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ICAST 2011 Coverage

SIMMS is Locked and Loaded to Address the Bass Market with Premium Garments

Date: 8/6/11
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Admission: Buyers & Press only
Manufacturer: SIMMS
Reviewer: Zander

I've been using SIMMS products for years but mostly on the fly side. When it comes to waders and fly vests I've always found that Simms makes a very high quality product that can stand up to the harshest elements. This year Simms made a major push into the bass fishing market with new garments that sport specific features for freshwater conventional anglers yet showcase the same level of quality and attention to detail the brand is known for.


Diane Bristol shows us the new Prodigy Bib and Jacket, this Gore-Tex combo is designed for extreme conditions


Prodigy Bib: When foul weather approaches bass anglers need a stormproof garment that still allows plenty of movement. Leveraging a lot of what Simms knows about building premium waders the company is introducing the new Prodigy Bib. The Prodigy is 100% waterproof and windproof and features Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric to take on the elements. This garment is rated for extreme weather and up to 22" of rainfall per hour, now that is a serious downpour! The company actually utilizes Gore's "Rain Chamber" which is a sophisticated outerwear testing facility which simulates a variety of rain conditions using strategically engineered nozzles positioned strategically within the chamber. The chamber is capable of shelling out massive amounts of water to stress garments and can replicate everything from a light drizzle to a wind driven torrent. 


Mesh suspenders help distribute the weight for all day comfort


The Prodigy Bib's active cut design offers a non-binding fit for extra mobility while fishing. Articulated knees with stretch fabric add to flexibility and comfort. Like a premium pair of waders the adjustable mesh suspenders help distribute the weight, making it easier to fish in the garment all day long. When fishing in very cold weather its sometimes hard to keep your fingers warm and functional. The Prodigy Bib has microfleece-lined hand warmer pockets with built in heat pack pockets, just what the doctor ordered for those chilly mornings. 


Large waterproof leg zips make it easy for easy on easy off, even with shoes on


What use is a bib if you can't get into it quickly in advance of the downpour? The Prodigy only weighs 50oz. and packs down small so it will fit in the boat locker. When it comes time to don the garment a waterproof center zipper makes it easy to get in the bib while adjustable cuffs and 3/4 length waterproof leg zips make it quick for easy on, easy off, even if anglers leave their boots on. The Prodigy Bib will be available in January in sizes ranging from Small to XXL and retails form $399.95. 


A stowable storm hood helps protect anglers from downpours


Prodigy Jacket: To match the bib Simms is also releasing the Prodigy Jacket which makes use of the same 3 layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell Fabric and 100% nylon face material. The Prodigy Jacket is also lightweight and weighs only 42oz. and is rated for the same wet weather protection.


YKK zips are used for superior corrosion resistance


A great deal of attention was placed on making the garment easy to make quick movements in. To aid with casting and fighting fish the shoulders and elbows are built with stretch fabric for extra flexibility. There is also plenty of storage in this jacket with two large capacity chest pockets and two microfleece lined hand warmer pockets.


A window on the left arm allows anglers to tell time quickly


The jacket has a 3 point cinch stowable storm hood and watertight adjustable cuffs. Simms uses high quality YKK nylon zippers to minimize corrosion and improve performance and durability. One very nice detail is a sealed transparent window that is positioned on the left sleeve so anglers can tell time without having to fiddle with their sleeves. The Prodigy Jacket will become available at the same time as the Bib and will come in the same Steel Grey, and Delta Green colors as the bib as well as a the company's popular looking "Fury Orange" pattern. This premium jacket will retail for $499 dollars each.

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