there are a couple of llbean wading jackets for under 200. i have their pac-lite jacket and it works good as an outer shell in a layering system, in addition to being a great lightweight jacket in warmer weather. when i first bought it, i was concerned with how thin it is, however after brush beating through multi flora rose, common buckthorn and other nasty invasives along riverbanks without any puncturing i can say that it is a pretty tough jacket. plus, it does not add any bulk around my arms which happened when i tried on other jackets at the store with my usual layering setup.
Cabela's Gore Tex is pretty nice. Well made. I paid under a hundred on sale last season. This jacket seems to be made as good or better than the Simms in my humble opinion. Comfort is a big part of it too. I tried on a ton of jackets and the Cabelas fit and felt the best so it worked out all the way around.
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