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Re: cabelas ultralight wading boots: flexible but fragile?

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And you do not want to twist and ankle or worse by not having support. they might be good for flat fishing (low gradient/ no rocks) but I wouldn't wear em hiking in to small streams.

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Re: cabelas ultralight wading boots: flexible but fragile?

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Sandfly's post is probably about ankle support, but it brings up an interesting point about sole flexibility. If you walk in wading boots, it is probably better if the soles flex, or you work pushing against soles that don't want to budge. But in tough climbing or standing on rocks, too much sole flex might be an issue. (and boots with soles that flex may not last as long)

I'll just try the cabelas in walking, ez climbing, etc., and see how I feel about the sole flex and ankle support. I have other boots with flexible soles and good ankle support by Patagonia, and also Simms with stiff soles and good ankle support.

Ankle support and light weight may always be good, while sole flex works for long walks but not tough climbing ?

I don't think its really crazy to have a few pairs of boots. can let one dry out when you use another one, can have tougher but heavier pair, and lighter and more flexible pair etc. as pat suggested above, all boots are going to decline with use - sometimes the soles, sometimes the uppers.

(lightest boots I've had weighed 18 oz each, size ten bone dry w/ rubber bottom (old Patagonia river walker), heaviest were 30 oz. For a hiking day, that makes for a pound and a half difference on your feet, which under the "pound on feet = five on your back" backpacker idea might be like carrying 7.5 lbs less on your back.)








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Re: cabelas ultralight wading boots: flexible but fragile?

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oh, one more thing, never walk in dry boots. Leave them damp or soak them thoroughly before heading to the stream if you can. Dry hard boots cause friction points on booties. How much of a problem this is depends on what they are made of. As we all known, wet boots are easier to fit properly too

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interesting but I do a lot of bushwhacking so my wader uppers usually die before the booties give out. but I have seen wader booties go at the seams. getting sand out of boots is probably a good idea also

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Quote:

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With enough ShoeGoo, I could keep 'em going....


Same here. I've owned several pairs of these boots and with a fair amount of Shoegoo maintenance (and new screw-in studs), they usually lasted me 2 years. I think they're a good value for the price.

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thanks shoegoo might be a good look with my tape-patched waders

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Re: cabelas ultralight wading boots: flexible but fragile?

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ShoeGoo is good and also Goop. Use both on boots and wader repair, much cheaper than Aquaseal and they work.

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Re: cabelas ultralight wading boots: flexible but fragile?

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I've used the Cabela's Ultra Lights for the past couple of years and they still look almost like new. However, my fishing time is limited due to health issues.

I also like the stud soles. I feel pretty stable when wading, and slippery mud banks aren't a problem.

Ankle support is not as good as my older Cabela's boots, so I pick and choose depending on which stream I fish.

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"Ankle support is not as good as my older Cabela's boots, so I pick and choose depending on which stream I fish."

thanks I will watch the ankle support and try to match the boots to the fishing trip..

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Had a pair of those Cabelas lightweights a few years back. Like others have said, lasted 1 year and they were blown apart.

If anyone wears a 10 boot and needs boots..... I have a lightly used pair of Simms Rivershed (vibram sole) boots to sell. Retail $180.... I'm selling for $90. PM if interested

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Re: cabelas ultralight wading boots: flexible but fragile?

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the cabelas boots are in, they are fairly light (27 oz size 10 w/o screws), very comfy standing, and have a _lot_ of sole flex walking.

they should be nice for walking with all that sole flex, but as others have noted, they are quite low on ankle support. I am not surprised that the sides of these boots tend to give out, the sole flex will stretch those sides.

thanks for the advice. I will enjoy walking in these, but try to remember the durability and ankle support issues. they weren't spendy, and I have a feeling I wont end up with another pair of boots with good uppers and worn out soles...

Posted on: 3/28 9:14


Re: cabelas ultralight wading boots: flexible but fragile?

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I was looking at these myself, they are listed at $29.95 on cabelas website, was thinking I could hike in with hiking boots and put the waders and wading boots on streamside.

Posted on: 3/29 16:36


Re: cabelas ultralight wading boots: flexible but fragile?

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I have had two pairs of those Cabela's ultralights. The first pair "lasted" about 3 seasons before the sole separated from the upper. I temporarily repaired that with some gorilla glue.

I replaced that pair with the same model because of the low price. I guess it is true that you get what you pay for. Less than one season and the sole is separating. I do fish several times a week...

Next time I am going with a better brand name.

Posted on: 3/30 13:29


Re: cabelas ultralight wading boots: flexible but fragile?

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Boots to me are like waders...their utility and effectiveness is best measured as a function of cost/time of use.

The Cabelas Ultralights did pretty well in that regard. I got approximately 18 months out of them and paid $70 = $3.89/month of use. I fish probably 60-75 days per year, many of which involve a lot of hiking.

If I paid say $150 for a pair of higher end boots, they would have to last approximately 39 months (3+ years) to achieve the same amount of utility to me. That's a tall task for any boot with the amount of hiking I do. $200 boots would need to hold up for 51 months...you get the idea.

Granted there are other factors to take into account as well...namely comfort. I didn't find the Ultralights to be comfortable over the duration of a 5 or 6 mile day, so I didn't buy them again when they wore out. But from a utility perspective in terms of time of use per dollar, I think they were worth the money.

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Re: cabelas ultralight wading boots: flexible but fragile?

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boots are a consumable with performance comfort durability cost and safety differences ... like tires!

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