Field & Stream Gives "Best" Awards to Simms, Loomis, Bauer

We’re still waiting to see the full list of “Best of the Best” awards that Field & Stream gave to fly fishing products in its March issue, but we’ve already heard about the kudos given to Simms’s Women’s Gore-Tex Stockingfoot Waders, Bauer’s Rogue fly reel, and the G.Loomis Shorestalker Series fly rods.
Simms noted in a press release yesterday that the company has been awarded five “Best of the Best” top honors from Field & Stream: in 1998, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008 for products that have included waders, jackets and travel bags. About the Women’s Gore-Tex Stockingfoot waders, F&S reviewer Ted Leeson wrote: “Wader manufacturers have finally grasped the architectural differences between men and women. This is all gear, no gimmick — tough Gore-Tex shell fabric, reinforced legs, and high-performance features.”

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  • Wait, is FS giving that award to the *discontinued* Women’s Gore-Tex Stockingfoot waders from 2008? Or to the new Women’s Headwaters Stockingfoots for 2009? It doesn’t make much sense to give an award to a product that no one on the market can now buy.