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    Hey Ard, I made this decision last winter. I wanted Patagonia's because I'm a brand *****, while my friend tried talking me into Orvis. Simms was a third option and I had not heard about Korkers as I was getting back into fishing.

    I'm kind of anti Orvis as I don't believe in "do it all" companies. They either have to pay an outside company, usually foreign, to make product and they'd not as much R&D behind their product. My buddy bought his boots from Orvis some 3 or 4 years ago, felt sole, and they have held up no problem. I can't speak for comfort though. He probably fishes 100 days a year.

    Korkers, I tried some on but just didn't have faith in them not knowing the company.

    Patagonia's were very nice, a little lite on the foot, but comfortable.

    Blue Quill had me look at the Rivershed and G4. While they were as comfortable as the other (More comfortable than other brands though) the g4 was heavier and bulkier. The Rivershed was more a comfort hiking book with a wade sole, while I felt the g4 was a moon boot.

    I bought the Rivershed and am VERY pleased with the Rivershed. The boot has held up tremendously and am happy to say with over 100 days this year, and with out cleats or studs I did not take a spill this year. My buddy with his Orvis felt however took 3 spills in front of me.

    I will be buying a second pair here soon and putting studs and hard bites on them as while the rubber sole is good, it's not great, and my old boots will become my boat boots.

    Forgot to mention shop guys at rocky mountain anglers have been raving about Patagonia's new traction system. I don't know enough yet, but I do know I'm happy with the riversheds.



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    A ton of info here to help me in my boot selection.

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    It did turn into a good thread, maybe Sticky material...........

    I need to add that the Simms Rivershed boots are the easiest on and off wading boot that I have ever used. The give all day comfort and don't put up a fight when you get in or out of them. So far I gotta rate them a 10 for possible 10 points.

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    I'd make it Sticky since I know I'll be referring back prior to spending the money.

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    I just started reading this topic then realized it started last year!
    I just bought my next boots, Korkers Chrome. The interchangeable soles, BOA lacing system and the material they're made of sold me.
    I don't see much didymo and other nasty stuff clinging to them for long because there isn't much there for it to cling to. The laces, soles and the material they're made of dries very fast and so helps keep those nasty invasive species at bay. I skated on didymo on the South Holston with my old felt Simms boots and am thankful for the variety of soles I can use on the Korkers. They make another sole that isn't much heard of and is hard to get called Svelte soles that REALLY grip when the going gets slippery. They're a lot like 3M/Scotch-Brite pads with very open celled, grippy surface that grips like nothing else on slick stuff. These soles aren't cheap but neither is a broken bone. They also wear out quick so they're not the right sole for hiking in.
    So far, so good! I hope they last as long as my Simms Guide boots and feel as comfortable as my old Chota STL's (which self-desructed all too soon)

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    I have a pair of Patagonia Rock Grips. Great boot. Comfortable, light. Great to hike in and easy on & off. The sole alone are great on most bottoms, for real rocky stuff the studs are a must! The warranty on Patagonia is hard to beat!

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    I have the Patagonia Rock Grip Aluminum Bar boots. My home river is very slick with bedrock and slanted slabs and strong current. These boots give me the best traction I have ever had. I've had Simms, Orvis, Cloudveil and Patagonia felt, studded felt, and vibram studded boots and the studded felt were by far the best before I got these boots.

    The big question will be durability but with Patagonia's warranty, I'm not very concerned. I think the grip on these boots would be overkill on easy wading streams.

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    I noticed that Korkers now offers a sole with the aluminum bars as well.

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    l like the or**s clearwater 2 great boot for the price

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    Bought 2 pairs of chromes in the past couple weeks. Got myself a pair and then got the wife a pair shortly after. We love them so far, time will be the real test.

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