Great Lakes Angler Blog

Rain is Welcome But We Still Need to Keep Dry

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Don't know about anyone else (actually I have a pretty good idea that a lot of folks are like-minded), but the idea of rain and sleet instead of another polar vortex and more snow is pretty appealing. Here's a release from Frabill about their new suit that's going to be worn by bass anglers during the BASSMASTERS Classic this week.

PLANO, IL – And now, here’s your Bassmaster Classic forecast: Fair chance of rain each day with winds and temps all over the map. Translation: Expect interesting weather. With conditions like that, the smart money says each of the 55 Classic contenders will at some point be shrouded in a foul weather suit.Frabill’s F-Series Storm Gear was concepted precisely for conditions like these.


Unveiled at the 2013 ICAST Show, F-Series Storm Gear provides a complete line of defense against the elements. Each suit is superiorly engineered with advanced materials and innovative features. F-Series Gear gives anglers an awesome layer of protection for manhandling big water like Lake Guntersville, and any tempests that might rise on your backyard waters.



The form, fit and function of Storm Gear, however, extends well beyond foul weather defense, bestowing anglers with ample ergonomics.


Frabill design engineer and fishing apparel architect Chris Leonard simplifies the body-hugging concept in terms importance to the angler: “Ergonomics is the scientific study of how the body moves and where it bends—in this case, how the angler moves—for the purpose of improved efficiency, comfort and safety.


“When you cast a crankbait, or crouch down to lip a largemouth, the Storm Gear moves with you. There’s no restriction in the design or materials. That’s huge.”


Offered in three progressively advanced models, the F2, F3 and F4 Suit all share common hallmark features, beginning with ergonomics. “Proper ergonomic design defines all F-Series Suits. Significant pre-curvature of the arms, thoughtfully designed and tailored hoods, and articulation and padding in the knees— even the angles at which your hands approach the pockets— each was carefully premeditated and planned relative to how the angler moves. Comfort in all conditions leads to less fatigue, plus greater concentration and performance while fishing.”


Other accoutrements shared by all three suits include extra, ample-sized pockets inside and out; interior mesh lining in the jacket to assure convective heat transfer in warm or cold conditions; and a fully size-adjustable hood with a hat-like moldable visor for a customized fit and further protection from rain and spray. Further, Frabill’s cam-buckle design is extremely durable and greatly eases the process of length adjustment on the bibs.


While blasting across big waters, such as Lake Guntersville’s 75-mile expanse, bass anglers and spectators alike further benefit from Frabill’s ultra engineering. “Our flagship F-4 Cyclone Suit features an industry exclusive Flow Through venting system, which was designed to minimize airflow into the jacket during the extreme high wind conditions anglers experience in bass boats. By adding an internal collar with a bungee cord lock closure at the top and large mesh vents at the back of the hood, we’ve redirected airflow coming in at the face back out through the rear of the hood. This prevents that dreaded ballooning effect and the uncomfortable drag that happens with most suits when you’re blasting across the lake.”


Now, back to the weather report. Leonard—“I’m an engineer, not a meteorologist!”— drops another fancy phrase. Hydrostatic resistance is Frabill speak for protection from the elements. “It’s the main reason anglers purchase technical apparel. Waterproof performance and wind protection are expected. Storm Gear delivers. All three suits are 100% seam sealed, provide excellent wind protection, feature high performance durable water repellent (DWR) treatment, and provide industry leading hydrostatic resistance. The F2 provides no less than 10,000mm (14 psi) of hydrostatic resistance, the F3 offers 15,000mm (21 psi), and the F4 has 20,000mm (28 psi).


“The result is a happy, high-performing angler—rain, wind and the elements become almost irrelevant next to the task of boating bass.”


So pardon us if we pray for rain. Frabill’s F-Series Storm Gear is up to the task, from the Bassmaster Classic and back to your favorite fishing hole.  


  Read Full Story

GlAngler Subscription

Recent Posts


Line Recycle Bin Gary Dollahon Barry Brown Marine Ascend Up Stream Hydration Back Pack Apps Mustad Traditions Media Streams Turning Point Props OHIO Wisconsin HELLA Masters Walleye Circuit Whale mudsnail thieves trailer tongue Video Ranger Boats iPilot Costa Del Mar Cliff Pace Fiberglass tiller bimini top Bethel University Bob Schmidt Forage Minnow Mike Seymour Odd'ball Fin Spin Bass Pro Shops Four-Person Dome Tent with Screen Porch Blue Collar Outdoors Niagara Falls Clay Dyer Snow-Shoe Tip-Up Kill switch Alabama Rig Sphaera binoculars Lock Dollohan Ravenswood Media Yamaha BoatUS Mack's Lure CUSTOM JIGS 'N' SPINS Marine General Shock Wave Triton Boats Footwear KVD Speedbag Smartfind S20 Personal AIS Beacon Marine Speakers Speakers exotic invader spinning rod Topwater Fish Hawk XD4 Oakley Sunglasses Mazurek Rods DuraSafe Electronics Lock Angler USSA Rig'N Tails Lake Superior Gull Lake Marine Ranger Aluminum Deep V Series 360 Scholarship Princecraft Sun protection Sharpeners Grab Rail Kayaks Frigibar Ranger VS1780 YUM Dinger award Port of Indiana toilet Pro Polish Plano Tackle Boxes LCWCC Boga Rugged Shark Z-Man Catfish Andrew Dordek Lake Huron Wildlife Forever Tip-Up Beckson Rain suit Mosquito repellent inReach Husky Jerk Chronglobal Aqualuma Ethanol Buff Contaminants Bro Brosdahl Rapala Marsh Madness Brite Wash Berkley Water Buddies Quantum Venice, Louisiana Pop-Up LED Bowlights Custom Jigs & Spins Multi-species Camera mount Oshkosh blue marlin InvisaSnap MATE USA Aqua Vu KVD Speedbag Wormfile BoatUS Angler Side Thruster dock lines MUSHING Bass fishing WeatherStation Delorme Acme Seakeeper gyro Legend Extreme Ryan Kleckner Endura Full Throttle Mack's Lures Chicago barrier Rippin Lips Multitools LOTSA Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo Telescoping JIggler Long Rod Batteries Dan Egan BOLT Padlock Grunden's YUMphibian Knife sharpening Dogs weather River Fishing Boating Mag Light hardbaits New York McMurdo thieves Fiberglass boat Tracker Marine Tournaments METS U.S.S.A. treestand injury PLB La Mar sunglass Extreme Baitcast Reel Promise Keeper Downriggers Minnesota 580P lenses Indiana DNR Bait Rigs Jeff's Tackle Shop Crankbait Net JBL Fishing Clubs Weather Buoy Betsy Manistee Dave Mull Future Fisherman Foundation Bibs Silver Horde Tackle Bag Ice Features Magnum Flow-Troll Fuel Plano Deep Sea Diver Mercury Marine radar One-Handle-Does-It-All System Tight Lines Jewelry Catch & Cook Whistler Spoon Aquatic AV Extended Warranty marlin Lake trout Humminbird PFDs Titan Chain Ice Fishing Bass Pro Shops Olcott, NY Innovative Outdoors Monel Metal Team Aqua-Vu SeaEra QC Rain gear Jack Links Deck Plate FLW Martin-Flory Accon Marine B.A.S.S. EZ BoatPort Conservation spreader light ATV Soo Locks Dollahon great lakes Green Bay, Wisconsin Lake Assault Michigan DNR Tom Neustrom Spreads jigs South Haven SOG Bheestie Bag clubs Nautical ASA Electronics NAIFC Championship Kurt Mazurek Insect repellent Insurance Sunglasses Army Corp of Engineers Northland Jeff Gustafson Evinrude Rubrail theft splice Lowrance Swim bait spoon Rippin' Lips Size limits Dave Mull Blog Clam On board ABT Earth Day eZSplice St. Croix Rods Northwest Indiana Steelheaders boat rental Kevin VanDam Boat maintenance Jonathon VanDam iPilot Link Coast Guard Steve Wood WileyX Free Fishing Weekend Boat Covers Grady-White Marcum Wind Power Bass Pro Blue Heron Communications Grand Rapids Ultimate Outdoors Show Kindle book Marine Lighting ONIX Smart Guide to Freshwater Fishing Fishing Cannon Walleye Matt Straw Serious Shine YUM Skamania Mania Ditch Wake Fishing Fishouflage Autotether Shurhold Balog Bass Pro Shops Gift Card Great Lakes Troller Brian Brosdahl Radio Fish America Foundation Mystery Tackle Box Okuma News Tim Popfinger Chaco Prosepec Electronics Jeff Wenzel Church Tackle Bass Holland Michigan City, Indiana Global Spectrum Tournament Izaak Walton League Gear Marine NewsWire Costa Sunglasses Home Port Marine Marketing 1675 Pro Guide Mark Chmura AmVets Bristol Bay ice fishing, Bro Show, Traditions Media Brandon Newby Larson Electronics Chatterbait Black Velvet Personal Flotation Device LineSnubber Hobie Pro Angler Walleyes Radial Frabill Evolve Side Imaging Bristol Bay Salmon Lights Line Personal Flotation Devices Ryan Wilson Wedding Ring Records Onyx Lake of the Woods Owners tournament Boating safety Plano Synergy Beckson Marine Stowaway Bag Plate USO ODNR Michigan cruzin Smart Guide Publications F-Series Storm Gear Aqua-Vu EZ Splice Fasteners Baitcast Fishing Pole BBQ Lighter Shelter Lake Michigan iPad Black Earth Creek Accessories Whale Pumps redfish New Zealand Sportsman's rights RAT FINKEE Practical Sailor Kevin Van Dam Tyee Brian "Bro" Brosdahl TRAC Ecological Tommy Skarlis Beckson Marine Ned Rig Moisture Muncher RedHead Gary Giudice BASSMASTER CLASSIC Glacier Glove USCG Bass lure Coleman Torpedo Divers PulseTech Conservation Marathon Alaska EZ Dock ShowSpan Wounded Warriors Fort Wayne, Indiana Macho Minnow tree stand injury Rovermax LR 100 CLASSIC Headgear Boats VMC Boat US Beckson Marine Deck Plate Mr. Twister Safe boating Brad's Launch ramp Ditty bag Patrick Hurst Dunkirk, NY Lures Flat Slider 75 Rushton Gregory Tides Foul weather gear Glorvigen Walleye tournament Angler 175T Homeport Marine Marketing Absolute Outdoor, Inc. Muscle Squared 65 Skarlis Gunnison, CO Rough Weather Swedish FireKnife BASSMASTER Synergy Outdoors GPS for Lightning Connector Air show Raritan MULL BLOG Scott Martin USCGA Lake Erie Corey Schmidt Wild River series Invasive species Scott Glorvigen The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls Todd Sokolow Knives University of Buffalo Hobie IGFA Lip-Stix AKOYA Games JVD Hamlin Lakemaster South Haven, Michigan Power Reef Runner LakeMaster Western States Version Safety NMEA Cabela's Simrad Yamaha ATV Coleman cooler Audio MWC Mary Snyder Hevi-Beads exotic species DuraSafe Soul5 Tackle Labs Muskie Lure ABT X-2 Countdown Boat names Legend Gold Rescue SeaLife Cameras The Harry Lure Bad Elf Big Bear Products Matt Serbenski Sheldon's Salmon John E. Phillips Sport Shows Jerky Technology DSC Andrew Semprevivo Ultracoat Minn Kota ChartSelect EVOLVE FISHING CO Trout Unlimited Marine Radio Interlux Lake Ontario Salmon Unlimited of Illinois Hunting trailer tongue Alaskan Lighting New Lures Bait head WFN Asian carp Youth Pharmaceuticals Shipping Navigation KVD Honda Bait Holder Faria Spencer Yachts Boat lifts PRADCO tackle storage Brown trout GPS Speedometer TRAC Airmar Reese Tools Swim Whizz Swanson-Russell Beckson Marine Stowaway Bag Plates and Kits Sunstream Boat Lifts Aluminum Deep V Series Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel St. Croix Optima Strike King Bug bite relief Thermacell Louie Stout Lund Orca Fin System Ranger High school bass fishing FRIDAY FUNNIES Traxstech Slide Moor Green Bay Lead Goby Kayak Gene Larew fitness Slender Spoon Gill NA Keep Kool Iaconelli Stabenow CMP Global Normark Oculus Micro-Mobile Pro Viewing Case Soft Jigwobbler Uncle Norm's Costa Bug repellent iPhone Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs Trade Shows Volvo Penta Davis Instruments STRATTEC Mark Zona Tournament Grade Circle Hooks Milennia MIL-iDock Dave Genz Storage Gravity Contest LineGrabber Traditions Shoes Shoremaster Ultimate Flannel Shirts National Guard News/Social Lund Boats Vick Chargers