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Lightweight, long-distance chargers with on-demand fit Powered by a hard-charging aesthetic and on-the-go adjustability, the Rivertek™ 2 Boa® is a force both on the trail and in the drink. Underfoot, Simms' stalwart StreamTread™ platform is tuned for support and traction, while the boot's upper architecture endures abuse thanks to waterproof synthetic leather in a tag-team effort with TPU skid plates located in high-wear areas. The Boa® closure system provides precise, on-demand fit, enveloping partially lined neoprene internals that bolster warmth, cushioning, and easy-on/off capabilities.
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.
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.
To allow proper room for the neoprene stockingfoot, find your regular shoe size in the right-hand columns and order the corresponding Simms Boot in the first column. This will typically be one size up from your normal shoe size for men and one size down for women (ie: a women's USA size 8 would take a men's boot size 7).
(Simms Boot size 5 will fit a Youth Size 4, etc.)
Not all styles available in all sizes; please see individual boot for size specifics
** Freestone Boot - Streamtread only
Taben , 2/28/2017
If your the kind of person that gets out every other weekend, these boots are for you! Simple to get on and off with a rather basic cable design. Buy extra cables if you plan on using these boots for walking anywhere, and expect them to be very stiff. Cable breakage slows once these boots have been broken in. Tight lines.
(Posted on 2/28/2017)
Fish Searcher, 9/28/2016
Decided on Rivertec 2 because I intuitively didn't like where the Boa wheel was positioned on the G3's . Spent a week walking about a half mile into the honey hole (sometimes a couple of trips) on a twisting, muddy, slippery, root infested, up and down trail. The boots kept me upright. The river was marginal with waist high pretty fast water and slippery hidden rocks scattered through out. The boots did a good in keeping me from slipping. I had several additional cleats put on my boots.
Easy to put on and take off. Much easier than my 10 year old Simms leather laced boots! I found it is necessary to tighten the Boa while fishing as it either loosens or the boots stretch as they soak up water. It wasn't a big deal except once when exiting the river I stepped into 8 inches of mud and felt my foot start to come out of the boot as I tried to pull my foot out of the mud!!! Almost fell.
I did wear the boots with waders around my yard before I headed north to check for hot spots, but didn't have any. However, the first day of fishing I noticed I did have a couple of sore spots on my feet but, after that first day the boots formed around my wide feet and were comfortable from then on.
I don't understand the purpose of the un-filtered "holes" above the soles. I hosed down my boots while I had them on and noticed sand/grit on the insoles after drying. Why have them?
I have not noticed any wear under the Boa wires so far. If it is only cosmetic who cares? I hate wearing shiny new equipment anyway!
(Posted on 9/28/2016)
Big 2 Hearted River , 8/12/2016
I posted in April 2015 a few weeks after I first purchased the boot. They remained very comfortable for the past 16 months. Two weeks ago, the cable on the right boot broke. Replacement was relatively simple (and I replaced the cable on a size 16 boot with a S/M cable -- and it actually worked better. I was able to tighten the boot more securely through the length of the boot). The cable on the left boot broke yesterday (I was anticipating it would break shortly after the right one did). I'm debating whether to replace the cable or purchase a new pair of boots. The stitching on the tongue of the left boot has come undone and the seam at the soles of both boots is showing a lot of wear. I would have to say I got my money's worth on this boot for the 15 months. I'm debating whether to replace this pair with another RiverTek2 Boa. If I found another boot in size 15 or 16, I might try those out. It's difficult to find a pair of size 16s!
(Posted on 8/12/2016)
Well I went to my local shop completely intent on getting the G3 Guide boot and nothing else. Well unfortunately the G3 sizing was not optimal for my foot, the 13 was too small and the 14 too big. For some reason the RiverTek 2 BOA's size 14 fit the best. So reluctantly I went with the RiveTek boots. I did read the reviews on the G4 Boa's and I rejected them based on design, I couldn't bear the idea of the Boa wheel being placed laterally over the ankle bone I have enough problems with my feet!
After 4 or 5 outings several where its normal to hike 1 to 3 miles getting to, around and back from the river these are comfortable boots with acceptable on the trail and in the river traction. In fact the wet muddy conditions made walking treacherous my fishing buddy had new some other "off-brand" boots slipped and wrenched his back prematurely ending our fishing trip.
- relatively light weight
- good traction hiking and in the river
- good overall foot and ankle support
- BOA system is quick on/off
Less than Like's:
- Holes near the sole allow river sand/debris into boot
- Laces are already wearing the material on the tongue how could that be?? Why wouldn't Simms put a more durable material under the laces???
- Laces are not as tight at the end of the day as in the beginning. I'm not sure if they are giving slack under the strain or the boots just become "larger" when wet or both.
Preliminary Conclusion - The Rivertek Boa 2 is a good boot however sizing is weird it seems crazy that you need to go up 2 sizes but whatever. The wearing of the material under the laces is of great concern and will require further monitoring to make sure it doesn't lead to premature failure of the boot. As for the BOA is system in general it works as advertised but its ability to keep the boot tight throughout the day and its overall longevity is undetermined at this point. I'm a little concerned that the BOA repair kits (XL size) are sold out everywhere that is; locally, online and on the SIMMS site. Either someone forecasted demand incorrectly or these systems are susceptible to failure. It would suck to be in the river 1 mile from the truck and have a lace fail and not have a repair kit handy since I see no other way to perform a temporary field repair on the boot. Based on the instructions on the BOA site replacing the laces is definitely going to burn a lot of valuable fishing time and your patience compared to a simple conventional boot lace. I will update this review in the future after more use.
[Simms Pro Services Desk]
Thank you for your review, Steelheader. We are glad to hear that you are enjoying your boots. If you do find that you are having premature wear with the BOA system please give us a call at 1-800-217-4667 so we can chat about our repair/warranty process.
(Posted on 4/15/2016)
Capt. Jay Lowe, 6/25/2015
Had the pleasure of using these boots today for the first time and was thoroughly impressed. The BOA lacing system is super quick, and I doubt I could ever go back to laces again. Sturdy boot with excellent support, provides great traction but you'll want to invest in some studs or cleats for river beds.
(Posted on 6/25/2015)
I really like this boot, however. After maybe 10 outings(not even half a season) the gray coating on them is coming off near the tongue of the boot. I am not a guide, I do not fish every day. At best you could consider me a weekend warrior. I fish sandy bottom creeks for small trout. I had to take them and return them to the store where they were purchased. I'm bummed as everything I own is a simms product. Waders,Bag,Nippers,hats. I am a big fan and expect them to perform at the price point they offer their products. Hopefully my next pair will hold up better. For the record also I attempted to contact simms as well but after 20mins on hold I gave up and just took them back to the store where purchased and they were kind enough to exchange them.
[Response from Simms Customer Care Team] - We are sorry for your poor experience. Please contact us at 888-585-3570. We would like to see how we can make this right. Please reference this review.
(Posted on 6/15/2015)
Two-Hearted River, 4/26/2015
Like the other reviewer, I wear a size 16 boot. The lightweight, yet very durable materials, make this boot a pleasure to wear on the river. And believe me, weight is an issue when you're toting around that size of boot! The Boa system is efficient and secure; however, I wish that the wearer had some control to tighten the lower part of the boot separately or something. I have a narrow foot, so I would like to be able to tighten the lower part more than above the ankle. All in all, though, this was a great purchase. Spent two consecutive days on the Arkansas River to break them in and they were great! Very happy with the boot.
(Posted on 4/26/2015)
I kept bugging Tony Ferrie to get a boot other than the freestone for us bigfoots out there and simms finally came through, the boot is much lighter almost has an athletic feel to it, and the boa is a gem, just twist up until your desired liver of comfort and your on the water.
The only gripe is that the drain holes have no screens so you get a ton of sand and pebbles in the bottom of the boot.
No issues other than that.
Solid boot hopefully you keep making those in a 16 like the pair I got.
(Posted on 4/3/2015)
Fish drys, 3/22/2015
Just finished a long fishing trip with the Rivertek 2 BOA boots (first trip with these boots) after over 15 years in Greenstone Boots it was a pleasure to fish. These boots are significantly lighter without any appreciable difference in support, stability, or comfort. It nearly, but not totally, felt like fishing in my house slippers. I have unique fit requirement which were addressed without issue with the BOA system. The ease of off and on as well as ability to adjust on the fly when needed was much appreciated.
I need to thank Simms for finally making a better-level of boot available in larger sizes.
I could not be happier with a pair of wadding boots and Simms as a company.
(Posted on 3/22/2015)
I sure miss the days when we could wear felt everywhere...
These boots are good, but I'll agree with past reviewers that the boa closure system tends to not get the bottom area of the lacing as tight as one would wish. However, I found that by day six or seven of fishing they fit great
(Posted on 3/9/2015)