Simms Slick Jacket Review – Gore-Tex Maintenance
When I was reviewing fishing equipment with my previous company, I was able to try a lot of different products. I got to know the Frogg Toggs lineup well as they were into promoting their products. They offered us whatever products in their lineup we wanted to review. It was fun, and I really saw a lot of different quality jackets and waders.
During the couple years we were active had we contacted Simms, but with the level of clout they already had in the industry; we were just small fry in a huge body of water. We were never able to take a great look at their level of quality, or see the cool features they brought out with each model.
Earlier this year I was able to get a smoking deal on some Simms products. I picked up the Slick Jacket, and the Rivertek 2 BOA felt boots. I took them to Alaska, I fished the Vedder, Chehalis, Stave, Fraser, Alloutte, and more. I fished in heavy rains, wind, and sunshine, they really got a good workout.
The Slick Jacket is so nice and understated that I actually wear it as my regular coat. It’s not just my fishing Jacket, it’s my everything Jacket.
The front of the jacket at first glance looks like it doesn’t have any pockets. This is great for fly fishing, both single hand and Spey. Line has less places to catch up on, and makes for more efficient casting. I also have the William Joseph surge pack, which also has no zippers. It’s closed and held by magnetic force.
If you look at the above picture, you’ll see a small tab at almost bottom right of the front of the jacket. This is the only time the zipper is visible. That’s the bottom of one of the front pockets, it goes all the way above the Simms logo. Here is another picture, but the light isnt great.
One handy feature this jacket has, in the hand warmer pockets there is an internal zipper. This brings you to the inside and gives you access to your waders. It also has this small zipped pouch which is big enough to hold my weatherman, without it flopping around in a big pocket.
Gore-Tex Maintainence recommendation.
Before laundering your garment, zip the front closure, pockets and pit zips completely, and fasten all flaps and straps. Be sure to follow the garment manufacturer’s instructions to ensure high performance.
Machine wash on a warm permanent press cycle (105º F/40º C) using a small amount of liquid detergent. Rinse twice, minimize spinning to reduce creasing. Do not use powder detergents or any products that contain fabric softeners, conditioners, stain removers or bleach as they will affect garment performance. Do not wash with heavily soiled clothing.
Do not use chlorine bleach.
Line dry your garment, or tumble dry it on a warm, gentle cycle. Once it is dry, tumble dry your garment for 20 minutes to reactivate the durable water-repellent (DWR) treatment on the outer fabric.
If unable to tumble dry, iron the dry garment on gentle setting (warm, no steam) by placing a towel or cloth between the garment and the iron. This will help reactivate the DWR treatment on your garment’s outer fabric.
Gore recommends home laundering. If professional dry cleaning is necessary, request that the cleaner use clear distilled hydrocarbon solvent for rinsing and then spray DWR on the garment’s outer fabric before drying. Follow garment manufacturer’s instructions.
Water Repellent Treatment
When the factory applied treatment can no longer be reactivated, apply a new water-repellent treatment (available at local outdoor retailers) to the garment’s outer fabric.