Intruder Wading Boot - Felt Soles

ITEM #
PG-10892
Fearless boots for avid wading anglers - in felt.
$179.95
Rating:
93% of 100
Size Chart

Men's Footwear Size Chart

Simms Shoe
Sandal or Flip
USAEuroUKCM
5 5 38 4.5 23
6 6 39 5.5 23.5
7 7 40 6 24.4
8 8 41 7 25.4
9 9 42 8 26
9.5 9.5 42.5 8.5 26.7
10 10 43 9 27
10.5 10.5 43.5 9.5 27.3
11 11 44 10 27.9
11.5 11.5 44.5 10.5 28.3
12 12 45 11.5 28.6
13 13 46 12.5 29.4
14 14 47 13.5 30.2

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Description

The Simms Intruder® Felt blazes trail and wet-wades through four seasons with stamina and finesse. Integrated neoprene socks block debris. Dual-density EVA midsoles mitigate shock, while ESS plates keep cleats in check and enhance balance and control. Advanced features include nonslip Vibram® Megagrip rubber outsoles with integrated felt pads for superior grip. Abrasion-fighting welded TPU pads are seated in strategic zones, and a full neoprene lining combines wading comfort with convenient on/off capabilities.

Features

  • Integrated neoprene sock blocks debris
  • Full neoprene lining for cushioning & easy on/off
  • Dual‐density EVA midsole for shock absorption
  • Welded TPU pads in high abrasion areas
  • Designed to be worn barefoot or with Simms® Neoprene Wading or Guard Socks

  • APPROX. WEIGHT: 47.3 oz.

Technologies

  • CleanStream™ is a design philosophy that runs through our line of wading footwear. While not specific to a product feature, this designation does indicate that the product includes features and/or materials that are more resistant to "hitch-hiking" organisms – have less exposed stitching, fewer ridges & pockets and utilize non-absorbent materials – all making the boots easier to inspect, clean and dry faster. All of these elements assist anglers in doing their part to prevent the spread of invasive species.

  • Vibram® soles boast innovative compounds and technical sole patterns, specifically developed to meet the challenges of many different environments and applications.

Footwear Care

If using in saltwater always clean and rinse to prevent corrosion.

Use a brush to remove dust and dirt. Choose an old vegetable brush or toothbrush. For maximum thoroughness, remove laces prior to cleaning. Use specialized boot cleaner, saddle soap or maybe a mild dishwashing soap with luke-warm water.

Do not use bar soap or detergents.

Do not place wet boots close to a heat source (fireplace, campfire, wood stove, radiator, heater, sunny windowsill) as this can weaken adhesives and cause materials to become brittle or shrink.

Dry using natural methods (air dry) and try to keep them out of the sun for long periods of time. Boots dry faster when positioned upside-down. If desired, stuff a sheet or two of newspaper into each boot to absorb moisture. Change the paper each hour.

If you see any mold on your boots, brush in a mixture of 80% water and 20% vinegar.

Over time the use of leather conditioners may provide increased water repellency and can prevent cracking and drying of the leather.

Store footwear in a place where temperatures are stable and normal. Do not store footwear in attics, garages, car trunks or any unventilated spaces.

Never put footwear in washing machine.

Size Chart

Men's Footwear Size Chart

Simms Shoe
Sandal or Flip
USAEuroUKCM
5 5 38 4.5 23
6 6 39 5.5 23.5
7 7 40 6 24.4
8 8 41 7 25.4
9 9 42 8 26
9.5 9.5 42.5 8.5 26.7
10 10 43 9 27
10.5 10.5 43.5 9.5 27.3
11 11 44 10 27.9
11.5 11.5 44.5 10.5 28.3
12 12 45 11.5 28.6
13 13 46 12.5 29.4
14 14 47 13.5 30.2

Not all styles available in all sizes; please see individual shoe/sandal/flip dropdown for size specifics

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Reviews (11)

  1. Best product since gore tex waders

    100%

    This may be the best product Simms has come out with since they came out with the original gore tex guide stockingfoot waders in the 1990's. A truly great wet wading boot. Comfortable barefoot but even more comfortable with the wet wading socks. Thanks Simms for making these! I love them.
  2. Finally

    100%

    I have over a doz days on the water and I'm very happy with them. Finally a light weight boot that's perfect for those hot dry days hiking to the runs. I still wear either neo socks or wading socks so I can pull them up when the water is extra cold. Highly recommend them if like to wet wade.
  3. Outstanding alternative

    100%

    I enjoy fishing in the mountains of NC and the farther off the beaten path the better. These boots afford me the opportunity to comfortably hike in and fish without having to wear the cumbersome wading boots designed for waders.
    The 1st time I used these boots I had studied the map of the area I wanted to fish trying to find the most accessible portion of the river. I noticed an area where the gradients indicated there was a flat adjacent to the river. I thought it was a continuation of a grassy flat where my friend had entered the river to fish. Wrong. It turned out to be a swampy area with knee deep mud, an unusual occurrence in the mountains where you usually have a firm, gravel based soil. By the time I realized my predicament I had passed what I considered the point of no return. I struggled through. Not going in knee deep with every step but enough to make it a very strenuous trek. That coupled impenetrable walls of laurel and rhododendron I encountered before reaching the rivers edge made for quite the adventure. Had I been wearing my conventional boots and waders or neoprene socks I'm fairly sure that the mud would have sucked my boots off making a strenuous trek miserable if not worse. The neoprene cuff kept all mud out of my boots. I was wearing the Simms sock designed for this type of boot.
    The boots come with extra long laces that are designed to be wrapped around the ankle of the boot. I would advise that they be used in this manner and not be shortened to conventional length. I would also advise the use of the special wading boot socks. I like the neoprene cuff but, as previously mentioned, I'm worried about the longevity of the cuff,
  4. Very hard to get into as the neoprene collapses down the boot!

    60%

    Very difficult to get you foot into the boot! The designer of the boot may have been double jointed, but the neoprene needs a loop in the back to hold it up as you put your foot in - or you need a shoe horn to get into it!
  5. Thank you simms

    100%

    Used them this weekend chasing trout on the fly. It was nice not to wear my g3s in 22° weather. My bestfriend was sweating in his waders. I had my boots and simms shorts. They really protect ankles from getting smashed on rocks.
  6. Thank you simms

    100%

    Used them this weekend chasing trout on the fly. It was nice not to wear my g3s in 22° weather. My bestfriend was sweating in his waders. I had my boots and simms shorts. They really protect ankles from getting smashed on rocks.
  7. Good, but wore out sooner than expected

    80%

    I've used these boots for about 18 months... they're very comfortable, they provide plenty of support, and I don't have too many slips/falls while wearing them. They started splitting at the seams a few months ago, and some of the accents are starting to come off. Also, the mouth of the neoprene sock is pretty loose. I fish once every week or two putting in six or eight hours on the water each time, and some of the wading I do is pretty tough and technical, so I can't complain too much. I'm just surprised that they didn't even make it two years. I'd buy them again though, because $175 for eighteen months of fun is a good bargain.


    Simms Customer Service:

    Thank you for posting your review. Please feel free to contact us at repairs@simmsfishing.com--we'd be happy to see if any repairs would be possible for your boots.
  8. Best of both worlds!

    100%

    Bought these for a trip to Bolivia. Best wet wading boots I have owned by a country mile.

    Rubber part of the sole gives great support and structure and makes walking off the river and (in the jungle) so much easier than full felt soles. Also gave me an anchor point against the felt on tricky crossings in faster water and when walking down and climbing up muddy tracks. I was initially sceptical of the hybrid rubber/felt, but after fishing with them I didnt feel that the rubber (when compared with full felt) reduced the overall grip in any way when in the water.

    Felt part of the sole makes bounding over rocky river bottoms and banks a joy - no slippery incidents in or out of the water for the whole trip, including when chasing a couple of big Dorado downstream into the next pool.

    Very very comfortable boots. In-built neoprene socks stopped pebbles and stones from getting in and made for a comfortable fit with no blisters. I still ended up wearing gravel guards over the boots just to keep every bit of sand and grit out, which meant I never needed to take my boots off at all during the course of the day to clear them out.

    No great issues getting the boots on and off as a result of the neoprene sock, especially if your wading sock is a little damp from the day before. Size was bang on - go for the same size as you wear for sneakers/runners. Many other wading boots are huge in comparison as they are designed to be worn with neoprene-wader socks.

    My poor fishing buddy had a pair of ulltralight full felt sole boots (from another manufacturer) with him on the trip. Whilst being super lite and the envy of all in camp when we were unpacking our kit at the start of the trip, these boots had very little internal structure and support. He is a seasoned angler, but the boots basically took him off the water after about 5 or 6 hours fishing each day. His feet were an absolute mess by the end of the trip and these boots were promptly discarded at the end of fishing on the last day. My Simms Intruder boots will be good for many more trips to come.

    Thanks Simms!

  9. a gravel-free boot!!

    100%

    i just got done putting these through the Conejos/Telluride
  10. Best Wet Wading Footwear So Far

    80%

    Throughout the years I have busted through quite a few pairs other wet wading sandals/shoes/booties before and the Intruders are by far the best I have strapped to my feet. It was about time someone came out with dedicated wet wading shoes. I have put probably a hundred or so miles on them so far and imagine I will put many hundred more on them.

    So far durability has been great and I will have to say I am very tough on gear. My only concerns would be about the built in sock stretching out before the rest of the boot wears (possibility to have non-built in socks in future?) and the felt possibly coming off (not sure how it is attached but absolutely no sign of this as of yet!)

    Pros
    -Great ankle support
    -Comfortable for hiking
    -Excellent at keeping small particles out (sand, pea gravel, etc.)
    -Grip! I no longer feel like I am performing a balancing act on slippery rock and I have not even added studs yet

    Cons
    -Slightly tough to get on (honestly more worried that the built in neoprene sock might get worn out from stretching over time more than anything)
    -Laces coming undone, way better than boa system though

    Honestly wish I could give 4.5 stars, was so close to giving 5 but I am tough on grading. If the laces were less likely to come undone (pull up laces like seen on some keens maybe?) and I feel more confident it the durability of the built in neoprene it would be a 5 no doubt.

    Thank you Simms for an awesome product!


  11. A great boot

    100%

    Bought a pair of these while out in Spokane and put them to the test on several rivers while I was in the area. I have narrow feet and the fit was great with just a pair of neoprene wet wading socks and there is enough felt to keep you upright on slippery rocks. For warm weather wading, I don't intend to leave home without them!!

    I'm thinking about a non-felt pair for an upcoming trip to New Zealand.