Care and Maintenance - Simms

Taking care of your SIMMS products 

Thank you for choosing SIMMS. SIMMS products are made from the most advance materials offered today. If you take a little extra
care of you products it will greatly extend their useful life. Below is a few tips on how you do so.

Pinholes, scrapes & tears;

The most common problem that will occur in Gore-Tex® or other breathable garments is pinholes (we use the term “pinhole” to
identify any small violation of the breathable fabric that allows moisture to penetrate into the interior of your garment), scrapes or
tears. Pinholes, scrapes & tears are usually caused by thistles & thorns, but hooks, sharp rocks etc. will also damage the garment.
The vast majority of the thistles & thorns will be deflected by the fabric, but sooner or later some of them will find a way through
the weave and cause leaks. To avoid these damages just think twice when walking the banks; walk around the thorn bushes or other
potential harmful objects instead right thru them, and don’t sit down on any rough or sharp surfaces.

Inner leg abrasion (on waders);

Inner leg abrasions are often related to wrong sizing or heavy wear. This is caused by abrasion when the fabric inside the legs rubs
against each other when walking. Finding the right size on the wader when doing your purchase is extremely important to prolong
the lifetime of the wader. Please note that long days of walking and wading in a pair of waders may result in fabric abrasions along
the back edge of the seam. This is easily repairable and a common wear and tear issue.

Proper care & storage;

After each fishing session make sure to allow the product to dry properly before you store it. Waders, jackets & packs etc. should
hang in a vented, warm and dry place. Boots should also be properly dried before put away. If clothes or boots/ shoes are stored
wet or damp over time mildew will start to grow on them and cause severe damage. On waders & jackets mildew will cause
problems like seam tape lifting (seam tape on neoprene feet’s & Gore-Tex® seam tape inside the garment will come off), and
sometimes delaminating of the fabrics. Common for all products are that mildew will start a general material breakdown. The
microorganisms (mildew is living organisms) produce enzymes that breakdown the cellulose or protein in the fabric to compounds
which they use as food. Easily said; the mildew will break down all the components in the garment and eat it.

After the products are properly dried they should be stored in a cool, dry environment with adequate ventilation. If a product is
infested by mildew it should be isolated by sealing it in polyethylene bag and it should be disposed immediately or sent to trained
professionals for decontamination.

When using boots in saltwater always clean and rinse to prevent corrosion.

Use a brush to remove dust and dirt. Choose an old vegetable brush or toothbrush. For maximum thoroughness, remove laces prior to
cleaning. Use specialized boot cleaner, saddle soap or maybe a mild dishwashing soap with luke-warm water.
Do not use bar soap or detergents.
Do not place wet boots close to a heat source (fireplace, campfire, wood stove, radiator, heater, sunny windowsill) as this can
weaken adhesives and cause materials to become brittle or shrink.
Dry using natural methods (air dry) and try to keep them out of the sun for long periods of time. Boots dry faster when positioned
upside-down. If desired, stuff a sheet or two of newspaper into each boot to absorb moisture. Change the paper each hour.
If you see any mold on your boots, brush in a mixture of 80% water and 20% vinegar.
Over time the use of leather conditioners may provide increased water repellency and can prevent cracking and drying of the leather.
Store footwear in a place where temperatures are stable and normal. Do not store footwear in attics, garages, car trunks or any
unventilated spaces.
Never put footwear in washing machine.

Self repairs;

If you are getting leaks along any seams in a waterproof, breathable garment, please do not do a self repair to these areas. Most
reported seam leaks are in fact pinholes along the seam tape and not a true seam leak. Aquaseal or other adhesives does not come
off and any self repair that is done along a seam may potentially void your warranty as we cannot remove and correct the problem
without destroying the seam. We understand why a self repair may need to be done in the field, but please realize that we may not
be able to correct the problem if the seam has been altered or covered in some sort of glue/ adhesive.

ReviveX® application and upkeep;

Over time and exposure to rushing water, long days in the rain, dirt & other factors your Gore-Tex® garment may begin to” wet out”
and will no longer be repelling water on the surface fabric. More times than not, this is a result of the DWR (Durable Water
Repellency) wearing off. Though water isn’t leaking all the way through the garment, it may feel and look like it is. This is because
“wet out” reduces breathability and creates excess interior condensation making you damp and cold. It is easily addressed with the
use of ReviveX®. Please follow the instructions of use carefully when restoring the DWR.

General information on how Flyfish Europe’s Simms warranty works:

If a Simms product fails due to workmanship or material defect during the life of the product, please return it to us for repair or
replacement. This warranty does not cover damages caused by improper care, accidents or the natural breakdown of materials
over extended use and time.
All defective or damaged products should be returned to Flyfish Europe for evaluation and will be repaired or replaced at the
discretion of Flyfish Europe. All Non Warranty Repairs will be charged.

Be aware of:

Self Repairs on seams on waterproof breathable garments can affect the warranty. Self repairs can make it impossible for the
Repair Technicians to locate and repair the leaks. In worst case a product will be impossible to repair and will therefore be
deemed as Beyond Repair/Worn Out.

Patching a Simms Wader:
BOA Lacing System Repair:
Zipper Repair:
Wader Strap Divider Repair:
What Simms “life time” warranty means:

It means the life of the product, not the life time of the customer. When the product eventually is Worn Out by improper use,
care or normal wear and tear all warranties cease to exist.

For repairs please contact your local dealer or Flyfish Europe Repair Centre - repairs@flyfisheurope.com