View Full Version : Wading Boots

02-01-2007, 11:09 PM
Got a pair of wading boots at Dicks for $40 back in October. They've all but fallen apart since then. Almost all of the seams are undone. You get what you pay for...I get the point.

Anyway, I've been looking at the Simms Guide Boot. A little pricey, but I'm more than willing to pay for something that will last. Anyone else have these? Any other recommendations? LRO, I'll be getting these at your place the next time I'm over that way.

02-01-2007, 11:13 PM
I have the simms l2 lightweight boots and i love them! There is plenty of ankle support and it is very sturdy, although lightweight so that they are as comfortable as possible if you plan on hiking in them or fishing all day.

02-01-2007, 11:40 PM
I have a pair of Chota STL Plus and I love them. I didn't know if I would like the lace up feature of these boots, but I really appreciate it. They are very well made and I love the dark felt.


02-01-2007, 11:48 PM
I have the simms l2 lightweight boots and i love them! There is plenty of ankle support and it is very sturdy, although lightweight so that they are as comfortable as possible if you plan on hiking in them or fishing all day.

I was looking at these too. I wasn't sure if those synthetics would hold up as well as the leather on the Guide. How long have you had them?

02-02-2007, 01:37 AM
simms makes a good, durable boot. I had a pair of the freestone boots (the cheapest ones) for 3 years heavy use, still in fine shape, but I wanted something a little lighter, so I went with the patagonia riverwalker's I believe. excellent boot and superlight, like a tennis shoe. I'll see how they hold up. I also really like the cloudveil boots. my advice is if you're going to be hiking in them, get something light. in my opinion, the chota's are a great value and impressively light and comfortable. I know a few people who have them and love them. I'm not sure how durable they are, but as someone once said, "at $50 a pair, I can buy a new one every year". If I was buying a new pair right now, I'd probably go with the chotas.

02-02-2007, 02:05 AM
Go with the Chota STL boots!

I started with cheap pair of boots and my feet would kill me after just a few hours fishing. I got a pair of the Chota STL's from LRO and I could not believe how comfortable they were. I highly recommend them.

02-02-2007, 06:38 AM
I have had mine for about half a year now, which isn't long, but during that time they have been abused pretty good and show no signs of wear. I own a couple other simms products and will testify to their quality, so i don't think that you would have a problem with them. My recommendation is to go to a fly shop and get an up close look at several different brands, like the simms and the chota, that way you can figure out which one you prefer. I would imagine that any of the boots that people have recommended would be fine, so just pick out the one that suits you the best.


02-02-2007, 07:33 AM
Believe it or not,I have been using a pair of Orvis wading shoes for about "6"years now. They have been abused in the worst way, hiking many miles,mountain streams,tailwaters,lakes ect. I really don't know how these things are still holding together! Other than needing to have the felt replaced(which I will do this week) they only look faded. Amazing! I guess I am sold and will never change to another shoe unless quality changes. If you like light weight wading shoes they have several models. When it's time to change I will get a pair of Pack & Travel wading shoes.

02-02-2007, 11:23 AM
I personally use a pair of Simms Freestone that I have had for years. I have resoled twice. While they look worn, they still serve the purpose and are extremely comfortable to wear.

02-02-2007, 11:27 AM
I have the Simms Freestone. They hold up great. This is my second pair in 4 years, first pair I outgrew, but they are still in good shape. Ill testify for Simms quality all the way. I think if you buy the Simms L2 or Guide or G3 or whatever, you'll be satisfied.


Dancing Bear
02-02-2007, 12:16 PM
Chota STL !!!

02-02-2007, 12:53 PM
I looked at the Simms also, but they seemed to run too narrow for me.

02-02-2007, 03:59 PM
I have very wide feet, 13 too. I tried on the Simms Guide boots, I think, and it seemed that they had a wider toe box than the other boots. Freestone can get a little tight in the winter with two pairs of socks on!


02-03-2007, 09:02 AM
Chota SLT.......I absolutely love these boots and they are as comfortable as most of my broken in hiking boots.......


Flat Fly n
02-03-2007, 09:41 AM
I have had a pair of Simm's guide boots for about 4 years. They are extremely comfortable. Last weekend the heel peeled away from the sole. I glued around the heel and fired 6 1 1/2" screws into the leather. My teenage son walked by and walked by as the Dewalt was working and exclaimed "Raucous", which I think means in my language "cool".... Anyway it worked all Sunday afternoon, until I can get some more ordered. I need to call LRO this weekend.

Flat Fly'nl

02-03-2007, 09:49 AM
I'm just going to have to try on a few pairs. I'll give the Chota STL a good look. The QuickLace system looks appealing. It's always been a pain lacing up my other pair.

Paula Begley
02-03-2007, 08:13 PM

STL's rock! *They are, without a doubt, the most comfortable wading boot I have ever owned.

btw: I posted on this thread because I noticed your signature line...I love it! *Imagine Byron's consternation...He has to say, "Girlfriend (because we still call each other "girlfriend" and "boyfriend" even after 13 years of marriage), You like flyfishing as much as I do!"

Get that girl to fishin! *;)


02-03-2007, 08:59 PM
Hey do you guys know if Chota makes regular shoes too? Seems like Ive seen Chota hiking sandals or hiking boots or something like that. That name sounds familiar too. If their wading boots are that comfortable then theyve got somethin going for them..

I think my lab has said your signature line to me before. Started taking her fishin', yep, shes a trout bum. ;)