You’re going to read our review of the new Sage “X” in the next e-newsletter, in two weeks… we’re still fishing it and forming opinions.
In the meanwhile, here are some of the key product developments from two of the other major players in the market, Simms and Orvis.
New From Simms (a first foray into down)
The new DOWNStream Jacket ($349.95) leads Simms’ fall lineup. It is comprised of a DWR treated down blend with Primaloft Gold synthetic insulation with ultimate high loft. The DownStream has 750 fill power equivalent and is engineered for wet weather performance. Body mapping means more insulation in lower sleeves and hood. Hydrophobic sleeves remove stitching at the wrist so you can release fish and not lose warmth at the wrist. There is a Women’s DOWNStream Jacket variation as well (also $349.95).
Two other major offerings from Simms for 2017 will be Headwaters Stockingfoot waders at a pricepoint of $399.95, and a series of G4 Pro Packs, including slings hip packs, etc.
The Headwaters Pro Stockingfoot features three-layer GORE-TEX Pro Shell material, as well as patented front-and-back center seam design. It is made in the USA.
G4 Pro Packs will include a backpack, sling, hip and tactical hip models, all featuring hideaway strap capabilities, magnetic tool docking stations and large openings for easy access.