had another opportunity after the battery of lab tests to use the ProDry in a
different application while fishing with Mark Knoch, the Owner and President of
AC Plugs at Lake Pyramid, Nevada. It doesnít rain much at Lake Pyramid but it
does get cold and windy and on this particular trip I had forgotten to bring my
Fishing with Mark Knoch of AC Plugs
Jacket isnít designed for wading as the long cut is much more suited to
shielding bass anglers from the rain then getting in the water, but I needed
more wind protection and tucked the jacket into my waders. Like my experience
bass fishing with the ProDry Jacket, the garment effectively shielded me from
the elements well enough to keep me fishing longer, and at Lake Pyramid you can
sometimes make a hundred casts between fish, but when you land that Lahontan the
sheer beauty of the fish makes it all worthwhile.
ProDry Jacket provided extra warmth and wind protection
Now that we have established just how well this jacket performs we can address
the elephant in the room, price. Retailing for $499 dollars this jacket is
expensive, ok it is very expensive. A lot of the cost in this jacket comes from
the use of Gore-Tex material, and similar to premium ski jackets that use the
branded material these jackets are considered an investment. A complete kit of
both the ProDry Jacket and Bib will set you back a whopping 900 dollars, but for
hardcore anglers it is worth every penny.
Releasing Cutthroat trout back into the lake
jacket does provide a little extra warmth, but you will still want to layer up
on those very cold days. This jacket is also extremely lightweight and packs
down small so it is easy to keep the jacket in the back of your truck or even in
your boat locker at all times. You just never know when you might need that
extra layer of wind or water protection. The ProDry Jacket is available in three
colors Delta Green, Steel grey, and Fury Orange. The green and gray colors are
much more stealthy but I personally like the orange for three reasons, because
it provides extra visibility for anglers on those grey rainy days and also
because Simms just does a great job incorporating this signature color into
their garments, and I get to wear the colors of my beloved SF Giants (which
rocked it tonight in Game 1 of the World Series).
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 ProDry Rain
Built out of high quality premium materials, this jacket is built to perform
Excellent performance in all weather conditions. Not too warm to wear on
normal days when you need extra wind protection and great on rainy wet days.
An extra layer is required on consistently cold conditions
$499 this is a serious investment and designed for hard core anglers
ton of features including stretch fabric for comfort, plenty of storage,
watertight cuffs and microfleece lined hand warmer pockets... this jacket is
Extremely comfortable and packs down small and light, a great jacket for
great for bass anglers and can be used in other applications where wet
weather protection is needed. Not a wading jacket but useful in a pinch.
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
Pluses and Minuses:
Excellent rain protection
very costly investment any way you look at it|
Excellent wind protection
great for rain but you still need to layer up for cold conditions|
Very comfortable to fish in, allows for full range of motion
The best rain jacket bass anglers can buy when cost is not an issue
If you go fishing just a few times a year or prefer fishing only on those days
with favorable conditions this jacket is going to be overkill. If you are a
die-hard angler that likes to fish rain or shine or travels all over the country
to bass fish this jacket is more justifiable. Combine the ProDry jacket with the
bib and you have an expensive, yet highly effective, shield from the elements.
Even in a complete downpour fishing with the ProDry is easy, amazingly
comfortable, and will help you keep your lines in the water enabling you to boat
Simms ProDry Rain Jacket is for so much more than just "rain" and is the best
jacket anglers can buy (if money is not an issue)
As the name
implies this jacket can address Pro Angling applications, and like the companyís
waders this garment is designed for anglers that depend on their gear to make a
living. Though this
jacket is designed with enthusiasts in mind it also is stylish and comfortable
enough to wear on a run to the store in bad weather, as long as you donít mind
being a walking billboard for Simms. All in all the ProDry jacket is a dream
come true for anglers seeking the best that money can buy in rain protection and
is simply the best wind and rainwear jacket that I have purchased to date.
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