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Re: Wading boots

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I picked up a pair of the Cabelas Guidewear Pro Rubber studded boots made by Chota with leather uppers on sale for $80. They have only a few sizes left.

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Posted on: 2011/4/1 19:29
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Re: Wading boots

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why can't I just buy a pair of cheap leather boots at the thrift store.

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why can't I just buy a pair of cheap leather boots at the thrift store.


The leather would most likely, dry out, shrink and crack. Additionally the hard rubber sole would probably be slippery on the bottom.

BUT

synthetic shoes would work. I used a pair of NikeACG hiking shoes for two years when i bought my first pair of neoprene hip boots and they worked pretty well.

Posted on: 2011/4/1 23:26
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orvis Brogues, going on 2 years now. would like to get the rubber sole with studs next.

Posted on: 2011/4/2 6:58
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Re: Wading boots

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Anyone have experience with the Grey's Platinum wading boot?

http://www.wyomingflyfishing.com/Grey ... ding-Boots-P2253C313.aspx

My Patagonia boots are coming apart and I'm in the market too.


I got a pair of those Greys Platinum last year and so far so good. They are light, which is good.

Much lighter than the Simms Guide model boots they replaced. The felts wore out on the Simms. The uppers are still in excellent shape. But I couldn't find any place to resole them for a reasonable price. I called Simms and they gave me info some place out west. But the cost of the sole plus the labor plus shipping there and back puts the price near the price of a new pair of boots.

If anyone has any info about resoling wading boots, let us know. Could you just go to a local shoe repair place, have them put on some sort of work shoe sole, then add some sheet metal screws for traction?

Posted on: 2011/4/3 11:07


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albatross wrote:
Anyone have experience with the Grey's Platinum wading boot?

http://www.wyomingflyfishing.com/Grey ... ding-Boots-P2253C313.aspx

My Patagonia boots are coming apart and I'm in the market too.


I got a pair of those Greys Platinum last year and so far so good. They are light, which is good.

Much lighter than the Simms Guide model boots they replaced. The felts wore out on the Simms. The uppers are still in excellent shape. But I couldn't find any place to resole them for a reasonable price. I called Simms and they gave me info some place out west. But the cost of the sole plus the labor plus shipping there and back puts the price near the price of a new pair of boots.

If anyone has any info about resoling wading boots, let us know. Could you just go to a local shoe repair place, have them put on some sort of work shoe sole, then add some sheet metal screws for traction?


TB, I do have those greys and like them too...but the gray synthetic fabric on the sides is wearing at the surface. Kind of looks like the surface layer is falling off. looks funky but doesn't hurt their performance. Soles make it like walking down the sidewalk.

Posted on: 2011/4/3 23:18
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Just got to looking at the simms freestones vibram and the korkers redsides. Has anyone taked the elastic cords out of the the chota stl's or the korkers redsides and replaced them with regular boot laces. Also anyone have any comments on the simms freestones does the leather dry and make the boots hard to put on? some say they are heavy but i have no idea.

Posted on: 2011/4/10 19:23


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Has anyone wore out the vibram soles on their simms yet. Do the rubber soles lose thier grip after awhile i cant imagine the soles not becoming less efficient after a season of use.

Posted on: 2011/4/11 12:19


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yes. It took 1.5 years of hard wear though (80-100 trips a year and mostly long trips 5-12hrs and lots of hiking). I didn't put the studs in (no need for acceptable traction around here), which reduced their life. I put the studs in a few months ago and expect to get another year out of them.
When i get a new pair, I will place the studs in right away to extend the life.

You can get them resoled for about 70.00 plus shipping.

Posted on: 2011/4/11 14:09


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You guys might think im crazy but i have a pair of 20 dollar proline boots and they are awsome!! i have had them for 3 years now and the only thing i have had to replace is the laces.


Absolutely! Pro-Line makes some awesome stuff at great prices, I've mentioned them many times but most of these guys ignore them for "fly-fishing" brands. I still have a pair, they're virtually indestructable. My only complaint is the heel on mine is too high, I feel like a chick wearing high heels. I'm sure they have other models, though. I'm a big fan of pro-line.

Mine are very similar to this Cabela's version, which I believe is made for them by Pro-Line. I've considered just cutting that dang heel off.

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why can't I just buy a pair of cheap leather boots at the thrift store.


First, it wouldn't drain, Need to put holes in the side to let water drain out, which isn't a big deal as long as your careful and don't create a place where its gonna rip further. The leather likely won't be high quality, but if you religiously treat them with leather treatments you'd be alright. My guess is the stitching will not be designed to withstand that much water and will rot and fall apart within a year, but hey, the $100 boots everyone else is wearing only last a few years anyway, and for the same reasons. It's definitely a budget option.

Posted on: 2011/4/11 14:22


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troutbert wrote:
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albatross wrote:
Anyone have experience with the Grey's Platinum wading boot?

http://www.wyomingflyfishing.com/Grey ... ding-Boots-P2253C313.aspx

My Patagonia boots are coming apart and I'm in the market too.


I got a pair of those Greys Platinum last year and so far so good. They are light, which is good.

Much lighter than the Simms Guide model boots they replaced. The felts wore out on the Simms. The uppers are still in excellent shape. But I couldn't find any place to resole them for a reasonable price. I called Simms and they gave me info some place out west. But the cost of the sole plus the labor plus shipping there and back puts the price near the price of a new pair of boots.

If anyone has any info about resoling wading boots, let us know. Could you just go to a local shoe repair place, have them put on some sort of work shoe sole, then add some sheet metal screws for traction?


TB, I do have those greys and like them too...but the gray synthetic fabric on the sides is wearing at the surface. Kind of looks like the surface layer is falling off. looks funky but doesn't hurt their performance. Soles make it like walking down the sidewalk.


Now that I have a few more miles on the Greys Platinum boots, I'm seeing the same kind of wearing away of the surface of the synthetic fabric Maurice described. No tears in the fabric, so far. But I wonder if that will be next. I haven't had these boots that long.

Posted on: 2011/5/17 10:42


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Well my prolines sh!t the bed (felt came off the left sole) so I Just picked up a pair of Simms rivershed boots an they are awesome. I didn't buy the Simms studs I just got self taping screws an used those. They work great an are less then a quarter of the price for the Simms studs.

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If they are not carbide tipped they will not last long. Probably about 1/4 the time at 1/4 the cost. You bought the boots just bite the bullet and get the studs designed for them. You won't be sorry.

Posted on: 2011/5/17 15:57
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Re: Wading boots

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The Simms Freestoners, and Weinbrenner/Gary Borger boots have the best material that i have seen where it concerns wear and tear. There are five of us and four of us have had Weinbrenner/Borger boots from day one of buying Rediington breathable waders and they have worn like iron, and that fishing the Salmon River for a few weeks each fall for over 14 years,fishing Montana a month a year,the Lehigh River,The Delaware river,Bushkill creeks both monroe and northampton counties.One of us has chosen freestoners from simms and i have seen first hand that they are everybit as good as the Weinbrenner/Borger boots,we all use felt/studded soles,best system IMHO that we have used and if you wear out the soles they can easily be repaired by ordering a sole kit from korkers.Then take the boots to a cobbler and have him/her resole them.The material of thses aforementioned boots is that pleather material works real like a charm.
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Best new boot that has the best protection with the non felt soles i have seen are the Simms Riversheds period.thats why this eek im gonna go get me a pair in size #14 for late fall and winter fishing, the #13 Weinbrenner/Borger boots i have are great for regular season or when i dont fish wear i need my poly pro/merino socks on,but when i wear my winter sock system they get squinchy so im gonna get the new boots to kill that issue.

Posted on: 2011/5/17 20:40


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I had a pair of Greys boots first the soles started coming off and I glued them back on. Then the laces broke,I live in MD so had to get some new boots anyway. I purchased the korkers chrome boot in March so far so good.

Posted on: 2011/5/18 6:12



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