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Hodgman Aesis wading boots

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Just got a pair......

The rotating lock looks great...Popped in the studded rubber sole and the lock appears to be rock solid.  Also appears like it may drain better than korkers.

Anyone have any experience with em.

 

will put about 6 miles on them this afternoon....

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Any pics or reviews? Wonder if they’ll jam up like Korker or Orvis? Been looking to try something different besides korkers even though I’ve been using them for years 

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2 hours ago, Master Debaiter said:

Any pics or reviews? Wonder if they’ll jam up like Korker or Orvis? Been looking to try something different besides korkers even though I’ve been using them for years 

I think it's been 15 years since I've looked outside Korkers....and this is the first time I've gone away from em..(price made it worth a shot)

They're the same exact part number in terms of the dial....at least as far as I can tell....They do have a lace hook to prevent gravel guards from jumping up...but I expect the same performance.

 

I put 8.2 miles on them today  5 via wading in the river...

 

Very big adjustment coming from Korkers devils canyons which are very loose in the ankles.   Every one of my concerns in terms of adjustments I would have to make were validated.

 

More torque on the knee and upper ankle.   Not being able to heel toe through waist and chest high grass...finding a flat for spikes to mate to on odd shaped rocks.   Coming down off a rock via my heel....plus other things that I won't bore you with....

 

But that all comes with the territory for a boot that offers good support.

 

I felt like I was walking in ski bindings until they softened up..

Took a few miles before I didn't feel like a newborn deer on it's new legs.

 

Upper Calves, thigh abductors, and hamstrings are very sore......(That never happens.....and I've been logging 4+ miles in waders at a min pretty much daily for almost 3 months now.)

 

The boa closure buckles loosen a tad just like my last ones.....I liked it that way with my loosey goosey boots.....but with a rigid boot..When the upper loosens my foot moves around in the heel cup.....So In a ffull days worth of wading and fishing...I had to tighten them 3 times.

 

Comfort is good...Size is a hair smaller than korkers in a size 11

But they open larger at the boa and slip on and off easier.

 

I paid next to nothing for them.....So even if they weren't that good I'd have yak boots.

 

The fit finish and build are excellent....and they feel like they'll last for a bit.   

Good drainage.  Good spikes.  

 

Stupid ass colors.

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2 mins ago, Master Debaiter said:

Any idea on the weight?

off hand no.

But they are light and drain well.

They don't really seem to get bogged down with too much water either....

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On 5/16/2020 at 10:26 PM, Master Debaiter said:

Checked out a few videos on them, looks nice. Look forward to your review 

Put a few more outings on them and they are breaking in nicely.....

Boa laces loosen no different than the korkers with em...

Not sure why they don't stay where you set em.

 

Wasn't an annoyance or issue with the last ones..

But a more rigid boot I don't want my ankle sliding around....

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