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Dig less, fish more, and keep imperative tools primed for action via Simms' new and improved injection molded Retractor®. Attachment stems from a stainless steel pin that's compatible with all Simms waders and packs, while the rugged PE coil extends the reach of your nippers, pliers, and tippet spools to about two feet.
I'm a huge fan of Simms and this is the only product of theirs that I have any issue with.
I've had my retractor for two years now and have had a number of issues throughout. Firstly the retractor's mount broke after only a few months of stream fishing. I managed to fix it myself with some epoxy glue which seems to have done the trick.
Unfortunely last week while fishing I experienced another issue, and it seems like I'm not the first. The retractor has a tendency to open by itself. This resulted in my Simms guide nippers disappearing from my chest pack while wading my local streams.
Really disappointed as I was a huge fan of my Nippers firstly, and secondly because I am probably going to have to replace my retractors too so that I don't have to face this situation again.
Hoping for a huge improvement in the design of future retractors.
Simms Customer Service:
Luke, I am sorry to hear that you have had some issue with your retractor. Please give customer service a call so we can work to take care of this situation: 888.585.3570.
(Posted on 3/10/2018)
I look down and they’re gone just like that. First day
Simms Customer Service:
Thank you for posting your review, we are sorry to hear that you lost your nippers. Please email us at [email protected] or give us a call at 888-585-3570 and we can work with you further on this.
(Posted on 11/28/2017)
I bought the retractor and pinned it on my hip pack. I hung my pliers off of them.
This was all hunky dory until I had the finger loop on pliers snag on a twig as I was walking. The plastic holding the metal pin actually cracked off before there was enough tension in the retractor to let me know something was wrong.
Fortunately I heard my pliers strike a rock, otherwise I probably would have lost them.
(Posted on 11/23/2017)
High end nippers. Love Simms waders, saw the retractor. Bought the retractor. Retractor fell off. The high end nippers o got for Christmas are somewhere out there probably connected to the retractors. Bummer. Simms is still awesome.
[Response from Simms Customer Care Team]
Thank you for your honest review. We are sorry to hear about the retractor failure. Please contact the Simms warranty and repair team so we can get you taken care of: [email protected]
(Posted on 9/7/2017)
Love this tool attached to a float tube ... no more digging for the line clippers or hook sharpener, retracts compactly and no wires to bur or kink like spring retractors.
Attachment pin clasp is unreliable. I've lost two over the side because the clasp has unknowingly rotated open. As much as I like the tool and at a great price, I've got to move onto something that stays in the float tube.
(Posted on 6/27/2017)
I bought 2 of these restractors that I attached to my backpack. Last week I was fishing the Eucumbene river here in Australia and when I went to tie a new fly on I noticed that my retractor and attached Abel Brown Trout nippers were gone and all that was left was the pin still attached to my backpack strap. I am so disappointed. I have many Simms products from my G3 waders, Simms packs and my Acklins jacket. I have never before had a problem. My retractor was the Orange and grey version. I hope you are able to do something about this for me.
[Simms Repair Team]
Thank you for your review, tibor01. Please feel free to give us a call at 800-217-4667 or email [email protected] to chat with your repair team.
(Posted on 5/30/2017)
Although the Simms Customer Service was nice enough to replace a retractor because the metal locking mechanism actually broke, taking away a nice pair of nippers along with it, the replacement also had issues.
As many have stated, the metal assembly has the tendency to get detached from the plastic since it is secure by only two small holes. Luckily this happened where I could retrieve my new pair of nippers, so not much was lost. Went home and epoxied the connection between the metal and the plastic rivets.
Unfortunately, I am now noticing that the clasp that secures the pin has the tendency to open on its own, thus a pair of hemostats are now at the bottom of the river.
As I said, I already took advantage of Simm's great customer service to replace one of them, and I don't think the postage being paid to send these back time and time again is worth the price of the actual retractor. Considering that the retractors are now being found in 'outlet' shops, it looks like Simms finally scrapped the bad design and hopefully a better product is in the wings.
Thank you for your honest review, Miguel.
If you are still having trouble with these retractors I would highly recommend giving us a call at 1-800-217-4667 so we can work to resolve this dilemma.
-Simms Pro Desk
(Posted on 11/16/2016)
So in my previous review I lost my retractor and all that was on it because the pin's swivel clip came open. I went to the same fly fishing store and talked to the owner and showed how I had it on my chest pack and he said that I had it on wrong. I had the pin just "clipped" onto one of the chest pack loops and whole retractor was dangling. Turns out you need to have the swivel clip flush to the fabric so it doesn't randomly open. Ignore my previous review. I'll give myself 1 star for stupidity and the retractor 5 stars.
HOWEVER, they could put short instructional warning on the packaging saying to ensure that the swivel clip is flush to the fabric being pinned to in order to prevent it from randomly opening.
(Posted on 9/27/2016)
Bought at a local fly fishing store and the owner raved about them. When I first held it in my hand I noticed the swivel clip on the pin opened and closed way too easy. I asked the owner if it was going to be a problem but he said he had had his for years and no issues. Should have trusted my gut instinct. The swivel clip on the pin opened twice the retractor came off my chest back. Luckily I noticed that happening and I thought about putting some thread lock on it to fix it but instead trusted the Fly shop owner's advice. Needless to say the third time it opened yesterday and I lost this $15 retractor as well as $35 worth of high end nippers, nail knot tool and leader straightener. Not happy.
The saying is true: "You're only as strong as its weakest link" and it's a fantastic retractor with, unfortunately, a super cheap pin assembly. Should have read the reviews here before I bought it.
[Simms Pro Desk]
We appreciate your review, Blue Lotus. If you feel there is a defect in this retractor please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-217-4667 so we can work to find a solution.
(Posted on 9/26/2016)
I have purchased 2 of these and both have broken within days of use. The pin will detach from the body of the retractor taking with it your expensive nippers. Simms should know that this is a problem but the design remains unchanged.
[Simms Pro Desk]
Thank you for your honest review, Mayphly. Please feel free to give our warranty center a call at 1-800-217-4667 so we can work to find a solution.
(Posted on 9/22/2016)