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Anyone taken the plunge? Rubber vs Felt Soles

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Now that it looks like Maryland will be following suit by banning felt wading boots I am contemplating Rubber Soled Boots. Anyone else swap out this year for a new boot or Orvis's River Guard boots? I missed the 25% off sale in April but had not decided to purchase any at that point.

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I would talk to some of the guides/Staff at Backwater Angler in Monkton, I know that Theaux and the gang have been on the forefront of rubber soles and could give you some good advise.

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View PostNow that it looks like Maryland will be following suit by banning felt wading boots I am contemplating Rubber Soled Boots. Anyone else swap out this year for a new boot or Orvis's River Guard boots? I missed the 25% off sale in April but had not decided to purchase any at that point.

 

 

If it helps, Field & Stream, this month's issue, has a review of 6 or 7 wading boots with the new sole which replaces felt. Most, including Orvis, come with inserted studs and most have good reviews.

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I bought a pair of Beans studded aquastealth boots about 6 years ago.They worked very good on the Potomac and Susquehanna rivers.If you are going to get rubber I would definately get the studded soles.

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I have been using Bean's aquastealth for 5 years now. I have a studded pair and a non studded pair that I use for freshwater wading. The studs wore out of the studded models, so I just bought some new screw in wearbars last fall. They work great although I can see that those too will eventually fall out.

 

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I bought the Bean Aquastealth last year. They don't work as well as felt but I like them. I don't use studs becuase I think they are to noisy (?).

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View PostIf it helps, Field & Stream, this month's issue, has a review of 6 or 7 wading boots with the new sole which replaces felt. Most, including Orvis, come with inserted studs and most have good reviews.

 

Which month? I must have missed it?

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I have literally taken the plunge with the new rubber soles. I think its a case of new dogs and old tricks. My wading style was based on felt soles with studs and I went years without a swim. When I went to the new rubber style, my old ways of stepping on angled or round rocks in trout streams and steelhead rivers led to slips and a few slo-mo dips. After one plunge in February, I started wearing a dry-top. I have been consciously paying a lot more attention to foot placement and slowing down. The new soles(with studs) are very good in snow, but old-fashioned corkers are still better for anchor ice and rock-hopping, at least for me.

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Rock Snot(didymo) and other invasive species. Felt soles are seen as a major means of transporting these invasives from stream to stream. It is hoped that by getting rid of felt, the spread can be slowed.

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I tried Aquastealth soles a few years ago when I first became aware of transfer of undesirable biots by felt between rivers but found the footing so dicey even with studs that I discarded them and went back to felt. Late last season, I got the chance to test-drive a pair of Simms Vibram soled wading shoes and found them at least as good as felt in the rock-bedded rivers I fish here in CO. I even found that studs reduced the traction, so another plus here.

 

I highly recommend against Aquastealth and for Vibram, at least for slippery rock conditions.

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i really like the my new rubber boots. i had the aquastealth a few years ago and almost broke my neck. the studs are essential to safe wading and have had great results with the orvis studs in fresh and salt water

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