When Columbia sent us the Force 12 Insulated Jacket to us at Amberjack I knew I had to have it. Columbia's Professional Fishing Gear line has really surprised me with the features and quality that ...More
When Columbia sent us the Force 12 Insulated Jacket to us at Amberjack I knew I had to have it. Columbia's Professional Fishing Gear line has really surprised me with the features and quality that most other companies don't have.
My first look at the jacket was really impressive, it features fully sealed and taped seams making it 100% waterproof, breathable and lightweight featuring OutDry technology, insulated with 700 down. The elbows and jacket bottom have a rubber feeling abrasion resistant patches, and a piece hemmed around the base of the jacket. I like this feature because while wearing the jacket you can put your waders on and the jacket won't ride up.
The sleeve cuffs also feature adjustable neoprene for added protection so you're able to dunk your arms underwater without having to worry of water riding up your sleeves making you wet and to keep fish wet, to me that's really important. I personally held my arms underwater while reviving a Steelhead on a recent outing and I really loved this feature, super impressed.
The Force 12 also features two pockets on the chest that are completely waterproof, they fold over then splits open to reveal the pocket space. Great for storing your phone or other important things water can damage.
Overall I would give this jacket a 9.5/10 reason being I wish the chest pockets were big enough to accommodate a decent sized fly box like the Tacky Fly Fishing Big Bug Box. If your looking for extreme warmth and comfort with added 100% waterproof OutDry technology.
Hodgemen H5 Wader Review
When I first got into the fly fishing game about 5-6 year ago now my first pair of waders where Hodgemens. I was super excited cause these where my first breathe-able ...More
Hodgemen H5 Wader Review
When I first got into the fly fishing game about 5-6 year ago now my first pair of waders where Hodgemens. I was super excited cause these where my first breathe-able waders from previously having neoprene waders making me look like Robin Hood..
I’ll say when Hodgemen released their new line of EXTREMELY improved waders I was very impressed. The quality and build is very similar to Simms but with a couple bells and whistles.
Hodgemen incorporated a liner called Core-Ins. A fleece liner that zips and buttons inside of the waders for winter use to keep you warmer and more comfortable while steelheading or winter trout fishing. So you can wear less layers to keep warmer.
The booties on these waders feature anatomically correct left and right foot booties for more comfort in your wading boot. I know on some booties they like to cram into the wading boot and bulge causing some un-comfort.
These waders also feature Comfort Fit gravel guards. It’s material with an elastic grippy bottom with a lace hook. WAY better then traditional neoprene guards. No extra pressure on your ankle. And keeps all debris, sand and gravel out of your boots.
The H5 means 5 layers of protection on the legs and seat area of your waders. The grey part. This material is puncture resistant and very durable. There’s no inside leg seams. About 80% of leaks are caused by the seams between your legs rubbing together causing wader failure. The upper lighter part is 3 layer for breathe-ability.
All in all for about 300 USD 400 CDN. Depending on the dollar you can have a very good wader without breaking the bank.
I’ll be doing another review in a years time to let you guys know how these are holding up.
Thanks for reading.
When these first came out I was so stoked. Just was signed on with Korkers Prostaff team and the first of the new series! When they updated the boots with protected stitching around areas where ...More
When these first came out I was so stoked. Just was signed on with Korkers Prostaff team and the first of the new series! When they updated the boots with protected stitching around areas where the boot made contact with rocks and debris on the river floor.
My pair have been though hell and back. I have over 300-350 days on the water with them. ALL the areas with protected stitching has held up but the couple areas that didn't have it some of the stictching has failed but not to the point where the boots aren't wearable.
Comfort hasn't worn out from excessive use. They still are very comfortable to wear.
Where the sole meets the material very little to no wear on the boot, I've heard of premature wear and the sole separating from the material I believe it's from how you wade if you constantly shuffle your feet in fast water constantly rubbing your boots against rocks I can see them wearing out very fast.
Overall I give these boots a 10/10. I've literally tried to break them and gave up within a year that I had them. Worth 200 bucks over other brands that are way over 300-400 bucks for less features and functionality.
PS the new Wraptor boot is mind blowing. ZERO STITCHING the material is one piece and I believe will solve most of the issues wading boots fail on the water today and this is an industry first from Korkers. They release in December 2017.