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Gear Review: Simms Kinetic Jacket

Tyler Allen

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By E.J. Daws Explore Big Sky Staff Writer

If you’re like me, you’re all about versatile clothing and layering options. I like apparel that crosses boundaries, can be worn around town, in the office, and while stalking fish in your favorite riffle.

Simms’ new Kinetic Jacket checks all the boxes. It’s light, warm, packable, and will attract compliments like a Pat’s Rubberlegs fly pattern attracts trout.

A low-profile, synthetic insulated jacket weighing in at only 525 grams, allows the Kinetic to insulate while maintaining a close fit to avoid bulk. Polartec Wind-Pro stretchy fleece lines the sleeves and side panels giving you excellent breathability and increased range of motion for casting, or when it’s your turn on the oars.

PrimaLoft Gold insulation maintains 96 percent of its warmth when wet, providing the highest warmth-to-weight ratio available, according to Simms. This jacket is perfect for cool days, but the lack of bulk allows it to easily slip under a shell as a mid layer. A hood gives the Kinetic one more feature that will make it your go-to jacket and the DWR treated, 100 percent polyester shell keeps snags and brush off when you’re bushwhacking through willows to your favorite honey hole.

The Kinetic will draw attention from fishing buddies while you enjoy a “coldwahn” at the river’s edge; from co-workers at the office; or from the family while trudging through thigh-deep snow on a Christmas tree hunt. $249.95

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