Review: Hands on with the Simms Guide Classic Wader

Last updated on January 9th, 2024.

Leonard Schoenberger

The Guide Classic are Simms’ new mid-range Gore-Tex option. We took it to the water and tell you what we think.

Simms Guide Classic Wader Review: The Idea behind it

The new Simms Guide Classic (Stockingfoot) replaces the Headwater series and represents Simms’ mid-range option. It’s the cheapest Gore-Tex pair of waders by the Montana-based manufacturer. Just below it in terms of pricing is the Simms Freestone Z.

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The Facts

Material: 3 layer Gore-Text

Hand warmer pockets

Adjustable suspenders

Color: Carbon

Price: $549.95

Simms Guide Classic Wader Suspenders
Front pockets and suspender system

The Guide Classic is made from a three-layer Gore-Tex fabric that is enforced in the lower parts from the thighs downwards since this is where most of the abrasion happens.

Simms Guide Classic Wader Waist
Reinforced leg section of the waders

Lots of Pockets

The Simms Guide Classic Wader has all the features of a great pair of waders. It features two pockets: a large zippered front pocket to store your essentials such as tippet spools and fly boxes.

Simms Guide Classic Wader Belt and Front Pocket
Zippered front pocket and wading belt

On the inside the Simms Guide Classic features another smaller zippered pocket which is great to store valuables such as your wallet, smartphone or car keys. On the outside they have comfortable reach-through hand warmer pockets that come in handy on cold days.

Simms Guide Classic Wader Front Pocket
Reach-through hand-warmer pockets of the Guide Classic Wader

The new Simms Guide Classic Wader comes with the brand’s well-proven suspender systems that ensures all-day comfort for long days on the water. There are no belt loops, yet the wading belt sits tightly and comfortably.

Simms Guide Classic Wader Suspenders Back View
Comfortable suspender system

To round-off the well thought-through features, the Guide Classic Wader comes with the integrated gravel guards that can be easily attached to your laces and make sure that no gravel or sand enters your wading boots.

Simms Guide Classic Wader Gravel Guards Detail
Gravel guards on the waders

The Guide Classic Wader also features Simms’ anatomically engineered neoprene stockingfoot booties. They have an excellent and snug fit inside your wading boots.

The Fit of the Guide Classic Wader

With the three layer Gore-Tex fabric the Simms Guide Classic Wader feels surprisingly lightweight and yet sturdy. Compared to the Simms G3 and Simms G4 this wader is a great option if you know you won’t be fishing in very cold climates for longer periods of time (the hand warmer pockets are not fleece-lined) for example.

The fit of the Guide Classic Wader is a little more slim-fit than other manufacturers such as Patagonia or Orvis. Simms offers so many sizing options that you can be sure you’ll find the right one no matter how you are built.


The new Guide Classic Wader is an excellent choice for fly fishermen who don’t want to make any compromises. You get an excellent three layer Gore-Tex fabric. The waders are lightweight enough to take them along on your travels and yet sturdy enough to last a long time even if you put them to the test in tough environments.

The subtle shades of grey make you blend it perfectly with your surroundings on the river making sure you don’t spook the fish you want to catch. At $549.95 they certainly don’t come cheap but Simms has proven the longevity of its products over and over again. We think they are definitely worth the money.





What is the material used in Simms Guide Classic Waders, and is it breathable?

Simms Guide Classic Waders are constructed from a durable, waterproof, and breathable 3-layer GORE-TEX fabric. This material ensures comfort and protection during extended periods of use.

Can I wear the Simms Guide Classic Waders in different weather conditions?

Yes, these waders are designed for versatile use and can be worn in various weather conditions. The GORE-TEX fabric provides waterproofing, making them suitable for both rainy and dry conditions.

Do the Simms Guide Classic Waders come with built-in gravel guards?

Yes, these waders feature built-in, abrasion-resistant gravel guards. These guards provide additional protection against debris and gravel, enhancing the overall durability of the waders.

What sizes are available for the Simms Guide Classic Waders, and how do I choose the right fit?

Simms offers a range of sizes for the Guide Classic Waders, including regular, short, and tall options. To find the right fit, refer to Simms’ sizing chart, which typically considers height, chest, and inseam measurements.

Are the Simms Guide Classic Waders repairable in case of damage?

Simms waders are known for their durability, but in the event of damage, they can often be repaired. Simms provides a repair service for their products. Additionally, users can take advantage of the warranty coverage, which may include repairs or replacements for manufacturing defects.

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