Is Simms apparal worth the price tag?
Let me answer this question by going over some of my favorite things I own of Simms and then letting you know what I think.
Brief description of how much I use my Simms gear on a yearly basis:
I am a full time guide in Montana on the Big Horn River in beautiful Montana. I fish all year round. Which means temperatures from the mid 20’s to the low 100’s. When I’m not guiding I am fishing small creeks and rivers where I am bushwhacking through brush and really gnarly terrain. I fish at least 160 days a year.
Okay let’s review some gear that I own.
*PS: I have no affiliation with Simms as of now. I hope that they accept me to their pro staff team someday but as of now I am just a guide that buys their products.
G4Z Stocking Foot Waders: The price tag on these babies are $799.95.
For that kind of money these better be amazing! My wife wasn’t happy when I purchased these waders but let me tell you, They are awesome!!
If you are guiding full time or the river is your second or first home these are the very best. The zipper is amazing for going to the bathroom real fast and also is 100% waterproof. Their has been many times where I am chest deep and keep completely dry. The gore-tex is great and it actually breaths really well. I stay comfortable on really cold days and cool on those days in the 80’s. If it gets hotter than that I am usually in shorts and wet wading.
The thing that was unexpected on these waders was the comfort factor. The straps that come with these waders are so comfortable. They never wear on your shoulders. You actually forget you are wearing waders most of the time.
I have had these waders for two seasons now and still have not had a leak or tear in them. If for some reason you do, Simms is amazing on fixing them or warrantying them.
I can’t think of anything negative to say about these besides being pricey for the fly fisherman who only goes out once in a while.
G3 Guide Pant $499.95
I also have the guide pant. I love these for the days I know I won’t get in the water past my waist. They are easy to get on and off and feel like you are just wearing pants. Great for the warmer days when water temps are still cold enough for waders. They are very durable and I haven’t had a problem with leaks or tears. I am also very careful with my waders. I always put them on by placing a car mat on the ground and try to avoid ever putting them on rocks or dirt.
Negative on these waders: They are pricey for the average fisherman. Other than that you will love them unless you wade to deep :).
G4 Boa Boot $239.95
If you haven’t tried the Boa tightening system already, you are missing out! One of the things I hate most on the river is having your shoe laces untie. This system takes care of that and also let’s your foot feel tight and secure while wading or hiking. I am a huge fan of korkers which I still own and love but wanted to give these a shot this year. I like these a little more because of having a solid rubber sole that doesn’t detach. Korkers had a great idea when they decided to make the detachable soles but I have had so many occasions where the bottoms of my shoes will come apart. Then I am spending too much time trying to put them back on. So I am a huge fan of the solid rubber bottom shoes.
Negative feedback: I hate to say this but not much. They feel great on my foot and seem to do the job great!
Headwaters GORE-TEX Jacket Price $199.95.
So my wife and I both have the Simms Gore-tex Jacket. All I have to say about jackets when you are fishing is MAKE SURE THEY ARE GORE-TEX!!! I can’t say this enough. It is miserable being wet and cold when you are on the river. The Gore Tex keeps all the water away from your layers and skin. This jacket even has velcro on the wrist to make sure water doesn’t go up your jacket when you are releasing that fish you just caught. I also love the thought process that went into this jacket. It has a soft area around your face and neck so when you zip it up all the way, you are very comfortable. I love this jacket so much I even wear it hunting.
Negative: If you want a really long jacket make sure you contact Simms and get the correct one. Some of the Gore Tex jackets can run small. Looks fine with waders on but using it as a everyday jacket you might want something longer.
ExStream Jacket Price $249.95
This is my go to jacket when it is cold but not raining. I actually wear this jacket everywhere! It is so comfortable, looks great, and is very warm. My wife laughs at me because I freak out when I can’t find it.
Negative: Absolutely nothing! This is one of my favorite things from Simms!!
Simms Fishing Shirts Price from $59.95 to $99.95
I would say 90% of the fishing shirts I own are Simms. They have different shirts for every season. When it’s 80 degrees and above I love their ultra light UPF shirts. They help fight off the sun rays and are so comfortable. They are light weight and feels like you aren’t wearing anything. I also have the bug stopper fly fishing shirts. They are great for reducing the amount of bugs that land on you, especially mosquito’s.
Negative: They are expensive but the good news if you spend the money for one you will have a new favorite shirt to wear every time you are on the water.
ColdWeather Shirt Price $99.95
If you only own one cold weather shirt, please do yourself a favor, and purchase this one! I wear this shirt constantly in the winter from hunting birds, elk, and of course fishing. It is micro fleeced inside and feels like a warm blanket against your skin. After I purchased one my dad had to purchase one. His fiance has to remind my dad to wash this shirt once in awhile. He never wants to take it off.
Negative: Nothing! Do yourself a favor and have a couple in your winter wardrobe!
Dry Creek Roll-Top Bag $149.95
One thing that I offer on my guided trips is professional photography. I carry a canon 7d or 5d with me at all times. This bag is amazing! It’s waterproof which is great for protecting my camera and also keeping things from getting wet. I love the big opening on the top of this bag. It makes it very easy to get to everything. I also love that it is a backpack that way I can wet wade with it or go hiking with it. It is an awesome accessory for any boat or fly fisherman.
Negative: It does what it needs to do, so again I can’t think of anything.
Dry Creek Roll-Top Bag Price $49.95
Dry bags can sometimes be a pain because you forget what’s in them. This eliminates that problem by being able to see what’s in your bag without having to dig everything out just to find out. This is a must for people going out a lot on the river.
Negative: One of my bags developed a leak but that was after quite a few years. I am sure Simms would replace it but I haven’t checked with them yet.
Windstopper Foldover Mitten $59.95
I own 4 pairs of these. I make sure on a cold day my clients are taken care of and so am I. I love how these can turn into mittens when you’re not fishing. The insides of the gloves are very comfortable and also dry out very fast if they do get wet.
Negative: Just like any gloves you lose some feel of the rod. So maybe put some grippyness on the palm might be nice.
ExStream Wading Socks Price $29.95
These are the only socks I wear in the winter time. They are so comfortable and keep my feet warm through out the day. I also wear them snowboarding because of how well they work. Every cold weather fisherman needs a couple pairs of these.
Negative: Just need more pairs of them, so that’s on me.
As you can tell I am a huge Simms fan. They just make quality durable products that last a long time. The company is great to work with if you do ever have a problem and they are here to last. I own a lot more Simms products but these are a few of my favorites. Please email me or contact me if you have any questions on any of Simms other products and if I have it, I will be more than happy to let you know what I think.
I hope this helps you out! Good luck and remember to have lot’s of fun while you fish :)