Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Chesapeake Bay. Oregan Inlet, Jackson & James rivers
I liked the Simms and used it several years, but had 2 complaints: the auxiliary compartment zippers corrode in saltwater and over time become unusable, and if you wade deep, water seeps in and soaks all your gear. I now use the Patagonia. It's expensive, but it works: waterproof (you could use it as a PFD), and impervious to saltwater. I don't know if the Fishpond is waterproof, but if I weren't concerned about that and planned to use it only in freshwater, I'd probably go with the Fishpond because of its design features.