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The freedom of wet wading encourages exploration, but it only takes using your regular wading boots once to realize they are not very compatible with wet wading. The hybrid felt and Vibram® outsole of our men's Intruder Boot offers confident traction on river bottoms and wet river banks, while the integrated neoprene sock hugs your foot for a warm, snug barefoot fit. The synthetic upper holds up to the abuse of rocky river wading, while maintaining a low-profile for easy trail hiking. The extended neoprene cuff seals out sand and gravel, and the cushioned midsole supports your foot for a full day on the river.
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. For more information, please visit our CleanStream™ page or these organizations: www.cleanangling.org, www.protectyourwaters.net or www.tu.org.
Vibram® invests heavily in research and development of products never overlooking even the most minute detail. Inspired by free climbing rubber, Vibram Idrogrip is ideal on wet surfaces and improves grip on slippery terrain. Vibram Megagrip offers the ideal combination of grip and durability for maximum surface adaptability.
For proper cleaning of your footwear to descrease the likelihood of spreading Aquatic Invasive Species, please reference our CleanStream™ page.
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.
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Happy Tramper, 11/3/2017
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.
(Posted on 11/3/2017)
i just got done putting these through the Conejos/Telluride
(Posted on 9/21/2017)
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!)
-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
-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!
(Posted on 9/13/2016)
mark w, 8/30/2016
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.
(Posted on 8/30/2016)