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So, obviously not a bow hunting topic, but I've noticed quite a bow hunters, are also duck hunters. I'm in the market for a new wading jacket, and their are not as many options as I thought. I was looking at the Drake 3 in 1 Eqwader, but the reviews have me concerned.
I'm looking for recommendations for a waterproof, breathable, versatile wading jacket for waterfowling. Not interested in the Sitka Delta wading jacket. TIA.
I have a older Drake I really like...Have to dig it out to see which model!
I use the Sitka wading jacket. You might try the Filson line?
I have the Sitka Delta Wading jacket and a Drake jacket. I wear the Drake jacket more! If it is raining I like the Sitka. I'm not sure the model on my Drake jacket.
I have a drake and a Filson pro
Like both of them
My drake gear has never let me get wet and it’s priced fairly. I’ve got some Sitka stuff and it is nice.
I’ve settled years ago on whatever I’ve got on my top staying tucked in my waders, though.
Just make sure you take springs outta the bellow pockets on Drake jackets if it’s going be cold cold.
I have a 4-1 Columbia. Been good to me. I’ll never buy drake again after a terrible Customer service issue. Their dog vest failed after 1 trip, the stitching came out. They told me to pound sand. There are too many good companies to deal with BS like that.
Drake gear breathes about as well as an innertube. It's horrible if you have to walk farther than around your truck.
I had two of the Columbia 4-1 But lost them to hurricane Harvey
They were awesome!!
Another vote for Columbia 4-1
Every time I see one of these threads, I wonder whether any of the guys providing advice have ever owned anything other than what they claim is the "best." I've owned and gotten rid of several of the jackets in this thread because they were garbage. Columbia = garbage(leaked like a sieve), Drake = garbage(also leaked), Banded = So-so(but blew out of the boat one day before I could really test it in heavy rain), River's West = OK, if you want a sauna suit. A lot depends on your hunting needs. Are you walking a long distance to your spot where you're potentially working up a sweat? If so, breathability is crucial. If not, something more waterproof without the breathability might be better. Do you truly need a wading jacket or just a parka that can be worn inside your waders? How cold are the climates you'll be hunting in? Do you need an insulated liner or just a shell?
One of the best jackets I've ever owned ironically was a Realtree brand jacket that I got off Camofire. That jacket breathed well, yet remained waterproof. Only drawback was that it didn't have a removable liner. I'm currently running a Sitka and so far, it seems to be the most waterproof and breathable of all. Little more pricey but if you have time to watch Camofire, you'll sometimes see them on there for a reasonable price which is why I pulled the trigger on one.(I was too cheap to pay full retail) It doesn't have a removable liner that attaches directly to the shell(at least my model doesn't). I'm planning on trying a Pnuma vest with it this year to see if I can get by with less layering in the extreme temps.
I like the Columbia Widgeon parka. Not sure if Ma Boyle still make them but they are a great parka.
I've never understood the hype on these Columbia jackets. I owned 2 of them and both leaked like sieves. They replaced the first one and the second was no better. Good Customer service is about all I can say about Columbia but personally, I want a jacket that works--not one that I have to return and replace every couple years.
Dave, I’ve had 5 or 6 different jackets. I guess I’m not an expert but I spent 40-50 days duck hunting for a decade. The Columbia was my favorite. It was goretex, so after a while it leaked, just like all goretex seems to do. I got a few years out of them before that happened. The reality is if you’re in a duck blind, leak or not, you’re going to get home and you’re going to be soggy and wet. Usually it was from the rain running down my arms when I was shooting at birds over head. All that being said, I liked the Columbia better than the rest.