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Apparel Review


STORMR STRYKR Jacket and Bib, Armor from the Elements
 

Date: 11/18/13
Tackle type: Apparel
Manufacturer: STORMR
Reviewer: Zander






Total Score: (STRYKR Jacket) 8.16 - GREAT

Total Score: (STRYKR Bib) 8.08 - GREAT

Introduction: It’s that time of the year again. Time to break out the rain gear and for those anglers that have the itch to fish regardless of what Mother Nature doles out this can be “Big Fish Time,” as pressure on the local lakes and rivers always seems to lighten up. There really is no secret to fishing in the foul weather, the longer you have a line in the water the better your chances of catching a fish and you can brave the elements as long as you manage to stay dry and comfortable. There are a lot of options and certainly not all foul weather jackets and bibs are created equal.

 


TT Girl Jillian tries on the STORMR STRYKR Jacket

 

There are a lot of companies that are now designing and manufacturing foul weather gear for anglers, including Simms, Gill, Frabill, Frogg Toggs, Bass King and even reel giant Shimano has now thrown their hat in the ring with the Dryfender 3T jacket and bib. Now there is a new contender, STORMR, and they are offering something they believe is truly different versus all the existing manufacturers, rain gear constructed with Neoprene.  

 

STORMR STRYKR Jacket Specifications

Material Neoprene Core based technology
Sizes Small through 3Xtra Large
Colors Orange/Black and Grey/Black
Features
Neoprene construction featuring windproof waterproof high stretch materials positive buoyancy and water repellant finish, Duratex abrasion resistant material for high use areas, Glued blind stitched and thermal taped seams, Non corrosive waterproof center front and pocket zipper, Internal neoprene cuff adjustable waistband with two interior cord locks and fleece lined interior
MSRP $299.95

 


What makes the STRYKR foul weather gear unique is that it is constructed out of Neoprene Core Technology

   

STORMR STRYKR Bib Specifications

Material Neoprene Core based technology
Sizes Small through 3Xtra Large, ML, LL, XL
Colors Orange/Black and Grey/Black
Features
Neoprene construction featuring windproof waterproof high stretch materials positive buoyancy and water repellant finish, Duratex abrasion resistant material for high use areas, Glued blind stitched and thermal taped seams, Non corrosive waterproof leg pocket and center front zippers, Adjustable shoulder straps waist and ankle cuffs
MSRP $259.95-$289.95



The STRYKR jacket panels are glued, blind stitched and finished with thermal taped seams

 

Impressions: I was introduced to STORMR gear at a previous ICAST and the first thing that came to mind was that their offerings looked like survival suits, the kind that hardcore commercial anglers don in emergency situations. The gear appeared quite well built but I was concerned by two things, bulk and weight.

 


The STRYKR gear id designed to shield anglers from extreme elements

 

These garments make use of what STORMR calls “Neoprene Core Technology” which affixes a neoprene core layer with more traditional outdoor fabrics through a specialized lamination process. The company has spent a great deal of R&D resources designing a garment that provides superior warmth and flexibility while still remaining wind and waterproof.

 


The STRYKR Jacket features a two way adjustable hood

If you break down the Neoprene core you will find three distinct layers, a water repellant outer shell which beads water, a thermal neoprene membrane and a moisture wicking fleece that gives the garment a much more comfortable feel. All of these materials stretch four ways and are designed to provide superior mobility when moving quickly like during casting or fighting fish.


The other half of the STRYKR line, the matching bib

In the lab we tested the gear’s durability and suffice to say this jacket can stretch further than any other rain gear we have ever tested to date and the seams also did a very good job staying together as well. The neoprene core gives these garments some very unique attributes including the ability to resist tearing, even under extreme stress. The one thing that we did notice was not only is this gear thicker than competing jackets but heavier as well.


A cold morning on the California Delta

The jacket weighs in at 3lbs 2oz. and the bib weighs 3lbs 4oz. This is a concern as you don’t want foul weather gear that feels heavy over a long day on the water and it was time to see how the STORMR gear really performed in a real life environment. The only problem, we needed rain.   


It may be cold and wet but the STRYKR keeps anglers warm

Next Section: Putting the STRYKR gear to the test


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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