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.
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.
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