The Search for Reliable Rugged Rain Gear
As an avid outdoorsman, and someone who works outside in almost any type of weather, I need the right clothing for whatever the day brings. I also work around heavy equipment with a lot of sharp edges, and places that snag clothing, so my gear has to be tough. I had been trying all different brands and types of rain gear ranging in price from $20-$100 for the complete set. Before I purchased a pair of Bass Pro Shops Bone Dry Rain Gear, I wasn’t sure that spending upwards of $250 was a good move. I knew that I needed something quality because I kept ruining the cheaper stuff. I did some research as anyone would, and decided to go try a set on in the store. Although I didn’t like the idea of spending that much, I have owned the Bone Dry HPR II for over 2 years now, and I really love it.
Bass Pro HPR II BONE DRY
The Bass Pro Shops® HPR (High Performance Rainwear) II BONE-DRY® Rain Jacket for men improves on the already stellar original with reinforced fabric, strategic features, and the most waterproof/breathable design to date.
Jacket: $139.99/Pants: $119.99
- 100% polyamide shell & lining
- BONE-DRY for waterproof/breathable performance
- Snug elastic interior cuffs with adjustable hook ‘n’ loop exterior closures
- Reinforced with extra-tough fabric at articulated elbows, knees, and cuffs
Bass Pro BONE DRY Features & Performance
I needed something packable and lightweight and wanted several pockets to keep my electronics and other equipment dry. The Bone Dry gear isn’t really advertised as packable, but when they are folded neatly, they don’t take up too much pack room. There are 6 pockets in the jacket, 2 on the chest, 2 in the front, and 2 hand pockets that all zip closed. The pants have 4 pockets- 2 hand pockets that zip, and two cargo pockets with snaps. Something I noticed when I tried on the highest end gear, including the Bone Dry Rain Gear, is they had tight secondary cuffs on the wrists.
In the store, they didn’t have the same color selection as online, but I needed them right away. I figured I could modify the color if I really needed to. When I hunt in the rain, I wear a lightweight camo shirt and pants over them. I also use this gear as a windbreak on colder days when I’m fishing or working. When I went on a trip to Oregon, I expected the temps to be warm enough that I wouldn’t need a heavy jacket. The temps were 30’s and 40’s in the morning every day when we woke up to get on the boat. The Bone Dry Rain Gear saved me from having to buy an expensive jacket. I was able to layer up underneath, and the Bone Dry acted as a shell.
Bone Dry HPR II Care & Durability
The only failure I’ve had was just a couple of weeks ago. The thread that holds the suspenders in an X has come loose, but after 2 years of hard use, I really can’t complain. I am in my gear almost every time it rains in the state of IN if you would like to get an idea how much I rely on it. The rain jacket and pants are machine washable, but you have to let them air dry. I wash them minimally, and on occasion, if I get really muddy, I will let someone at work pressure wash me (on low pressure), while I’m wearing the Bone Dry Rain Gear.
Bone Dry Rain Gear Review Summary
At this point, with all that I do, and require of my gear, if I needed new rain gear for some reason tomorrow, I would repurchase this gear, and I wouldn’t think twice about it. I would just order online in the size that I need and get a color that would lend better to hunting.
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Brian Batta is an avid outdoorsman from southeastern IN. He is extremely passionate about hunting fishing, and hiking. Working 6 days a week, he needs gear that won’t give him any trouble with the limited time that he has to spend in the outdoors. He looks forward to sharing his experiences with all types of outdoor products: good, bad, or indifferent.
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