Simms Fishing Flyweight Wader

Simms launched the Flyweight stockingfoot wader for anglers who need a lightweight, flexible, and durable wader. The waders use a stretchy GORE-TEX Pro fabric to give more freedom of movement. A four-layer GORE-TEX Pro from the knee down adds durability where you need it. And a three-layer fabric throughout the rest of the wader helps keep the weight down (36 ounces for a medium) and helps it breathe well.

The 5.11 HEXGRID attachment system on the chest is a first of its kind in fly fishing. It allows you to attach Simms Flyweight Pods to carry fly boxes, tippet, nippers, and other essentials. If you want to forego the pod, there is a mesh pocket behind the grid as well as a zipper pocket.

One GearJunkie editor tested the Flyweight Waders all summer in Alaska, Wyoming, and the Midwest. They are his go-to waders for travel, as they are lightweight and more compressible than others he has reviewed. He initially wondered if the lightweight fabric would hold up, but he has had zero issues in 20+ outings plus all the travel in between.

His favorite features are the highly packable Hex Air Gravel Guards and the roomy mesh chest pocket. Simms nailed the minimalist design and comfort on these.

There are a host of other items in the Flyweight collection that pair well with the waders so you can customize what you want to bring to the river and how you carry it.