BOZEMAN, MONTANA (for immediate release) â€“ Simms has done it again.
In the March 2008 issue of outdoor magazine Field & Stream, the Montana-based manufacturer of fishing gear won top honors in Field & Stream's â€œBest of Fishing 2008 Field Testâ€ with its American-made Simms G4 Guideâ„¢ waders and custom MuckÂ® Wetlandâ„¢ Boot.
The award marks the fifth time in Simms' history that they have received a â€œBest of the Bestâ€ honor from Field & Stream, elevating them to an elite cadre of fishing innovators.
â€œThis is an honor that all of us at Simms can share. Design, development and production of products like the G4 Guide waders don't happen without a devoted team here in Bozeman and feedback from our guide community and product testers around the world,â€ said K.C. Walsh, president of Simms.
Field & Stream's â€œBest of the Bestâ€ is awarded by a panel of hard-core anglers and gear junkies assembled by the editors. The panel puts a variety of fishing equipment through its paces, then calls out the outstanding gear they find, from rods and reels to electronics and accessories. Of all the gear tested and tried, only 14 items garnered â€œBest of the Bestâ€ awards this year.
The G4 Guide Waders drew rave reviews from the magazine's test crew which was made up of outdoor writer John Larison, angling photographer Jim Schollmeyer and Field & Stream contributing editor Ted Leeson. The trio has collectively logged more than a century of fishing experience.
â€œWith rugged 4mm high-density neoprene booties, these suckers are built to do battle, and last,â€ wrote the test crew. â€œThe new Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric (five layers in the legs, waist, and seat; three layers elsewhere) is lighter, more breathable, and more flexible that Gore's previous heavy-duty fabric. Generous leg articulation gives mobility and the YKK waterproof front zipper blessedly simplifies getting them on, getting them off, and answering nature's call. Piggybacked, zippered chest pockets are functional and secure. G4 Guides are available in a stocking-foot version, but the real genius lies in the style with the lightweight Muck Wetland boots attached: They fit like a slipper and are good to 20 below zero. This was our unanimous top choice.â€
The breadth of the Simms wader line is unparalleled in the fishing industry, with products for men, women and younger anglers. Made in the USA, Simms waders have become the choice of professional guides across the globe, and the extensive line of gear â€“ from shirts, pants, wading boots, vests and jackets â€“ is the leader in the angling world.
Simms has been awarded four â€œBest of the Bestâ€ honors from Field & Stream: in 1998, 2004, 2005 and 2006 for products ranging from waders, to jackets and travel bags.
"Having the right gear can really affect your day," said Jay Cassell, deputy Editor of Field & Stream from a press release issued by the magazine. "We want our readers to catch more fish and have more fun, so we do the heavy lifting, testing everything to determine what products will help them achieve that goal. Thousands of new outdoor products are introduced each year. The Best of the Best list is great way to maneuver through the mountain of gear available and ensure you come out on top with products that will perform."
For more on Field & Stream's "Fishing Best of the Best," see the March issue of the magazine or visit www.FieldandStream.com
About Simms Fishing Products: Established in 1980, Simms Fishing Products is the recognized leaders in guide-quality fishing waders, outerwear, footwear and apparel. If they don't make it, you don't need it. Simms' world-renowned line of waders are manufactured in Bozeman, Montana. Their full line of guide-quality gear is available at specialty and large format retailers nationwide. For more information on Simms, please visit www.simmsfishing.com
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