Simms® Freestone® Wading Boots for Men feature CleanStream™ design utilizing abrasion-resistant and water-repellent synthetic uppers to minimize water absorption and wet-weight for comfort and durability. StreamTread™ outsoles by Vibram® feature exclusive 360 lug design for maximum traction. Other features include rubber randing for added durability in toes and heels, Nylon Speed Lacing System, and full neoprene lining for comfort and warmth. Compatible with HardBite™ carbide and Alumibite™ Studs (sold separately). Color: Brown. Average weight per pair: 3 lbs. 2 oz. Imported.
Manufacturer model #: SFREE000.
Abrasion-resistant and water-repellent synthetic uppers
Minimized water absorption and wet-weight
Rubber randing for added durability in toes and heels
Nylon Speed Lacing System
Full neoprene lining for comfort and warmth
Simms® HardBite™ Star Cleat Studs sold separately and can be found through item search for number 1656694
Just used these for the first time over a 3 day trip and loved them! Not quite as gripping as the felt-soled I've used for years, but much better than I anticipated this first time I've used non-felt boots. On a free-stone stream I was wading over a lot of rocks and these were comfortable and performed well.
As this is only my first time using them, I cannot yet rate their durability, but they were very comfortable and felt true to size. I would say that there wasn't much room at the toe, so if I was going to be doing a lot of cold weather fishing, I would buy them a half size big.
May 12, 2012
First Non-felt Boot
I have waded only once since I bought this boot but was happy with the stability in thigh deep water. I wear a 10 1/2 shoe, ordered a 12 boot, and put a store bought insole inside and the fit was perfect.
May 11, 2012
I purchased these as a substitue for my felt boots and was pleasantly surprised at the durability as well as the traction they provide. As the felt boots, they still will slip on algae covered rocks but not as much as I suspected. They also will accomadate Simms spikes but at another $40. Many of the felt boots just have short screws that will make them somewhat more adherent. The Simms boots have hole which would accomadate screws yet for most of my wading I just don't need them. Make sure you buy at least 1-1.5 sizes larger. I wear a 10-10.5 shoe and bought size 12 which were perfect over neoprene booties, they were easy to get off and on, something that didn't occir with my size 11 wide felt soles.
February 10, 2012
Solid overall boot
Bought these to replace my aging felt soles. Much better ankle support and protection overall. Much warmer too. Got one size bigger to use with the neoprene socks, but didn't need to. Had to exchange them for my regular size and even with thick cotton and neo socks, they fit with plenty of room. If you plan on hiking up rocky stream beds, you will want to get the cleat studs. I like how you can mount them in whatever pattern you want. The only downside is the added cost, as why I only gave them 4 stars.
September 27, 2011
I normally wear a 10.5 shoe. I own Simms Headwaters waders which have a pretty thick sock. Should I go to 12? I am having a hard time getting in to try them on, which I know would be the best solution. Thanks
If you do a fair amount of cold weather fishing and need to wear thick socks, then I would buy them a half size up. Otherwise, I think you'll love them. I used these for the first time this past week on a 3 day trip and was very pleased with them.
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