There’s nothing worse than fishing in the cold and not being adequately prepared for the conditions. Waterproof jackets are an essential item when it comes to fishing, whether your surf fishing, offshore fishing, flyfishing, lake fishing, or whatever type of fishing you’re doing, a good waterproof jacket for fishing is a game changer. Below is a list of the 5 best waterproof jackets for fishing.
The NRS Riptide Waterproof Splash Jacket is my current go-to waterproof jacket for fishing. The neoprene wrist seals are a God-send. These are easily my favorite part about this jacket. When my wrists get splashed from oncoming waves, no water enters my wrist holes. The material is very durable and high quality and obviously, it’s 100% waterproof. The velcro waist band is clearly a feature of the jacket’s intended use (paddling), but consider it a bonus. It’d be ideal if it had the velcro strap at the true bottom of the jacket, but just consider it a bonus feature. The waist drawcord works perfectly for keeping splashes and waves from getting under the jacket.
My one complaint would be that if you’re wearing a hoodie underneath it, it’s tough to get on and off. That said, I’ve never stayed dryer in any other waterproof jacket and I can’t speak highly enough about the neoprene wrist cuffs.
100% waterproof via HyproTex™ 2.5 fabric and factory-taped seams
If the punch through neoprene wrist cuffs appeal to you, but you aren’t willing to fork out the money for the NRS Riptide, this is the jacket for you. The Frogg Toggs Toadz Kikker II might just be the best waterproof fishing jacket out there for under $100. I would rate this jacket’s wrist cuffs as number 2 on this list (second only to the NRS Riptide) and everything else it offers is more than enough for surf fishing and fishing in general.
It’s also worth mentioning that if ease with on and off is important to you, the High Tide is relatively easier to take off and put on than the Riptide. That will be the case with all of the jackets on this list (apart from the Riptide) due to the lesser seal in wrists and waist.
Breathable and 100% waterproof
Adjustable tuck-away and removable hood
Adjustable neoprene wrist cuffs
Shock cord with a barrel lock adjustable waist cinche
The NRS High Tide Waterproof Splash Jacket is more of a “standard” waterproof fishing jacket. While it doesn’t have the punch through neoprene wrist cuffs, it’s velcro wrist seals are still better than most. Other than the wrist seals, it’s still 100% waterproof and it has the traditional drawcord for the waist “seal”. All in all, a great “standard” waterproof fishing jacket.
Lightweight HyproTex™ material for 100% waterproof, breathable protection
Half-zip hoodie design
Room to layer underneath
Hook-and-loop sleeve cuffs
1 splashproof pocket on the sleeve and 1 additional zippered chest pocket
If you don’t know Simms… well, you probably should. Simms is most well known for it’s top-tier waders, but they make much more than waders. Waterproof jackets are an easy crossover and they’ve certainly done a good job in their Challenger waterproof fishing jacket. The Challenger has everything you’ll need in a waterproof jacket for fishing. Again, nothing I’ve seen has the same quality of wrist seals as the NRS Riptide, but if that’s not a deal breaker for you, then the Challenger is a good option.
The only downside is the price. The Riptide warrants the relatively high price for it’s water sealing technology. Simms warrants it for the brand and the quality as well, but it all comes down to what you’re looking for in a waterproof fishing jacket.
Frogg Toggs has proven it’s name and reputation in the waterproof wearables industry, and their Guide jacket is no different. If you already trust Frogg Toggs and you’re looking for something a bit less flashy and reflective, this jacket might be the right one for you. The wrist seals aren’t up to the NRS Riptide standards, but they’re quality, and they’ll do the job. Nice waist cord and all around quality option for a waterproof fishing jacket.
Vented, removable hood with cord locks
Shock cord/barrel lock adjustable waist
100% waterproof, wind-resistant, and lightweight, breathable material