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Review: Simms DOWNStream Jacket

by Robert Morselli

The SIMMS DOWNStream jacket is an example of what happens when designers are asked to focus down and draw up an exceptional item. It’s a tall task, but if executed correctly can produce an award-worthy product, and I am predicting that this jacket will be a winner.

The outside looks like a minimalist garment (read snag-proof) but features a host of well-integrated elements. A combination of synthetic insulation with waterproof goose down provides a high loft that traps and retains heat —even in a moist environment. There are body-mapped thermal zones: 100% high loft synthetic insulation strategically placed in the chest and lower sleeves that ensure comfort and warmth. Overall build places mobility high on the agenda, allowing for fully extended arm movement, while still managing a semi-snug fit.

Designers also cleverly placed more synthetic insulation in the areas more exposed to water (hood front and forearms). Other thoughtful goods include a fleece collar and a 3-point fully adjustable hood.

A big disappointment with many fishing jackets is the cuff seals, but Velcro fasteners will only get you so far.  The DOWNStream jacket features one of the more innovative gasket cuff seals (again, fully integrated) to prevent drafts or moisture from riding up your sleeve. This is a highlight I haven’t seen on any other garment to date.

Build specifications:

  • PrimaLoft® Gold synthetic insulation for wet and cold weather protection
  • Ripstop Pertex® Endurance outer layer sheds rain and beats wind
  • Face Fabric: Pertex® Endurance 30d – 100% nylon with waterproof/windproof coating

Bonus: all of this comes in an ultra-light, highly stowable package of 26.4 oz./748 grams. A definite go-to jacket for cold, wet, damp conditions.

Mens and womens models available, also available in a sweater format.

Highly recommended.

MidCurrent Fly Fishing
 
Robert Morselli is the research director for the internationally syndicated television show "How It's Made."
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