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Trouts Journal

New 2018 Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Wader Review

Ivan Orsic / Nov 1, 2017

There is no question that Simms is known for setting the standard when it comes to waders. In the fly fishing world, the Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Wader might be the most iconic wader of all-time. So when I heard Simms was making some upgrades, my initial reaction was somewhere between intrigue and what for? Then I saw the imagery and heard the feedback from everyone as they returned from ICAST. It was safe to say I fell victim to the buzz and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a pair. Since, I have had the privilege of doing just that and putting them through the ringer across the Rocky Mountain West. They have spent time anywhere from high elevation small streams in Colorado, to brutally windy days in Wyoming and sitting on drift boats in downpours in Montana. Aesthetics and Performance are the two most notable differences in the New 2018 Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Waders.

First, let’s get to the aesthetics. Simms has made some major upgrades to the new 2018 G3 Guide Stockingfoot Waders. Breathability, puncture resistance, and overall weight are the three most notable improvements.

The Big Changes Include:

  • A new 4-Layer Gore-Tex membrane that is exclusive to Simms.
  • 4-Layer Gore-Tex in the Legs, that now is extended up through the backside of the waste.
  • 190% More Breathable
  • 31% More Puncture Resistant
  • 30% Lighter
  • Zippered Reach-Through, Micro-Fleece Lined Hand-Warmer Chest Pocket

What does this mean?

The biggest changes to the overall look of new 2018 G3 Guide Stockingfoot Waders is the extension of the heavier, new 4 Layer Gore-Tex around the backside area that is similar to the G4 models and the overall lighter tone of the waders. Simms has patented their new 4 layer Gore-Tex that makes it exclusive to Simms. This is a change from the former 5-layer Gore-Tex of the old G3 Stockingfoots. It would seem that losing a layer in the Gore-Tex would have a negative impact to the toughness of the wader. However, the exact opposite is true. The implementation of the new 4-Layer Gore-Tex has made the G3 Guide Stockingfoot Waders, 190% more breathable, 31% more puncture resistant and 30% lighter. In laymen terms, the new style provides more bang for the buck. They also implemented a new zippered chest pocket that is micro-fleeced lined. This improved pocket is better suited for colder days on the water than their predecessors. Another key change in the new 2018 Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Wader is the optimized overall fit of the wader. This eliminates some of the baggage throughout the wader, giving an upgraded true to size fit.

What Stays the Same

  • 3-Layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell in the Upper
  • Adjustable Elastic Suspenders with Opposing Buckles
  • Removeable Flip-Out Tippet Tender Pocket
  • Welded Low-Profile Belt Loops
  • Articulated Knees for Maximum Comfort & Mobility
  • Patented Front & Back Leg Seams
  • Abrasion-Resistant Built-in Gravel Guards
  • Anatomically Engineered Neoprene Stockingfoot

What does this mean?

Simply put, this means some of the best features that make Simms what Simms is, remain the same. The upper half of the wader is still the 3-Layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell they had implemented in the previous model. The opposing suspender buckles also remain the same. Is it just me or do the opposing suspender buckles make life so much easier when wadering up for the day? Afterall, it is the simple things, right? All the good things Simms has implemented in the lower half of their previous styles remains essentially the same as well. The articulated knees and patented front and back leg seams being the two most important. This means the new G3 Guide Stockingfoot Waders will still have all the flexibility and comfort we are all accustomed to when fishing in Simms Waders.

How do the New G3 Guide Stockingfoot Waders perform on the water?

Improvements always sound great on paper, so when looking at the specs of the new 2018 G3 Guide Stockingfoot Waders, it’s easy to understand why these waders have generated such a buzz throughout the industry. However, how they perform on the water is what really matters. With that said, once I got my hands on a pair it was my goal to put them through the ringer. After spending some time in these waders, whether I was bushwhacking in attempts to find some Colorado Natives, sitting on a drift boat, standing waist deep in water hucking streamers all day, or just simply riding in my truck to the next stretch of water, COMFORT, was my immediate take away. On the warmer days, the improved breathability and lighter weight were more than welcome improvements. On the colder days the 2018 G3 Guide Stockingfoot Waders handled the elements with ease. The second biggest takeaway for me was the durability of the new 4-Layer Gore-Tex and extended section of that Gore-Tex on the lower half of the wader. Colorado fisheries are littered with boulders and gravel trails that we all at some point, fall on, crawl over or slide down. While I am not encouraging any of you to just go out and fall down, the new Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Waders can handle it when you do. In my opinion having confidence in gear is the most underrated factor in having success on the water. The less you have to worry about, the better fishing generally is. The new 2018 Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Wader delivers on everything promised on paper and are a wader that I have the utmost confidence in them handle any situation fly fishing will throw at you, no matter the elements.

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