Thermal Pro Fabric
Polartec Thermal Pro Fabric is the main feature of the new Simms Axis Hoody. The stretchy, grid
pattern fleece traps heat close to the body within it’s tiny channels while evacuating moisture quickly.
This material is incredibly lightweight given the insulation that it provides, making it a great layer
for anglers who hike far or travel frequently. It stuffs easily into a day pack or boat bag while leaving
plenty of room for everything else.
Capillary action is a fancy science word that explains why ten minutes after you dip your hand in
the water to release a trout, your elbows are wet. The tiny spaces in between the fibers that make up
the sleeves on your everyday fleece or cotton hoody are essentially little highways for water. This is
why the Axis Hoody features hydrophobic cuffs that shed water instead of sending it upwards. These
hydrophobic cuffs mean you will stay drier and warmer even if you have to submerge your hands
The fact that the Simms Axis Hoody zips completely down the front might not seem like a big deal
at first, but as soon as you experience how much easier it really is, you will be sold on this feature. A
pullover style hoody is much more difficult to put on or remove because you have to first take off your hat, sunglasses, and SunGaiter. Skip this step and keep your head wear where it belongs while adding or subtracting your mid layer hoody.
The hood part of the Axis Hoody comfortably protects anglers from cold air, rain, snow, and sunlight.
Hoods are no longer just an extra feature, they are becoming a staple for fishermen who want
protection and comfort for extreme weather. Every mid layer I own has a hood, and I wear it up most of the time while fishing.
The Axis Hoody also features a welded pocket and zipper tight, fleece lined, hand warmer front
pockets. It comes in either black or Simms Orange. Vail Valley Anglers has the Simms Axis Hoody in
size small through double extra large to fit every fly fisherman, so try one on in the shop today.
Andy “Otter” Smith, Guide and Content Writer