Help Picking Wading boots (Felt or rubber?)

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Help Picking Wading boots (Felt or rubber?)

Post by natchomamma » Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:21 am

I am purchasing my first part of Wading boots. I have been looking at Simms Headwater Pro or the G3 Guide. I am trying to decide which will work better for me, felt or rubber soles?

I will fish the Guadalupe river the majority of the time. One day I would like to travel and fish (CO,AR,UT) but the felt banned States are not on my list.

I have considered the Korker Buckskin boots with interchangeable soles, but the quality is lacking compared to Simms. They are out.

Do I get felt or the rubber sole?

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Re: Help Picking Wading boots (Felt or rubber?)

Post by Texjbq » Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:31 am

The best grip rubber doesn't compete with felt.

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Re: Help Picking Wading boots (Felt or rubber?)

Post by Ron Mc » Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:17 am

I light lightweight. Patagonia with felt and studs are my favorite.
What I don't like about the corkers is they're not light.
I have a second pair of rubber soles for where they're required.
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Re: Help Picking Wading boots (Felt or rubber?)

Post by natchomamma » Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:32 pm

I'm looking for 1 pair to cover all my bases. Sounds like from above "Felt or Felt with studs" is the way to go.

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Re: Help Picking Wading boots (Felt or rubber?)

Post by Alex Argyros » Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:00 pm

I love my Simms BOA boots. It's so nice not to have to untie wet laces.

They don't really have much of a grip, though, so I just add some cheap studs. Works like a charm.

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Re: Help Picking Wading boots (Felt or rubber?)

Post by wiscoy » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:21 am

I have been using Korker wading boots for many years without any problems using both felt and felt with studs. For the Guadalupe would recommend the felt with studs.

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Re: Help Picking Wading boots (Felt or rubber?)

Post by Cassio » Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:31 pm

I wear rubber boots and have very little problems with grip on the river. I'm sure studs would help even more but owning a raft I don't want to bother with having to remove them every time. My biggest concern with my boots were being light. I wanted boots that I could hike in, I ended up buying Patagonia ultralight wade boots and I love them.

I don't have experience with felt but possibly not being able to use them if I travel, or being worried about mold, etc, kept me away from them. Also I think rubber technology has come a long way.

**On a side note. If you are worried about slipping, forget the boots, buy yourself a wading staff.

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Re: Help Picking Wading boots (Felt or rubber?)

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Re: Help Picking Wading boots (Felt or rubber?)

Post by becpa » Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:12 pm

I second Korkers for a lot of reasons.

Check them out at Feather-Craft in St Louis.

I think right off you get both felt and vibram that are interchangeable. There are several more add-ons you can get when you have the need. They will give you good advice over the phone, not oversell you.

If you can afford it, get the BOA laces. Easy to get on and off for not much more money. That is helpful when it is cold or hot, which about sums up Texas.

I think you need to re-think your position on Korker quality. There are those who would disagree with you.

Another problem you have is what size to get, the same as your street shoes or one size larger? If you wet wade in the summer and use thick soled waders in the winter, you are going to suffer one way or another.

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Re: Help Picking Wading boots (Felt or rubber?)

Post by Ron Mc » Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:39 am

everyone has their preferences, for their personal reasons.
One person's preference is no reflection on anyone else.
I've bought two pair of korkers for girls, and don't want any for me.
I tend to hunt out good buys, like sierratradingpost and MRFC closeouts.
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