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Columbia "Performance Fishing Gear" (PFG)

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Columbia PFG Clothing

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Brand:
Columbia
Model:
PFG
MSRP ($):
39.99

Columbia’s “Performance Fishing Gear” (PFG) lines of technical clothing offer lightweight shirts and pants SPF rated to protect you from the sun in comfort and style. Quick-drying fabrics and stylish colors give PFG good looks on and off the water.

 

 

Features:

  • Durable nylon dries fast
  • Antimicrobial treatment prevents odors from accumulating in the fabric

Specs:

  • UPF Rating: 30
  • Laser-cut design

 

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4.0

Comfortable Clothing with Good UV Protection

I probably own 8 or 10 articles of clothing from the PFG line and overall I'm pretty satisfied with them. They are universally comfortable and the UV protection does work well (eliminating the need for fish-spooking scented sun screen). I also like the fact that they dry -very- quickly. I have found the sizing of different products to be all over the map...sometimes I need an XL, other times even a L seems to be too big. The "Omni Freeze Zero" technology is a bit over rated in my opinion and I personally don't find it lives up to the advertising hype at all. The fabrics have a nice "hand" to them and are all light and very comfortable. On the negative side I also find them to be very prone to snags and thread pulling...which I suppose is fine provided you are buying this clothing strictly for fishing.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Comfort, UV protection, Fast Drying
Cons:
Sizing, Durability, Omni Freeze Zero performance is questionable
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5.0

Quick drying and light weight

I have been using Columbia PFG apparel for years and I love it now as much as I did when I first used it. I love the light weight feel and quick drying aspect.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
16-30 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Light weight and quick drying
Cons:
Longer lenth would be nice
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4.0

My Collection of PFGs

Since I have been kayak fishing I started purchasing the Columbia PFG series of outdoor clothing.

The button down long sleeve shirts are great. The sleeves can be rolled up and secured in place with a strap and button. When you need the long sleeve to protect you from the sun or those nasty bugs just undue the button and roll the sleeves down for protection. The shirts also provide a lot of storage for small tackle boxes or fly boxes with pockets that have a flap that is secured by using the Velcro product. There are also loops for attaching small tools like line clippers and a forceps for hook removal. When the shirt gets wet and a warm wind is blowing the shirt is dry in no time.

The Columbia Omni-Shade PFG Pants are great for sun protection as well. They come with a swimming style mesh underwear built in so that you can go commando. In other words no need for wet underwear. These pants will dry quickly as well. Another plus is that they can be converted to shorts if you need to. Just unzip around the knee area of the pants and you have shorts for swimming or wading on the flats for that special fish. The pants also have a lot of pockets for storage of small tackle containers. The pants can either be secured to you waist by belt or the drawstring in the waistline.

The last item is the long sleeve pull over shirt from Columbia PFG. The shirt is made up of the same material to protect you from the sun. It also dries very fast when wet.

Columbia makes some great clothing for the outdoors men that is rugged and protects from the elements outdoors.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
  • Offshore
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Sun Protection
Cons:
Pants could use a zipper
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5.0

Practical Cloths to Match Your FIshing Needs

I have been wearing this stuff for decades. I started with the 100% cotton breathable shirts. Then I tried some of the early 100% nylon and was not that impressed. As Columbia continued to introduce new synthetic fibers I tried them again and found them to be comfortable, tough as nails and packed with features.

Some Features Include
•Omni-Freeze™ ZERO sweat-activated super cooling
•Omni-Shade™ complete UVA & UVB sun protection
•Omni-Shield Blood 'n Guts™ advanced stain fighting & water repellency
•Fishing-specific design and construction elements

The new fibers provide sun protection, breathability and all day comfort. I particularly like the roll up long sleeve shirts and zip off long pants that turn in to shorts in breathable synthetic. I also have the short sleeve shirts of the same style. I some times prefer the short sleeve shirts in Florida summer heat and I can always pair them with the Columbia's Gortex version light weight packable jacket.

I have a dozen or more shirts and half a dozen pairs of zip off pants. I have several Columbia jackets. I can't guarantee they will catch fish but I can say they will make you more comfortable doing it. I highly recommend any of these products.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Huge selection of features, Tough, Comfortable,Natural or Synthetic fibers
Cons:
Can be pricy
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(Updated: November 21, 2013)
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5.0

Columbia PFG Review

I have been fishing for as long as I can remember. As a youth, fishing in the summertime meant shorts and no shirt, feeling the warm sun on my skin. I never really gave much thought to “fashion” - all I cared about was “fish on”. That all changed for me one summer day in Key West when my oldest sister, Angie, was diagnosed with skin cancer.

Her doctor advised her it was a direct result of years of sun damage. I was aware that there were newer clothing products on the market with sun protection factor (SPF). As I searched for something affordable and suitable for fishing, I came across Columbia’s line of SPF-rated clothing. The long sleeve shirts and long pants looked very hot and I couldn’t imagine fishing in the summertime sun while wearing it.

I started out with the Columbia “Performance Fishing Gear” (PFG) SPF 30 pants that had removable leggings, and a PFG SPF 30 “Omni-Shade” long sleeve shirt. According to Columbia, their SPF-rated clothing protects the user by blocking most of the harmful ultraviolet rays through tight weave UV blocking and absorbing technologies without having to reapply, like sunscreen. The shirt was a typical button-up style fishing shirt. I just knew I wasn’t going to be happy, and I figured I would sweat several pounds off the first day I tried the shirt and pants. I used them while kayak fishing on a typical hot sunny Florida day. The trip lasted about seven hours, and I was very pleasantly surprised. Because the clothing covered up my arms and legs, the sun didn’t heat up the surface of my skin. I didn’t understand what they meant by “breathable” fabric until I felt the slightest of breezes across my skin under the shirt. I actually sweated less and felt better when I was done for the day.

Columbia produces several more lines of PFG clothing. I recently purchased an “Omni-Wick” pullover shirt that has the same sun protection and keeps my skin dry. It pulls the sweat from your skin and allows it to evaporate quickly. I followed that up with the “Blood and Guts” convertible pants. It has stain repellence and quick-dry capabilities while keeping the same SPF 30 protection. I leave the kayak frequently to wade fish, and when I get back in, these pants dry within a minute or two. Another feature that I am not sure was intended is they don’t wrinkle when washed. The only drawback I could find was the price. Some of the shirts are quite pricey at $99 full retail. They have held up well after repeated use and washing, and look much like they did when new.

Columbia is not the only company that makes SPF rated clothing for anglers, but they do have a very extensive collection with a wide range of prices. Angie was lucky and she remains healthy. Everyone in my family now has SPF clothing in their wardrobe, and I encourage them to wear it while enjoying the Florida sun.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
  • Offshore
Used:
30+ times
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