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Apparel Review


Going Rogue, Simms Hoody Style (continued)

Retailing for between $89.99-$99.95 the Rogue Fleece Hoody is certainly more expensive than traditional pullover hoodies, and when it comes to brands Simms does always seem to command a bit of a premium. Traditional premium cotton hoodies retail for around 60 dollars and given the features that the Rogue offers a 30-40 dollar delta is worth it.


The Rogue provides some protection from light rain and mist in moist conditions

Make no mistake this is no ordinary hoody, while the outer layer does provide some water resistance, good overall wind resistance and is more durable than standard cotton based hoodies it isn’t actually wind or water proof.

 
Talk about attention to detail

This is a semi-technical garment that will serve anglers well both as a layering piece as well as an outer garment in more mild conditions. When it comes to extreme cold, wind or rain you will still want to put on a shell, but for any midrange conditions or getting around town this hoody provides comfort and warmth without restricting movement. The Rogue Hoody has a clean relaxed style to it and can be used for everyday wear and run the gamut of outdoor activities.


The chest zipper stows away and under a tab for water protection

 

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide)

Simms Rogue Hoody Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality This garment may be imported unlike some of Simms other pieces but it is built well and the attention to detail is impressive 8
Performance Great performance as long as you don't expect this garment to "do it all." When used for mid range applications or as a layering piece the Rogue Hoody really shines. The comfort and mobility provided by this Hoody is hard to beat 9
Price This hoody is more expensive than other premium hoodies but then again it isn't just a traditional cotton hoody, this garment does offer some technical features and is absolutely worth the additional 30-40 dollars 7
Features Plenty of features including a fleece lined interior, full center front zipper, hand warmer pockets, fly box compatible zippered chest pocket with cordport, rib cuffs and waits, ergonomic drawcord hood 9
Design (Ergonomics) Very comfortable as long as you make sure you get the right size. They seem to run a bit large so make sure you feel comfortable in the garment. The larger size does make it possible to layer inside the hoody for those very cold days 8
Application Great for mid range applications or layering. Very wader and bib friendly and will serve both bass and fly anglers very well. For extreme weather conditions a shell is still necessary 8

Total Score

8.16
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Comfortable cut and stylish design that can be worn everyday - Garments do run a bit large, the medium fits like a large
+ Water resistance a plus - Not completely wind and waterproof
+ Great for normal days, cooler mornings and as a layering garment  
+ Comfortable and yet very mobile, does not ride up on casts  
+ Can be used comfortably with waders and bibs  
+ Costs more than traditional cotton pullover hoodies but worth it  

Conclusion:  When it comes to comfort and performance the Simms Rogue Hoody delivers on most fronts. It is important that anglers realize what this hoody is, and what it isn’t. It is a great choice for a wide range of mid-range applications and can be combined with other garments as a mid-layer delivering both comfort and warmth for those chilly and wet mornings. It isn’t a complete shield from the elements and while it does have some water resistance and is a decent wind shield it is not completely wind or waterproof.

 
This hoody really is a comfortable multi-purpose garment

As long as you know what the garments limitations are, and are prepared for harsher conditions, this garment is an absolutely fantastic addition to your closet. When it comes to comfort and mobility this hoody is superb, and I love the fact that it does offer some moisture resistance so you can wear it on cold foggy morning boat runs or in light rain. The best part of a hoody like this is when it gets cold you can draw that hood and stay out fishing longer, nothing kills a bite like painful freezing ears.

 
Simms makes going "Rogue" easy and this is one garment that I will continue to be using for applications beyond just fishing

Over the course of the year I’ve built up a lot of good memories while fishing with this Simms hoody, and the garments have held up well and continue to perform. Simms is eliminating the “Coal” pattern from the lineup and introducing the Cinder Catch which is a little more aggressive looking. Anglers that want a more traditional color can now pick up this hoody in “black,” and fingers crossed that they introduce one with the cool looking salt camo that they employ on their SunGloves and SunArmor, these could potentially be popular among coastal anglers. Overall this is probably my favorite hoody to date, one that I consistently don for so much more than just wetting a line. Going “Rougue” is an easy choice, just make sure you order yourself the right size and this is one hoody that will serve you well.

 

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