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Wading Boots

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I am looking for new wading boots. Any suggestions for boots around $150?

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You'll get multiple opinions from the folks on this sight. Some people swear by the simms boots but I'm a korkers guy. The devil's canyon retails for around 200 bucks and has been my go to boot for the last 5 years or so. I've tried just about every boot company out there and the devils canyon wins in my book. I love the interchangeable sole and boa system, i know it's a little more than 150 but to me it's worth it. In fact I'm getting ready to order another pair from Trident, one of the sights sponsors. My current ones have made it through 2 years which is my magic number(not attainable with most other boots I've worn). Hope this helps.

Posted on: 1/4 19:31


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There are quite a few closeouts happening. Check around.

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I like LL Bean West Branch Wading Boots, Studded. I've used this model for over a decade. No problems slipping on stream beds nor hiking to and from.

And lifetime guarantee so when they wear out, get a new pair free!

Posted on: 1/4 23:03


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I have a year on my simms g3 wading boots and they show very little wear and have held studs without issue. I wouldn't hesitate to buy them again but they are above your $150 price range.

I also have a new pair of Korkers in the basement that look like a nice boot but I haven't put them into service yet so I don't know how they will hold up.

Posted on: 1/4 23:08


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Count me in the Korkers Choir... I don't like the boa system though. So, I have Korkers Buckskins with laces. My first pair made it almost 3 seasons before starting to have serious issues and I'm on the 2nd pair now. You can get the Buckskins (and two sets of soles, IIRC...) for around the $150 you mentioned, give or take..

My one complaint with Korkers is that I am underwhelmed by the replacement sole life, at lest with the studded felts. I go through them like popcorn.

Otherwise, they are better than a sharp stick in the eye, which for the price is about as good as you can expect.

Posted on: 1/4 23:39


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I am now wearing a pair of Korkers K-5 Bombers. So far I'm loving them! I believe they are around $200 though.

I had 2 pairs of Simms G3 boots with the Vibram sole and both failed horribly with studs added. I sent the first pair back after a month and a half due to the studs falling out all the time. I installed them by the directions and even added some urethane to them. The torque put on them while wading is just too much. I got a second pair under warranty and the second pair did the same along with the rubber sole tearing on the edges and a shoe lace breaking after another month and a half of use. I believe I lost 40 or so studs in all on the 2 pairs. I was not impressed at all with the traction without the studs. I sent the second pair back and now have $280 in Simms credit that I'll put towards a new pair of the G3 waders.

Posted on: 1/5 10:34


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Not recommending any of the boots, but I just received this in an Email today.

https://www.mrfc.com/clearance/wading-gear/

Posted on: 1/6 14:21


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Appreciate everyone response! This will help in my research.

Posted on: 1/12 11:33


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I have the Simms Guide boots and have for a couple years now. They have held up extremely well and have a nice space for your foot (doesn't cramp the widefoot style).

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That seems like a really good price. If alumabites can be added that should make a good boot for the money.

Posted on: 1/12 14:33


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Personally,I like to have several pair of cheap boots goin at the same time .
That way,they can be completely dried out between watersheds/trips.
I generally have a pair of hodgeman’s,pro lines ,cabela’s or white river fly shop going at the same time .
I typically have two or three pairs in rotation.

Posted on: 1/12 18:21


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Quote:

fritz wrote:
That seems like a really good price. If alumabites can be added that should make a good boot for the money.


Alumabite cleats are the worst! First of all they fall out the easiest out of all studs/cleats that can be added to a boot. Second aluminum forms around objects and is great on rough surfaces. I don't know too many streams that the rocks are rough...most are completely smooth! Aluminum can be like a pair of ice skates on smooth rocks. I'd much rather have something that will bite into the rock like carbide steel.

Posted on: 1/15 8:53


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That Vibram wading sole is not good. They keep pimping it, though, and they keep selling it because, hey, SIMMS, right? The only rubber wading sole that I found acceptable is the Aqua Stealth sole sold on the LL Bean boots.

Sylvaneous

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