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A cleat from Simms that is specifically engineered to fit with our Vibram® rubber outsoles - utilizing corrosion-free aluminum to conform to micro-surfaces of rocks.
Vibram® soles are built from the bottom up and are designed to overcome very specific obstacles on a variety of terrains. Vibram® invests heavily in research and development of products never overlooking even the most minute detail. Vibram® soles boast innovative compounds and technical sole patterns, specifically developed to meet the challenges of many different environments and applications. www.vibram.us
Have had these pucks for 2 years in a myriad of waters and they are worn to the point of needing replacement. Only ever lost one and that took about five miles of overland walking. Nothing can completely prevent slipping on certain rocks and stream beds, especially with rubber soles, but for most situations these do as advertised. Plus, I don't have to worry about hopping into a boat and scratching the flooring to pieces as with other studs.
(Posted on 3/14/2016)
The Noble Savage, 8/8/2015
Wore these for the first time today with an old pair of Freestones I had laying around and & felt more comfortable and secure - by far - than I ever have with felt soles. I wade with a staff too and the combination of cleats/staff provided the stability I was looking for. Nice product.
(Posted on 8/8/2015)
Montana Colorado, 6/12/2015
I have had the same set of cleats on my Simms boots for two years. I fish 40 to 50 days a year - none have fallen out. I am replacing the cleats now before they wear down to the point where I cannot unscrew them. I have found the traction to be better than any other sole/cleat combination I have tried over the years, and they stay in much better than other cleats/studs I have used.
(Posted on 6/12/2015)
Fish Drys, 3/5/2015
The Alumibite cleats are the only way to go with rubber soles. It feels like the literal grab rocks and cut through vegetation and slime. I've used other studs but will not go back to anything else since I tried the Alumibite product. Easy to make a custom installation to fit your feet and needs. I can't recommend them highly enough. They are a safety device which greatly improves my enjoyment of fishing.
(Posted on 3/5/2015)
Jeff R, 1/25/2015
These are soft, aluminum is a soft material to start. These wore quickly, rounded edges. Created a very unsafe condition. I removed after 3 months and tossed in the trash. Don't waste your money.
(Posted on 1/25/2015)
John , 12/18/2014
I bought a $30 puck and put 5 alumibite cleats in each boot. I headed to the Big Hole for long weekend in October. The low water makes the shallow rock very slick, as you know. After a few hours of sliding around - 5 per boot isn't good, I stopped to and noticed I'd already lost a couple. Long slippery story short, by the end of day three I don't think there were two left total.
I told the fly shop and they said you had some issues with certain soles not holding the cleats. Is this true?
(Posted on 12/18/2014)
I bought one $30 puck of these alumibrite cleats and installed five per boot, into my Simms Rivertrek soles. I had four days on the Big Hole in October and knew I'd need some better traction on the slick shallow bottom rocks that hadn't felt current in a month.
After a couple hours of slipping around on the first morning one boot had two cleats left. By the end of the four days I think there was one cleat still in place. I should have just cast a few $10 bills into the river.
Unacceptable. I won't be buying any of these cleats again.
(Posted on 11/28/2014)
These cleats are easily installed and have provided me with improved traction while wading. The only issue I have had with them is that if I step on a dry sloped rock and the only thing touching the rock is the cleats, they will slip. Otherwise a great product. Thanks!
(Posted on 9/29/2014)