Originally Posted by MoscaPescador
Simms pretty much owns the fly fishing industry when it comes to premium waders. The main selling point is that every premium wader uses Gore Tex Pro Shell Technology membranes. In regards to waterproofness, other quality membranes could match it. When it comes to breathability, Gore Tex Pro is the best. When it comes to membranes, everyone knows Gore Tex.
Simms offers a Gore membraned wader called the Rivershed at the $299 price point. It uses an earlier version of Gore Tex, but it still is a Gore membraned wader.
I'm currently still using a pair of Simms Guides I got in 2001. If they gave up, I'd likely get the Rivershed.
If funds were tight, I'd likely get the LL Bean $100 option.