Gray’s Best Awards 2015

APPAREL: Simms GT TriComp Shirt

Over the last decade, fly fishing shirts have fallen into two basic categories: button-front and pullover. The latter is sheer, minimalistic, and focused on comfort and sun protection, while button- or snap-front shirts typically offer more technical features, such as venting, various pocket configurations, and tool attachment points. Simms combines the best of both approaches with its GT TriComp Longsleeve Shirt ($120). The sleeves are a pullover style Spandex blend that combines ample stretchiness with action-back patterning for great comfort during a range of motions, from casting to rowing. The underside of the sleeves and side panels are even more sheer, offering stretch, breathability, and cooling from the underarms to the hem. The shirt’s torso is technical-apparel-making at its finest. Made of UPF 50 nylon fabric and joined seamlessly to the pullover-style sleeve, the shirt features two laser-cut and flat-welded chest pockets, along with sleek ventilation strips underneath the chest and across the back, both lightly tacked to prevent billowing. The GT TriComp uses low-profile snaps instead of fly line–grabbing buttons, with hidden snaps at the collar to reduce flapping on those long runs to the flat. Keep in mind that this shirt is available only in Simms Slim fit, which means it will fit closer to the body than a same-size Traditional fit.