, its nice if they keep you warm in the winter too!

Glossary

Hydrostatic head: Hydrostatic head (HH) is a way of measuring how waterproof a piece of fabric is.

MM rating: Measured in millimetres (mm), this is a measure of how waterproof a fabric is. In the case of a 10,000mm fabric, if you put a cylinder with inner dimensions of 1" x 1" over a piece of said fabric, you could fill it with water to a height of 10,000 mm (10m) before water would begin to leak through. The higher the rating, the more waterproof it is.

Neoprene: A robust and stretchy fabric that is also waterproof and provides good heat insulation properties.

Gore-Tex: Gore-Tex is a waterproof, breathable fabric membrane and registered trademark of W. L. Gore & Associates. Invented in 1969, Gore-Tex can repel liquid water while allowing water vapor to pass through and is designed to be a lightweight, waterproof fabric for all-weather use.

Frequently asked questions of fishing waterproofs

How often can I wash Gore-Tex clothing?

As with all things in angling, clothing can become pretty disgusting quite quickly and Gore-Tex is no different. Thankfully you can wash your garments as often as you need to remove such impurities as dirt, slime and bait. Washing, drying and reheating your garment helps restore the durable water repellent (DWR) that is important to the performance of a GORE‑TEX garment.

How often should I re-proof my waterproof clothing?

As a guide, we would recommend doing it at the start of the season, that way it will remain waterproof when you begin to use them again. Use a dedicated clothing waterproof agent, as this will provide the best protection and won't deteriorate the material.

Author Mark Sawyer holds the position of Tackle Editor at Angling Times, boasting more than thirty years of experience working within different fields of the angling industry.

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