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Pros – The Good about the Improved Simms G4 Pro Wading Jacket
Spacious and adjustable storm hood
Hood with an orange hi-vis panel for safety
Great storage system
Leaves room for underneath layering
Excellent weatherproofness and breathability
Comes with a docking station
Good cuffing system
Adjustable waist hem
Available in various sizes
Cons – The Concerns though not Deal-breakers
We are yet to come across any tangible downsides of the new G4 Pro jacket.
However, a customer mentioned the handwarmer pockets being quite a task to unzip or zip.
They further said that the operation isn’t single-handed as they had expected.
This is only one complaint and we think it might be a problem with the size they chose as other users are content.
Customer Thoughts on the Simms G4 Pro Wading Jacket
We are impressed by the cuffing system on the wrists of the jacket.
They are ten times better than what we have on most wading jackets.
Whether you are a wading angler, a drifting angler and are often rowing, water doesn’t soak to your elbows as it does with other jackets.
This was quite a steal, especially with the minimal-looking front section.
The construction of this side was tactful to prevent your fly line from being caught by zippers or your oars from getting into pocket openings.
It might be a concern to anglers who fish in their local holes but to backpackers and traveling anglers like me, packability is at 100%.
The jacket packs down pretty well.
The range of motion it has is incomparable.
You can lift your hands with ease to row or do the basics of angling without worrying about your pit seams bursting from tension.
We give a thumbs up to this fit.
It indeed makes a fishing vest or fly pack lose meaning if you will be out for a few hours.
The storage system is something you have never seen in a jacket of this price point.
The jacket is stylish and very comfortable.
We love that it fits well but has enough space to allow for proper underneath layering if you will be stepping out when the temperatures are lower.
FAQ’s – Questions about the New Simms G4 Pro Wading Jacket
Q) Do these have a venting system?
A) Unfortunately, the underarm venting system wasn’t carried into the new design of the updated Simms G4 Pro Jacket. However, the new proprietary Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric improves breathability as much as possible.
Q) Does the jacket come with a warranty?
A) If purchasing from Simms directly or through an authorized Simms dealer, you get a wading jacket backed by a lifetime warranty.
Q) What is the fit of these wading jackets?
A) The new G4 Pro wading jacket is available in a regular fit.
Q) How long is the jacket?
A) For all sizes of these jackets, the length is intended to reach the hip area for more upper area coverage.
Q) Which size of fly boxes can fit in the chest pockets?
A) The chest pockets could easily accommodate two large C & F boxes. You can also fit in one or two tippet spools.
Wrap Up on the Simms G4 Pro Wading Jacket
Forget your Canada Goose, Moncler, or Saint Laurent jackets.
Those are for class and style-they won’t shield you fly fishing outside in a downpour and single-digit temperatures.
We are talking about the award-winning G4 Pro Jacket from Simms.
The G4 Pro wading jacket won an award in the 2019 IFTD show and it was well-deserving.
The wading jacket forms a solid framework of any angler’s layering and insulating system.
Any day you step outdoors to fish in the wind, cold, or rain, you will be more protected and comfortable in this gear.
For serious anglers who love to cast in freezing steelhead rivers and those who trek longer to their tucks, we are talking about a solid shield from the brutality of adverse weather.
Simms minds your health and safety by including a hi-vis panel at the center of the hood.
The panel runs from the collar hem to the top of your head.
As you trek to your favorite holes, motorists and riders can spot you easily and keep their distance.
Also, in case the tides are angry and decide to make you live the life that fish live, you can be easily seen by fellow anglers or guides for rescue (but always remember to carry a life vest or personal floatation device).
What if an expensive wading jacket like this one develops a problem?
Not all manufacturers offer customer reward programs like warranties.
Simms has a lifetime warranty on any G4 Pro jacket that you purchase from its store or an authorized Simms dealer.
Simms stands behind all products it manufactures and if your jacket fails because of defects in material or craftsmanship, you can return it to them for replacement or repair.
However, the warranty won’t cater to issues as a result of mishandling, natural breakdown, accidents, or wear from prolonged use.
Any other repairs can be done at a small fee.
Though on the higher end, the New Simms G4 Pro Wading Jacket is worth every dime spent on it.
All features are angler-relevant and the newly-improved design was well thought out by the team at Bozeman.
In case you’d want to check out other wading jackets for this season of the next, our guide will be resourceful.