Simms is teaming with Warriors and Quiet Waters (WQW) for this limited release wader to benefit U.S. Veterans. WQW helps reintegrate traumatically combat-wounded veterans from recent wars into society through fly fishing in southwest Montana. Proceeds from this limited release wader are expected to reach $100,000 for WQW. The Made-in-Montana G3 Guide™—WQW features 5-layer and 3-layer GORE-TEX® Pro Shell fabric, Multicam® camo pocket, belt loops and top hem, WQW custom patch, and all of the same features found in the award-winning G3 Guide™ Stockingfoot.
FEATURES and BENEFITS
• Micro-fleece lined, reach-through hand-warmer pocket with MOLLE webbing stormflaps
• Multicam® camo pocket, belt loops & top hem trims
• Warriors & Quiet Waters custom patch attaches to fly patch
• Zippered chest pocket & integrated utility tabs
• Includes removable Flip-out Tippet Tender™ pocket with dual-entry zippers & retractor docking station
• Patented front & back leg seams provide articulated fit, maximum comfort & mobility
• Adjustable elastic 1.5” suspender with opposing YKK® buckles for waist-high conversion
• Abrasion-resistant, built-in Gravel Guards with molded rubber boot hook tabs
• Built-in low-profile belt loops with 2” stretch nylon wading belt included
• Hourglass stockingfoot
The Simms G3 Limited Edition WQW Guide Waders are made with the new GORE-TEX 5-layer Pro Shell fabric that now breathes more than 25 percent more than previous versions, thus making this new G3 Guide Wader one of the best in its class. The Simms Guide Stockingfoot Waders are also equipped with a reach-through warming pocket with stormflaps and a nice micro-fleece lining for added warmth and comfort during those cool days fly-fishing at your favorite stream or river.
In addition to the above mentioned features, the G3 waders come with a large zippered chest pocket that integrates utility tabs where you can store all the necessary fly tackle for your outdoor adventures. Furthermore, the Simms G3 Guide Waders have a removable flip-out tippet tender pocket that contains dual-entry zippers and come with a retractor docking station, a very handy ingredient in any fly fisherman's arsenal. And, last but certainly not least, an abrasion-resistant, durable built-in gravel guards are included with the Simms G3 Guide Waders.
Fly-Fishing guides and skillful anglers regard the G3 Guide Waders as one of the highest quality waders on the market today.
The Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Waders have the following features:
Why are the Simms G3 Guide Waders the right choice for you?
The Simms G3 Guide Waders feature the technological brilliance of the legendary Gore-Tex fabric, reason enough to include this guide wader as part of your fly-fishing arsenal. The waterproof, extremely breathable and heavy-dutyGORE-TEX fabric offers very satisfying comfort by inhibiting water to penetrate the fabric and also permitting sweat emissions to exit effortlessly. These Guide Waders are also completely windproof as well because of the extremely durable and scientifically advanced Gore-Tex fabric.
As a result, no longer will you have to worry about rough weather or stream/river conditions because the G3 Guide wader will stand firm, while protecting you against any element nature can throw at you. Finally, you don't have to worry about your waders, you can now focus on using the perfect fly and catching the perfect fish at your favorite fishing hole.
Simms G3 Guide Gore-Tex Waders:
THE BEST WARRANTY IN THE WADER BUSINESS We stand behind our waders for the useful life of the product. This will vary based on use and the style of wader. For instance, professional guides will use their waders as work-wear every day and will likely wear out their waders faster than a casual angler who might sh 20 days per year. The Simms warranty does not cover damages caused by improper care, accidents, or the natural breakdown of materials over extended use and time. Waders that fail due to workmanship or material defect can be replaced or repaired. All defective or damaged products should be returned to Simms for evaluation and will be repaired or replaced at the discretion of Simms. 30 DAY EXCHANGE – NO QUESTIONS ASKED If a wader leaks within 30 days of purchase please replace them over the counter and we will send a replacement for your inventory. In order to obtain a pair of replacement waders from Simms, the Dealer must obtain a Return Authorization number using the Simms Online Repair Center making sure to note it is a 30-day exchange. Return shipping to Dealer will be covered by Simms. Please note that proof of original purchase is required. WARRANTY – FIRST YEAR REPAIRS IS ON SIMMS After 30 days, if your customer develops a leak in any Simms waders for whatever reason, the rst repair is on us. Please get a Return Authorization number via the Simms Online Repair Center and return the waders to us with proof of original purchase. We will x the waders at no charge and keep you and your customer apprised of the status of the wader via email. BEYOND THE FIRST YEAR REPAIR If a wader is in need of repair after the rst year or rst repair, the chart below outlines Simms repair fees. To initiate a repair, please use the Simms Online Repair Center and return the waders to Simms. The dealer will receive e-mail updates throughout the process and will be asked to approve any repair charges associated with the repair. REPAIR CHARGE SUMMARY NO CHARGE REPAIR STANDARD REPAIR $40 + SHIPPING ADVANCED REPAIR $65 + SHIPPING Wader is within 1 year of purchase & has not been sent in before ✔ Wader is beyond 1 year of purchase & all issues found are manufacturing issues ✔ Wader is beyond 1 year of purchase & exhibits minor wear & tear ✔ Wader is beyond 1 year of purchase & exhibits moderate to heavy wear & tear ✔ ONLINE REPAIR CENTER RETURN PROCESS If you need to return Simms waders or any Simms product for repair or warranty please follow these steps: 1. Go to www.simms shing.com 2. Go to “Contact” 3. Click on “Repairs & Warranty” and follow instructions Once Simms has evaluated the product and established a price for repair, you will be noti ed to approve any repair and fees associated with the product. Once you have contacted the customer and they have approved or declined the repair charges, please contact Simms by email or phone to approve pricing and con rm payment. When repairs are approved, Simms will bill your account and ship the item back to the shop’s physical address. Accounts with terms should not use a credit card to approve repair charges. Items sent through authorized Simms Dealers will be processed using the dealer’s account. SHIPPING REQUIREMENTS Please ensure the items being returned are clean and dry. Simms will return ALL dirty, wet, or soiled items. Shipping to Simms is the responsibility of the Dealer, unless the item is new, unworn, and deemed defective or contains a manufacturing defect. Please contact Simms to obtain a shipping label. INTERNATIONAL RETURNS All requests for product exchanges, warranty claims, or repairs, whether purchased in the U.S. or outside of the U.S. through an international dealer/distributor, must be processed through the authorized Simms Dealer where the product was originally purchased. QUESTIONS If you have questions regarding the warranty and repair process, please contact the Simms Wader Repair Center: 1-800-217-4667 / repairs@simms shing.com. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm (Mountain Standard Time)
Simms is a brand founded on the pillars of innovation. It was the brainchild of visionary angler John Simms who saw a need to develop better waders and accessories than what was then available on the market. That quest led to the development of Simms Fishing Products in 1980. During that era, Simms was one of the first companies worldwide to introduce neoprene waders, which provided enhanced warmth and waterproofing armor for serious anglers pushing the limits of their fishing pursuits.
The brand continued to progress under the Jackson-based Life-Link International banner through the ’80s. But it took a giant leap in 1993, when current owner, K.C. Walsh, a passionate angler and entrepreneur, acquired the company and relocated it to Bozeman. Walsh grew up in a flyfishing family and it was his life-long dream to live, and work, and play in Montana.
Under Walsh’s leadership, Simms introduced breathable waders in a trailblazing partnership with W.L. Gore & Associates (makers of GORE-TEX® fabric). That seismic shift breathed new life into wader innovation and has since powered the sport to new levels of comfort and performance. Today Simms continues to mature as a brand with a trained eye on fisheries conservation and inspired product development over a wide swath of technical apparel offerings—from state-of-the art sun protection and wind-blocking outerwear to pioneering CleanStream™ footwear technologies.
What remains unswerving, however, is Simms’s commitment to U.S.-based manufacturing and business ideals. When Simms relocated headquarters in 2012, it cemented its Bozeman roots with a new 60,000-square-foot facility housing corporate headquarters, warehouses, and its production plant. This 15,000 square-foot expansion provides elbowroom to drive product evolution in a more efficient and effective manner. It also solidifies Simms as the sole fishing wader manufacturer in the country. Simms currently staffs nearly 120 locally based employees and is a recognized Montana economic ambassador and community contributor.
Although Simms continues to strive for new heights its vision—that stems back to that misty Jackson morning and reverberates through the halls of its new Bozeman stronghold—remains the same: To produce the highest quality products to keep you protected from the elements in any and all fishing conditions.
In 1966, John W. Cropper of New Zealand developed and constructed a machine for producing stretched polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) tape. Rather than file for a patent, however, Cropper chose to keep the process of creating expanded PTFE as a closely held trade secret and required his producer and its employees to sign confidentiality agreements.
Gore-Tex was co-invented by Wilbert L. Gore and Gore's son, Robert W. Gore. In 1969, Bob Gore stretched heated rods of PTFE and created expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE). His discovery of the right conditions for stretching PTFE was a happy accident, born partly of frustration. Instead of slowly stretching the heated material, he applied a sudden, accelerating yank. The solid PTFE unexpectedly stretched about 800%, forming a microporous structure that was about 70% air. It was introduced to the public under the trademark Gore-Tex. Bob Gore promptly applied for and obtained patents.
In the 1970s Garlock, Inc. allegedly infringed Gore's patents and was sued by Gore in the Federal District Court of Ohio. The District Court held Gore's patents to be invalid after a "bitterly contested case" that "involved over two years of discovery, five weeks of trial, the testimony of 35 witnesses (19 live, 16 by deposition), and over 300 exhibits" (quoting the Federal Circuit). On appeal, however, the Federal Circuit disagreed in the famous case of Gore v. Garlock, reversing the lower court's decision on the ground, as well as others, that Cropper forfeited any superior claim to the invention by virtue of having concealed the process for making ePTFE from the public, thereby establishing Gore as the legal inventor.
Gore-Tex is used in products manufactured by Simms G3 Guide Waders, Patagonia, L.L. Bean, Oakley, Inc., Galvin Green, Marmot, Vasque, Arc'teryx and The North Face.
Since the expiration of the main Gore-Tex patent, several other products have come to market with similar characteristics that use similar technology.As a cheaper alternative to the more expensive membranes, there are also waterproof/breathable coatings which are less durable.
PTFE is made using an emulsion polymerization process that utilizes the carcinogenic fluorosurfactant PFOA, a persistent environmental contaminant. In 2013, Gore eliminated the use of PFOAs in the manufacture of its weatherproof functional fabrics.
Gore-Tex materials are typically based on thermo-mechanically expanded PTFE and other fluoropolymer products. They are used in a wide variety of applications such as high-performance fabrics, medical implants, filter media, insulation for wires and cables, gaskets, and sealants. However, Gore-Tex fabric is best known for its use in protective, yet breathable, rainwear.
The simplest sort of g3 guide wader wear is a two layer sandwich. The outer layer is typically nylon or polyester and provides strength. The inner one is polyurethane (abbreviated: PU), and provides water resistance, at the cost of breathability.
Early Gore-Tex fabric replaced the inner layer of PU with a thin, porous fluoropolymer membrane (Teflon) coating that is bonded to a fabric. This membrane had about 9 billion pores per square inch (around 1.4 billion pores per square centimeter). Each pore is approximately 1/20,000 the size of a water droplet, making it impenetrable to liquid water while still allowing the more autonomous water vapour molecules to pass through.
Both wear and cleaning will reduce the performance of Gore-Tex clothes by wearing away the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment on the surface of the wader fabric. The DWR prevents the face g3 guide wader fabric from becoming wet and thus reducing breathability. However, the DWR is not responsible for the jacket being waterproof. This is a common misconception, so when the face fabric becomes soaked due to an absence of DWR, there is no breathability and the wearer's sweat will cause condensation to form inside the jacket. This may give the appearance that a jacket is leaking when it is not. The DWR can be reinvigorated by tumble drying the garment or ironing on a low setting.
Gore requires that all Simms G3 Guide Waders made from their material have taping over the seams, to eliminate leaks. Gore's sister product, Windstopper, is similar to Gore-Tex in being windproof and breathable, but has ability to stretch and is not waterproof. The Gore naming system does not imply specific technology or material but instead specific set of performance characteristics.
Gore-Tex is also used internally in medical applications, because it is nearly inert inside the body. In addition, the porosity of Gore-Tex permits the body’s own tissue to grow through the material, integrating grafted material into the circulation system. Gore-Tex is used in a wide variety of medical applications, including sutures, vascular grafts, heart patches, and synthetic knee ligaments, which have saved thousands of lives.
Gore-Tex has been used for many years in the conservation of illuminated manuscripts.
Explosive sensors have been printed on Gore-Tex clothing leading to the sensitive voltammetric detection of nitroaromatic compounds.
The "Gore-Tex" brand name was formerly used for industrial and medical products.