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Old 03-06-2011, 08:58 PM
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So I was just wondering who uses what. So whats the deal.. I use rubber sole wading boots buy I spent big money and they fell apart.. So being my creeks and rivers are mainly mud and felt is useless to me. I was wondering if there is a big difference in using wading boots or Hiking boots?

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Hi Smallie,
When I used to work in a general sporting goods store years back, I tried on a pair of inexpensive hiking boots with my neoprene wet wading socks. I did the normal upsize by one routine. What I noticed was that hiking boots were more anatomically correct, so they lacked the volume that wading boots have. I upsized two and a half sizes to get some decent volume. For $15 after my employee discount, it wasn't an issue after they fell apart that summer.

In regards to other things, wading boots usually have drain ports so water moves in and out easily. Hiking boots don't have such ports.

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A timely question. I'm a big believer in using the right footwear.

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I read somewhere recently the the main difference between hiking boots and wading boots was that the hikers were more comfortable
My next pair of waders will be jungle boots. They run large, have the extra width, and good quality ones are comfortable and will not fall apart.
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A timely question. I'm a big believer in using the right footwear.

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Sep: I couldn't agree more! I wore a set of Simms wading felt soled wading boots for twenty years, last year I finally bought a new pair of Simms rubber soled G4's and they are sweet! I love how they feel and help with my balance while wading.

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Default Re: Wading Boots or Hiking boots

I doubt hiking boots will give you the same traction was wading boots, unless you attach felt sandals to them.

The last thing you want to do is fall in a river. You can get hurt.

If you want both a hiking and a wading boot, I would buy a pair of Korkers. You can change the soles from hiking to wading when you get to the stream.

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I can't imagine wearing my bird hunting boots in a river. For one thing, as MP noted, wading boots have ports to let the water out. Not something I'd appreciate in a hunting boot.

Having said all that, I am looking over at three pairs of Orvis Battenkill Brogues. I LOVE those boots. I even have a brand new spare pair in the closet. (they quit making them some years ago). One pair has a B marked on them...I only wear those in the Battenkill due to the Didymo problem in that river. I feel its one way to keep from spreading the slimy little bugger. That's all the good news.

Also sitting over in the corner sulking is a brand new pair of Simms vibram soled boots that I'm going to have to get used to for VT, which has gone felt-less starting in April. That would be the bad news.

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Hiking boots, because the best trout fishing is always at least 2 miles from the closest parking spot.

My brother got me a pair of combat boots for Christmas. They're perfect for cold-weather trout fishing. I can hike all day with them, and wade in up to 12" of water with 'em and stay completely dry. I'll probably get a pair of neoprene socks and wet wade with 'em come spring.
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I read somewhere recently the the main difference between hiking boots and wading boots was that the hikers were more comfortable
My next pair of waders will be jungle boots. They run large, have the extra width, and good quality ones are comfortable and will not fall apart.
They're also equipped with drains.

Some guys have been using them for our salt flats down here. As long as you don't need zipper access or a Simms logo, I'd say its a good way to go.

I may get some way oversized to wear with waders in the winter.
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Default Re: Wading Boots or Hiking boots

Several years back when working in a fly shop up Spokane way, I ran into a fellow that fished the Spokane River almost daily. It's known for softball to bowling ball, very slick rocks and it's a tightwire walk to wade there. I once scored a ten from three judges and an 8 from the Russian judge with my interpretive fall that took at least 15 yds or so to accomplish! One day we were standing around the shop talking about wading boots when this young fellow offered a neat, low cost solution to the out of sight prices that the high end wading boots cost. In short he watched K-Mart and Wally's world and then they put those Cordura/leather hikers on sale, he bought a couple pairs of them, rarely paying more than $15 a pair. He would then take a drill, drill shallow holes in the lugs, add short stove bolts with a dab of rubber glue on each before he screwed them in, and woulkd drill a couple drain holes in the sides. These boots last a few months to a season thereby reducing his wading boots costs by a considerable amount. Today with the many ex-military boots on Ebay going for cheap and with K-Mart and Walmart still offering sales--it's the way to go, especially when the felt sole option is a no-no in many places now.
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