Price / $550, simmsfishing.com
Pros: Roomy pockets, including a back cargo pocket; good pit zips; numerous small, practical features; super-lightweight; excellent mobility and comfort.
Cons: The external Velcro on the cuffs can catch your line—a minor inconvenience but I prefer the internal gasket style. (On the flip side they are a little easier to access.)
Notes: Simms has been a leader in satisfying anglers' needs for a long time, and they continue to provide excellent products. The expense of the jacket is the only real deterrent for the average angler.
Tipping Point: The G4 Pro secured its place at the top of my list after I wore it while fishing the South Fork of the Clearwater River from dawn to dark one rainy day. A few friends and I took turns fishing one hole, where I hooked five steelhead and landed two. Throughout the day I tailed and netted a dozen fish, and ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the rain. The rain had lifted by the time we all got back to camp, but I left the jacket on as we sat next to the campfire, still feeling warm and dry.
Bottom Line? The best wading jacket with full-feature functionality, durability, and lightweight breathability. If you can afford it, buy it.