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Apparel Review

Save face with the Sungaiter from Simms


Date: 10/19/14
Tackle type: Apparel
Manufacturer: Simms
Reviewer: Wolbugger

Total Score: 7.63 - GOOD

Whether it's important to you or not, protecting your skin while outdoors is a huge concern. Unfortunately, far too many anglers don't seem to take this too seriously. Shorts, flip flops, short-sleeve shirts, and a standard baseball cap are popular choices during warm weather. This can be acceptable attire if a high-SPF lotion is reapplied every few hours, but that is often ignored and the angler returns to the dock resembling a cooked lobster. With such a huge selection of sun-protective clothing available these days, it's easier than ever to block out the sun's harmful UV rays. The Sungaiter from Simms is one such product, designed to protect your face and neck under the most extreme conditions.


Simms Sungaiter Specifications

Material 92% polyester / 8% spandex
Sizes One size fits most
Colors 6
Features Breathable UPF 50 fabric, laser-cut breathing holes, extended cape, contoured design
Origin China
MSRP $29.95


Pictured here are the Riffle Camo (left) and Geo Camo (right) patterns.

Quality/Construction: Before inspecting a garment from Simms my expectations are always elevated, and the Sungaiter didn't disappoint. This is a piece that's put together well and doesn't exhibit any inferior quality issues. The 92% polyester and 8% spandex blend is very soft and smooth both inside and out. Every inch of stitching is tight and tidy. The laser-cut mouth holes are precise and the outer colors are vibrant. It's simply a high-end mask, period.

Quality Ratings for Simms Sungaiter

Thread Work

Outer Material





Rating (= Tot/Pos* 10)









Performance: I bought two Sungaiters several months ago after being frustrated with a few other brands of face masks in the past. So far, I have worn them on excursions here in Florida as well as while fishing out west. Obviously not just for hot weather, these masks are great for covering up any day, even if it's cloudy.

Check out that neat and tidy thread work....

Comfort is one of the Sungaiter's strongest attributes. The soft, stretchy 92% polyester and 8% spandex fabric feels great against my skin, yet breathes well enough to maintain its comfort during those disgusting summer days here in Florida. Thanks to the contoured profile of the mask, it also conforms really well to the face and easily slips up over a hat. The bottom “cape” of the garment is elongated so it can be tucked into the collar of a shirt for full neck protection. This feature works well enough, but I'd like to see the bottom lengthened slightly to avoid coming out of shirts with lower necklines.

The mask wraps nicely around the nose and allows plenty of room for sunglasses. I still like to apply a bit of sunscreen in the few areas still exposed, and I also wear SPF-rated lip balm since the breathing holes do allow some light in.

Not only has the Sungaiter totally protected me against the sun with its UPF 50 rating, but it also makes a nice barrier against the wind. Since it's breathable it doesn't offer 100% wind protection, but it drastically reduces windburn and that “exposed” feeling after a long day. Likewise, if it starts to rain don't expect full protection. Water droplets tend to not soak in immediately, but this material is far from waterproof. And finally, let's not forget it also affords a bit of protection against certain biting bugs.

A contoured cut allows for complete coverage from all sides.

Performance Ratings for Simms Sungaiter

Block (1-5)

Repellant (1-5)


Breathability (1-5)

Adjustability of fit 



(=Tot/Pos *10)










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