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Simms G4 Guide Waders win 'Best of Best' award from Field & Stream

Montana-made waders win 5th award from the editors of one of the most respected fishing and hunting magazines.

BOZEMAN, MONTANA (for immediate release) – Simms has done it again.

In the March 2008 issue of outdoor magazine Field & Stream, the Montana-based manufacturer of fishing gear won top honors in Field & Stream’s “Best of Fishing 2008 Field Test” with its American-made Simms G4 Guideâ„¢ waders and custom Muck® Wetlandâ„¢ Boot.

The award marks the fifth time in Simms’ history that they have received a “Best of the Best” honor from Field & Stream, elevating them to an elite cadre of fishing innovators.

“This is an honor that all of us at Simms can share. Design, development and production of products like the G4 Guide waders don’t happen without a devoted team here in Bozeman and feedback from our guide community and product testers around the world,” said K.C. Walsh, president of Simms.

Field & Stream’s “Best of the Best” is awarded by a panel of hard-core anglers and gear junkies assembled by the editors. The panel puts a variety of fishing equipment through its paces, then calls out the outstanding gear they find, from rods and reels to electronics and accessories. Of all the gear tested and tried, only 14 items garnered “Best of the Best” awards this year.

The G4 Guide Waders drew rave reviews from the magazine’s test crew which was made up of outdoor writer John Larison, angling photographer Jim Schollmeyer and Field & Stream contributing editor Ted Leeson. The trio has collectively logged more than a century of fishing experience.

“With rugged 4mm high-density neoprene booties, these suckers are built to do battle, and last,” wrote the test crew. “The new Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric (five layers in the legs, waist, and seat; three layers elsewhere) is lighter, more breathable, and more flexible that Gore’s previous heavy-duty fabric. Generous leg articulation gives mobility and the YKK waterproof front zipper blessedly simplifies getting them on, getting them off, and answering nature’s call. Piggybacked, zippered chest pockets are functional and secure. G4 Guides are available in a stocking-foot version, but the real genius lies in the style with the lightweight Muck Wetland boots attached: They fit like a slipper and are good to 20 below zero. This was our unanimous top choice.”

The breadth of the Simms wader line is unparalleled in the fishing industry, with products for men, women and younger anglers. Made in the USA, Simms waders have become the choice of professional guides across the globe, and the extensive line of gear – from shirts, pants, wading boots, vests and jackets – is the leader in the angling world.

Simms has been awarded four “Best of the Best” honors from Field & Stream: in 1998, 2004, 2005 and 2006 for products ranging from waders, to jackets and travel bags.

“Having the right gear can really affect your day,” said Jay Cassell, deputy Editor of Field & Stream from a press release issued by the magazine. “We want our readers to catch more fish and have more fun, so we do the heavy lifting, testing everything to determine what products will help them achieve that goal. Thousands of new outdoor products are introduced each year. The Best of the Best list is great way to maneuver through the mountain of gear available and ensure you come out on top with products that will perform.”

For more on Field & Stream’s “Fishing Best of the Best,” see the March issue of the magazine or visit

About Simms Fishing Products: Established in 1980, Simms Fishing Products is the recognized leaders in guide-quality fishing waders, outerwear, footwear and apparel. If they don’t make it, you don’t need it. Simms’ world-renowned line of waders are manufactured in Bozeman, Montana. Their full line of guide-quality gear is available at specialty and large format retailers nationwide. For more information on Simms, please visit

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