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Simms’ new line of Headwaters™ Packs resets the expectation for on-water storage combined with engineered designs to provide the ultimate in comfort, balance & features.  Two Day Packs (Headwaters™ Full Day and Half-Day) provide enough storage for a full day on the water. 


The new Headwater Sling pack has enough storage for a full day on the water and allows quick access by simply rotating the pack to your chest

The Headwaters™ Guide Hip Pack ($119.95), Hip Pack ($99.95) and Chest Pack ($89.95) provide a clever storage architecture to thoughtfully stow any angler’s quiver of gear. The Headwaters™ Large Sling Pack ($119.95) and Sling Pack ($89.95) allow quick access to more than enough gear, but stow away for unimpeded casting action.

Chest packs, hip packs, Simms has a pack for every application

“The Headwaters™ line of packs vaults Simms to the top of the pack world with models for any type of angler,” said Rich Hohne, Online Marketing & PR Manager. These packs look outstanding and are very well suited for anglers on the go, allowing them to fish hands free and still have easy access to their tackle without having to stop and remove the pack. The bottom line is more time fishing.

In a surprise move Simms also will be offering tools


Simms also surprised attendees at the show by introducing a new line of tools that look like they will give the traditional fly reel manufacturers a run for their money. The new tools not only look refined they feel refined, and are constructed out of aluminum and made in Montana. 


The new Simms pliers are proudly made in the USA


The new pliers feature large ergonomic handles, come with a cordura sheath, and both the jaws and cutters can be replaced. Available in Simms Orange or Gunmetal these pliers are much cheaper than premium competing offerings and will retail for $159.95 per pair.


The nippers are also made in Montana but will retail for a very reasonable $29.99


The new Simms Nipper is also made in Montana and is spring loaded for easy deployment. The nipper's bladed can be replaced and the tool is available in Simms Orange, oasis (blue) and gunmetal colors. This click looking piece of kit will look right at home strapped to your retractor and will retail for only $29.95!


The G4 BOA comes on and off easily and features the new Rivertread platform which provides a stable platform with excellent comfort, support and traction


We aren't done yet. Simms also rolled out a brand new G4 wading boot which is probably the most technically advanced we have seen to date. Packed with features the boot is still extremely light and the best-in-class G4 BOA® Boot ($239.95) and G3 Guide™ Boot ($199.95) both take advantage of the new RiverTread™ Platform, which features a new Vibram® Idrogrip rubber outsole.  For the on-the-go angler, the Vapor Boot ($169.95) is the lightest boot ever from Simms thanks to the new VaporTread™ Platform and Vibram® Megagrip® rubber outsole.


Brandon Hill shows us the very advanced G4 BOA wading boot


How advanced is the new G4? Brandon Hill, designer of these boots is a wading boot guru and explained how proprioception was a factor in designing these boots. Pro-pri-what? Propriocpetion -  "to take sensation pertaining to stimuli originating from within the body related to spatial position and muscular activity or to the sensory receptors that they activate." Without getting too technical (too late for that I guess) what this basically enables anglers to do is really get a sense of what is under their feet and this boot is designed to feel natural and give anglers even more mobility while providing plenty of traction and stability, even in fast moving water. With Simms you always get the impression the company is thinking of all the details and a perfect example are the orange sections near the sole of the boot. These visual cues are not just for styling they are indicators for where you can insert the spikes. Unlike many other wading boots that need to have a solid platform for spikes this allows the boot to flex more and feel natural under your feet because the spike platforms are sectional and not a complete layer. Genius.


Simms had a ton of new premium gear this ICAST and thanks to Rich Hohne for giving us the inside scoop on all the new gear. Simms shows no signs of letting up and with momentum on their side this coming season is sure to be an exciting one for this fast growing brand


Each and every time you out on a Simms garment, whether that is a pair of waders or a foul weather jacket, you feel like you are sporting the best that the industry has to offer. Premium gear is what Simms has built a reputation on and this ICAST the company demonstrated that they are branching out yet again not only with even more technical apparel but with quality tools like nippers and pliers, and with this momentum one really has to wonder what will Simms roll out next?










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