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From mountain rivulet to brackish estuary your journey starts with Simms Headwaters™ Stockingfoots, combining primetime value with a heaping dose of in-river innovation. Lightweight GORE-TEX® 3-layer fabric enhances maneuverability, while GORE-TEX® reinforced fabric in front leg panel - along with new front leg seam construction - steps up durability when and where it counts. Cinch the top of the wader via an adjustable shock cord to keep essential heat in and weather out, and source the Headwaters today for wallet-friendly meets guaranteed Made in USA performance.
The GORE-TEX® membrane is the heart of all GORE -TEX® products. The GORE-TEX® membrane contains 9 billion microscopic pores per square inch. These pores are so small that water droplets cannot get through but water vapor can still escape. Water from the outside cannot penetrate and cold winds cannot pass through, but perspiration can escape easily, keeping you dry and comfortable all day. GORE-TEX® fabrics are created by integrating the GORE-TEX® membrane between an outer fabric and lining.
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.
The #1 tip to prolonging the life of a wader is drying your waders. It is important to dry your waders out after each use. We recommend drying the inside first (if damp) and then the outside. When drying the outside you can pull your gravel guards up until the feet are dry and then flip them down to dry the rest of the wader
Washing - Use a front load machine or hand wash. Use cold water and normal detergent that does not contain bleach. Once you have washed the waders make sure you dry them properly start by drying the inside first. Never put your waders in the dryer, the heat will adversely affect the seam tape on your waders and will void your warranty.
Fit - We offer more sizes than anyone, a good fit goes a long way to extending the life of your wader. Make it clear that people should use their exact measurements as we have already provided extra room for layering and movement.
General Care - Do not store inside your car for long periods of time excess heat will damage your waders.
Use A Mat - Always put your waders on using a protective mat to shield the neoprene feet from rocks. The Headwaters gear bag for example has a pull out mat that works great for this.
Proper Layering - Do not wear jeans under your waders. Jeans are highly abrasive wearing on your waders from the inside out. More importantly jeans and sweatpants do not transfer moisture away from the body. Use proper layering (to view our layering collection, go here). Using layers such as these will help wick moisture away from your body and assist in the waders ability to breathe.
Stains - most stain removers will work fine on our waders. As long as the stain remover does not contain bleach you should be o.k.
|Men's Sizes||Largest Girth* |
(crotch to floor)
|S||35" - 36"||31" - 32"||7 - 8|
|M||39" - 40"||33" - 34"||9 - 11|
|MS||39" - 40"||29" - 30"||9 - 11|
|MK||41" - 42"||33" - 34"||9 - 11|
|ML||39" - 40"||35" - 36"||9 - 11|
|L (9 - 11)||43" - 44"||33" - 34"||9 - 11|
|L (12 - 13)||43" - 44"||33" - 34"||12 - 13|
|LS||43" - 44"||31" - 32"||9 - 11|
|LK||45" - 46"||33" - 34"||9 - 11|
|LL (9 - 11)||43" - 44"||35" - 36"||9 - 11|
|LL (12 - 13)||43" - 44"||35" - 36"||12 - 13|
|XL||47" - 48"||35" - 36"||12 - 13|
|XLS||47" - 48"||33" - 34"||9 - 11|
|XLK||49" - 50"||35" - 36"||12 - 13|
|XXL||51" - 52"||35" - 36"||12 - 13|
* These are body measurements
Nice waders and great fit but after only 1.5 months of use getting heavy leaking in the crotch seams, will be sending them back in a week or 2 after the fall run and hope for a quick turn around for steelhead season, hopefully good customer service repairs my faith in Simms as I use lots of there products.
[Response from Simms Customer Care Team]
Thank you for taking the time to review the Simms Headwaters Stockinfoot. Within the first year of ownership your first repair is on us! Please give us a call at 1-800-217-4667 if you have any questions in regards to our warranty.
(Posted on 11/11/2015)
Great waders that I wish I had upgraded to years ago..Year number four now with my Headwaters and they are like brand new (even with N.Ga blue-lining through Rhododendron's).. I do wish there was an inside pocket - but no complaints from me.
(Posted on 11/3/2015)
Steamboat David, 8/5/2015
OK, I admit...waders are not a top priority with me. Just sayin' !
I have fished in an old pair of Simms Headwaters Waders...and they worked just fine. They keep me dry, hold up to lots of abuse and do their job nicely. After 10 years, I decided to buy a new pair, same wader...light years better! I love them! Everything has been ramped up! I live in Steamboat CO. and I fish a lot. These feel luxurious to me...total comfort in the body and in the neoprene. They just feel good. My feet fit better into my Simms Guide Boots and the comfort is so welcome...These waders rock!!
(Posted on 8/5/2015)
I work in fisheries and we do a lot of hiking in these waders. On average 3-5 miles every day. The inside of the leg where the reinforced fabric ends it rubs and wears out from hiking. I end up having to replace my waders ever 6 to 8 months. They are far superior and last months longer than competition but the inner leg is an issue. I doubt the average fisherman would have this problem though.
(Posted on 5/12/2015)
I have ran these waders through hell and back over the past year and a half, I spend 100+ days on the water a year and they have exceeded my expectations. I actually took a fall down a hill injured my back and neck through thorns and roots and there wasn't a single pin hole leak anywhere on the wader.
(Posted on 5/5/2015)
Mark T, 4/25/2015
After dealing with wader problems for the past 15 years and seeing my favorite fishing buddy still wearing his original Simms waders he purchased many years before I started fishing with him I finally broke into the jelly jar and bought a pair of Headwaters Stocking foot waders. Simms offers great size selections and mine are the perfect size and without doubt the most comfortable waders I've ever worn. They fit perfect and allow unbelievable range of movement. I fish pretty hard, usually all day climbing up and down banks and over obstacles. Very easy to move in. I've tried four different brands of waders and they all eventually needed seam sealing, sometimes drastic! Can't make any claims yet but if they are half the wader that my buddy has I will be one happy angler. Wish they had an inside pocket but I can work with that. Thanks Simms, Montana made!
(Posted on 4/25/2015)
I have been a Simms wader user for a long time, and have never thought to try another brand, but when I went to my local fly shop to pick up a new pair, I found several models all outfitted with a mesh front pocket. This seems like a serious design flaw. I wear a lanyard and having tools and possibly flies in contact with such a surface almost guarantees getting them caught in the mesh. I stay away from almost anything I use with mesh pockets, as they usually end up with my keys stuck in them. Just curious. I did not end up buying a pair of Simms, but have to tell you the fit is remarkably good and the neoprene feet seem to be the best in the business. Thanks for any insight you can post on the mesh question I have.
(Posted on 3/21/2015)
Snake River Flyfisher, 3/8/2015
I upgraded to the Headwaters Stocking Foot today. And immediately tried them out in the Snake River of Idaho. The quality & fit are worth the price. I'm 6' 2" tall with a size 12 foot & the waders fit both me and into my Simms wading boots perfectly. No more pinched toes! I wore them for 5 hrs of gravel bars, busting through brush & a lower chest deep river traverse & the waders performed flawlessly. They felt "broken in" right out of the box: light weight, no leaks & no clammy feeling. Given Simms waders/boots comfort, fit & value...you have a customer for life.
(Posted on 3/8/2015)
Bought these waders a week before a thanksgiving fishing trip. Spent four days in frigid temps. fishing Wilson creek in western nc, and I didn't hold back. I'm not a "get outta the truck and walk down to a hole" kinda fly fisherman, I put probably five miles beatin the brush and hicking in these waders and I was warm and comfy the whole time. Only four stars because I wanna see how they hold up after a couple months of fishing.
(Posted on 12/1/2014)
I surf fish over 120 days a year on Long Island for Striped bass from the sandy south shore beaches to jagged rocks in Montauk often hiking miles to reach productive spots and these have held up nicely over the last couple of years. Only very slight leaks have started to form in seams after hundreds of outings. Easy fix. I have never had waders that didn't eventually leak from cheap to the most expensive waders. Water eventually finds its way in but the best waders like these will take a long time and lots of hard use. Probably the best wader you can get for the price.
(Posted on 11/30/2014)