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Simms Takes On The Challenge Of... Everything


Date: 8/1/16
Location: Orlando, FL
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Simms
Reviewer: Cal

Each and every year Simms just about overwhelms us with new product. How this manufacturer continues to up their game each and every year is really quite astounding, but of course, many more budget minded anglers dismiss the company right away for the cost of their product. Simms is aware of the grumbling and has a new rain suit that's a bit more affordable than their top end ProDry rainsuit. Let's take a look!


That's not the ProDry suit by Simms.


It's a new suit made from non-Gore fabric resulting in a suit that's less than half the price of the ProDry.


Challenger Jacket & Bib: Available this coming fall, Simms has heard the grumblings and answers the challenge with a new, better priced rain suit. The new Challenger Jacket and Bib offer a similar cut and protection to the ProDry suit only with a 2-layer Toray fabric instead of Gore. It has the same fully taped seam construction, YKK Vision zippers and external storm flap, 3-point adjustable storm hood with stowage collar, hand warmer pockets in the Bib along with adjustable suspenders. Retail price on the jacket and bib? $199.95 per piece or $399.90 for the entire suit - less than half the price of the ProDry.

Simms is leveraging a 2-layer Toray Fabric for the Challenger Jacket and Bib.

Similar fit and water protection to the ProDry.

Complete with a bib.

YKK water resistant zippers.

Zipleg on the bib for easy on off.


The Challenger TackleBags offer a lot of storage in a low profile design.


Challenger Tackle Bags: Moving along with this challenge theme is Simm's new Challenger Tackle Bag systems. There is a large and small tackle bag each with a water resistant bottom, interior fold down dividers, transparent zipper lids so you can take a quick peak into the bag without having to open it and an innovative handle that tucks away when not in use. The large Challenger Bag holds up to eight (8) 3700 Plano tackle boxes while the small holds up to three (3). Retail on these bags will be $99.95 for the small and $149.95 for the large.


Think these handles are a little long and might get in the way?

Simms does too, that's why they designed the handles to slip down into the bag when not in use.

The see through lid allows you to see what's in the bag before opening it - especially useful if you have multiple bags.

Side handles on both bags for easier handling plus water resistant bottoms (left side of photo is the bottom of the bag) in case the deck or floor gets wet.

The large version fits 8 plano 3700 boxes.

And still has room on the sides for your rain gear.

And by the way, the handles stow away on this bag too.

In case you're looking for a new boat shoe, Simms has an answer.


Challenger Boat Shoe: Not to be left behind and perhaps to complete the entire ensemble is the new Challenger Boat Shoe. Featuring a TPU reinforced heel and forefoot support for lateral control, built in drainage for water to escape the shoe through the sole, a hydrophobic, high abrasion synthetic and mesh upper, and a siped outsole for maximum resistance against slipping. The Challenger Boat Shoe will be available in a range men's of sizes from 7 through 14 and retail for $199.95.


The Challenger Shoe has a mesh upper and self draining soles.

Even the liners have drainage holes in them.

The new Transit Slide is a slip on slipper with fisherman in mind.


Featuring a fully adjustable, synthetic leather upper.


Transit Slide: Looking for a pair of slip on sandals? The Transit Slide from Simms is an adjustable slip on style sandal with a synthetic leather upper and a contoured footbed to create proper foot biomechanics. It comes with a non-marking, siped rubber outsole for wet or dry traction on deck. Available in men's sizes 5 through 14, the Transit Slide will retail for $49.95.


And a non-slip sole.


For the more casual minded, Simms has the WestShore Leather shoes both in laceup and sip on.

WestShore Leather: Simms is also debuting a more casual style shoe available in both traditional laceup and slip on. The WestShore Leather shoes offer casual styling with their Right Angle Footbed support for better biomechanics and all day comfort. They feature dual-density EVA midsoles for shock absorption and non-marking rubber outsoles. The lace up version of the WestShore shoe will sell for $109.95, while the slip on will sell for $99.95.

Both come with a slip resistant, non-marking sole.

The SolafFlex Hoodie is back!

Solarflex Hoodie: The SolarFlex Hoodie is back only with a true hoodie design this time around. Made from the company's COR3 quick-drying, wicking, andi-odor, and UPF50 fabric, it will be available in six new colors and retail for $59.95.

Only this time with a real hoodie.

Made from the company's signature COR3 fabric.

Six new colors for 2017.

Surely one of these will appeal to you or your fishing buddy.

Thanks to Rich Hohne for showing us what's new with Simms for 2017.

Conclusion: That's just a brief rundown of some of the items in the Simms 2017 catalog, but a certainly a highlight of what might interest bass anglers in the coming year. The new Challenger Rainsuit looks really promising for a more affordable, non-Gore, but still water proof jacket and bib cut with the movement of fishermen in mind. Thanks go out to Rich Hohne for always taking the time to show us what's new with Simms.









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