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Gear Review: Simms Pro Dry GORE-TEX Suit

by Diana Rudolph   |  February 15th, 2012 0

Photo by Ed Sozinho

 

I received this jacket and bib combination about 4 months ago and am more than impressed. I will admit that I was initially a bit unsure about the overabundance of Simms logos on the jacket, but I have no problem being a human billboard if I stay dry and warm. I live in the rain forests of the Pacific NW and there is no better place to test this gear then in my backyard. To say it is wet here is a serious understatement. It is down- right saturating. No sense in ruining a perfectly nice, soggy afternoon with inferior gear. I have worn this suit fishing inshore and offshore, mushroom hunting, chopping wood and wandering in the woods with confidence and at the end of the day I am dry.

Constructed with Pro Shell GORE-TEX fabric, the jacket is extremely substantial and durable. The articulated stretch panels on the elbows provide mobility and comfort, especially when wearing multiple layers. The front zipper is waterproof and corrosion resistant. There are two lined hand warmer pockets and several other exterior and interior pockets for nippers, tippet and/or a fly box. Although the zippers on these pockets are water resistant, not waterproof, they stay very dry when zipped shut. The hood provides a great deal of coverage and cinches down nicely. I absolutely love the high, lined collar. When traveling on a boat at high speeds, it doesn’t flap me silly and protects my neck and face from windburn.

The bibs are very comfortable and adjust easily. They also have hand warmer pockets, in addition to waterproof thigh pockets. Thigh pockets are perfect for keeping a pair of pliers or knife tucked away. They are easy to access and stay shut. The pants are roomy and can be secured with the attached Velcro cuff. A leg zipper makes peeling them on and off with shoes or boots a snap.

The award-winning Simms Pro Dry GORE-TEX suit is available in sizes S-XXL. Women should scale down their size accordingly, but leave room for layering. The combo retails for $899.95. Trust me, this is a small price to pay for staying warm and dry. I have burned through A LOT of rain gear, but this suit is built to last and outperforms anything I have ever worn or tested. Highly recommended. www.simmsfishing.com.

 

About Diana Rudolph

Diana Rudolph grew up in the suburbs of Chicago but spent much of her youth vacationing in the Florida Keys where her father first introduced her to fishing. Her first encounter with a tarpon left her enchanted, propelling her into the realm of fly fishing. After receiving her B.A. in biology and attending graduate school, she returned full-time to her passion and was successful in both the women's bonefish and tarpon fly fishing tournaments in the Keys for a decade. In 2004 Diana became the only woman to ever win the prestigious 30-year-old Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament. She currently holds eight I.G.F.A. fly division records including the largest tarpon ever caught on a fly rod by a woman. She is a contributing writer for many fly-fishing magazines and is on the advisory staff for Sage, RIO, and Simms. She also co-hosted The Sportsman’s Channel series Breaking the Surface for two years. In addition, Diana hosts fly-fishing trips for Reel Women, is an instructor for the Florida Keys Outfitters saltwater school, and conducts fly fishing tutorials for clubs and fly shops. When not traveling to fly fishing destinations throughout the world, Diana resides in the Pacific Northwest where she is developing a fondness for steelhead.

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