Bogs Extreme Boots – Product Review

I don’t even want to really think about how many years I’ve been steelhead fishing, scary how fast time flies.  Feels just like the other day that was I throwing on the full neoprene waders and hitting the trails.  But with 24 years later my gear has changed a little.  With each an every year enjoying the winter months more and more.  With that love affair for the cold and dreary I needed to change my attire to withstand the elements.  Out with the full neoprene waders and in with the bibs and boots.  What do I mean by bibs and boots, we will cover the product review for bibs at another time.  But for the boots, what I usually describe to new clients is boots you would want to wear when snow-blowing the driveway or going on the back of a snowmobile.

Wearing boots when steelhead fishing does mean you are going to have to fish from a boat or from shore, and the Bogs Blaze Extremes  are perfect for this.  I have over the past 20 years worn many different styles of boots, and this years purchase of the Bogs Blaze  Extremes  have been my best purchase to date.  They are by far the warmest boots I have ever worn. They give me the comfort for a long day on the river, proper cushioning so no soar feet or lower back pain.  With 100% waterproofing, so that I can wade up to my shin and have no second thought as I push the boat off the trailer.  The traction on the bottom is ideal for wet, slippery, and icy boat ramp conditions that we face day in and day out.  With over 75+ days in these boots since October, and no signs of wear or tear I’m sold that Bogs Blaze Extremes are the best steelhead boot that money can buy, if your into fishing for steelhead from a boat.  I highly recommend these boots.  My normal $100 duck boots would fail after about 3 months, with the rubber sides blowing out and letting cold air and water in.  No signs of cracks or leaks in these boots and don’t see it changing anytime soon.

  • Ultimate winter hunting/steelhead boot
  • 8mm of Neo-Tech™ insulation with NEW Bogs Max-Wick™ lining to manage moisture surrounded with 600 grams of ThinsulateM to lock heat in
  • 5.4 lbs. per pair (size 10) –almost 2lbs lighter than other brands highly insulated boots
  • Comfort rated to temps of -40 degrees (hard to snake roll in these temps)
  • A waterproof 3mm Neo-Tech™ snow cuff lined with plush fleece to seal out wet and cold
  • The thermo-molded EVA midsole and deep lug outsole provide great traction in snow
  • Aegis antimicrobial odor protection insole with scent elimination
  • Height: 16 ½”

Patagonia das pants – product review

steelhead clothingPatagonia’s das pants have been a staple of my winter steelhead gear for the past 3 years,  anytime when temperatures plummet into the 30’s, 20’s, and or are your crazy your going fishing range.  The das pants from Patagonia is one of my first layers I put on.  I can still remember the first day I wore a pair of these pants, felt like I was in a warm down based sleeping bag all day.  I love the feel of the pant, it’s more of a relax feel than a tight based under layer.  No yoga lulu lemon feel.  More like a cozy pair of sweatpants. The das pants are easy to wear under waders or bibs.  Plenty of room in the legs and crotch area to move, climb over boat gunnels and jump onto shore.  The nylon shell is a great windproof layer, and is treated to be very water repellent.  Durability just like every other item I own from Patagonia is top notch, 3 years equals about 300 days of use.  Not a problem yet.  Also feel comfortable in these pants after a long day of fishing to wear them into the local watering hole for a little warm-up juice if I so desire.

My only con with the Patagonia das pants is that they can be “too” warm.  I have to watch the high temperature of the day.  If the temps are going to reach middle or upper 40’s, I could be too warm.  I have to adjust my layering and bring my backup pair of pants to change out.  Also if I’m going to do a long walk let’s say on the little manistee for a day of coho and or early winter steelhead, I’m going to be too warm too.  I’ll end up sweating underneath the layer, the PU coated nylon will hold in my heat too much and I’ll end up having puddles of moisture.  But in the same sense if know I’m spending a day in the drift boat or sled, where I’m sitting more than I’m walking these pants are amazing.

Details

  • Lightweight, PU-coated nylon ripstop shell is durable, water-resistant, windproof and treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • Highly compressible, water-resistant 100-g PrimaLoft® ONE insulation provides maximum warmth for its weight
  • Pants have elasticized waist with hook-and-loop tab adjustments at side zips, and separating 2-way zip fly with snap closure
  • Full-length 2-way side zips with insulated wind flaps for easy on/off
  • Elasticized mini-gaiter cuffs with snap-tab closures lock in heat and accommodate an alpine boot
  • 1.2-oz 20-denier 100% nylon PU-coated ripstop, with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Insulation: 100-g PrimaLoft® ONE 100% polyester

by Jon Ray

Product Review – ARC Eyeglass Retainer

arc sunglass retainer

ARC Sunglass Retainer

ARC Outdoor Gear has made a sunglass retainer that can stand up to the abuse of even my standards.

GRAPLRZ Retainers are made of stainless steel cable, industrial grade silicone and anodized aluminum. Stylish, durable, comfortable, and with a lifetime warranty.

After wearing out similar products by another company , I trashed two sunglass retainers this past summer alone.    When I saw the heavy plastic cups that suction onto the glasses, I knew this wear point would not give out, the heavier gauge wear is nice because it stays off your neck.  For sure one of the greatest negatives of all other sunglass retainers is the retainer laying on the back of your neck.  Drives me crazy! I will say my only negative to the ARC Sunglass Retainer is that it’s a little long.  Pulling on my hoodie over my hat the retainer does get pinched, usually a simple maneuvering of the retainer lays it down properly but having this wire a little shorter would be nice.  But the positives that it has already lasted a couple months with no signs of wear, means this retainer will out last the rest.  Plus with the lifetime warranty that ARC has given this product, means the manufacture knows it’s going to last a long long time.

Check out ARC other products as well they have some pretty cool lights and knives for the outdoor enthusiast.