Techy Thursday - Simms Rainwear Refresher

By Chris Dore 12/05/2019

Chris Dore Flyfishing New Zealand

As I write, all reports are suggesting one of the seasons biggest storms is about to swipe the country bringing high winds and torrential rain to most parts. But there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear, right? And teamed up with a good set of waders a Simms fishing jacket will keep you out there, doing it dry throughout the day.

It’s important to think past your jacket however and consider it a vital part of a complete clothing system. Just like the best of the best in Gore-Tex waders won’t keep you dry underneath if you’re wearing jeans, you should consider layering with fast wicking, Simms layering products to keep you comfortable and dry throughout.

Here’s the line up...

Simms 2019 G4 Pro Wading Jacket

Simms G4 Pro Jacket

The Simms G4 Pro Jacket has been the pinnacle of wading jackets for many years and the 2019 iteration has really taken the jacket to another level with a best in class three layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell for maximum waterproofing, breathability, wind protection and durability. With internal front pocketing the storage area is now flush to the jacket to minimise line catch and interference from tools and gear as well as making it super packable. Internal shingle cuffs with a Velcro strap cinch down tight keep out water when you have to submerse your hands and all zippered are water resistant ensuring no leakage through the main zip into your layering system or chest pockets. Two micro fleeced lines side pockets help you store gear while keeping your hands warm and the both provide internal access to a rear stowage pocket for more fly boxes, lunches and a small camera. The new Simms G4 Pro jacket has plenty more details to discover so make sure to get your hands on one and check it out for yourself.

Simms Pro Dry Jacket

Simms Pro Dry Jacket

Gale force defence system, powered by GORE-TEX® Pro Shell fabric Simms' redesigned ProDry™ Jacket is 25 percent lighter for enhanced stowability. While proven waterproof, durable Pro Shell fabric sets the performance standard for oceanic endeavours to the pro bass tour. Optimized architecture includes high-capacity zippered chest pockets, secured with water repellent YKK® AQUAGUARD® VISLON® zippers. Dry Cuff™ engineering blocks water at the sleeve. And the Cohaesive™ cord lock system intuitively manages internal adjustments, simplifying the act of cinching comfort in. Finally, duck a deluge inside the tuck-away 3-point adjustable Storm Hood, which keeps water out and wears well with a hat.

Simms Challenger Jacket

Simms Challenger Jacket

Simms’ Challenger Jacket features 2-layer Toray® fabric with fully taped seams for 100-percent waterproof, breathable performance. Revive cold hands in fleece-lined pockets and dodge hard rain by ducking inside a 3-point adjustable storm hood that conveniently stows in the collar. External architecture includes a YKK® VISLON® center front zipper with a storm flap for added protection. Finally, a dual draw-cord adjustable bottom hem customises fit, while dual kill-switch anchor points add on-the-water safety.

Simms G3 Tactical jacket

Simms G3 Tactical Guide Jacket

The G3 Guide™ Tactical Jacket is not just an upgrade from our best-selling jacket of all time, but an all new thinking on fishing jackets. Built from trusted GORE-TEX" fabric, the new G3 Guide™ Tactical Jacket offers fishy features and styling to attract anglers of all levels. Anglers can fight the elements and stay protected thanks to a whole new approach at the jackets' cuffs and hood, but also feel prepared with a built in pocket array set for a day on the water.

Simms Freestone Jacket

Simms Freestone Jacket

Reliable protection with ample storage for critical fishing gear. The Simms Freestone jacket is seam taped, breathable Toray fabric to keep you dry on your valuable weekends away.

Simms Waypoints Jacket Olive

Simms Waypoints Jacket

Simms’ packable, waterproof 2.5-layer Waypoints® Jacket is determined to keep you dry. Details include an ultralight build, where the jacket stuffs into itself for convenient stowage via the left-hand pocket. Anti-catch moulded cuffs eliminate line snags, and trusted YKK® VISLON® CF zippers bring failsafe performance to this restless, on-the-go piece.

Simms Fastcast Windshell SterlingSimms Fastcast Windshell Pacific

Sterling & Pacific

Simms Fast Cast Windshell Jacket

Lightweight, pocket-packable windshell designed for street to on-water style and function. The Simms Fast Cast Windshell Jacket features elastic gathering at hood, hem and cuff openings to batten down the hatches when it gets rough along with handwarmer pockets to keep the fingers toasty. On the flipside, under-arm ventilation allows you to ditch body heat when on the move and ensures you’re not trapping any unnecessary moisture when you start to heat back up. Don’t leave home without it.

Finally, consider carrying a packable Simms Wading Staff for if those rivers rise throughout the day and keep this with you as part of your escape plan. That river may blow out mid crossing or become deceptively swift and the last thing you want is to topple. #forgettheforecast right, but always keep it in mind.