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weiliwen  
#11 Posted : Friday, May 18, 2018 3:13:14 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: rschmidt Go to Quoted Post
Simms recommends one size up from your shoe size.


That makes sense to me, because my felt wading boots are one size up and they fit fine.

Sure wish I could find waders whose socks fit me better - heck, fit me better all over. I am on the little teapot side of things (short and stout), and waders that fit my waist are very baggy with size 12 socks.
Bob Williams, "Weiliwen"
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#12 Posted : Friday, May 18, 2018 8:22:29 PM(UTC)
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Simms Vapor is a great traction boot
Spend a little more to go first class....
Get Reel
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stan b on 5/18/2018(UTC)
weiliwen  
#13 Posted : Saturday, May 19, 2018 2:32:07 PM(UTC)
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I just sent a message to Mat on availability of Freestones or Vapors in my size. If he doesn't have them, I'm sure he can order them from me, and I'll pick 'em up next time I'm up there.
Bob Williams, "Weiliwen"
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#14 Posted : Tuesday, May 22, 2018 2:05:14 AM(UTC)
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I am a big fan of Simms Freestone boots as well. I currently own 3 pairs. One with studs, one without studs and a brand new backup pair that is in my closet that I got for 50 dollars off.

The thing I like the most about the Freestones is that they are extra wide for my extra wide feet. After 7 foot surgeries my feet are somewhat easily irritated by ill fitting footwear. I can fish and hike for hours and miles with my Freestones on with very little irritation. ThumpUp
gillh2o  
#15 Posted : Sunday, November 3, 2019 5:19:05 PM(UTC)
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Is four years the limit on wading boots? I've had pair of Simms Headwater and now G3s and both lasted around four years until the bonding between the heel cup and Nubuck started to separate. I've sent the G3s in for evaluation. I try to fish 1-2 time a week year round in the Iowa/Wisconsin driftless, not bad for a 72 year old! I do hose, clean and dry them after use but does not seem to extend the lifetime. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks
William Schlafer  
#16 Posted : Sunday, November 3, 2019 6:17:31 PM(UTC)
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I thoroughly clean my Freestones after every use and I feel that really extends their life. Also helps keep that nasty funk away too. My current pair have three seasons on them and show only a little wear and tear.

A quality pair of wading boots should last four seasons. But it's really how well you take care of them and the type of abuse you submit them too. If you primarily walk stream banks your boots will probably last longer than in you're in the water more often and kicking around rocks and gravel all day.


-Bill
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gillh2o  
#17 Posted : Sunday, November 3, 2019 7:00:44 PM(UTC)
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Thanks Bill, So you think about four years is the about the limit on G3s? Although the G4s are $299 I like the idea of threaded posts to attach hardbite cleats.
kiss  
#18 Posted : Sunday, November 3, 2019 9:34:51 PM(UTC)
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I had a pair of cabelas wader boots for
2 yrs when the sole came off the bottom on both boots on the same day. Ofcoarse I was a mile from the car at the time. I figured out that the only thing different with this pair was that I had begun using a boot dryer after I had scrubbed them down. I think the heat must loosen up the glue that holds the sole to the boot.
Tom



Noctilio  
#19 Posted : Monday, November 4, 2019 12:00:25 AM(UTC)
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I had a pair of freestone boots for years and they held up amazingly well. Two years ago I wanted something a little more like a hiking boot for comfort. I ended up with the Simms vapor boots. So far I like them even better than the freestone boots as they are a more comfortable.
MN Driftless  
#20 Posted : Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:07:10 PM(UTC)
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I got away from Simms several years ago: price vs. durability were not meeting my expectations. I have tried a bunch of different brands, but settle here: https://www.amazon.com/O...ading-Boot/dp/B0792HMFGX

I hike and fish quite a bit, so these boots are good for that. I also get West, and put some studs in them for bigger, slicker water, and they worked out great also.

Just another two cents in the myriad of wading boot choices.
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