Simms Exstream Bootfoot Wader vs. Redington Palix River Bootfoot Wader
October 6, 2017
I recently got a new pair of bootfoot waders and decided it would be worth typing up a review to discuss the pros and cons of bootfoot waders and compare the two models that we sell at Red's.
Bootfoot waders feature a breathable wader that is adhered directly to a set of rubber style boots. The advantages are that you have one unit, vs. three (2 boots and a set of waders) to manage and it just simple.
Pro's for Bootfoot Waders
- They don't hold in water like lace up boots. (no water weight between boot and stockingfoot wader)
- Warmer than lace-up boots by a large margin. They feature Thinsulate insulation in both models.
- Simple to manage. You'll never forget your boots.
- Much quicker to put on.
- No bending over to lace-up your boots (if you have limited flexibility these are for you!)
- Cleaner. Laceup boots hold a lot of mud, weeds, and misc. river junk in the laces.
Cons of Bootfoot Waders
- Not as good for hiking
- Not as stable on tough substrate (the Redington is not pleasant in volleyball sized rocks)
- Too hot for warm weather wading if you hike
Redington Palix River Bootfoot Waders
Overall I like my Redington Palix River Bootfoot Waders. They are perfect for fall/winter fishing and keeping my feet warm and dry and I like just being able to slip them off at the end of the day. During the day I don't have to worry about my boots coming untied when I am wading deep in cold water, and I don't have to freeze my hands at the end of the day un-tying my boots.
The wader is very lightweight so I hesitate to abuse these which is fine, since I am not using them to bust brush. The boots lack good support for tough wading, but I think for 90% of the anglers out there they would be just fine. For me when I walk at a brisk pace on larger cobble the boots have way too much flex. This flex is usually good for helping grip the rocks, but it is tough on your feet after a couple of days. The soles are not super grippy. I would prefer felt I believe but as far as rubber goes these boots offer pretty decent traction.
I believe these waders are a GREAT value at $299.95 just remember that you get what you pay for. This is a complete set of waders and boots at that price.
Simms Exstream Bootfoot Waders
Overall I think having the Redington waders have really made me appreciate the quality of the Simms bootfoot waders. I have worn the Simms G3 and G4 style stockingfoot waders for many seasons prior to using Redington and they are nearly bulletproof. So no worries there. I have walked around our lodge and property in the Simms bootfoots and one thing I remembered (after trying on the Redingtons) was the heel in the Simms was locked in. The boot they have is really quite ergonomic for a rubber boot. It fit more like a high quality hunting boot.
Combine the great fitting boot and durability of the waders with the option of a felt sole and this wader wins hands down. In fairness, its not even close. However, they are 2.5 times the price so they should be better. We sell both products and took a good hard look at them before we decided to stock either one. For me starting with the Redingtons was great so that I could provide some perspective for a product review, in hindsight jumping right to the Simms might have been more cost effective. I know now that I really really LOVE bootfoot waders for the fall/winter/spring. Both waders are priced appropriately and there are certainly customers out there that will gravitate toward one or the other.