Been real busy on the rivers and to be fair the weather has been fantastic when Orvis sent me my new Clearwater wading jacket it had been raining on and off for weeks, as soon as I received the jacket the rain went away, sods law I suppose, but on Tuesday the forecast was looking a little sketchy so I thought I would take it along just in case, well I was really pleased I did in the afternoon there was the odd rumble of thunder and then the heavens opened, it poured down until it was time to pack in around 2 hours after the rain started, the jacket performed well, not to hot in the summer rain and kept me dry, bar for some rain running in at the top of the collar, mind that might be that I wear a chest pack and it does seem to billow the collar open a little bit.
The one very small thing I would of preferred was a packable hood or some way of storing the hood when not it use, but otherwise all seems good.
This what Orvis have to say about there jacket.
This isn’t the Clearwater rain jacket of yesteryear. Fully redesigned and constructed for serious anglers, it takes on the elements, then kicks them to the curb. With features such as fleece-lined handwarmer pockets, a full-coverage hood, a fleece-lined chin pad, YKK Aquaguard zippers, huge bellows pockets, and much more, you’ll be doing yourself a disservice fishing in any other fly-fishing jacket. In navy. Polyester. Imported.
Just walking through the village and a man I have never seen before comes running up behind be shouting “I’ve been looking for you” several things went through my mind to say the least, then he told me how his farther had died and he wanted to give this Wheatley dry fly box to a fly fisherman, I was gobsmacked and surprised at his generosity thank you Phil I will cherish it
I’ve had a reply from Clive Edwards of RW Wheatley’s and he said the box is around the 1930’s
Just received some new Orvis Silver Sonic Seam chest waders, the idea sound good that they are welded together rather than sawn putting loads of little holes in the seam, as for fit very good with a wide range of sizes for height, inside leg, chest etc and they fit me very well indeed, nice touch inside the waders is a waterproof pocket for car keys and your phone, well I hope it’s waterproof if I take a tumble, only time will tell how hard wearing they will be, one good thing for me is the legs are a tighter fit, so the legs won’t rub together as I walk, as this is one of the main ware points on my waders.
The boot I wanted had felt soles and not the rubber ones, I prefer them for grip on the river I fish.
What Orvis have to say about their waders.
The most versatile welded waders on the market today. Fish dry, and know you’ll stay that way. Featuring the patented Orvis SonicSeam technology, all thread and stitch holes are eliminated and seams are double reinforced, prolonging the life of the waders dramatically. These are hard-wearing, everyday waders for the serious angler. Main wader is made of the same durable 4-layer nylon fabric as the Pack and Travel waders, while the upper is a lighter weight 4-layer nylon, the same fabric used in the Pro Guides. An innovative suspension system allows you to convert them to waist-highs without removing suspenders, a perfect feature for warm spring afternoons. Front zippered pocket is highly water resistant and an ideal storage place for fly boxes, while a flip-out interior waterproof pocket can hold cameras, cell phones, or fishing licenses. Attached gravel guards feature a quick-drain panel to keep you moving. Anatomically correct, sculpted neoprene booties for comfort. Strategically placed lower leg seams run up the back of the wader, reducing abrasion. Wader is cut higher in the front on women’s model to provide a more comfortable fit. Wader belt and traditional suspender option included. In overcast/taupe. Outer shell: 100% nylon. Imported.
- Features the patented Orvis SonicSeam® technology
- Constructed with a durable 4-layer nylon outer fabric
- Innovative suspension system easily converts the waders to waist-highs without removing suspenders
- Anatomically correct neoprene booties for additional comfort
- Flip-out interior waterproof pocket with touchscreen capabilities for smartphones
- Attached self-fabric gravel guards with quick-drain mesh panel
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