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Author Topic: Striker predator bibs to hardwater Update 1/17/17  (Read 1140 times)

SALMONEMIA

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Re: Striker predator bibs to hardwater Update 1/17/17
« Reply #20 on: Feb 16, 2017, 07:39 PM »
I wear a pair of ems power stretch base layer and some cheap jogging pants. Plenty warm
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Re: Striker predator bibs to hardwater Update 1/17/17
« Reply #21 on: Feb 17, 2017, 07:00 AM »
I pulled the trigger on the Hardwaters.  It was not easy to find larges on sale.  I did find a pair on up north sports for $183.  Are you dressing any lighter?
Cool let us know what you think.
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Re: Striker predator bibs to hardwater Update 1/17/17
« Reply #22 on: Feb 17, 2017, 07:14 AM »
Last year I bought the Hardwater bibs because I wanted the heavier duty material.  I don't have any complaints about them, the material is heavier duty than the Predators and they're super warm, so warm that most times I have some of the zippers open to vent out the extra heat.  I really like the re-enforced knee patches and all the pockets.  If there was anything that I'd suggest to Striker to improve on the it would be to put the knee patch material around the bottom of the legs so when you adjust the length of them the cuffs are re-enforced also.  I bought the Predator coat because I thought the Hardwater coat would be too warm especially since it over laps the bibs.  The coat is very well made and there's so many pockets you could forget where you put something.  Another really nice thing is the hood has a longer bill that blocks out the sun very well.  The only thing that I'd suggest for an improvement to the Predator coat is to add the two outside chest pockets that the Hardwater coat has.   I've had the suit on when it was around 15 degrees out with a almost constant wind and never got cold, not even a slight chill.  Overall I'm extremely happy with the combination, the quality of the construction of both, and would definitely buy it again.

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Re: Striker predator bibs to hardwater Update 1/17/17
« Reply #23 on: Feb 17, 2017, 08:56 AM »
makes sense that the hardwaters runs slightly smaller being it has more insulation.
i only wear military poly base under the suit. you don't want any thing that doesn't float. it's easier to wash those than the suit, otherwise you wouldn't need any thing under them.

i had a knee get wet on my hardwater bibs, because i kneel fish a lot and striker repaired them for free after the warranty expired. i think they didn't even ask about the purchase date. they said the seam tape must have broke kneeling on them. this year, the winter was a wash, so i can't tell if it will happen again until maybe next year. they repaired both sides tho and you can see the stitching where they went it on the sides near the zipper.

don't forget about the nifty can holder in the right side of the bibs right pocket where it isn't stitched shut. lol

If there was anything that I'd suggest to Striker to improve on the it would be to put the knee patch material around the bottom of the legs so when you adjust the length of them the cuffs are re-enforced also.
i agree and do some thing else with the gators if you adjust the inseam length. i don't use mine and they are in the way. i think about cutting them out.

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Re: Striker predator bibs to hardwater Update 1/17/17
« Reply #24 on: Feb 17, 2017, 09:11 AM »
As far as the gators go I have my cuff adjustment all the way up so the gator  sticks out some  ... so with the gators I snap them up and hike them up on my Mucks ...never fall down..buddy does the same with his Hardwaters and his Ice Kings
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Re: Striker predator bibs to hardwater Update 1/17/17
« Reply #25 on: Feb 17, 2017, 02:04 PM »
I brought my Predator bibs out for the first time for the derby. They worked great! Hope they hold up...

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Re: Striker predator bibs to hardwater Update 1/17/17
« Reply #26 on: Feb 17, 2017, 02:12 PM »
Just got my hardwater bibs in the mail today.  Excited to test them out with the kids this weekend.

 

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