RedHead Squaltex II BONE-DRY Rain Bibs for Men
Perfect for me
I was looking for something to wear while photographing nature and wildlife. I am not concerned about photographing in heavy rain, but need to be able to kneel, crouch, sit, and lay on wet and muddy ground without having water seep through to my body. I also wanted something that would stand up to briars and thorns. I was not concerned with heavy insulation or scent control.
These bibs perform exactly as I hoped. Water does not seep through the fabric, and after over one year of ripping through blackberry briars and thorn bushes, there are no rips or holes in the fabric.
The only reason I didn't give these bibs 5 stars is because the shoulder straps constantly fell off of my shoulders. As someone else mentioned, I had to have my wife sew a cross strap between the two shoulder straps to keep them from slipping.
December 29, 2013
Nice bibs but tight in the wrong areas
I purchased the set of Squaltex rain gear. I am overall happy with the purchased but one thing that bothers me is.....the bibbs are overly tight around the crotch area, it seems like it is sewn to high up. I checked out the next size but the size difference was huge. The only way i can get the bibbs to be comfortable is to have the straps extremely loose, which then makes them fall off my shoulders constantly. otherwise these work great.
October 14, 2011
5 stars for product, 1 star to myself
I gave it 1 star so you would read this. Sorry.
The product is actually great. I just want to give a review and what to expect out of it.
My brother and I took his nine-year-old boy out turkey hunting this year in Missouri. Awesome time, first time out turkey hunting. We heard gobblers but came up empty.
We got rained on all day Saturday and stayed completely dry whether it was walking around or sitting on the ground, etc. Hours of rain and sitting on wet ground, totally fine. It was first time use as well so I can't say about longevity.
Sunday brought no rain. I ended up shedding the top and keeping the bibs on since the ground was still saturated and both bibs and jacket do trap heat nicely a bit when the sun hits you.
The major problem I had with mine was early on Saturday I got a huge tear behind the left knee moving through a dense wooded area, apparently caught it on a branch or something. I never felt it, my brother told me after we'd left the woods and were walking in open ground. The material is a little "catchy" if you have a chance to feel before purchase. That said, I still stayed dry for the rest of the day because it only tore the first camo layer, not the black second layer. So kudos really for still performing well when damaged. I just have no idea how to fix it correctly. I can't iron on a waterproof patch since I think the material will probably melt. Stitching will probably have to get me close but the material is squirrely enough that it might not work the best. Maybe a Squaltex guy will read this and advise?
Things I really like about them:
- Very, very comfortable.
- Good against wind, too.
- Comes in LT #site-only it seems# 6'3" 36" inseam LT is perfect. Large hits the crotch, XLT was WAY too baggy for me. 33/34 waist depending :)
- They fold/roll/cram very nicely and compactly into a duffel, backpack, etc. I think I could get them into my shaving bag if I tried hard enough and yet they are not "thin" feeling.
- The shoulder straps are the same comfort whether I cross them in the back or not. They were slipping a little so I just crossed them in the back, perfect.
- The ankles have draw-strings and snaps. I stuffed my boot laces up under the drawstrings and they stayed put and the snaps made the boot/pants area tighter.
So, I really like them overall but disappointed that they tore. Again, I was probably going where they aren't intended. Maybe avoid thicker underbrush if you can. Beyond that, they were perfect.
May 2, 2013
Do not purchase
Used this raingear for about 18 month and instead of Bone Dry it should be called Wet to the Core.
No rainproof what so ever. In the collar of the jacket and bibs it says guaranteed but doesn't specify for only 1 year.. Completely dissatisfied.
September 24, 2013