Gray’s Gear & Lifestyle – Waterfowl / Winter 2019

There are certain pieces of equipment you rarely need, but when demand arises, all is lost without them. Such is the case with the SIMMS Transom Fishing Bib ($350), which pairs with the Transom Fishing Jacket ($400) to keep you dry, comfortable, and sealed tight against the elements on days when the weather turns especially nasty. Stretch panels on the bib allow you to layer up without inhibiting motion, while a lower leg zipper makes getting in and out of your boots a snap. Hand-warming pockets keep essential tackle secure—the only thing left for you to do is prove your grandfather correct when he asserted that the fish don’t know when it’s raining. With the Transom, you might not know either.

Portable power has come a long way since the days of tugging a pull string to start a noisy, gas-powered generator that may or may not come through in a pinch. Worry no more with the MIDLAND PPG1000 ($1,099), a 924 Wh lithium-ion-powered blockbuster that allows you to take clean, quiet energy to your campsite, tailgate party, or hunting camp—all at half the weight of a typical car battery. A heavy-duty hardshell carrying case, submersible in up to three feet of water when closed and sealed, makes it easy to transport while keeping things worry-free should the rains arrive. Chargeable via an AC wall unit, 12 V car outlet, or an attachable solar panel (sold separately), the PPG1000 provides hours of heavy use while operating any device that does not exceed a maximum output of 1000 W.

The Nevalis Down Jacket ($250) from SNOWBEE is an exceptionally well-designed garment, created to protect you from the rain, wind, and cold thanks to a unique internal and external three-layer laminated fabric that uses hidden internal stitching to form waterproof pockets of down and feather. With no stitch lines on the outside, water is not allowed to penetrate the down pockets, while the outer shell of woven microfiber polyester makes sure liquid beads up and runs off the surface. Inside, a lightly woven lining with peachskin finish keeps you comfortable, while a pair of deep pouch pockets provides an ample home for your wallet and cell phone. Adjustable cuffs and two internal bottom hem adjusters complete the package, giving you an ideal shell for sporting adventures or everyday winter wear.