Simms ‘ups the ante’ with 2019 range of technical apparel
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Simms Fishing Products says it has ‘upped the ante’ with its recently announced range of technical apparel for 2019.
The Bozeman, Montana company’s new collection is inclusive of freshwater and saltwater anglers and extends across all categories.
“The product team here is relentless,” says Simms CEO Casey Sheehan. “It continues to prove there is no ceiling when it comes to next level performance and innovation. The phrase ‘don’t sweat the details’ simply doesn’t compute with them.”
New products heading for dealers’ shelves include waders, wading boots, packs, clothing for men and women, a camouflage range and much more. Simms provided this detail on the New Year launch.
Starting in the wader category, Simms Freestone® Collection blends advanced features and technology in an affordable package. Rebuilt and revamped, the Freestone® Wader Collection incorporates a new and improved four-layer Toray® QuadraLam™ fabric to greatly enhance durability as well as breathability.
The collection includes a Men’s and Women’s Freestone® Stockingfoot, the Freestone® Pant and the Freestone® Z Stockingfoot built with a YKK Aquaseal® waterproof centre-front zipper for easy on/off capabilities. All waders in the new Freestone® Collection feature Simms’s patented front and back leg seam, anatomical left and right neoprene stocking feet, self-fabric gravel guards with gathered elastic bottom hems, and are built with custom Duraflex buckles.
Simms’s vast array of waders expands further with the inclusion of the all-new Tributary collection. Available for men, women and kids, all of the Tributary Waders are built with waterproof, breathable three-layer polyester, anatomical left and right neoprene stockingfeet, and feature self-fabric gravel guards with gathered elastic bottom hems to keep debris out.
Rounding out the wader collection is a unique version of the men’s and women’s Tributary Stockingfoot Wader. The Soul River Stockingfoot Wader was inspired by Soul River, an organisation that connects inner-city youth and US military veterans to the outdoors through education and transformational experiences.
In addition to waders, the Freestone® collection includes a brand-new line of packs. All of the Freestone® Packs come equipped with padded straps, magnetic tool docking stations, custom adjustment points and interior organisation and are built with durable Oxford Nylon treated with a water-resistant finish. The collection comprises a backpack, hip pack, tactical hip pack and chest pack and also includes the Ambidextrous Sling and Tactical Ambidextrous Sling that gives anglers the choice of which shoulder they prefer to carry the pack on.
The range also includes the most revolutionary pack the fishing industry has ever seen. The G4 Pro® Shift Pack is a true game-changer for anglers who need the space and convenience of a backpack, but require the functionality and ease of access of a hip pack. This two-in-one backpack utilises a Rotation 180° catch-and-release system that incorporates a fully-functional hip pack that swings to the front to allow access to flies, tippets and other necessities without having to take the pack off.
One of the bigger stories of Simms’s Spring 2019 collection is the Cloud Camo pattern, designed and developed by experts at Veil Camo. Like its freshwater counterpart, River Camo, Simms’s new Cloud Camo pattern combines longstanding camouflage principles with scientifically driven data. fused with mathematical ideas found in the form and chaos of nature. The Simms Cloud Camo can be seen in popular technical garments such as the Men’s and Women’s SolarFlex® Crewneck and Hoody, as well as the SolarFlex® Armor Shirt, Sungaiter and other products.
Saltwater enthusiasts will appreciate several new offerings in the outerwear and sportswear categories. The Transom Jacket and Bib caters to offshore anglers contending with foul weather, boat spray and ocean chop. Powered by a breathable, waterproof three-layer GORE-TEX® laminate, the Transom Jacket and Bib sports a longer cut and comes equipped with spacious chest pockets, two zippered hand-warmer pockets, water-tight shingle cuffs, and adjustable storm hood. For maximum comfort, the bib is built with side stretch panels and a comfortable suspender package. To increase durability, the bottom cuff of the bib is reinforced with a heavy-duty abrasion resistant nylon constructed specifically to withstand the effects of saltwater.
The totally redesigned Vapor Elite® Jacket and Pant will catch the eye of anglers demanding a lightweight weatherproof option. Built with an incredibly breathable, totally waterproof three-layer Toray® fabric and equipped with features such as a stowable, three-point adjustable storm hood, storm flap, shingle cuffs and kill-switch attachment points, the Vapor® Elite Jacket and Pant will keep anglers protected in the worst conditions.
Simms’s sportswear collection continues to expand for male and female anglers alike. The new TriComp Cool combines award-winning design and technology. With a tri-component design approach, Simms’s product team used different materials in different areas of the shirt to allow an unhindered range of movement and comfort. To take the TriComp to the next level, Simms utilises Coolcore® technology, a yarn level treatment that allows the surface temperature of the fabric to drop 30% when wet to keep anglers cool on the hottest days. Cooling technology has also found its way into the SolarFlex® Cool Hoody and Crew.
Female anglers will not only have new colour and pattern choices in favourites from the past, but will also have many completely new pieces to put to the test. The all-new Women’s Breeze Tunic features COR3™ technology, offers UPF 50 sun protection, moisture wicking performance and an anti-odour treatment. And with the help of Nilit® Breeze cooling yarn, fishing the tropics will become cooler than ever. In addition, the women’s line now includes the Taiya Short, a lightweight, quick-drying short featuring Coolcore® technology, the Mataura Pant and Short with built-in UPF 50 sun protection, and the Women’s BugStopper Tee, designed to keep insects at bay.
The new range also includes the lightest wading boot Simms has ever made. Weighing only 2½ lb per pair (size 11), the all-new Flyweight Boot is built with a low-profile, athletics inspired, synthetic upper with welded TPU film in high abrasion zones, a high cushion dual density EVA midsole and a stud/cleat-compatible Vibram® Idrogrip outsole featuring a multi-directional lug pattern for superior traction.