The SIMMS name has been associated with high quality fishing gear for nearly four decades. John Simms launched SIMMS in 1980 and within a short time, SIMMS waders were well established as one of the most rugged and dependable waders available to anglers. Since then, the quality of SIMMS waders, as well as tops, wading shoes and other fishing related clothing and accessories, has continued to improve. There is much to be said for the age old axiom “you get what you pay for,” and that certainly holds true for SIMMS growing lineup of performance fishing gear. Their policy on waders for example includes a “no questions asked” replacement for any leaks within 60 days. If they leak after the 60 days and within 365 days, they will repair them at no cost.
Their G4 line of stocking foot waders feature a 5-layer GORE-TEX® Pro Shell fabric that bolsters durability and enhances breathability by 25 percent. The Z model includes a YKK® waterproof center-front zipper to make getting in and out of your waders a breeze and providing optimal ventilation. Plush hand-warming pockets to will keep your hands fishable in the coldest weather. The MSRP on them is $849.95. The G4 Pro stocking foot shares the same features as the G4 Z, minus the front zipper. It retails for about $100 less than the Z model.
SIMMS G3 waders are available in both stocking foot and boot foot models. They feature a durable, breathable and comfortable GORE-TEX® Pro Shell 3-layer upper and 4-layer lower, a top access zippered stretch pocket, zippered, reach-through micro-fleece lined hand-warming pockets, and patented front and back leg seams for comfortable fit, improved mobility and increased durability. On the G3 Guide Boot Foot model, the boot is constructed of triple-layer vulcanized rubber for maximum durability and wading performance in extreme weather. It is also fully-lined and insulated with 7-mm neoprene and grid fleece for all-day warmth and moisture-management. The Vibram® ldrogrip rubber sole features self-cleaning lugs and multidirectional edges for maximum underwater traction with an anatomically-shaped and removable Right Angle® footbed for a secure and comfortable feel underfoot. MSRP on the boot foot is $749.95. The stocking foot model in the G3 series also features patented abrasion-resistant built-in Gravel Guards with boot hooks, and anatomically engineered neoprene stocking feet with anti-microbial finish. It retails for about $549.95.
New this year is the Women’s G3 Guide Z Stocking Foot Waders. They feature an innovative TIZIP waterproof side zipper for easy on/off, a reach-through fleece-lined hand warmer pocket with zippered top stash pocket, patented front & back leg seam and patented built-in Gravel Guards. Updated women’s features include dual fit suspender anchor points, scalloped top opening, and women’s specific fit. They carry an MSRP of $649.95.
If the G3 and G4 waders are hard on your budget, there are less expensive models that are a good value for the price. Both are available in stocking foot only. The Freestone Wader is priced at $279, while the Z (zippered model) comes in at around $379. Tributary and Soul River stocking foot models retail at $179.
To check out the full lineup of SIMMS waders, tops, wading shoes and other fishing related clothing and accessories, go to www.simmsfishing.com.