SIMMS COMPLETELY REDESIGNED its Freestone Stockingfoot line of waders for 2012, but if we’re being perfectly honest, the best attribute of all is the price: $229.95, in the full range of 15 Simms sizes.
These waders are made with Toray breathable fabric instead of GORE-TEX. What’s the difference? Well, Toray is less resistant to substances like diesel fuel, so if you’re not planning on wading the urban corridors, you should be fine.
The bottom line is that waders are the simplest of all products to judge, because it’s a PASS-FAIL test. Keep you dry: PASS. Spring a leak: FAIL. These are going to pass in 99% of all fishing environments.
Of course, things like comfort and durability matter too. On the comfort side, the Stockingfoots are simple, with articulated knees, and a handy (not over-cooked) chest pocket.
On the durability side—well, every angler, and every pair of waders is different. When you think about it, the best measure of value is gauging how much it costs to stay dry, per day on the water. We’re guessing that the average “return on investment” for the average recreational angler will be pretty solid with the Freestones.
Freestone Stockingfoot waders
Completely redesigned for 2012, Simms‘ “value” wader features 4-layer Toray breathable fabrics, breathable articulated knees for added mobility, and an external chest pocket for added functionality. Available in March 2012, the Freestone Stockingfoot wader will come in 15 stock sizes for $229.95.
Guide Stockingfoot waders
A new GORE-TEX Simms wader for 2012, the Guide features 3-layers of GORE-TEX Pro Shell fabric, built-in gravel guards, full cuts in the legs that allow for plenty of space for layering—ideal for steelheaders—and a zippered flip-out pocket. These waders are great for waist high conversion and come in 15 stock sizes. Available in March 2012 for $399.95.