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just say no to breathables, boot-feet, and waist-h
Posted by stevesch on May 09 2005
just say no to breathables, boot-feet, and waist-high:
They aren't warm enough and trip and catch a rock they rip and fill like the titanic. boot feet just don't do it for anything but minimal hikes - don't work real well in mud either. You often wade deeper than waist-height, if you need them shorter, roll them down.
Get stocking foot 3 mm neoprenes and make that chest-height.
As for shoes, you can almost get by with anything in sand and small gravel surfaces; which there is alot of. But for boulders and bedrock you need felt; studs are useful on algae and moss-covered rocks but you don't need them that often. Wading shoes generally come in felt or tungsten-studded felt - although some offer aquastealth or studded aquastealth(dimpled rubber).
The cheap ones, like hodgeman, are ok for 10-20 days of serious fishing, then they fall apart. They aren't leather lasts and you can rip them on a sharp rock. The mega-superfisherman-boots, like the Simms guide boots, are made of mostly leather, some kevlar mesh - cost a bunch. Except for the stitching, these last for years. I aquasealed all the stitching on mine and it has held together 5 years so far. Really nice boots.
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