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The collar and hood are really key to keeping warm and dry. Also, double cuffs on the sleeves are important. Nothing sucks worse than reaching up to adjust something and have water run down your arm and soak you. Good foul weather gear will have an inner cuff that has a rubber, pvc, or neoprene seal that prevents that from happening.

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Try this...

I picked up this set a few seasons back and have really enjoyed it:

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May not be warm enough for the North but it has always kept me dry.

Hope it helps...

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HL offshore hi-fit pants and jacket. Pick a set up at a boat shoe and save 300+ bucks.

Foulies don't need to be really warm, they're there to keep your other warm layers dry. Keep your water proof layer light and breathable.

ps - top should be bright, bottoms I chose to go dark. Pants get dirty rather quickly, and if your in the water, no one sees your legs anyway.

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Don't forget your feet! For me - cold/wet feet shut me down quicker than anything else. I suggest over the calf leather boots with gore tex liners built in. You can also get gore tex socks.

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I'll second ZZ's comments. I have a relatively lightweight Gill jacket and pants that I got at the boat show for cheap. They were "last year's" colors, but I don't care. They keep me dry without too much additional warmth in the summer.

In the winter, I add a Musto windstopper jacket. Most of the time, I wear it with a sweatshirt underneath and skip the outer jacket since I'm not usually out if it's cold and raining. I have ocassionally worn the sweatshirt and the windstopper and the outer jacket, but then I worry what I'd do if I went overboard. Frankly, if it's that cold and wet, I'll stay home.
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