The new Slick Jacket for Fall 2013 redefines convenient storage in a bomber jacket.
Simms has been the leader in making fishing jackets since their introduction of the Dry Coat in 1996. That jacket was the first one many of us had to keep us protected while out on the water. Since then, we have introduced many bomber jacket, including the G4 Pro™ and G3 Guide™ Jackets and the ProDry™ GORE-TEX® Jacket – all still amazing jackets and seen worldwide on the best guides and anglers.
But we like a challenge here at Simms and the challenge was given to us a few years ago to imagine a fishing jacket with ample storage, but a minimal front with no line catchers. The first internal name around the Simms headquarters for this project was the “Spey Jacket” as double-handed anglers (for good reason) wanted a minimalist look.
Well, we took the challenge head-on and thus spawned the Slick Jacket. The laundry list of perks for this jacket include: GORE-TEX® Pro Shell technology (the most waterproof and breathable material known to man), storage for a long day on the water, the Simms three-point cinch hood that you can rock in howling winds, watertight Shingled Cuff™ design (the same on the Simms Guide Jacket), and a longer length for more protection. Maybe the perfect fishing jacket?
The Slick Jacket’s appeal wrests in the two large vertical pockets on the front of the jacket. Each comes with built-in storage for fly boxes, tip-wallets, sunglasses (a special sunglasses pocket comes with a glass chamois!), tippet or Maxima spools, and much much more.
But, the Slick Jacket doesn’t stop there. The two side pockets on each side of the jacket help keep your hands toasty (or store more gear), but transform into Pass Through pockets to your waders, WINDSTOPPER® Jacket or other layering piece or shirt. This is accomplished because the Pass Through pocket incorporates a simple zipper for – voila – inside access (see image below). Add a smaller zippered pocket on the inside for keys or license and you can be gone for a while without a care.
Sitting around the office today, we decided to see what we could easily store in the two pockets on the Slick Jacket. Keep in mind, you can put a truckload more gear in this jacket, but we wanted to show how much gear you can include without even noticing it. Here is a rundown and you can see the evidence on the images of the gear stash below.
- Simms Foam Box – large
- Simms Foam Box – medium
- Cliff Bugger Barn
- Tippet Spools
- Floatant and Dry Shake
The result of all of this is perhaps the most innovative and convenient jacket you have ever fished. So next time you are at your favorite fly shop, check out the new Slick Jacket. You can take your quiver of gear with you and not even know it’s there.