The Barbour Rainbow International Jacket: “Versatile for all types of weather!”

Colorful, waterproof, and breathable, this iconic rain coat for women is ready for all fall occasions

Living in the Midwest most of my life I need a jacket that can be versatile for all types of weather. The Barbour Rainbow International Jacket has fit that need! It packs very easily when I’m traveling. I love the fact that it’s machine washable.

I have had more people stop me and ask me where I purchased my Barbour jacket than you can imagine. Whether I’m in the grocery store, airport, or walking into Orvis to start my day at work people will stop me and ask, “Where did you get that Barbour?”

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Orvis Tempur-Pedic® Deep Dish Dog Bed: “It’s obvious that there really is no substitute for it”

A sleek shape, a quilted or fleece top, and a streamlined bolster make our Deep Dish one great-looking bed. Built like a couch, with extra length for multiple dogs or for dogs who like to stretch out

One of the Orvis products I’ve come to depend on is the Orvis Tempur-Pedic Deep Dish dog bed. As the proud parent of a 16 year old German Shepherd mix, it’s all about making him comfortable at this point. The Tempur-Pedic material is perfect for his poor, arthritic hips, while still being soft enough that he loves sleeping on it. All day. Which, at his age, he’s earned the right to do.

I’ll be the first to admit that I had a hard time convincing myself that my dog needed a Tempur-Pedic mattress, but we didn’t have it long before it became obvious that there really is no substitute for it, especially for an older dog like mine. Best of all, it still holds it’s shape just like the first day I brought it home. I just can’t believe I didn’t get one sooner.

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CFO III Click-and-Pawl Reel: “The Superfine rod and this reel are just plain sexy together.”

I picked up the Orvis CFO III Click and Pawl Reel for my Superfine Touch 663-4 full flex rod because I wanted the whole rig to be very traditional. I was about to pick up a CFO disc drag, but the click and pawl is about as traditional as you can get. I was also concerned with the weight of it. Since the Superfine is such a ridiculously lightweight rod, I was afraid the size III would be too heavy (I tried it with a CFO disc drag III and it was a bit butt-heavy), but this reel feels a touch lighter than the CFO I disc drag reel — superlight! The coloring also matches perfectly with the rod. The Superfine rod and this reel are just plain sexy together.

Read more about this reel and get your own to love here.

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“I just can’t believe I didn’t get one sooner!”: The Orvis Tempur-Pedic Dog Bed

One of the Orvis products I’ve come to depend on is the Orvis Tempur-Pedic Deep Dish Dog Bed (item 4X99). As the proud parent of a 16-year-old German shepherd mix, it’s all about making him comfortable at this point. The Tempur-Pedic material is perfect for his poor, arthritic hips, while still being soft enough that he loves sleeping on it. All day. Which, at his age, he’s earned the right to do.

I’ll be the first to admit that I had a hard time convincing myself that my dog needed a Tempur-Pedic mattress, but we didn’t have it long before it became obvious that there really is no substitute for it, especially for an older dog like mine. Best of all, it still holds its shape just like the first day I brought it home. I just can’t believe I didn’t get one sooner!

Click here to read more about the Orvis Tempurpedic Dog Bed and get one for your best friend!

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Open Air Caster Shirt: “Despite being put through some severe abuse it’s still going strong”

The Orvis Open Air Caster is one of those tried and true shirts that lives in your closet for years until it’s tattered, bloodied and torn from loving wear but vanishes mysteriously one day while you’re away when your wife has free reign to your wardrobe and can’t stand the sight of it any more.

The weight is perfect – not too heavy, not too light. It has a mesh back so it lets in even the slightest of breezes to help cool you off on those hot summer days. You can roll up the sleeves for additional air conditioning on a hot day or pull them down for sun protection and still feel comfortable in the heat. My go-to feature on this shirt is the zippered interior pocket – perfect for keys, a wallet, cell phone, spare change, sunscreen, etc.

The button pockets are easily accessible and convenient. The utility loop on the front of the shirt is definitely utilitarian – I’ve used it to hold various objects – sunglasses, forceps, pliers, leader materials, stream thermometers, tire gauges, pens and more. I’ve worn my shirt for 3 years now and despite being put through some severe abuse it’s still going strong and still has a happy home in my closet.

Read more and buy your own Orvis Open Air Caster, here.

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Then along came the Helios: Orvis associate Mike Clough on his favorite rod

Living in the West, I used to get chastised by other anglers for using only 8-1/2-foot rods. Everyone out here swears by 9-foot 5-weight rods. The reason I preferred the shorter rod was weight; it was just more comfortable to use the rod all day. Sure, I gave up a little in distance and line control, but it was a sacrifice that I was willing to make. And then along came Helios. At just 2 1/2 ounces, my 10 foot 4 wt. Helios weighs much less than any 8-1/2-footer I ever used, and now I can take advantage of the line control and the distance the longer rod provides. If you’re fishing spring creeks, tailwaters, or any situation where a dead drift is critical, this is the only way to go. You will catch more fish and save your shoulder at the same time!

Click here to read more about the Helios 104-4.

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The Blog Gink & Gasoline reviews the Safe Passage Carry-it-All Rod and Gear Case

Kent Klewein of the blog
Gink & Gasoline posted this review of the Orvis Safe Passage Carry-It-All Rod and Gear Case:


  • Fly Rods & Tubes
  • Fly Reels
  • Leaders & Tippet
  • Fly Floatant
  • Split-Shot
  • Nail-Knot Tool
  • This list goes on and on with what I need to pack for my guide trips and fly fishing travels. It’s astonishing how much room all this gear takes up in your vehicle once you’ve packed it all in, and the list above is only a partial list of what I need for my days out on the water. I still need waders, boots, fishing packs, net, camera, and enough room to transport my clients. Anyway I looked at it, I was in desperate need of finding a better way to organize all my gear. It was taking far too long for me to strategically load and unload my truck every day.

    Recently, I ran across and purchased the Orvis Safe Passage, Carry-It-All Rod and Gear Case, and it’s completely blown me away with it’s ability to safely store an insane amount of gear in half the space. Everything I need is right at my finger tips and that keeps me organized and saves me a ton of time rigging up. From one fellow guide to another, since I’ve started using this gear case, I’ve no longer found myself turning around and heading back to the cabin for a critical piece of gear I forgot to pack. Below is a break down of what the Orvis Carry-It-All gear case can handle and I why I love it.

    Read the rest of the review here.

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    “I’ll Never Buy a Different Pair of Waders” – Sonic Seam Wader Review by Orvis Customer Michael Coleman

    Read more reviews and purchase Orvis Sonic Seam Waders, here.

    When I was first introduced to fly fishing by my father, I wasn’t allowed to step foot into a river, lake, or stream.  Looking back on it now, I see this was mostly a safety concern for my father and it makes perfect sense not to allow an eight year old to dive head first into a river.  Thus, fly fishing during my formative years under my father’s tutelage was spent learning to cast, tie and observe from a stream side perspective until he felt I was skilled enough to step into the trout’s natural habitat.  As you can imagine, it was quite a joyous occasion when I received my first pair of waders for my 14th birthday.  Nothing flashy; just some hunter green Cabella’s stocking foot neoprene waders.  I don’t remember them being overly comfortable, but I was so excited to get into the river that I wasn’t about to complain.  The waders were accompanied by an Orvis 2 piece, 5-weight fly rod, and I was one happy fly fisherman.  Both the rod and the waders served their purpose and lasted me the next 15 years of my fly fishing adventures (with some help from a wader repair kit here and there).

    One of the first things I did when I got a steady job was to buy some new fly fishing equipment.  My family always respected Orvis for their high quality products and great customer service.  However, since this was to be my first waders purchase with my own money, I poured over fishing journals, websites, blogs and magazines to try to educate myself on the different types of waders available.  My primary concern revolved around my frequent travel and I wanted something I could easily pack in my carry-on bag.  The trade off to portability always seemed to be less durability, less breathability, a huge mark-up on the price or just less quality overall.   I also knew I wanted to get stocking foot waders again, and I hoped to make a purchase that would stand the test of time like my old waders did.

    After plenty of research, I finally set my sights on the “Pack & Travel Waders with SonicSeam Technology”.  I talked to a couple Orvis representatives who wore these waders themselves and they stated confidently: “once you buy these, you’ll never want another pair of waders.”   I kind of balked at that quote because they not only worked for the company, but I knew they were trying to sell me a product.  I thought about it some more and I figured: “well, if I don’t like them, I can always send them right back to Orvis and let them know what I think.”

    I ordered the waders right before the spring steelhead run in Minnesota began.  They arrived on time and my wife accepted the package and cleverly added a bow before setting it out for me to find after work.  I tried the waders on immediately to make sure they fit.  This is one of the areas where Orvis always excels: their online fitting chart made choosing my size without trying them on easy and reliable.  So of course, they fit perfectly.  Before my steelheading adventure was to begin, the next stop was the Kinnickinnic River in Wisconsin for some spring creek trout fishing.  I also convinced my fishing buddy to purchase the SonicSeam waders, and we were both “getting our feet wet” with them for the first time.  I can say without reservation that the waders performed admirably.  They were easy to put on, and I’ve never felt warmer inside a pair of waders.  It’s true what they say about the “sonic seam” technology.  They’re easy to fold and pack up because there are no seams, and they don’t leak for the same reason.  I was impressed with the maneuverability they provided.  They didn’t feel stiff like some waders feel until they are broken in.  After having had the same pair of waders for the last 15 years, it was like night and day.

    The part I hate most about using waders is taking them off at the end of the day.  I’m usually a bit tired by that point, and taking them off always means an end to the day’s adventures.  They slipped off effortlessly and the mud and dirt seemed to almost slide right off them.  Don’t get me wrong, they still needed their proper cleaning, but they also wouldn’t destroy the back of my friend’s SUV if I just tossed them in the back.  After cleaning them according to the recommended instructions with the machine wash setting on my washer, they looked brand new. 

    About a week later, they got their ultimate test under the grueling conditions of a post-winter steelhead run on the North Shore of Minnesota.  They held up great under turbulent conditions with rain, sleet and high wind.  They remained breathable while keeping me nice and dry.  The stocking foot left plenty of room for thick thermal socks.  I never felt underprepared and the little chest pocket kept my phone out of the rain (it was also in its own waterproof bag).

    The only part I haven’t mentioned is that the SonicSeam waders barely take up any room when they’re packed.  At just a little over 2 lbs and tightly packed, it makes my travel plans so much easier.  Now I can bring them with me even when I’m not sure if I’ll be fishing.

    I couldn’t have asked for a better pair of waders and my friend feels the same way.  I’ve had them for two seasons now and they perform like the day I first bought them.  I have enjoyed these waders so much, I bought a pair for my brother just this year, and he’ll be stepping into them for the first time in about a month.  I have no doubt he will be singing praises and become a convert to the new SonicSeam technology as I have.

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    Ultimate Upland Chaps: “Our wingshooting guides wear them in the field daily.”

    Highland Hills

    The crew at highland Hills Ranch, in Condon, Oregon, hunts long and hard
    during the season, and they love the Ultimate Upland Chaps.

    photo courtesy Highland Hills Ranch

    Here at Highland Hills Ranch, we are constantly recommending the Orvis Ultimate Upland Chaps to our guests. Our wingshooting guides can be found wearing them in the field daily. The waterproof feature makes them great when walking through the early morning dew and prevents wet pant legs for the rest of the day. Our guides appreciate the lightweight yet durable construction that makes these chaps a “go to” item for them. Another feature that we love is they are breathable yet waterproof, unlike so many others. The wash-and-wear factor makes them easy to clean and maintain. This year, a couple of the guides finally “retired” theirs after 3 years of very heavy use! It is common for us to re-stock our pro shop several times each season with these chaps, due to their popularity.

    Click here to learn more and see a video about the Ultimate Upland Chaps.

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    “I’ll have an Orvis Sling to fish with the rest of my life”- Customer Owl Jones Reviews the Safe Passage Sling Pack

    Orvis Sling Pack Video Review from Owl Jones on Vimeo.


     Over the years I’ve come to the conclusion that you can divide good fly fishing gear into three categories that I like to call the Three Qualities: Gear that’s made well. Gear that’s affordable. Gear that’s functional. That said, it’s sometimes almost impossible to find a product that has all of these qualities. Then, along comes the Orvis Safe Passage Sling Pack.

                In my many years of fishing, I’ve worn or carried just about everything ever made for hauling around fishing gear. I’ve tried tackle boxes, conventional vests, chest packs and fanny packs. You name it, I’ve probably tried it at least twice. Unfortunately, I always found every product to be lacking one of the Three Qualities. This Orvis Sling Pack though – this is the solution I’ve been trying to find for the last 25 years. 

                The Orvis Sling Pack is a rock-solid design. Unlike some other “so called” sling packs that are little more than a square bag with a strap, this Orvis Sling Pack takes care of everything. From a place to easily secure your keys to multiple forceps/pliers pockets to an awesome, comfortable design.  Using the optional under-the-arm harness strap, it’s easy to forget you’re wearing it. Also, I’ve got to say that as a “big guy” there’s plenty of strap length to go around. Both the arm strap and the waist strap are fully removable, too. Add to that two huge compartments, really smooth zippers and numerous tool attachment points, and you’ve got all the bases covered. 

                I can get a whole day’s worth of fishing gear inside just the main compartment, which leaves the exterior pocket free for a water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, or even lunch. Functional? Absolutely. It’s also made of durable, heavy material that looks as if it could last a decade or more of hard use. Is it well made? I’ve looked it over time and again, and I can’t find a single flaw in the workmanship or materials.

                OK, so it’s well made and highly functional…how about affordable? Honestly, I think Orvis has done the impossible by pricing this kind of quality product so that anyone can afford it. Trust me when I tell you that this thing would be worth $179 – and at roughly half the price of what other companies sell their “sling pack” for, this may literally be the Deal of the Decade. I have never owned a pack or vest with this much going for it – and certainly not at this a price this low!

                I plan to fish for 40 more years, and I’m pretty hard on gear. I might just buy an extra one so I’ll have a Safe Passage Sling Pack to fish with the rest of my life. Trust me folks, this is the only pack you’ll ever need. 

    -Owl Jones runs the always entertaining outdoor blog, Read More