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ProDry jacket from Simms

ProDry jacket from Simms

Protect and Serve

The newest foul-weather offering from Simms will keep you dry in the rough stuff.

A wise fisherman once told me that the most important piece of equipment to invest in is your jacket. “Is there really a huge difference to fish whether you have a $10 lure or a $1,000 one? Not really,” he said. “But once you’re wet and cold, you’ll be wishing you had a better coat.” The ProDry jacket from Simms ($550) falls into that category. Striking a nice balance between lightweight and durable, it rolls up tight for easy stowage in a dry bag. Where this jacket makes its mark is in the protection it provides from the elements—anyone who has been caught in a squall knows that rain is rarely the problem; it’s the wind that turns those soft drops into high-speed pellets. Fully zipped, this jacket covers your neck and mouth, and the hood is large enough to be worn comfortably with a hat. Large chest pockets can easily fit a GPS, PLB, or VHF, and the fleece-lined pockets help thaw frigid fingers. Another handy feature is the easily cinched cuffs and waistband that help keep you dry and comfortable.

This article originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.