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An introduction to wet weather gear and fishing oilskins

Wet weather gear

Professional quality wet weather gear is designed to provide complete protection against the elements without limiting your ability to move around and work comfortably.

There’s a big difference between this type of product and the waterproof gear you might use for the odd rainy day. Stormline wet weather gear is for everyday use, in a working or high performance context like fishing or farm work. It’s designed to protect, without weighing you down.

Wet weather gear is a general term that refers to the range of products that professional fishermen, marine workers, agriculture professionals and farmers rely on every day to keep dry and comfortable. The term normally includes fishing oilskins, which is a specific type of wet weather product.

Fishing oilskins

The term ‘oilskin’ originates from the traditional practice of coating thick cloth with linseed oil to produce a rugged, waterproof protective garment. These things weighed a tonne and got very hot.

Technology has moved on a lot since the days when sailors wore heavy, yellow fishing gear, but the oilskin name prevails. Modern fishing oilskins protect better than the old linseed cloth garments, but without the heaviness.

Nowadays, oilskins are typically made from PVC. Ours come in a range of weights, with a variety of functional features such as adjustable cuffs, raglan sleeves, reinforced zips and reversible bibs.

When we talk about oilskins, we’re actually referring to highly advanced technical workwear that does a number of jobs.

Choosing the right wet weather gear

Find the right wet weather gear easily.

Shop by industry & weight

Every Stormline product is the result of years’ of research and testing. But we still keep our range refreshingly simple:

First, choose your industry: Select from marine, agricultural or commercial.

The products in each range are designed to meet your specific technical needs, whether you need them for work or leisure.

Then choose your required weight: Select from light, medium and heavy, depending on the type of weather you’ll be facing.

Designed for performance

Stormline wet weather products are engineered to ensure maximum comfort and peerless performance, whatever your job and wherever you do it. Innovative technical designs eliminate wearer fatigue to keep you mobile and productive.

Whether you’re leisure fishing in New Zealand this summer, or working the harshest of harsh North Atlantic winters , you need wet weather gear you can rely on in any season, for any job. Stormline delivers.

Browse our fishing jackets, oilskin fishing pants, waterproof bibs and braces, pants and smocks and get the protection you need.

About our wet weather gear and fishing oilskins

australian commercial proffesional fishermen wearing Stormline wet weather gear

About our wet weather gear and fishing oilskins

Our range of fishing oilskins and wet weather gear have been keeping marine professionals dry, comfortable and productive for decades.

We started out making fishing gear for boat crews working off New Zealand. Now we supply wet weather gear and fishing oilskins to marine professionals, outdoor workers and sport fishers around the world.

Our products are designed to distribute their own weight and withstand whatever gets thrown at them.

Wear them for hours, keep them for years.


About our commercial fishing Gear

Commercial fishing gear needs to be hardwearing and cost effective. Ours lets you stay dry, keep warm and be seen – at a sensible price – without cutting corners on quality.

If you make your living in the fishing industry, your gear can be the difference between an uncomfortable day’s work, or a job well done. Stormline’s commercial fishing gear keeps you at the top of your game, all day. No fatigue, no leakage, just the correct amount of protection to do your job well.

Choose from three weight ranges and get the perfect combination of protection and mobility. Remember, lightweight wet weather gear is ideal for wearing over a heavy underlayer in cold climates.

Adjustable neoprene cuffs, storm flaps and high visibility detailing enable you to keep the elements out without compromising your mobility or vision.


About our farming waterproofs

Farm and yard work has a unique set of technical demands, so you need farming waterproofs that deliver on each one equally. Our waterproofs are flexible and rugged. Adjustable cuffs and ankle domes let you tailor your gear for a perfect fit, while our selection of PVC outerwear keeps the water off and the warmth in.

We’ve designed our farming waterproofs for optimum performance. Areas that come into contact with water, harsh substances or abrasive surfaces – such as cuffs, chest and bib – are adequately protected with durable PVC. Areas that don’t – like shoulders and back are kept mobile with a lighter weight covering.

Stormline farming waterproofs keep you dry and comfortable while repelling the everyday rigours of your job.

We also manufacture a range of woollen outdoor wear, for when it’s cold but dry.