Simms® Freestone® Wading Boots for Men
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 purchased these boots along with waist high waders. Very comfortable and easy to put on and take off. Do order a full size larger than your foot though, maybe even a size and a half. Great sole and grip. You can't go wrong with Simms.
July 7, 2011
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