Overall: 4.5 / 5 based on 53 reviews
48 of 53 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Best Jacket, but lousy zipper -
By: AmericanInAfrica from Ngong Hills, Kenya
Except for one problem I'll address below, I would rate this with five stars, hands down. I have never owned a more functional jacket than this one. It is also quite comfortable. The pockets are well designed and functional and nearly worth the purchase price on their own. It is waterproof as advertized, and also snow proof (layering up underneath), wind proof, and (so far) has been thorn proof as well. An excellently designed and executed product. Except ... the main front zipper is a bit persnickety. On my first of these jackets, the zipper just stopped working. Orvis provided a replacement with no hassle. (Excellent customer service is always an Orvis hallmark.) I assumed it was just a fluke. But the replacement jacket's zipper is also persnickety. If it is precisely lined up, there's no problem. But occasionally it will be maybe 0.5 mm off but zip up anyway. Then it will not unzip. With 5 minutes of patience, you can get it unstuck, but one expects more from an Orvis branded product. I would think that perhaps I was just being too rough with the zipper, but I've not had this problem with any of my other zippered garments. I will say that sealing the zippers to waterproof them is brilliant. Also, the zippers of the large front side pockets get more frequent use than the main jacket zipper, but those have had no problem. If the primary zipper worked as well as a nice brass one, this jacket would be perfect. It'd be even better if there was a version six inches longer. Finally, the snap at the bottom of the jacket came apart and needs to be replaced. Even with those two issues, this remains the best jacket I've owned.
By: professortrout from Springfield, MO
I wish I had better things to say about the quality of this jacket. When I first bought this jacket, I would have given it a 4 or a 5, but after using this jacket heavily over the last couple of years, I am very detracted regarding the durability of this jacket over the long haul. Living in the Ozarks, my equipment gets exposed to a wide range of extreme weather conditions from very hot to extreme cold. I fish much more than the average person, and I subject my gear to much more wear and tear than the occasional weekend fisherman. The first major thing that failed on the jacket was the button below the zipper catch at the bottom. This popped off less than a year after purchasing the jacket. The second thing I noticed was the outer fabric was starting to get very frizzy and started to pill up underneath the armpit area. Rain would soak into the outer fabric in this area. Water would also start soaking into the fabric in the shoulder area after about a year, and just recently, I noticed the waterproof membrane is deteriorating to the point that you can see right through the jacket in areas around the shoulders. Presently, the jacket is pretty much useless, and I will probably send it back to Orvis so they can analyze it and improve upon the inherent faults. I have since purchased another rain jacket from brand X and am very satisfied with the durability and features, and after almost a year of heavy use in all kinds of conditions, I don't expect to have any of the same issues.
I made an Excellent Choice! -
By: MakinTime from Orlando
You get what you pay for, especially with this jacket that I have used twice on the Kenai River in Alaska. It not only kept me warm with some underlayer, but kept me dry! Had to get a little use to the hand pockets on the side, but everything about this jacket is great! I also like the deep, waterproof, big pockets on the front. Great for cameras, small gear etc!
Good jacket, not the best -
By: Zumpafust from Twinsburg, OH
Top 1000 Contributor
I have had this jacket for about 3 years. Pros: Inside pockets are water proof. Very functional and good quality materials. Cons: Outside pockets are NOT rain proof. Water will filter through the fabric and get everything wet. I damaged my camera that way. Button at the front bottom of the jacket is made of plastic. You would expect more from a $350 jacket and Orvis.
Not happy with Pro Guide Stretch Jacket -
By: homebob from Grants Pass, Oregon
I really love the fit and all the features this jacket has to offer. There's only one problem. After about a year and a half the jacket has started to leak. It leaks mainly in the shoulder area so in a heavy down pour it doesn't take long to get completely wet. I've only washed the jacket twice in a year and a half. Was told by customer frequent washing of the jacket could cause it to leak. Anyway, I'm going to return the jacket in November as I have several days of fishing planned in October. Just hoping it doesn't rain hard. homebob
Guide Choice -
By: Karoondinha from Spring Creek Country, PA
Top 250 Contributor
if you are like me you fish when you can. sometimes that means fishing in the rain. When that is the case the last thing you need is something getting in the way. the pro guide jacket shines when the sun is not. keeping you dry while staying out of the way so you can make them most out of your time on the water. the cut of the entire jacket allows you to forget about the rain and get back in the game. The best feature is the arm cuffs which are covered and keeps your line of your hands and where it belongs. I have tried several other jackets and none come close to this one. the subdued colors and perfectly placed pockets make this a fly casters dream jacket. don't ruin your trip with poorly designed equipment, get what works and forget about the liquid sunshine. I love this jacket, it makes fishing in the rain something to look forward to.
What, NO BUTTON -
By: A111 from Va
Great gear in all respects but one. There is no button or snap at the top. Fact is that in a down pour you may zip it up completely but for a typical on and off rain keeping the thing zipped can become uncomfortable and with only a bottom snap it functions very well as a funnel to drain rain water into your waste pack. I question how perfect an item could possible be when missing such an important feature. Would not buy it again and would not have purchased it if I had noted this missing feature. It's a small item but to me very necessary.
Should have bought this one first -
By: eturner from Little Rock, AR
A couple of years ago I bought a good waterproof wading jacket from a different company. It was o.k., but never was comfortable. I wish I had bought the Pro Guide first, it is comfortable, good pockets, good waterproof sleeves..., everything I want in a jacket. Worth every cent!
Great Wading jacket -
By: boby13 from Washougal, WA
I live in the Pacific NW and rain is a fact of our lives. I chose this jacket after looking at many different types. I appreciate the quality and in particular like the sleeve seals and the accessible pockets. The length is better than my previous wading jacket, not too short. I look forward to using this and fishing in the rain.
|Care Instructions for Wading Jackets|
Machine wash cold. Use powdered detergent or detergent specifically made for waterproof breathable fabrics. Do not use fabric softener. Tumble dry low or air dry. Do not dry clean. Do not iron.