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Layering & Protection

Simms Women’s BugStopper Jogger

A lightweight, packable and bug-blocking jogger.
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Kara Armano
May 7, 2024
Simms | Women’s BugStopper Jogger
product description
“Easy wearing and extra comfy–welcome to the perfect pants for any time, anyplace on and off the water, plus wherever biting bugs swoop in to crash the party.” – Simms
company ethos
“Like you, we’ve come to realize that fishing isn’t a pastime. It’s not a hobby. And it’s not a sport. Fishing is our way of life. And we firmly believe we all owe it to ourselves to make as much time as possible to do the things we truly live for. After all, you get one life. #FishItWell.” – Simms

Much of Simms’ clothing is suited for more than just fishing. Take the Women’s BugStopper Jogger: on-and-off-water pants that are lightweight, packable and super comfortable, which is great for fishing, travel, running errands or really anything. While I didn’t wear them for fishing (yet), I wore them for everything else: lounging, traveling, after-fishing-drinks with sand flies galore.

I appreciated the extra-wide waistband and ankle cuff made from a knitted, polyester/spandex fabric. Pants like these can tend to look like MC Hammer pants, so I appreciated the well-designed fit, without being too baggy through the legs. Because of the ankle cuff, I felt protected from bugs.

I was hesitant to wear them fishing and hiking through the New Zealand backcountry, because we were often bushwhacking and encountering blackberry bushes, and I didn’t want to rip them up, which those bushes can do. So, while they aren’t a first line of defense for jungle missions, they are high on the comfort and bug-stopping scales. I’m pretty sure I’ll find it hard to not wear these pants all summer long–lightweight, breathable and easy to get around in.


These joggers nailed it with comfort, cost and convenience. 

Easy to slide on with accessible pockets, which are a must for me.

The BugStopper fabric (technology that incorporates permethrin) definitely repels bugs. 

Fit is true to size. 


Not quite as durable as other go-to fishing pants.

May slide down when wet. (Thankfully, there’s a waistband drawstring to counter that.)

Short-ish (28-inch) inseam.


At $120, these joggers are a good value, made by a reputable fishing company.


Like all Simms products, these are high quality–thoughtful seam placement and a good cut to be flattering on nearly any woman. 


So far, so good on product durability. The lighter cinder color I wore makes me nervous about getting stains out, but I haven’t had any issues yet. The new Basalt color also removes that worry.

  • Price: $119.95
  • Sizes: XS-2XL
  • Length:  28-inch inseam
  • Colors: Basalt, Cinder
  • Fabric: Four-way stretch plain weave fabric: 86% recycled polyester, 14% spandex, wicking & UPF 50
  • Bugs: Insect Shield® for long-lasting, effective and convenient insect protection
  • Warranty information: Simms wader warranty

More about Simms’ fabric technology:

Insect Shield: a fabric technology that incorporates permethrin, a synthetic version of a compound found in chrysanthemum flowers–it’s odorless, lasts the life of the garment and deters bugs from landing or biting.

Women’s BugStopper Jogger video from Simms:

Simms warranty.

“If your SIMMS product fails due to a defect in workmanship or materials, SIMMS will repair or replace your gear and get you back on the water as soon as possible. If your SIMMS product fails due to excessive wear, accidents involving barbed wire or campfires, or the natural breakdown of materials over extended time, SIMMS will make every effort to repair your gear for a reasonable fee.”

Likely buyers

If you’re looking for a comfortable, breathable, bug-stopping do-it-all pant, this is a great choice for the ladies.


Comfort is queen, bug and sun protection are big pluses, and they look great. What else could you want?

Simms Women's Bugstopper Joggers lifestyle shot
Simms Women's Bugstopper Joggers lifestyle shot
Simms Women's Bugstopper Joggers lifestyle shot
Simms Women's Bugstopper Joggers lifestyle shot
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