Posts Tagged ‘Simms boots

06
Dec
12

Fishing: Gravel Guards & Abrasion

simms-guide-boot-swittersb-gravel guardsSimple elastic, stretch bands with velcro closures are wrapped around the top of the boot to prevent silt, gravel, grit from gaining total access into the boot and rubbing against the outside of your stocking foot portion of your waders. These are a good investment to protect your waders.

Some newer waders actually have a built in gravel guard that pulls down over the top of the boot. If you have waders without that built in gravel guard like I do, then the gravel guards provide the protection and even some ankle support.

The advantage of the built in gravel guards? You won’t forget them as they are always attached. I always seem to be hanging mine to dry, then grab my gear and don’t notice the gravel guards hanging.

I snapped these two examples of gravel guards covering two different pairs of wading boots I have worn. Remember, you aren’t really protecting the ever rugged wading boot but the stocking (neoprene) foot/ankle portion of the waders. Some grit will still get by, but the amounts will be significantly reduced and protect that spendy investment in waders.

Simms Boots Gravel Guards 2 SB

06
Jan
11

The Caddis Fly Shop (Good Service = Goodwill)

A few days ago, I lamented my G4 Simms Boots and the fit that had more than once contributed to my painfully hobbling some distance back to the rig in a slow progression of steps, sometimes wading. The boots just never fit right and for the money, I felt I was going to make it work. Well, I couldn’t. So yesterday, while in Eugene, I mentioned it to the Chris Daughters @ The Caddis Fly Shop he said bring them in and lets see what we can do. I wasn’t expecting much as I could not totally explain the odd fit I experienced once donning the boots. They looked fine, but fit unlike any other wading boots I had owned. Well, today I brought them in and I will just say that Lou Verdugo (always a prince) and Chris displayed the customer service and positive attitude that will forever garner my business when near that region. Excellent shop. Excellent Service. Excellent knowledge without attitude. I walked out with a pair of Simms Guide Boots that were a much better fit thanks to Lou & Chris. Oh, and I sprung for a new Airflo Tactical Skagit Compact @ 540 grains. Less whining now. OFFB too.

Simms Guide Boot, Vibram Sole, Waiting for Studs




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