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Offline ptfranze

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Re: Wading boot recomendations
« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2016, 10:04:18 AM »
nope

I missed your reply.

Go Vibram with some Star Bite Cleats if your wanting to hike in them.  I have had no issues with traction or not getting the miles out of my Freestone boots.

My Star Bite cleats started falling out soon after I put them in.  Been having more luck, and feel like I have more traction with the Goat Head Sole spikes.  They are cheaper, they send more and I think they work better.  Realistically they are just sheet metal screws you can get at most hardware stores though.


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Re: Wading boot recomendations
« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2016, 11:44:48 AM »
I'd be curious to know if those big goofy looking cleats that Patagonia makes are any good. They almost look like ice bars for mountaineering.

http://www.patagonia.com/us/product/foot-tractor-wading-boots?p=79150-0
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Re: Wading boot recomendations
« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2016, 11:49:41 AM »
Realistically they are just sheet metal screws you can get at most hardware stores though.

But the wader studs for my Chotas are stainless steel.  Standard sheet metal screws will rust like hell and wear quicker.

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Re: Wading boot recomendations
« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2016, 11:56:39 AM »
Goats are NOT sheet metal screws. They rock.
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Re: Wading boot recomendations
« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2016, 13:46:46 PM »
Doug I love Goats do not get me wrong and plan to keep buying them anytime I need studs.   

Realistically they are somewhat similar to sheet metal screws you can get at most hardware stores.  Fixed

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Re: Wading boot recomendations
« Reply #20 on: January 07, 2016, 14:06:58 PM »
hardened SS vs. carbide - either are a trade off.

I don't do spikes.

Hike in hiking boots, wade in wading boots.

Felt is still my preference, although I will be looking at some Simms boots this year and exploring options.
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Re: Wading boot recomendations
« Reply #21 on: January 07, 2016, 15:01:38 PM »


Doug I love Goats do not get me wrong

I bet you do! Beastie Boy.


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Re: Wading boot recomendations
« Reply #22 on: January 07, 2016, 15:06:45 PM »


Doug I love Goats do not get me wrong

I bet you do! Beastie Boy.

I'm not the one that has an animal with his dick swinging as his avatar  p;-

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Re: Wading boot recomendations
« Reply #23 on: January 07, 2016, 15:15:23 PM »
Touche

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Re: Wading boot recomendations
« Reply #24 on: January 07, 2016, 15:26:32 PM »
Badger doesn't care.
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Re: Wading boot recomendations
« Reply #25 on: January 18, 2016, 14:12:36 PM »
Using a used pair of Chota's now.  Felt soles.  A couple studs would be cool, but only because I climb a lot.  I can't say anything about other boots, but these seem to be tough as they work well and were used when I got them.

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Re: Wading boot recomendations
« Reply #26 on: January 18, 2016, 16:15:21 PM »
if you fish those Chodes hard enough you might get 6 months out of em.

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Wading boot recomendations
« Reply #27 on: January 18, 2016, 19:29:10 PM »
As mentioned the Chotas blew out on me pretty quickly. I also noticed the other day my few month old Simms Freestones have a seam that is coming loose already on the side of the boot. I fish 'em often, but I expected more. Maybe they'll hold up. (They've been in action for 8 months)
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Re: Wading boot recomendations
« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2016, 16:56:23 PM »
I don't work for Chota and I don't care what you wear - whatever makes you happy...

That being said, I got 4 years of  heavy use out of my STLís and only bought some new ones because somebody gave me a gift card at Kevinís shop and the felt was beginning to wear a little thin at the heal on the pair I had and I had bought a size about Ĺ size too small anyway, so I bought a new pair 1/2 size longer instead of having the old oneís re-felted.
The new pair of STLís (bought early 2015) seem the same quality, etc. and have performed fine, however, I did not fish near as much in 2015 as usual, so they have not been vetted fully at this point.  I guess they may have changed the design, etc. that would lead to problems reported on this thread; I just never had a problem with mine under similar circumstances.  Perhaps their other boots are not as well made?  They do have 1 year return policy.
My $.02.

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Re: Wading boot recomendations
« Reply #29 on: January 19, 2016, 20:35:44 PM »
Love my Chota STLs, but I haven't fished enough the past two years to put any wear on this new pair. FYI, I posted this awhile back. http://www.brfff.com/forum/index.php?topic=9171.0