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Become a wading wizard Sourcing steelhead across the roiling waters of Washington's Olympic Peninsula is easier with an ally at your side. Simms' Pro Wading Staff excels against the push and pull thanks to the lightweight, high-strength capabilities of best-in-class carbon tubing. The four-section staff includes a FastLock system, similar to touring-style ski poles, for customizable lengths between 51 and 56 inches A contoured cork handle delivers non-slip grip. And the ergonomic strap is quick-release enabled for enhanced safety in the field. Neoprene sheath comes standard.
I was so excited to bring this staff to the river this weekend. I looked and felt perfect. 10 Min. into the river the plastic washer broke off and had to use a wooden stick for the rest of the day. This is not what I expected from a Simms product. I am glad I did not get hurt
(Posted on 6/7/2017)
PRO: Light! If I'm going to drag around a wading staff during my adventures I want it to be light, and the Pro staff is just that. I disagree with others here that carbon fiber is a poor material for a staff - it's awesome!
You can't thrash around and lever this thing in medium or larger rock, as you'll break it, so you have to use it with that in mind. If you like to be rough on things (as I am), you need to adjust your approach with this, or, buy an aluminum or cheaper staff.
CON: don't like the lever-adjustment. It ads another step in deploying the staff and this is unnecessary - and potentially dangerous if you have to deploy quickly. Wading depths and underwater features change quickly and there is absolutely no need to have the perfect height - something you would want in a hiking staff for consistency of "feel."
CON: Price. Like everything Simms, this is spendy. Most things like Simms waders, jackets, boots, are absolutely worth the extra dollar in my opinion. The Pro staff is absolutely not. For $149 the value is poor. Instead, for $10 less I recommend purchasing a set of Black Diamond Carbon Z treking poles: 1) they are lighter 2) they are very "clean" and don't have the lever-lock feature. They deploy SUPER fast with one quick tug down on the upper shaft. 3) The tension can be adjusted between sections as they stretch slightly over time 4) You have TWO poles for the same price, that are made better than the Simms. If you break one, you have a backup AND you can use them for hiking poles as well.
CON: Grip. It's heavy and undermines the light weight of the pole. This could be made far lighter using foam.
I think it's a matter of scale on this for Simms, as they have a lot of products and I'm sure they don't manufacture tens of thousands of these so cost is higher. However, they should go back to the drawing board on this pole and work for a $100 pole that has less "gizmo" qualities to it (eliminate the lever-lock, change the grip, lighten the sheath, sell it with retainer).
[Simms Pro Desk]
Thank you for your honest review, Steelcranium. If you would like to chat about any of the features of this wading staff we would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to drop us a line at 1-800-217-4667.
(Posted on 2/19/2016)
Whilst I don't have an issue with the way this staff folds/unfolds, the neoprene sleeve will inevitably get damaged due to the tight fit caused by the locking mechanism.
My main complaint is that the aluminium tip could only be removed (in order to screw in the rubber tip) by using adjustable mole grips using significant force as no grease/lubrication had been applied to the relevant internal thread.
Considering the SIMMS premium price I felt this was poor workmanship.
I'm sure the staff itself is fine, but these little touches make the difference between quality and bordering on shabby.
[Response from Simms Customer Care Team]
Thank you for your honest review, NH. We would be happy to discuss the features and usability of this wading staff with you if you would like to drop us a line at 1-800-217-4667.
(Posted on 1/9/2016)
I HAVE USED A METAL WALKING STAFF DOZENS OF TIMES WHILE WADING THE DESCHUTES RIVER IN OREGON. I RECEIVED THIS CARBON FIBER PRO WADING STAFF AS A BIRTHDAY GIFT. THE TIP PIECE BROKE ABOUT 4" FROM THE TIP ON THE 2ND DAY OF USE. IT PUSHED ME SIDEWAYS AND I ENDED UP IN THE RIVER WITH WADERS FULL OF WATER. THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED TO ME IN MY LIFE. I HAD TO REMOVE ALL WET CLOTHING AND DUMP GALLONS OF WATER FROM MY WADERS. HOW EMBARRASSING. I'M ON THIS SITE TRYING TO FIND A CONTACT TO SEE IF SIMMS WILL REPLACE IT. SO FAR, I CAN'T FIND ANY CONTACT INFORMATION. I RECOMMEND AGAINST PURCHASING THIS THING. WILL CHANGE MY MIND IF SIMMS STANDS BEHIND ITS PRODUCTS.
[Response from Simms Customer Care Team]
Thank you for taking the time to review this product, Jim. Please contact us at 1-800-217-4667 or at [email protected] so we can work to resolve this issue.
(Posted on 10/22/2015)
This excellent staff needs a strap to secure it over the shoulder while fishing, it is far too complicated to be returned to the sheath every couple of steps.
(Posted on 9/22/2014)
Chief of Staff, 8/20/2014
I eagerly awaited arrival of this carbon fiber Pro Wading Staff but I have to say I am a bit disappointed with several things.
First, there is a warning on the attached tag that reads: “The strength of carbon fiber is compromised if the staff’s surface is dented, scratched, fractured, chipped or damaged in any other manner, which could result in structural failure”
How does one avoid scratching a wading staff? Every wading staff I own including one of last versions of the Simms aluminum wading staff is scratched heavily in the tip section. It is unavoidable when you fish a rocky stream. There is no way the carbon fiber won’t get scratched up as well and possibly even gouged somewhat by larger rocks. Should I be concerned or is this just a CYA statement?
2. The staff requires an extra step when deploying over the previous model due to the adjustable length feature. The FastLock clip must be undone first, then the staff pulled open until the locking button pops into the hole and finally the staff length adjusted and the FastLock clip re-secured. I can’t imagine being bothered doing this more than once during the day which goes against the whole idea of a collapsible wading staff that you can easily fold up or deploy as needed. I also cannot imagine doing this without two COMPLETELY dedicated hands or in the extreme cold with gloves.
3. The locking button that keeps the staff from collapsing now protrudes through a hole on the upper section as opposed to just sticking out below the adjacent section as it did on the old version. I’ll leave it to other owners to decide if a few millimeters of locking button protruding through a hole leaves you feeling as confident as the old design.
4. The FastLock clip required for the adjustable length feature necessitated a redesign of the scabbard or case so the collapsed staff goes in easily. Well, it hardly goes in easily and IF you forget to lock the FastLock clip before putting the staff back into the case (which wouldn’t be hard to do), you most likely wouldn’t be able to get it in or you MAY break the clip if you force it. At minimum, you will probably damage the neoprene, which will probably wear out anyway from constant rubbing against the FastLock clip under normal use.
5. The aluminum tip can be swapped with a rubber tip (for an additional charge) which is a nice feature however, to get it off you most likely need a pair of pliers which sort of means you couldn’t easily swap out from metal to rubber streamside. Why this couldn’t have been designed with two flat spots that would accommodate an inexpensive wrench tool or with a hole that could accept a steel rod is beyond me. The bottom line is you had better decide which tip suits you best BEFORE you start wading and carry a pair of pliers in case the tip gets loose.
6. The staff when collapsed is about 5” longer than the old Simms wading staff, again due to the “one size fits all” feature making it about 20” long when it is in the sheath. At that length, if you are wading above your knees, expect it to be in the water getting wet whether it is deployed or not.
7. Finally the nitpicking – the staff is tethered to the scabbard by a 6” length of web strap and a quick release clip. If you want a tether that is longer than that, you can tie a length of paracord to the fancy quick release web strap on the handle so you don’t lose your $150 wading staff, but then you have to wind the cord around the staff when you fold it up. The more convenient option is the accessory retractor. However, that is a SEPARATE purchase costing an additional $25 (so you don’t lose your $175 wading staff). BTW - A retractor was included with the old Simms staff.
I get the whole one size fits all concept but in this case, I don’t think the idea works. As far as carbon fiber goes as a material for wading staffs, if scratches are an issue, it may be best suited to rock-less streams if such a thing exists.
Sorry but I will be retuning my Simms Carbon Fiber Pro Wading staff and sticking with my old Simms aluminum wading staff as I think Simms should have as well.
(Posted on 8/20/2014)
John D, 8/19/2014
This is not an improved wading staff.
1 Given any wading staff will get rough treatment, the angler runs the risk of tearing up their hands. My staff is already roughing up.
2 Under water pressure, the vibrations are similar to the older alloy staffs. I'm not sure it is stronger. Also, I would prefer a staff to bend rather than shatter.
3 The sheath is improved. It is now easier to get the folded staff into the sheath. It does not come out so well.
4. It should be sold with the retainer.
(Posted on 8/19/2014)