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rschmidt  
#21 Posted : Friday, January 19, 2018 5:19:19 AM(UTC)
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To each their own, but I would not wear those beyond hiking, anything that can catch on anything is a hazard. If you use regular zip screws, get 3/8", grind the tip some and you'll be fine. Oh get steel, not aluminum or they be ground down in one walk. R
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#22 Posted : Friday, January 19, 2018 3:28:07 PM(UTC)
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A bit off topic... but very time I think about wet wading, I remember when this happened:

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And this was underneath a sock, tucked in pants, stocking foot waders and a high ankle wading boot! Something got in there and chewed me up pretty good. Never found out what it was: chigger, poison oak, who knows. Itched like a mother for 48 hours and finally healed up completely after a couple weeks. I always clean and thoroughly rinse out my waders and boots after every outing now.

Makes me itchy now just looking at that photo.


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#23 Posted : Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:26:04 AM(UTC)
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I don't understand this at all. This is exactly why there are wading boots and what they are designed for. Why the aversion to them? Oversized hiking shoes would get completely water logged and be heavier than actual wading boots, and have horse bleep traction. That is not what they are designed for, they're designed for hiking.

Secondly, a guy quickly ends up spending more money on cheap gear that falls apart fast than buying one good pair. Think of the old board member who bought a new pair of Cabelas waders for $170 each season. Two and a half seasons in he could have had a pair of good waders that would last 5-7 seasons.

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#24 Posted : Saturday, January 20, 2018 1:08:19 AM(UTC)
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Sandals are sooooo nice for sand bottomed spring creeks though, and it’s less weight, which adds up over 4-5 miles.
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#25 Posted : Saturday, January 20, 2018 3:50:27 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: AKinMN Go to Quoted Post
I don't understand this at all. This is exactly why there are wading boots and what they are designed for. Why the aversion to them? Oversized hiking shoes would get completely water logged and be heavier than actual wading boots, and have horse bleep traction. That is not what they are designed for, they're designed for hiking.

Secondly, a guy quickly ends up spending more money on cheap gear that falls apart fast than buying one good pair. Think of the old board member who bought a new pair of Cabelas waders for $170 each season. Two and a half seasons in he could have had a pair of good waders that would last 5-7 seasons.


My $80 waders (not from Cabela's) are going on season 4 right now. Any expensive pair of waders I've bought could easily die out within a season or two and did.

Same with wading boots. Any I've had were pricey and eventually gave in and were a pain in the ass to lug around in all day over probably 5 miles that I hike/wade/walk, especially the way typical driftless stream banks are. No thanks.

Also going on my 3rd season of Merrill hiking shoes. They work just fine and have been just like anything else that needs to air out for a bit.

Sandals I've bought were something like $20 at Kohls and were actually more comfortable than Keens. A bit of wear here and there but not too bad overall...just need to figure out how to improve the traction which is certainly possible.
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