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Old 10-16-2018, 05:18 PM   #1
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Rain Gear

Looking at buying Simms Challenger Bibs and Jacket.
https://www.simmsfishing.com/challenger-bib
https://www.simmsfishing.com/shop/ra...llenger-jacket

Anyone have experience with these?

The next level up of Simms jacket and bibs is out of my price range.

Any other recommendations for rain jacket and bibs?
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Old 07-10-2019, 03:48 PM   #2
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Anyone? I’m wondering the same?

Did you buy them by chance? If so, how are they?
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Old 07-10-2019, 05:32 PM   #3
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Only because you asked - I had a small SIMMS jacket used for back up i needed one day.

It was rarely used and not worn at all .... put it on and the jacket was falling aprt from the inside ....

I said, Its SIMMS I should send it in and they will take care of me ..... NOPE !!!!

The lady told me sorry - they dont make that any more .... and I could get half off which ever I wanted..... but from regular price.

I was none too happy - even tried to get help from FTU via their rep and got no where ....

I bought a Patagonia instead ....cheaper than what I would of paid for the SIMMS ....

I know this is not the place for a BBB complaint .... and that why I stated since you asked ..... but buyer beware
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My go to rain gear is a 15+ year old Simms Gortex rain jacket, the thing gets abused, travelled all over the globe and never let me down. As to the full rain gear, I wouldn’t bother unless you’re really expecting long term rain exposure. A buddy showed up in a full blown orange Simms rain suit, it looked ridiculous.
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:33 AM   #5
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I bought a green camo Challenger bib last year. It is very nice. It is also hanging in my closet and has never been used.

I keep a roll top dry bag stuffed with a cheap rain slicker and rain pants on the boat. If I get caught in the rain during the summer, the slicker is all that I need. It's too hot and humid during the summer for the rain pants and I'm dressed in fishing shorts and water shoes so I don't mind getting those wet.

I foresee using the bib on cold wet days and when I'm wearing more clothes. But the reality for me is, how many cold and wet days like that will I be going out?

It's easier to keep a set of rain gear stuffed in a dry bag permanently on the boat than to haul it around every time I think it is going to rain. But I don't want to store my Simms gear that way. Silly me.

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Old 07-11-2019, 09:27 AM   #6
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depends on what you want it for too, Frogtoggs make nice inexpensive light rain gear you can keep stored. I love my Simms stuff for winter.
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:52 AM   #7
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For the slicker rain jacket, I settled on a generic brand (Compass 360) that I found at Dick's. Moderately priced, good material, breathes nicely, sealed zippers and taped seams. The soft material makes it easy to roll up, stuff into a dry bag, and permanently leave in the boat.

https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p...pltpntjcktxapo

I love my G3 Guide jacket during winter wades. The strap on the cuff that prevents your arm from getting wet when you reach into the water to land or release a fish is the bomb.
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:37 AM   #8
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For the slicker rain jacket, I settled on a generic brand (Compass 360) that I found at Dick's. Moderately priced, good material, breathes nicely, sealed zippers and taped seams. The soft material makes it easy to roll up, stuff into a dry bag, and permanently leave in the boat.

https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p...pltpntjcktxapo

I love my G3 Guide jacket during winter wades. The strap on the cuff that prevents your arm from getting wet when you reach into the water to land or release a fish is the bomb.
Dick's is on the no-go list for banning rifles. Simms all the way. occasionally we hear a negative review like above, but 99.99% of the time they replace no questions asked. if not the best close to it. i've got a simms low end rain jacket, that is every bit of 15 years old and still good.
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I have the SIMMS challenger jacket and bib. I use them to layer over regular clothes in the winter, mainly to cut the wind while drift fishing. They Really nice to have in cold wet windy conditions when I know I won't be wading and only fishing from the boat. For the rest of the year, I use a lighter rain jacket that can roll up and stow in a fishing bag. Like the others have said, a bib really isn't a practical choice for 9 months out of the year. If this is going to be your only set of rain gear, you will be better served by a more inexpensive lighter rain jacket. If you are looking to fill a niche in your foul weather gear arsenal, then this is some nice stuff!
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Frog Toggs for me during the summer rain cheap and I've had one for like 8 years that has not failed me yet. I have Cabelas guide wear gortex bib and jacket i got on sale two years ago for the winter months.
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