What are Frogg Toggs?
What are Frogg Toggs? I see them for hunting and fishing use, and they seem like a cheap alternative to Gore-Tex and its imitators. Is this gear good for long, sweaty hikes wearing a pack? Chris Norwood, Ohio
Frogg Toggs is a fairly new company (founded in 1996; www.froggtoggs.com) that makes lightweight raingear that’s very affordableunder $100 for most pieces. Their stuff is largely marketed to the hunting, fishing, and golfing crowd. Frogg Toggsthe clothingare made of three-layer polypropylene that has “welded” seams (literally, melted together through the use of ultrasonic sound waves) rather than stitched seams. Products include a basic jacket ($40), a windshirt ($36), and several rainsuits for hunting or fishing ($100).
That said, it seems ideal for occasional use when backpacking, and for more static activities like fishing or even hunting if you’re sitting in a blind. I’m not so sure it’s suitable for mountaineering, wilderness backpacking, and the like. Meanwhile, I’ll have to actually get in one of their basic jackets to pass more conclusive comment in the future. But for $40 you can’t go that far wrong!