Simms’ Pro Dry Raingear—a thorough review

I’ve been trying to get my hands on a set of these Simms Pro Dry raingear for a couple years but haven’t been able to secure them and give them a fair test. But I know someone who has and they have posted a great review on the Oregon Fly Fishing Blog.

Read a little about them here and if you want to read more, more really solid, thorough information, jump on over and support those boys with a visit. Sounds like these are as good as they get and I’m thinking they would be awesome for southeast Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon, where the rain falls as if poured from the sky out of massive buckets for much of the year. You’ll pay heavily for these Pro Dry’s so this is information you’ll want to have before you go to the cash register.

I’ve been wearing a Simms ProDry Jacket and Bib for about a full year now.  I’ve also been answering individual email enquiries about this relatively new Simms Gore-Tex rain and storm-wear, so in the interest of efficiency, here is a composite of my correspondence with folks who are on the hunt for storm-wear to keep the weather out and the warmth in.

Pricy – but the best rainwear I have ever used.

Lightweight – yeah, none of the Gore-Tex gear we wear these days is as heavy as the old Helly Hansen rubber coats and pants we grew up with.  But the ProDry material is genuinely lighter than other Gore-Tex jackets I have worn.

Waterproof versus Water-resistant? This innovative ProDry material may not be waterproof, but as near as I can determine, it is.  It really is.  Simms makes other great rain wear that keeps the majority of rain off and out.  Our wind-driven bucket-after-bucket rainfall here in the Pacific Northwest has a way of finding every nook and cranny, sneaking down our necks if we drop a hood, creeping up a sleeve when we make a cast or wipe hail off the end of our nose.

Day-long endurance sessions in the nastiest, wind-driven downpours have failed to breech these ProDry jackets and bibs.  That’s an honest statement of Read more:

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