Have you ever gone down the Google Earth rabbit hole? You know — when you scroll past miles and miles of water and terrain until a certain zone catches your eye and makes you stop. From there, you zoom in, and then you zero in. Ultimately, that’s when your imagination takes over and you begin selling yourself on all of the unpressured possibilities that await. These spots aren’t casual one-beer strolls away from the truck — to access these locations and revel in remoteness, you’ve got to be willing to pay the price of strength, stamina, and endurance. To bring these hard-to-reach places into focus, Simms is proud to release the all-new Flyweight Collection — because the fish aren’t coming to find you.
Designed and developed for high output anglers, the Flyweight Collection delivers durability in a lightweight package that offers a completely unhindered range of motion, as well as the ability for anglers to customize how they comfortably carry all the necessary gear for sunup to sundown missions. The Flyweight Collection as a whole arguably features more innovations than any other collection that Simms has ever released, but there are a couple standout features to highlight that directly address mobility and cargo carry.
For the first time ever, Simms has incorporated stretch fabric into the construction of a wader. The all-new Flyweight Stockingfoot Wader features 3-layer GORE-TEX® Stretch fabric in two critical zones, the crotch gusset and zipped side gussets underneath the arms of the upper portion of the wader. The stretch crotch gusset provides a little extra give for long uphill strides and/or leaps from one boulder to the next. Underneath the arms, stretch fabric has been incorporated in order to give anglers two performance-focused options — relaxed mode (unzipped), and athletic mode (zipped). When in relax mode, anglers gain 4 extra inches of ease in the top of the wader, a great option that provides enhanced mobility for actions like rowing, but also offers extra ventilation after long hikes to the water’s edge. When it’s time to get back on the move, simply zip the side gussets back into athletic mode and start searching for the next spot.
Now, for the most eye-catching aspect seen throughout the Flyweight Collection, 5.11® HEXGRID®. This is the first time this technology has been utilized in the fishing arena. Sure, 5.11® HEXGRID® adds a unique and cool aesthetic, but it also serves an incredibly valuable purpose — the ability for anglers to customize their kit and gear to their own personal liking. In short, 5.11® HEXGRID® is a multi-angle load-bearing platform that allows anglers to securely attach their choice of Flyweight accessories in a way that makes the most sense for their style of fishing. The attachment process is simple and once accessories are attached to the angler’s liking, there’s no need to detach and reattach later. It’s a set it and forget it type model. The 5.11® HEXGRID® is most prominently featured on the wader but can also be found and utilized on many of the other pieces within the Flyweight Collection. See how 5.11® HEXGRID® works here.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be providing deep dives on the wader, all the great packs, jackets, and accessories, but for now, let’s just take a quick look at the entire collections so you can start scheming about your perfect Flyweight setup.