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Backcountry x Simms Collab: Flyweight Fishing Waders Review

Backcountry has teamed up with Simms to launch a fly fishing collection for anglers who push boundaries and are constantly on the move.

While you probably know Backcountry as an outdoor gear retailerYou may not know that they also have a diverse selection of fly fishing equipment, clothing and accessories.

Backcountry has partnered with legendary fishing outfitter Simms to create an exclusive line of fly fishing gear for anglers. The Flyweight cooperation is another step by backcountry to make a bigger claim in the fly fishing industry.

We had the chance to put the men and women Backcountry x Simms Flyweight Stockingfoot Waders tested for several weeks this spring.

In summary: Some GearJunkie employees tested these waders this spring and have been impressed so far. At $ 500, they’re aimed at anglers who need a comfortable, lightweight, and stretchy wader to cover plenty of water, or who want a packable pair for on the go. They are best for wading in spring, summer, and fall.

See the Backcountry x Simms Waders

Photo credit: Zach Burton

Who are the Backcountry x Simms Flyweight Waders for?

Those who want a wader for fishing on cool to hot days. These waders glow when fishing cold streams in spring, summer, and early fall. My favorite days on the water are warm with lots of sunshine. However, I find these are also the most difficult to dress for.

When it’s hot, a full pair of waders is excessive, but trout streams are often too cold to wade wet. I renounced hip waders a long time ago because they are bulky and don’t provide enough coverage. Well, I think I found what I was looking for in these flyweight waders.

The Backcountry x Simms Flyweight Stockingfoot Waders are a good option for the angler looking for a “pant plus”. They end in the middle of the torso and have more coverage than a typical trouser or hip boot. However, they are less bulky and less restrictive overall.

The breathable GORE-TEX prevents sweat and makes a really hot day more pleasant. And the suspenders fold down at the waist to cool off.

People who move around a lot while fishing. With the comfortable, stretchy fabric and the slim cut of the wading bird, I actually forget that I sometimes have them on. The stretchy fabric makes it much easier to cross a river or sneak up to the next honeyhole.

I can tell that Simms and Backcountry designed these to be lightweight, and they shaved ounces where it made sense. At 36 ounces (males short), they’re lighter than Simm’s earlier high-end waders. However, they’re a bit heavier than the ultra-light options from Orvis and Patagonia.

People who travel (and want to bring their waders). These waders are smaller than most because they have less fabric and fewer features. I still have to fly with them, but I’ve packed them on several road trips and they easily stuff themselves into a travel bag. I look forward to flying west and to Alaska with these.

I’m excited to see how they would work on a backpacking trip. When rolled tightly, they are roughly the size of two Nalgene bottles. With a compression bag, I could pack these in an even smaller size in a pack if I really need waders on a trip into the hinterland.

People who like a splash of color. I really love the color. Most of the waders come in a variety of shades of gray, brown, and brown. For me it is Atlantic Deep color was a refreshing update to the Wader color palette.

Person throwing a fly fishing rod in the Simms backcountry flyweight fly fishing waders lifestylePhoto credit: Zach Burton

Backcountry x Simms Flyweight Stockingfoot Wader: Review & Highlights

Let’s start at the bottom of these waders / pants. The stocking feet are made of plush and the new Hex Air gravel guards are a different material than what we saw Simms in the past. They are less bulky and therefore smaller for on the go – and hold less water when fishing.

Next comes the four-layer GORE-TEX PRO in the lower part of the waders (gray color). The lower half of the waders can be beaten up by brushing or worn away from kneeling. The layer added here should help them last longer.

Then there is a three-layer stretch GORE-TEX (greenish color) from the knees up. This is the same waterproof material used for lightweight rain jackets. We appreciated the breathability and stretch of the GORE-TEX when hiking and fly fishing.

Simms Backcountry Fly Fishing Waders LifestylePhoto credit: Zach Burton

There are two stretchable pockets on the thigh that resemble the water bottle pockets on the sides of the backpack. They have small holes near the bottom to make it easier to drain if you wade too deep. These are the only pockets that exist, and they are big enough to hold a large fly box and a few small items in each pocket.

The wading belt sits a little higher than most to accommodate the pockets and provides a secure fit. There is a button and zipper on top of the waders for extra space when adding layers.

Last are the suspenders, which are stretchy and comfortable. To save weight and possibly save costs, only one of the shoulder straps comes loose and they are a little thinner than regular Simms waders.

It is worth noting that Simms published his new one Flyweight collection This spring it has a similar wader. These Backcountry collaboration is a spin-off of this line.

We haven’t tested these for comparison yet, but a quick look reveals some similarities such as the fabrics used, gravel protection and the overall light construction. Other differences are the pockets, the 5.11 HexGrid organization system, the chest height and adjustment as well as the color.

Simms Backcountry Fly Fishing Waders LifestylePhoto credit: Zach Burton

Cons and other considerations

The mesh pockets are a great way to save weight, but the design has potential downsides. There is no way to close the bags and while we haven’t lost anything, it makes us feel spooky.

Time will tell if the bags can withstand the bushwhacking. This is an initial review and we haven’t had any issues yet, but we will update it when these come into effect.

Adjusting the suspenders is a little tricky until you find the right fit. The part on the suspenders that allows you to adjust the harness is not easy to move, especially when you are wearing them. It takes a while to choose the fit, but we haven’t had to bother with it since.

These waders cost $ 500. While this price tag is in line with other high quality waders, it is more expensive than the other lightweight options on the market.

Simms Backcountry Fly Fishing Waders LifestylePhoto credit: Zach Burton

Backcountry x Simms Flyweight Fishing Collection

Backcountry’s partnership with Simms is not limited to these waders. There are several other essential fly-fishing gear and clothing for back-country fly-fishing on offer.

Backcountry and Simms designed this together Flyweight Lightweight Technical Shell Jacket made of waterproof PACLITE PLUS material by GORE-TEX. The list is rounded off by the Flyweight Z Sling Pack, carry bag, and Tech trucker cap.

See the Backcountry x Simms lineup

Simms Backcountry Fly Fishing Waders LifestylePhoto credit: Zach Burton

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