Simms G3 Guide Bootfoot Wader - Review

November 6, 2018

Are Bootfoot Waders Right For You?

I got my first pair of "bootfoot" style fishing waders about a year ago after 2 decades of using exclusively stockingfoot waders with lace up boots and/or the BOA system.  I have duck hunted in various neoprene waders but wanted a set of Gore-tex breathable bootfoot waders for the cold fishing season.  Rubber bootfoot waders are much warmer and offer great circulations to your lower extremedies.  
 
The first set I got was the Redington Palix River Bootfoot waders.  I liked them at first, but after a while I realized what I really liked was having a bootfoot. Not the particular model themselves. The boots on the Redington were WAY to flexible, slick, and frankly hard to wade in.  They would work fine if you were simply launching a boat and staying in the boat, but for wading and fly fishing the boots are not good.  The waders themselves where nice and light and I didn't have any issues with the material. 
 
g3 guide bootfoot wader review camo
Simms g3 guide bootfoot wader review in grey
Simms waders are TRUSTED.  Now you can have Simms waders in a unique camo pattern. Or the regular color.  Some say they are the ugliest waders ever made. Maybe, but I have a lot of ugly stuff that I still think is cool haha.  I'll take camo. 
 

The Upgraded Set - Simms G3 Guide Waders

The Simms is a much better product that its not fair to even compare them. But I will any way.  At $300 vs. $800 of course it superior.  The boots are rigid enough for technical wading, but I wouldn't want to hike more than a mile or two in them. Nothing beats lacing up a good set of boots for technical wading and extended hiking.  Initially the boots rubbed my shins a bit and the first few days I really didn't care for this, but they softened up. After a few weeks I'm really liking them and the broke in nicely. 
 
The Bottom Line:
 
If your feet get cold and you want a set of waders that are easy on/easy off the Simms are the go to product.  If you plan to walk extended distances, forget about it. Get a good set of stockingfoots and boots.  Fish a lot?  Own both types. You won't regret it.

 

Duck Hunting in the Simms G3 Guide Bootfoot Wader:

Buy the Vibram sole.  Felt sucks in the mud. Bob at the shop field tested these on a duck hunt. Felt is awful.
bob duck hunting in simms g3 bootfoot waders
 
 
 
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
  1. What do you think about these versus the Orvis Sonicseam Bootfoot (I’m looking at the camo Waterfowlers version)? Also interested in what your buddy thought about them as duck hunting waders (warmth, etc).
  2. We're not familiar with the Orvis. After a few more weeks on the Simms I'm very happy with them. I have no reason to question the longevity of the Simms either, should be a good long term investment.
  3. Do they come in 1/2 sizes in boots?
  4. I have used boot foot waders for technical wading as well as hiking for the past 15 years. Here are the advantages: MUCH Warmer on the feet for cold weather fishing (ie water temps in the 30s and air temps at or below freezing). Easy on-off for incredible convenience compared to stocking foot + wading boots. With double heavy socks and over size boots, I have found stability in rough wading to be entirely satisfactory. (I am 76 going on 77, and I am not talking about minor league wading scenarios. I use them for steelhead fishing in large rivers with large bouldery bottoms.) The only downside I can see is if you plan to hike in a long distance with your waders in your back pack. As for the Simms G3 brand bootfoots: In my experience you can pay 300 for a lesser quality brand, and they will last 3 seasons of moderate use, or you can pay 800 for the Simms, and they will last 3 seasons of moderate use. I just returned my 3 year old Simms G3 boot foots for repair because the Bogs Boots cracked at the ankle.
  5. PS: My previous Simms boot foots made with Muck Boots, but lighter weight for warmer weather are still going strong.

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