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Old 01-20-2012, 10:38 AM
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Default Looking to buy new wading boots...

So I'm in the market for a pair of wading boots to match a pair of packable breathables I just picked up.

My criteria are as follows:
They need to be lightweight as they will be following me to Europe.

And that's about it! I have, however, been eyeballing the Simms Rivertek boots with the Boa lacing system. From what I've seen, these boots are pretty neat. Does anyone have any particular complaints with them?

Are there other choices I should be looking out for? Is there anything coming down the pipeline that's worth waiting for? I have my neoprene boot-foot waders which work just fine for the winter, so I don't need the boots just yet.

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Not sure how the weight on the Riverteks to the Korker Chromes, but I'd give a nod to the Chromes for sure. I do a lot of bushwacking on our local small streams, and will put on many miles in a day and these boots absolutely rock. I also like the easily changed soles so that if I do infact want something other than rubber, I can have that option.
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Default Re: Looking to buy new wading boots...

Hi AJ,

I just went through the selection process myself. I made a post and got about 45 detailed reviews on about every boot out there. The reviews and comments people made may help you too. http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/fo...ding-boot.html
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Default Re: Looking to buy new wading boots...

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they will be following me to Europe.
I'm not sure where I saw it, but there may be some serious restrictions on taking wading boots into Europe. I may be wrong here, , but I'd check and see first so they don't end up in a box with a bunch of fingernail clippers at the airport. It may be better to pick up a pair there, but you may have the same problem on the return trip. I wish I could remember where I saw that at.
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Default Re: Looking to buy new wading boots...

Somehow I totally missed the responses on this thread. Ted, I'll check out the Chromes. Ard, I'll definitely read over that thread, it was hiding when I ran a search before posting this one. And Dan, I could imagine there being possible problems at the borders given the possibility of bringing in invasives. I'll have to search for some answers there. Losing them , especially on the way over, would throw a wrench in the works.
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Default Re: Looking to buy new wading boots...

Another point worth considering is - purchasing the boots at your first European fishing destination. That way you don't have to carry them in your luggage & if you pick the vibram soled boots you can mitigate at least some of the concerns around invasives. Obviously if you are fishing in multiple countries on the continent you might still have some issues & may need to check the regs.

I went with the Simms Headwaters and have been extremely pleased with them. I posted comments in the thread Ard referenced.

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Default Re: Looking to buy new wading boots...

I've had the Simms Rivertec Boa's for a couple of months now and absolutely love them. Very comfortable, boa lacing system is a snap to tighten or loosen, and, easiest pair of boots to put on and take off that I've ever had.
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Thanks Mark, those are actually the boots I picked up! I love them, and the difference in grip between my old rubber bootfoot and the studded Simms is like night and day.
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