The Ultimate Rainsuit for Extreme Elements

MUSKEGON, MI – Conceived to deliver elite-level anglers with the ultimate water-, wind-, and foul weather-resistant fishing rain gear, the 2023 Whitewater® Great Lakes Jacket & Bib delivers the ultimate in elements protection, warmth, comfort, mobility, and flexibility.

Prototyped through numerous iterations in tandem with the NEXT BITE staff and winning FLW, AIM, and MLF tournament walleye anglers (Gary Parsons, Chase Parsons, Jason Przekurat, Tommy Kemos, and Korey Sprengel), as well as Matt and Jim Schiefelbein; guides from the cold-weather steelhead/salmon scene; foul-weather muskie sticks; and elite-level tournament bass anglers like the youngest competitor to ever win a B.A.S.S. Elite Series event, Jay Przekurat, Whitewater’s 2023 Great Lakes Jacket & Bib fishing rain gear was designed by serious anglers for serious anglers.

Adding to the apparel toolbox of today’s advanced angler, the all-new-for-2023 Great Lakes Jacket & Bib provides an elevated option to anglers doing battle with the special challenges of cold-weather, early-season and late-season – or any time during the fishing calendar when the weather is foul, often the case pursuing walleyes, smallmouths, or salmon/trout on the Great Lakes, or chasing marble eyes in the Dakotas or on the Columbia, Missouri, Mississippi, and Detroit River systems, as well as pounding big-water for muskies.

NEXUS Outdoors president and product design advisor, Aaron Ambur, remarks: “From my beginnings on the Missouri River chasing walleyes to currently hitting the Great Lakes hard, I am excited about what we created for authentic, technical anglers who fish no matter the conditions. I have worn all the past brand offerings, and to this date, no one has balanced protection and warmth into garments without constricting the highly mobile and athletic movements of an active fisherman. The Whitewater Great Lakes Jacket and Bib delivers the perfect balance like no other suit to date, and I can’t wait for customers to experience what I have through testing during our development journey on many different waters and in some really bad weather conditions.”

Multi-tournament FLW and MLF walleye pro, Jason Przekurat, offers: “Whitewater Great Lakes fishing rain gear is something I’ve been pretty close with as far as designing an extremely high-quality bad weather fishing rain suit with a realistic price-tag—something that has all the features and more of any high-end fishing rain gear. From head to feet, the Great Lakes ensemble has been designed and measured to fit all the things that we as fishermen need in a dependable fishing rain suit . At the end of the day, it has the fit and function to keep serious anglers dry in the worst conditions imaginable, which usually happen during tournament days.”

“Everything from the hood to the pockets to the sleeves, it was made to my specs. The most important feature, in my opinion, is that it’s flexible. It has a stretchy fabric to it so you’re never bound in the suit, which is what we’ve seen in the past with stiff rain gear,” shares Przekurat.

“For example, you bend over to un-hook a fish and everything binds up in the suit and doesn’t allow you to stretch or stay flexible. One of the problems I’ve seen over the past is I have long legs, and I’d sit down and the bibs would ride up my legs exposing my ankles to the wind, rain, and sleet. With Whitewater’s stretchable fabric, I don’t have to worry about that anymore,” continues Przekurat.

Przekurat concludes: “By far, the most important feature of the Great Lakes Jacket and Bib is comfort. It’s the most comfortable rain suit I’ve ever worn over the past several decades. There’s no restriction of movement—the suit moves with you, whether you’re casting, setting out boards, landing a fish, or netting a fish for a partner or co-angler. Ultimately, it’s that rare rain suit that actually flexes with your knees, elbows, arms, and legs, and allows for the athletic motions of today’s competitive fishing.”

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Features: Whitewater Great Lakes Jacket

  • Waterproof/windproof 20k/20k lamination & heat-taped seams to keep you dry
  • Durable mini-ripstop 4-way stretch nylon with a polyester lining
  • 3-piece hood with multiple adjustment points
  • Multiple reflective tape placements for visibility
  • Sewn-in D-ring for a safety cord
  • Four storage pockets (2 waist, 2 chest) with covered openings
  • Two handwarmer pockets with YKK® AquaGuard® waterproof zippers
  • Hook and loop cuff adjustments for a secure fit
  • Jacket comes in: Buoy Red w/black accents (273); Grayish “Shade” w/black accents (270); and all-black “Charcoal” (099)
  • Item No: 1085610
  • MSRP: $269.99 (SM-3X)

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Features: Whitewater Great Lakes Bib

  • Waterproof/windproof 20k/20k lamination & heat-taped seams to keep you dry
  • Durable mini-ripstop 4-way stretch nylon with a polyester lining
  • Multiple reflective tape placements for visibility
  • Two sewn-in D-rings (lower ring for safety cord, upper ring for trolling motor/shallow-water anchor remote fobs)
  • Dual Velcro® waist adjustments
  • Three pockets (2 cargo, 2 chest) to keep gear dry
  • Two handwarmer pockets with YKK® AquaGuard® waterproof zippers
  • Leg zippers with storm flats and snap closures to keep feet ankles/feet dry
  • Adjustable suspenders with silicone grip to stay in place
  • Bib comes in: all-gray “Shade” (270); and all-black “Charcoal” (099)
  • Item No: 1085624
  • MSRP: $269.99 (SM-3X)

To complete the Whitewater® Great Lakes system, anglers should also look at the brand’s new-for-2023 Whitewater® Torque Heated Fishing Vest and the Buoy Fishing Hoodie, both of which complete a system approach layered underneath the Great Lakes Jacket. In addition, for extremely cold, winter fishing temperatures, professional anglers like Jason Przekurat are also layering the Whitewater Tamer™ Softshell Jacket and Tamer™ Bib underneath the Great Lakes Jacket and Bib.

No matter what species you chase, the goal is to quickly locate and catch fish no matter what Mother Nature throws at you. Designed and engineered with an elite combination of materials and technologies to leverage preparation and maximize opportunities during the unique challenges of foul, cold, and wet conditions, the all-new Great Lakes Jacket & Bib gives serious anglers every possible advantage.

Apparel will soon be available at dealers, but is available online NOW at whitewaterfish.com.

ABOUT NEXUS OUTDOORS

Nexus Outdoors, headquartered in Muskegon, MI, USA, is a leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of performance, hunting and casual odor-controlling apparel, footwear and equipment under the ScentLok Technologies®, OZ®, Blocker Outdoors®, Whitewater Fishing® Hardcore® Waterfowl and Tree Spider® brands. It also owns American Range Systems, manufacturer and distributor of the world’s strongest and safest bullet traps. Nexus Outdoors is the only company with access to all scent-controlling technologies, including their patented Carbon AlloyTM and Cold Fusion CarbonTM technologies, which provide superior success in the field. ScentLok and Blocker Outdoors are pioneers in the hunting industry, which many credit with creating a market focused on superior scent control to get closer to big game.

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