Gear Review: AFTCO Barricade Jacket and Bib


AFTCO Barricade Jacket and Bib


AFTCO’s full complement of high-end technical features is included at a competitive price. Barricade’s three-layer construction is top-of-the-line and built to withstand heavy rain and wind. The 3L has a ripstop outer shell, a waterproof membrane and an inner lining, which improves breathability, is soft on the skin and increases durability. 

Fit is easily adjusted with the jacket’s elasticized hem cinch (also a benefit when layering), and Double Dry cuffs keep water out of the sleeves. AFTCO’s signature SpeedVent hood keeps it in place even on high-speed boat runs. The jacket has a 20K waterproof rating and 5K breathability. 

The bib adds adjustable elastic shoulder straps and a waist slide adjustment system for the perfect fit. Knee-high YKK AquaGuard zippers make it easier to wear, especially with boots. A top entry thigh pocket and 300D plier pocket provide storage options. 

Size: S-2XL: Colors: Charcoal Acid Camo, Green Camo, Black, Light Gray, Dark Digi Camo.


AFTCO dials its rainwear into temperature ranges for optimal comfort, performance and protection. The Barricade suit is ideal for wear between 40 and 70 degrees. Most users like the ability to layer up in the lower temperature range, then layer down as temperatures become moderate without having to change suits. The lightweight three-layer construction is fully seamed throughout, yet breathes really well to prevent getting too hot and clammy on the skin. You get a versatile, all-in-one package without the need to store multiple rainsuits, also saving time and hassle. 


Jacket: $249

Bib: $229



Barricade is worth a serious look if you are looking for one rainsuit with premium features at a budget-friendly price. My Barricade suit is always in my boat, and as mentioned, I can layer up with an AFTCO Reaper Hoodie under the jacket and be comfortable at the lower end of its recommended temperature range. 

What is more, you get coverage to the upper chest, even with the elastic strap system, making it ideal to wear as a stand-alone layering garment. I oftentimes only wear a Reaper with the bib in moderately chilly temperatures, and there are plenty of pockets that eliminate the need to unstrap and get into pants pockets. 

Don’t be fooled as I was when you pick up the Barricade for the first time. It feels almost too lightweight for the lower temperature range. Believe me, it’s not. Just layer up properly — you get plenty of options with AFTCO — and then layer back down as temperatures become moderate.