Simms® Freestone® Wading Boots for Men
Best wading boots i've ever had. Order a size larger than your shoe size though..i wear 11, ordered 11's and they're too small. Not a problem though, I'm giving them to my son and ordering another pair in 12's. Great traction on wet and dry surfaces, better than felt at the same price. Looking forward to wearing them for many seasons to come and not having to resole felt boots anymore. Tight lines!
February 23, 2011
Love them. I put a minimum of 40 days on them from May to October for 2 years straight and they have impressed me every time. comfortable, excellent ankle support, I have a weak ankle and it is never an issue on the cobble and boulders on the side of the river because of the amazing support of these boots. Not very light, but not excessivley heavy. The sole on the toe of both boots started to peel from the boot bottom slightly last season but i fixed this by adding some SIMMS studs. I was not sure if the studs were needed as the soles grip much better than i anticipated, but I will be studding every set of rubber sole wading boots that I buy from now on. It turned these boots from grippy to suction cups.
March 1, 2013
Simms - great fit, great design
I am really impressed with how Simms' idea / design of the foot area is so comfortable. There's plenty of room without being too big, and it's a carefully sculpted shape. The foam cushioning is comfortable, but denser than the very soft stuff my prior boots were made with. I think the Simms material is called 'closed cell'. The boot passes water through appropriate drainage holes, but the material doesn't sponge it up.
The overall boot shape and support helps me feel secure. I can still feel my ankles flex; it's not a rigid ski boot at all. The vibram sole was stiff enough to protect my foot as I stepped on rocks, but flexibile enough to climb up the steep banks of the river. At the end of the outing, taking off the boots was easy, too.
I highly recommend these boots !
November 12, 2012
Comfort for the long haul
Thsi is my first pair of wading boots since I switched to stocking foot waders. Paired with Simms waders, these boots are comfortably worn for hours on the beach. Very well made, and up to Simms quality. Easy to put on and off. Absolutely warm and dry for the duration of what is usally several hours chasing Bass & Blues on the beaches of Long Island. Only issue I have with wading boots which I don't think is unique to these is the sand build up in the boot. Albeit it could be hours before you notice. Just have to remove them and flush them out. Since they are typically worn for stream or river fishing, it's most likely due to the way I use them on the sandy beaches. Otherwise, excellent product, at a good price, and would recommend to all.
November 4, 2014