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 1 to 10 of 19 total

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Top Drawer Review by Piano Man
In an economy where I've noticed a lot of company's product quality slipping, Simms products have not followed suit. From design through to the finished product I am actually proud to wear your name. The sizing is perfect. The placement of pockets and zingers are perfect. I anticipate wearing this vest forever. Or until my sons find it. Thank you Simms for keeping quality as your primary objective.

(Posted on 4/29/14)

Simms Best Choice Review by Wolf
Have been looking to replace my vest for a few years now. Didn't have the heart to throw it out. Has faithfully served me for 20+ years.
Hoping for another winner. Much nicer than my previous vest.

(Posted on 4/14/14)

simply the best vest on the planet Review by longchuck
the g3 guide vest is simply the best vest on the planet.
i thought my older simms guide vest was the best ever,how wrong i was,the g3 vest will carry all you need for a days fishing.
i fish all the major rivers in scotland and ghillie on a sw scotland river,this is to me the most important item of equipment i need apart from rod and reel.
pockets for everything from fly boxes to camera and phone etc,
another winner from the simms stable

(Posted on 4/1/14)

Excellent for the fly-fisherman who loves and has a lot of gear. Review by Jesse
I received this vest as a Christmas present, and WOW!!! The vest is extremely comfortable to wear, as their is added padding around the collar to support your neck. The vest is lightweight and has more than enough pockets to store gear. I am very adamant on taking a lot of gear out on the water, and this vest is perfect because of the large amount of pockets located across the vest. The back of the vest even has a storage area where you can carry even more gear, or pack a coat or light sweater if the weather gets cold. The retractable components of the vest are extremely efficient and allow me to hold spools of tippet, as well as other tools that you will use numerous times while fly-fishing on the river. If you want a high quality vest with lots of storage that will make you feel like you are wearing almost nothing, buy this vest!!!

(Posted on 3/13/14)

Very very good Review by Fishing king
Best vest I have seen even if it is expensive you get your money's worth very quickly

(Posted on 12/30/13)

Best Review by Sveigaard
This is my 3. vest. I`ve been flyfishing for more than 40 years. This is the most advanced pice of equipment that i have ever bought. Thanks Simms.

(Posted on 12/30/13)

Slightly overall better than my 10 year old Guide vest except no rings on the sides below the arm holes Review by jimshorts
My first impression without even looking at the neck tag was "Made in China". The "D" rings are small,cheap and in weird places. Where I really need one to attach my Gear Keeper for my staff isn't there(below the arm holes). The fabric isn't nearly the quality of my old Simms vest. Hard to say why but it's thinner and just not the same hand.The zippers are decent. And there are lots of pockets. The rigid reinforcement helps for access without the pocket collapsing and moving as you try to put something back or take it out. The sticthing is wider spaced at the seams and there is a lack of reinforcement fabric in critical areas. Time will tell if it holds up. I was expecting better. I bought site unseen due to my local fly shop not having any in the store to look at and try on. Simms has a terrific warranty and service department. I know they will stand behind this product even if it isn't of the quality I was expecting.

[Response from Simms Customer Care Team]
Thanks for the straightforward review. At Simms, we are always looking for ways to improve our products, and hearing from our customers is a great way to find out how we can build better gear. To talk to us or provide more feedback, ring us at 888.585.3570 or email [email protected]

(Posted on 6/26/13)

So much room! Review by Andrew Malek
So I got this vest at the start of the summer fishing season this year and let me tell you it is by far the best vest i have ever owned. With all my other vests I always had problems with storage, either they didnt have enough pockets, not big enough pockets, or just bad location of pockets. With this vest I never had any problems, it was almost hard to fill up all of the pockets. The big seller for me was the fact that I can keep a light jacket on the back pocket for the chilly montana mornings. Buy this vest!

(Posted on 11/8/12)

G3 and Mesh jacket Review by alexangler
As a member of the National France's Team of fly fishing during many and many years. During this time we won more cup than any other country even today. After 7 times world championship of fly-fishing (FFF )and dozen times on the podium i was glad because i didn't run for any big name but now i'm off from the tour, but let me tell you something i got hundred of outfit/rod and gear for free from many companies but the only jacket that i wear is my lovely G3 jacket for continental climate and my "Mesh" for warm weather. 30 years of intense fly fishing all around the globe freshwater as well as saltwater i can say to anyone if you want to safe money and look great buy the right stuff to keep that for many years to come that's why i buy Simms only:)

(Posted on 8/18/12)

Fantastic Review by James Delegat - Remuera/Auckland/New Zealand
I am only 13 years old and am fly fishing with kiyuoshi nakagawa in competitions and have had lots of stories behind this great vest

(Posted on 7/17/12)

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