The following review was written by the editorial department of Chesapeake Bay Magazine.




Grundens, the company best known for its rugged, baggy, orange bib overalls worn by commercial fishermen, has introduced a line of foul-weather apparel aimed at the recreational boater. Weather Watch is part of the new Gage Technical Gear collection from Grundens, and is designed to provide lightweight, breathable protection from the elements during a wide range of outdoor activities. Weather Watch garments are constructed from heavy-duty 420-denier nylon and the line includes jackets, bibs and pants in a variety of colors and full range of sizes from XS to 5-XL. Weather Watch Hooded Jackets (starting at $53) feature drop-tail adjustable hems, full-size adjustable hoods with elastic drawstring closures and two large, zippered pockets. The double storm flaps and fully taped seams keep rain, spray and moisture out under extreme conditions. Weather Watch Bibs ($65) feature fully taped seams with adjustable suspenders and leg cuffs for a snug, watertight fit. An inside zippered chest pocket and right leg cargo pocket provide handy storage for things like pliers, keys, wallets and other personal items. The Weather Watch collection also includes waterproof, breathable pants ($51) with a sturdy elastic logo belt, Velcro cinch ankles and leg zippers for easy on/off. Two front zipper pockets and a right leg cargo pocket provide plenty of storage. Grundens, Poulsbo, Wash. 800-323-7327; www.grundens.com

August 2011