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Apparel Review

Shield Your Arms with Simms Sun


Date: 7/2/12
Tackle type: Apparel
Manufacturer: Simms
Reviewer: Wolbugger

Total Score: 8.16 - GREAT

Sun protection is a huge concern that many people take all too lightly.  With skin cancer a very real threat, protecting yourself from the sun's harmful rays is something we constantly need to think about.  Thankfully, clothing has evolved greatly in recent years, with a big surge of UPF rated apparel flooding the market as awareness grows.  Much of the available apparel not only looks very stylish, but is also incredibly comfortable to wear all day long.  As one of the leaders in premium quality garments for anglers, Simms has been a big name in the fly fishing world for a long time, and recently they've broken into the Bass fishing scene as well.  Carrying a seal of approval from the Skin Cancer Foundation, the Simms SunSleeve arm coverings offer an interesting and innovative way to protect your arms from harsh sunlight.  Let's take a look at what makes these garments unique!  


Simms Sunsleeve Specifications

Material 93% Polyester / 8% Spandex
Configuration Long Sleeve
Sizes Small/Medium, Large/XL
Colors Stone, Saltwater Trio, Simms Camo, DeYoung Brown Trout, Saltwater Camo.
UPF Rating UPF 50+
Features Breathable, quick drying, full sleeve with curved cuff, elastic at bicep.
MSRP $29.95 (stone)  $34.95 (printed)


Simms SunSleeves offer UPF 50+ protection   


Impressions: Like all Simms products, the SunSleeves are a top quality garment.  They don't come cheap, but the old adage “you get what you pay for” definitely applies here.  They are constructed out of  lightweight, stretchy, breathable 93% Polyester / 8% Spandex material.

The product packaging touts the features

Two pairs in the Simms Camo and Stone color were purchased via Tackle Warehouse for review.  The Stone color is very soft to the touch with absolutely no hint of roughness whatsoever inside or out.  The Simms Camo has a slightly more coarse feel to it's exterior, but the inside remains nice and soft.  The stitching is tight and clean, with no sloppiness evident.  These appear to be very well made garments.

Clean stitching is evident on the inside of the garments

The wrists feature a slightly elongated and curved top cuff to improve coverage over the wrist/hand.  A chrome Simms logo also adorns each SunSleeve on the top of the wrists.  The upper bicep end of the garments feature a thick elastic band to prevent slippage.  A black snap is also featured on the inside bicep so that both SunSleeves can be snapped together to prevent loss while not in use.

The elastic bicep cuff is completely hidden with your shirt sleeves down

Real World Tests:  The Simms SunSleeves are much more than just a fishing garment, they can be worn anywhere with a favorite short sleeve shirt!  With this in mind, I wore them not only on the water, but during everyday activities as well.  With the sunshine and increasing heat/humidity in South Florida during late spring, the conditions are perfect proving grounds for UPF-rated garments.

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