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Simms Kinetic Jacket

Joel La Follette - Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Simms Kinetic jacket is the unofficial team jacket for the Royal Treatment Fly Fishing staff. You'll also see some of our favorite guides sporting this very same jacket as they ply the local waters. The Kinetic is a blend of high tech materials and commonsense design from the nice folks at Simms who know a little something about chilly weather.

Starting with PrimaLoft Gold Insulation, Simms has built a jacket that is perfect for Northwest Steelheaders. The Stretch-Fleece panels on the side and under the arms allow for breathability and a full range of casting motion. The side panels also keep the jacket from bunching up as you slide your waders on.  The PrimaLoft Gold is a hollow core fiber and holds in heat, but is not bulky so you don't look like the Michelin Man when you need to stay warm.  When the wind gets icy, just pull the hood up and hunker down.  Fleece lined pockets welcome your frozen fingers and a low profile zippered chest pocket is a safe place to stow your phone or car keys.

After a few seasons knocking around the NW in this no nonsense jacket it has found a permanent home in my cold weather gear bag. The good news is that Simms looks to be supporting the Kinetic Jacket into the foreseeable future and is offering new colors with each season. I might need to update my wardrobe, but then again, black goes with everything.

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