12-16-2015, 10:05 PM
Re: A Very Timely Test & Review of Grip Studs
I'll bet the studs tested are great.
I'm 67 [read: not as steady as I used to be] and I fish freestone rivers that can be pretty slippery. [No felt allowed in VT.] So I bought a pair of Korkers Casttrax - the strap-on sole with spikes. After a season of using them, I felt safer, but they weren't really convenient to slip on & off at every stop, AND they were clumsy at times in & out of the river. So I looked for another solution.
After considering the made-for-fishing studs, I read (I think on this forum) about the Kold Kutter bike studs. I bought a package (100-200?) for very little cash. Before installing I made sure they wouldn't poke thru the foot side of my Bean wading boots. I got a hex bit and put about 16 in each boot. For me it was a good solution. It isn't perfect and I lose at least one on almost every outing, but for pennies, I just keep replacing them - sometimes in the same holes. I understand that eventually that will stop working, but by then it'll be time for new boots anyhow. Or maybe new knees. I can also drive with them in.
If I'm in & out of a canoe on a river, I'll lay down a piece of carpet remnant to save the floor. I happen to have another pair of boots for odd times when I know I'll be in a guide's boat, etc. Works for me.
Once again - that's my 2 pennies, and worth every cent you paid.