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Bolster your in-river balance For every cubic foot per second scheming to send you sideways, Simms' 7075 Aluminum Wading Staff offers a balance-enhancing solution. The durable, 4-section staff has a locking detent button and includes an adjustable FastLock system for customizable lengths between 51 and 56 inches. Contoured, TPR molded handles deliver surefire grip in the heat of battle. And an ergonomic strap system features a quick-release mechanism for added safety. Neoprene sheath comes standard.
I have been using this staff now for about two years. I have had a very different experience than some of the other users. I find the staff extends and retracts with ease, durability has not been an issue (I am 235 lbs.), fits nicely in the Neoprene sheath and works great with the wading staff retractor, which is a must have addition. I tend to extend it and allow it to drag behind me and grab it when needed. It never seems to be in the way of my line, etc., but in my opinion is a must have safety option. I would not hesitate in recommending this product to others.
(Posted on 1/24/2017)
I used the former style of wading staff and within the first year of use it would not retract, and happily Simms sent me a replacement - which is this new model. This one feels sturdier than the previous and I like the grip and adjusting height. (And they sent me a retractor, which was very nice, and useful of course). However, it is about impossible to get this staff to link together and lock without a lot of fussing. The locking pin rarely lines up right, and if often lost in the shaft somewhere - leading to loosening the whole rig, pulling it to snap together, still not getting pin to align; repeat, repeat. It seems a design flaw and I hope you (Simms) can refine this otherwise good staff.
[Simms Pro Services Desk]
Thank you for your review, Rebecca. Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-217-4667 so we can explain the easy way to engage your wading staff. There are a few tips and tricks we have to make your wading staff more user friendly. We look forward to hearing from you!
(Posted on 4/10/2016)
Mr. Lee, 10/14/2015
I haven't used it yet--it seems decent enough as to function but it's a real pain the neck to break it down. You could very well fall just trying to do that.
(Posted on 10/14/2015)
I own several Simms products (waders, boots, jacket, and older waiting staff) and have always been satisfied. When I got this one in the mail, I was shock at how flimsy it is and how it is isn't just doesn't work well. It's hard to break down and then reset up. I haven't fished with this yet, so it may be unfair. . .but trying to use this while in a current, then stopping to fish, and then moving (which is what a wading staff is for!), I'm not sure I'd trust this. Simply put, do not buy.
[Response from Simms Customer Care Team]
tdd4k, thank you for your review. If have any questions in regards to your wading staff, we would be more than happy to chat. Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-217-4667 or email us at [email protected]
(Posted on 9/8/2015)
Let me prefice this by saying that I have been a loyal customer to Simms for the past 20 years. I, like many others, have known Simms to be a company that offers quality products and backs their products no matter what. While this staff has performed well when it is in working order, the aluminum that was used in the build is weak and subject to failure. This staff did not even last me a year before falling apart. I expect quality from a staff of this value from a company like Simms. Unfortunately, I was disappointed about this item and will likely go elsewhere for a new staff.
(Posted on 4/30/2015)
DavedD , 12/24/2014
When planning a trip to Haida Gwaii I read a few reports about rivers stained with the tannins from the Cedar trees. Visibility, for humans, was apparently quite low and the commenter suggested a wading staff.
I like Simms products so I decided on this staff and bought it. I was wading out to a gravel bar and decided to try the staff. Once I had used it for a short time I was asking myself why I didn't buy this 10 years ago. It wasn't long and I was using the staff in the river, in the old growth, and even walking down the trail. Once I assembled it I used it all day. I'm fairly young and in decent shape...still, this thing is great.
The retractor is a must if you don't have one. When casting the staff is downstream and there when you need it. No tangles in the line and no issue when fighting big Steelhead. The system works well.
Ironic though - the safety sticker that says do not remove.....comes off on its own.
(Posted on 12/24/2014)
nice fit and finish - not as intuitive to assemble as some others. Works fine just not fast. Definitely not one that will self assemble in need of it emergently.
(Posted on 9/30/2014)
Dan D, 8/14/2014
I have the earlier version of this product. It does not have the adjustable height feature, but it DID come with the retractor. You must have this. It is now listed as a separate purchase. I have used my aluminum staff often and in very demanding situations in the NW and BC. Has held up great. I would not leave home without it. Period.
(Posted on 8/14/2014)