G3 Guide™ Vest



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This multitasking superhero outperforms them all, with more than 20 intuitively placed pockets that maintain everything from flies and fly boxes to split-shot, licenses, cell phones, spools, leaders, and more always at the ready. Its breathable, padded collar and stretch fabric shoulders help disperse the load, while keeping you cool and comfortable during high-exertion days on the water.


  • 22 pockets: 4 patent-pending molded foam pockets on chest front, 6 bellowed pockets, 2 Thermolaminated zippered pockets, 2 vertical/4 horizontal interior pockets, 2 large horizontal pockets, 1 split back pocket, 1 bellowed back cargo pocket
  • 100% non-corrosive zippers and sliders
  • 2 patented built-in retractors with magnetic docking station
  • Breathable padded collar & stretch fabric shoulders
  • 100% Nylon woven fabric with DuPont™ Teflon® finish and 100% polyester mesh lining
  • Approximate weight: 25 oz


Size Chart

Vest Size Chart

Men's SizesChestNeckWaist
S 36" - 38" 14.5" - 15" 28" - 30"
M 39" - 41" 15.5" - 16" 32" - 34"
L 42" - 45" 16.5" - 17" 36" - 38"
XL 46" - 48" 17.5" - 18" 40" - 42"
XXL 49" - 51" 18.5" - 19" 44" - 46"

* These are body measurements

Product Care


  • Little Parts from the YKK® Fastening Products Group create The Big Difference for our customers — fastening solutions intelligently integrated with the finished product to provide the highest quality, most durable gear. The Little Parts — zippers, metal buttons and snaps, and Nylon buckles — all earn the YKK® brand. The Big Difference begins with their obsession to ensure that every individual component renders maximum value to the finished whole. That commitment instills quality and value into every product. Simms utilizes fasteners built to withstand the harshest environments and YKK® provides the best solutions to meet those needs. All Simms outerwear features nylon YKK® zippers to minimize corrosion and provide high performing, durable wear. www.ykkamerica.com.

  • DuPont™ Teflon® water and stain-repellent, for superior comfort and performance in weather conditions that range from balmy to abysmal.


Customer Reviews

20 Review(s)

Items 11 to 19 of 19 total

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Good vest Review by Tassie99 - Tasmania
I love my fly vest. Comfortable, heaps of pockets reliable zippers. I would like to see drainage holes in the lower pokets. When I wade in deep water the lower pockets fill up with water and don't drain easily.

(Posted on 7/17/12)

Top Performace Review by VSI - Denmark
Har i mit fiskeliv (48 år) haft 3 veste før denne. Modtog vesten idag og har brugt eftermiddagen til at gennemgå vesten. Lynlåse er det mest perfekte jeg har oplevet. Pasform, lommer og tilgængelighed er i absolut topelite. Jeg tror ikke der pt på markedet findes noget bedre. Tak til SIMMS.

[translation by Simms: In my fish life (48 years) I have had 3 jackets before this. Bought the vest today and spent the afternoon to review the vest. Zippers are the most perfect I have experienced. Fit, pockets and availability are absolutely top notch. I do not think there is currently anything on the market that is better. Thank you to Simms.]

(Posted on 7/17/12)

Best Vest Review by Go Griz
Best Vest on the Market, dont settle for a less expensive vest. This thing has so much room you will have trouble filling it. Great structure fits awesome and is super durable. Dont look any further get this vest you will not be disapointed! looks great fits awesome and will last forever. I have it on 7 days a week and couldnt ask for more.

(Posted on 7/17/12)

Awesome Review by Go Gr1z
By far the best vest ever. There is soooo much room in this vest you don’t have to leave anything behind. Super durable and just the best buy on the market! I bought this after trying out alot of models. best decision I made.

(Posted on 7/17/12)

G3 Giude Vest Review by ICHItheKILLER
I took a while on deciding to buy this vest, the cost was a major factor. This vest is light and feels great on when empty, I haven't filled all of the pockets yet, the pockets have plenty of room, there's so many. Even with some weight to the vest it feels good. I like that there's so many pockets and everything is not a hassle to reach for. So many features in a small vest! Love it!

(Posted on 7/17/12)

Best Vest Ever! Review by 37 Angler
I looked at this vest for a long time before getting it. Wow..... I dont know how I ever fished without it. It's like it was designed just for me. There is so much room but at the same time it keeps everything close and out of the way like the snap up rod holder and the magnets to hold my tools out of the way while not in use.. I really like how it is shorter than my previous vests which allows me to wade deeper and keep my gear dry. It also spreads the load out so I can fish all day and forget I am even wearing it. This vest easily hilds 3 times the gear as my previous one. The built in tippet tenders are also extremely convienent. This is truly the vests of all vests and I know it will last me a lifetime. If you are on the fence with this one don't be. Buy it! You won't regret it!

(Posted on 7/17/12)

A Moving Van Review by FlyGyd
Too much storage space is never enough. This vest has plenty of storage. With all that storage come weight. The G3 handles it well. It's very comfortable across the shoulders and balances the load very nicely. I'd like to see pockets that won't hold water. Water can get in the pockets quickly if you wade too deep but then it doesn't drain out. I'm thinking of melting some holes in the bottom of the pockets. I have several vests but use this one guiding as well as fishing on my own. You know it's good when your still comfortable at the end of a long day with less than skilled clients.

(Posted on 7/17/12)

Pro Team Member Review by Roger
More storage space than I expected. Just found another small zipper pocket this year after 3 years of use. Believe it or not the two lower front pockets could be larger, I have a hard time with my big water proof fly boxes. Honestly, clients ask me what some of the features are on the vest and I still have no clue as to their use. A quick guide to all features and pockets would be useful. Make sure your portable rain gear is large enough to go around not only you but your vest also. You will have so much stuff in your vest when it rains you will spend 2 days drying everything out.

(Posted on 7/17/12)

When you have to wear a vest . . . Review by Ralph
Pretty much the gold standard. The Guide Vest has been with me since they first came out many moons ago. I've tried lots of vests, chest, and fanny packs but always return to the Simms Guide vest. Way more pockets than I'll ever use but it is better to have pockets than need them. Extraordinarily comfortable even with a full load all day. Can get pretty hot though. I do NOT like the wrap around zipper on the lower main pockets. I immediately take a soldering iron to them so the zip can't go all the way and flap open. Top entry is fine with much less risk of losing stuff. Chest pockets perfect size for a box of dries and a nymphs. I'd rather the big pocket behind the neck wasn't divided into two. I liked the old single pocket version for keeping big streamer box high and dry. Lots of options that I have no idea how to use or what they're for. Instruction manual .pdf would be nice.

(Posted on 7/17/12)

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