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Travesty2001
01-16-2007, 07:36 PM
Hello all, I will be coming down to the smoky mountains per Townsend, TN in the middle of Feb. 2007. I am looking to get a new jacket for the elements at that time. Does anyone have a suggestion as to what jacket that would be good for the Tenn. Smoky Mountains at that time? I have looked at the Simms Freestone Jacket, Simms Guide Jacket, Patagonia Stretch SST, Orvis, LLBeam, Cloudveil, and all the others. What would be the best for the price down there in the rain and snow? Thank you

mtnman2888
01-16-2007, 08:36 PM
I would suggest getting the simms pac lite rain jacket and just layer up. That's what i do and i can tell you that jacket is extremely nice. It's packable and it keeps me completely dry even in the heaviest of rainstorms. Definitely check it out and a whole lot cheaper than some other full on winter waterproof jackets that are in the $300+ range.

Travesty2001
01-17-2007, 11:02 AM
Sounds great but does it have all the bells and whistles and will it keep you warm enough up at the head of the middle prong of the little river or thunderhead creek?

Grumpy
01-17-2007, 11:20 AM
Great list to choose from there, i have been wearing the SST for years, it's really showing it's age(fading), still does what it did when it was new.
Now if i had the $$ laying around, i'd give the Cloudveil a serious look.

Grumpy

kytroutman
01-17-2007, 11:59 AM
I have the Simms Freestone. It is not insulated but I wear a fleece underneath if its that cold. I also purchased a long-sleeve Under Armour Cold Gear shirt that I wear when I don't want the bulkiness of the fleece.

DryFly1
01-17-2007, 12:35 PM
I usually take my Sherpa and set up a warming tent!

I need to go into the winter jacket business! I don't think I could ever spend that much on a "jacket". I just layer up and use a standard cheap rain jacket. Of course I have a high tolerance for cold. The only thing that gets cold on me is my fingers. Guess I'll have to invest in some better gloves.

Enjoy your gear- DryFly1

David Knapp
01-17-2007, 02:50 PM
As others have mentioned, I recommend layering up. This means getting a good lightweight rain jacket and then wear whatever you need underneath to keep warm. Here in Tennessee, the temperatures can be anywhere from the teens and twenties up to the sixties in the winter. The layering approach allows the flexibility to be prepared for the crazy weather...

Byron Begley
01-17-2007, 06:43 PM
I have a very lightweight Simms that I've had for years. I also have other wading jackets but I like my Simms because it's light. You can stuff it into your vest and hardly know it's there. I wear it to work every time it rains. Like everyone is saying, when it's cold you can layer up under it. A heavy jacket is a pain.

Byron

Travesty2001
01-18-2007, 12:36 PM
Thank you all for your help, see ya in a month!

Thunderhead8
01-18-2007, 11:46 PM
Travesty,
I own the SST (2 years old). I think it is a great jacket. Well built, lots of pockets in all the right places, and a great hood for wear alone or over various types od headgear.

Burt