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Wading Boots Question

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What attributes do wading boots have that separate them from any other boots? I figure less insulation and a felt sole. All synthetic maybe?


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Wading boots are all about the sole. Felt, rubbers, studded, etc. Each provide a different degree of traction on the stream bottom. Other than that there is the sturdyness and support to ankles that define the quality of a particular boot.

Normal hiking boots area very slippery on the slimy rocks of a stream and can cause injury on a slip or fall.

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sneakers are just as good imho.

i have simms flats boots that i use.


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sneakers are just as good imho.

i have simms flats boots that i use.

I have to disagree. No way IMO are sneakers or saltwater flats boots as good as a pair of wading boots. Big difference between them and my Simm's Guide boots with Vibram soles and star cleats.

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Wading boots also tend to be designed to drain better

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Just remember. You get what you pay for. Sometimes it's better to save up a little to get boots the will last more then a season. With that being said. I have ruined a pair of rivershed simms boots in less then 2 years. If they where any other boots they wouldn't have lasted 6 months. Still wear my riversheds, but they are in dire straights. Got a pair of G4s waiting to replace them.

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geebee wrote:
sneakers are just as good imho.

i have simms flats boots that i use.

I have to disagree. No way IMO are sneakers or saltwater flats boots as good as a pair of wading boots. Big difference between them and my Simm's Guide boots with Vibram soles and star cleats.


sorry, i should have qualified that - for rubber or felt wading boots i think they are.

just my .02 but what i lose in cleats grip, i gain in flex. i wouldn't wear my flats boots on flat rock but anything else is fine ( i have some cleats for jetties) but i also find most cleated boots way too heavy.

i'm 42 now and my balance sucks so having a flexible sole is a necessity for me if i'm not to go A over T.

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Just remember. You get what you pay for. Sometimes it's better to save up a little to get boots the will last more then a season. With that being said. I have ruined a pair of rivershed simms boots in less then 2 years. If they where any other boots they wouldn't have lasted 6 months. Still wear my riversheds, but they are in dire straights. Got a pair of G4s waiting to replace them.
I agree, you get what you pay for. I got 4 years out of my last pair of Simm's Guide Boots. I put alot of miles on them and time in the stream and just recently replaced them with an identical pair.This time however I installed the star cleats instead of the studs.

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one thing i would try and find out is how much they weigh wet - i had a pair that wet weighed about 3lbs each...


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I love my Patagonia River Walkers. I added studs before my western trip last summer and they're even better.

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The reason I'm asking is, it's hard to outfit myself for FF in the first season (last year didn't count). Especially if I want to make sound investments on on quality gear.

So with that being said and all comments above taken into consideration, I'm thinking I can glue some heavy felt to the bottoms of an old pair of worn soled (leaky ) hiking boots provided I can fit my wader feet into them?

At least til they fall apart or I come across a sweet deal on boots.

Any tangible downsides to this?

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The reason I'm asking is, it's hard to outfit myself for FF in the first season (last year didn't count). Especially if I want to make sound investments on on quality gear.

So with that being said and all comments above taken into consideration, I'm thinking I can glue some heavy felt to the bottoms of an old pair of worn soled (leaky ) hiking boots provided I can fit my wader feet into them?

At least til they fall apart or I come across a sweet deal on boots.

Any tangible downsides to this?


Downside - trying to save some coin, and then finding that the boots catastrophically fail at some horribly inopportune time, like wading across a stream in high flow three miles in to a fishing excursion somewhere, and your glued on sole decided to delaminate.. Best case, you have to walk out with a floppy boot. Worst case, you float back to where you started and someone fishes you out of the drink. I like to save money as much as possible, but wading boots are not what I would target as the source of the savings. Think about the amount of time you spend on your feet and the wear and tear the boots take in the environment we fish in (dirt, mud, stones, sand, logs, hot, cold, wet/dry cycles) and something engineered for that is probably a better investment.

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there are real cheap wading boots. i think bpro has some 'cheapo' boots for well under 100$

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What size street shoes do you wear?

There's lots of deals out there on clearance gear. Trying to squeeze a neoprene stocking foot into a boot that fits with just a hiking sock probably won't work too well.

Depending on what size you need, I've found some boots for under $25 - not much more than a pair of felt replacement soles.

IMO, even the cheapest wading boots will work out better for you than trying to rig a pair of old hiking boots.

Also, if we know your shoe size, maybe someone can offer up a pair of free used boots. Worth a shot...

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yeah, gluing anything is a disaster waiting to happen.

i'd keep an eye on eBay and clearance sales

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