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Old 10-19-2012, 12:01 PM
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I know from reading posts that many of you are "do-it-yourselfers", so here is my thoughts. I got rid of my felt soled wading shoes 2 years ago in the interest of not spreading invasive biological threats (real or imagined). I purchased a pair of shoes that have vibram lug soles, and they are great for walking the steam banks, but now that stelhead season is upon us, and remembering the icey streams of last winter, I am thinking of studding my tread.

Do you think that screwing some 1/2 inch long, self tapping, hex head screws into each lug would be a solution? I could secure them with a dab of waterproof epoxy too.
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The best option are tire studs made for ice racing.

https://koldkutter.com/catalog/products.php

Tip: Stop Grossly Overpaying for Wading Boot Studs | Hatch Magazine - Fly Fishing, etc.
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Default Re: "Studding" tread

Ard did a nice review of studs a while back, the thread is worth a read.

A Very Timely Test & Review of Grip Studs

I don't know that I'd use epoxy with them, that might make removing them for replacement more of a challenge than you'd like.

I've also read the article Silver posted and lots seem to hold those in high regard given their price.
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Thanks! I know I'd get so good advice. I would have never thought of tire studs...and i have a pal who will give me a bunch.
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Make sure they are the correct length.
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All the guys I know that did it used 1/2" self tappers and were good to go. 3 up front and 3 out back is all you really need.
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Done this for years, and just posted up (another thread) on how to do Aluminum bars. If you don't want to go there: #8x1/2'' hex washers or similar size in the Kold Kutters. The KK's are far more 'aggressive' in design.
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People in Alaska, where I use to live, bought short self-tapping scews with hex heads by the 100 count box. I use to screw them in with a drill/driver in my winter sneakers, boots and bicycle tires. Worked pretty good on ice. If the heads wore down a bit, I'd take them out and put a new set in.
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People in Alaska, where I use to live, bought short self-tapping scews with hex heads by the 100 count box. I use to screw them in with a drill/driver in my winter sneakers, boots and bicycle tires. Worked pretty good on ice. If the heads wore down a bit, I'd take them out and put a new set in.
That's what came with my wading boots. So far I have felt the need outweighed being able to wear them on floors.
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Diver Dan - that's the problem with all things studded. You have to take them off before walking around inside drift boats, decks and, of course, home. They're great for ice and terrible on wood or tiled floors.
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