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Old 05-27-2005, 06:13 PM
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Wading Jacket Advice Needed! Simms or Patagonia?

Simms makes awesome waders! How are their wading jackets?

Never tried Patagonia... Any good?

What do you prefer?


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Old 05-27-2005, 07:44 PM
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I've had a Patagonia SST for a half dozen years and it's been fine. At one point ai had slight problem with the zipper, and they gave me a whole new one!
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Old 05-27-2005, 08:24 PM
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they are both excellent. Goretex is the better breathable material, so I would go with sims.
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Spend the money and buy a Simms, you won't regret it. Mine has been incredible in all weather and I'd buy another.
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Old 05-28-2005, 05:19 AM
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Simms for me every time !
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Both companies make exceptional gear. The playing field is even when it comes to cool weather / hvy duty rainjackets IMHO.

If you're looking for a lightweight rainjacket, the lightweight Patagonia jacket is the best summer / flats raingear I've ever imagined never mind owned, and Mr.Chouinard's company has much imagination when it comes to outdoor products.

This years model is lighter, more supple (it almost seems like it stretches with movement) and as comfortable as your old sweater. I have had these jackets sustain torrential rainfall without soaking through and am a very happy Patagonia jacket owner.
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Old 05-28-2005, 11:43 AM
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I have never used a Simms jacket, but I have had an SST jacket since 1986, that lasted until last seaon. (Still looked perfect, but started to loose its water repellant quality). 18 years isn't bad in my book. I bought a 1994 model to replace it and couldn't be happier. I rate Patagonia's customer service at the top of the heap along side Orvis and LL Bean.
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Old 05-28-2005, 12:03 PM
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Simms

I love my Simms coat.

I have fished through some downpours in that jacket.

Seuss, do you recall the storm that we fished through in Orleans when the Orvis schoolers were just getting soaked? My Simms jacket kept me bone dry. The huge chest pockets are also big enough to hold a large saltwater fly box.

Go Simms and you cannot lose.

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Old 05-29-2005, 11:07 AM
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Never owned a Patagonia jacket ...

However I have had a Simms jacket for about 5 or 6 years and love it.

They are a little pricey ... but being bone dry all day in a 40F driving rain ... makes it worth every dime you pay for it.

I like the cuffs I can tighten to keep the rain out or to tail a salmon without getting a wet arm.

I have not tried the new Guide jacket, but the old one has all the right stuff.

I also have two pairs of Simms waders ... also very happy with them.

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Old 05-29-2005, 12:04 PM
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Simms cuffs

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The cuffs on the Simms Guide Jacket are quite nice. I have plunged my hand well below the surface of the ocean here in New England on many occasions and I always appreciate those cuffs. In fact, the cuffs are the best feature about these types of jackets. A wet sleeve can suck the temperature right out of you and make you cold in an instant.

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They both make a good product, but I would never buy Patagonia products because of their huge support of animal rights/anti-hunting organizations.
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I have the simms G3 jacket and it is very nice. Even better cuffs than the guide jacket and keeps you bone dry. It also has waterproff zippers which are really nice.

The brand new patagonia jackets are really nice though. They have incorporated a stretch material into thier jackets which is really nice. They also use waterproof zippers. It is a little more comfortable than the simms jacket but does not breathe quite as well. Close though to the simms.

You cannot beat either of them and patagonia does a ton for the environment , more so than any other fly equipment manafacturer.

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"because of their huge support of animal rights/anti-hunting organizations"
I like Patagonia more each day
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"because of their huge support of animal rights/anti-hunting organizations"
I like Patagonia more each day
How is fishing not hunting?
Also, the AR crowd believes catch and release is torcher that only serves your selfish gratification.
You're all for that Eddie?
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Old 06-01-2005, 08:32 AM
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Both make excellent products but Simms has treated me so well, and I am so impressed with their other gear that I own, that I stick with them. Their guide-weight waders are the single best investment I've ever made in my fly fishing career.

I use one of their lightweight, Pac-Lite jackets as it is very thin, which allows me to wear it all year long. It takes up little room in the back of my Simms Master vest, yet it's there when I need it. In the winter I simply wear fleece layers underneath it and stay warm. Of course, it also doubles as a great saltwater flats jacket due to its light weight and packability.

I have the matching pants to go with it and carry them both in the boat.

I like the fact that Simms makes clothing and accessories for fly fishing.

Good Luck,

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