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Vaportread Wading Boot - Vibram Soles

ITEM #
PG-10474
From high-elevation rivulets to coring into no-man's land with nothing but bear mace and Ramen noodle rations, Simms' new VaporTread® Boot gets you into the thick of it - faster.
$179.95
Rating:
75% of 100
Size Chart

Men's Wading Boot Size Chart

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.)

Simms Wading
Boot Size
USA
Size
Euro
Size
UK
Size
CM
Size
5** 4 37 3 22
6** 5 38 4 23
7 6 39 5 24
8 7 40 6 25
9 8 41 7 26
10 9 42 8 27
11 10 43 9 28
12 11 44 10 29
13 12 45 11 30
14 13 46 12 31
15** 14 47 13 32
16** 15 48 14 33

Not all styles available in all sizes; please see individual boot for size specifics
** Freestone Boot - Streamtread only

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Description

From high-elevation rivulets to coring into no-man's land with nothing but bear mace and Ramen noodle rations, Simms' new VaporTread® Boot gets you into the thick of it - faster. Its lightweight, minimalist design is maximized by a VaporTread® platform/4.0mm Vibram® Megagrip rubber outsole that effectively bridges the worlds of superior hiking speeds and traction-enhanced wading performance. Features include a synthetic leather, textile, and scratch rubber upper that, combined with an anatomical top collar, work with your feet for all-day, blister-free trailblazing. Internals are precision lined with plush neoprene where it counts, generating warmth, redefining comfort, and guaranteeing on/off ease whether it's time to rally - or rest - your dogs.

Features

  • Waterproof synthetic leather, rip‐stop nylon & scratch rubber upper
  • Partial neoprene liningĀ  & anatomical collarĀ 
  • ESS plates for improved cleat retention & proprioception
  • Dual‐density midsole for shock absorption
APPROX. WEIGHT: 52.8 oz.

Technologies

  • 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.

  • The New VAPORTREAD™ is designed for the adventurous angler looking for an innovative piece of footwear that is both trail-ready and wading-ready perfect for accessing remote, prisitine backcountry fishing holes.  The molded 3D footbed with arch support and ball flex aligns the foot for all day comfort and optimizes biomechanics.  A molded TPU heel clip secures the heel and adds lateral stability for all day hiking and wading.  The molded dual-density EVA midsole creates additional cushioning for hiking comfort and enhanced proprioception.  Trying to reduce weight for the trail a molded, minimal TPU retentioin plate was hidden between the midsole and outsole to provide light weight cleat retention and to enhance proprioception.  For long lasting traction on trails, slip resistance in water and toe protection, a revolutionized molded VIBRAM® IDROGRIP® rubber outsole with $MM self-sharpening multi-directional lugs was created.

  • Vibram® soles boast innovative compounds and technical sole patterns, specifically developed to meet the challenges of many different environments and applications.

Footwear Care

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.

Size Chart

Men's Wading Boot Size Chart

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.)

Simms Wading
Boot Size
USA
Size
Euro
Size
UK
Size
CM
Size
5** 4 37 3 22
6** 5 38 4 23
7 6 39 5 24
8 7 40 6 25
9 8 41 7 26
10 9 42 8 27
11 10 43 9 28
12 11 44 10 29
13 12 45 11 30
14 13 46 12 31
15** 14 47 13 32
16** 15 48 14 33

Not all styles available in all sizes; please see individual boot for size specifics
** Freestone Boot - Streamtread only

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Reviews (50)

  1. Re-upping for my second pair

    100%

    I've put tons of trail and stream miles on these boots for the last 3+ seasons. I got them to access backcountry streams in Colorado and they have gotten me to the fish and lots of memories. I fish year-round. Sure, they are falling apart now, but I've continued to milk them with some ShoeGoo and they are still getting me where I want to go. I wear them with Chota Hippies, and I'm amphibious. I'm going to get a second pair for this summer and look forward to wearing them out.
  2. Only lasted one season!

    20%

    Not normally one to complain but I bought a pair of vapor boots as I loved the look of them they looked hard wearing and robust, Mine only lasted me 1 season , the stitching came off both boots and the sides have split and are now completely unusable, I understand boots wont last forever but I was very disappointed with the Simms Vapor Boots, I dry them out properly and remove excess debris after my trips but for the money I paid I was extremely dissatisfied with them. will be looking elsewhere in future.



    Simms Customer Service

    Thank you for posting your review. We are sorry to hear about the damage to your boots. Please contact our repair center at 888-585-3570 or [email protected] and we would be happy to assist you further.
  3. Comfortable, not Durable

    40%

    Have worn these boots for two seasons covering many miles and many rivers. Rubber soles started to split off of the boot in toes, and then along sides. Very comfortable boot, but not durable enough to last very long.
  4. Great Boots

    100%

    Great wet wading boots, they feel more like hiking boots than wading boots. I've used them from surf fishing to steelhead, and they've held up for 3 years (a true miracle). The hardbite cleats wore out and fell off before I noticed any real wear on the boots.
  5. Light boots falling apart

    20%

    The boot is very light and good for long distances in the bush of NZ or the Jungle of Bolivia. But in those places reliability is key.

    And that is the weak spot of those boots: the stitching came apart after less than 30 times on the water fishing.

    The sides came apart from the upper boot. Allowing sand to enter the boot- a very bad construction flaw.
    Until Simms changes the design, those boots are not useful for any serious fly fisher. Unless you want to buy two pairs a season.

    [Simms Pro Desk]

    Thank you for your review, Florian. If you feel there is premature breakdown in these boots we are happy to explore the steps to resolve this issue. Please give us a call at 800-217-4667 so we can chat about our warranty & repair center.
  6. Great boot for those who hike more than they wade

    80%

    In California, you better be miles from the nearest access point in order to get into non-pressured fish. Regular wading boots seemed like tanks on my feet, and after a mile or so of hiking, it was as if I had put on ankle weights.

    The Vapors feel like regular hiking boots with the less rigid upper construction, but perform on the water like a wading boot. I did attach studs to help with the grip, and so far they've performed like a champ after 2 years of hard hiking and equally hard wading.

    While there are a few cosmetic issues that have appeared, I consider that 'wear and tear' especially how many miles I have on them. If you're looking for a boot that doesn't feel like your feet are encased in cement blocks in the water, definitely take a look at the Vapors.
  7. Comfortable,ligthweight,great sole and but incredibly flimsy upper

    40%

    I have worn these boots about twenty outings. The sewn on rubber rands have completely come apart on both sides of both boots, starting at the point where the boot flexes and spreading from there. With every outing the boots have fallen apart more and more. I'm not sure if this is a design flaw, poor workmanship or inferior material but these boots have not held up as expected. I'm considering finding a cobbler to sew them back together as I can't afford to replace right now.

    Otherwise, fit, was good, sole was excellent, especially with the addition of the studs. Weight was great. I do find water pools in them and they do not drain particularly well, getting quite squishy.

    I would love to have a durable lightweight boot I can hike and fish in, that can take studs.
  8. Stitching failure

    20%

    The stitching came apart after a few days fishing. There are loads of hiking boots around without stitching problems. Why cant simms make boots with solid stitching?


    [Simms Pro Desk]

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review, NZ. Your Vaportreads should not be falling apart like that. Please give us a call at 1-800-217-4667 so we can work to resolve this dilemma.
  9. Stiches worn out in a week

    20%

    Purchased in August 2015 at Canada and several places of the stitches worn out in a week.
    I was very happy with previous G4 boots which last years of use.



    [Response from Simms Customer Care Team]

    Thank you for your review, Takao. Please give us a call at 1-800-217-4667 to talk about our warranty program.
  10. Will not hold up

    20%

    These boots will not hold up over time. The upper is too flimsy and if you wear any kinds of studs on these boots they will cause inadvertent holes in the uppers.


    [Response from Simms Customer Care Team]

    Thank you for your review, Steel. If you have any questions in regards to placing your studs, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-207-4667.
  11. Best Boots ever for this Foot Surgery Survivor !

    100%

    Simms Team,

    Multiple foot surgeries over the years make me very picky about my footwear both for fishing and regular life.

    I already own multiple Simms boots and other products including the best waders made.

    That said one of my favorite things to do is hike small mountain streams in NH which includes lots of rock hopping and trail hiking.

    The Vapor boot is PERFECT ! Light, stable and if you put the start cleats in the right place the perfect mix of dry rock and slippery steam traction.

    Thank you Simms for helping me continue my search for the perfect brook trout stream in comfort.

  12. Awesome boot! Lightweight and comfortable!

    100%

    Bought the vapor boots for wet wadding in New Mexico. Boot performed amazing and loved them. Very comfortable and worked perfect for the hikes in and out of the rivers. My third pair of Simms boots and definitely my favorites! Simms never disappoints with their products!!! Thanks !!!!
  13. Excellent light weight boot

    100%

    This is an excellent light weight boot. It has exceeded my expectations after a year of hard walking and wading. Great fit! After one year - boots show very little wear. I expect to get at least another year. Thanks Simms for doing a great job for this kind of boot.
  14. Ongoing great performance

    100%

    Have used these boots for a full year in extreme walking, hiking, wading conditions - about 100 days on river. They have remained comfortable, little wear and continued strong support with light weight benefits. No problems. Good solid product if you want light weight and durability. Hoping to get another trouble free year.
  15. Expensive Boot that Falls Apart

    20%

    I got these boots in May of 2014 and they started to fall apart in just a few trips. They are now totally unusable and have been for months as the seams that hold the rubber toe cap on as well as the side walls longer exist. Gravel enters the boat from all sides and makes hiking and specifically wading very uncomfortable. On their last trip of use I actually had to duct tape them together, quite frustrating. I have had several Simms boats and waders in the past but these really didn't preform as advertised. I will say however they are very light and comfortable when new. As for a boot that cost $169.95 I was very disappointed in the overall performance and durability.

    [Response from Simms Customer Care Team] - Hi Kevin. Please contact our repair center so we can evaluate the boot. We have a solid warranty and if our technicians find it is a defect we will take care of you.
  16. great boot, great price

    100%

    I got the vapor boots in February and have put quite a few miles in them. I really like them so far. They are light and have plenty of ankle support, with a burly sole that seemingly stick to anything. plus the price was right. in my mind that makes them pretty hard to beat.
  17. fell apart at the seams in 8 trips

    20%

    Yes, these boots are are lightweigh and comfortable, but they can't stand any wading. The thread at the black rubber trim completely frayed out in 8 trips and the boots fell apart at the seams. This is my 5th pair of Simms boots and I see quality has completely ruined. My first pair lasted me almost 3 seasons, 4th pair lasted 1 season, and this one went rubbish in 8 trips. I don't expect a wading boot to last forever, but this is ridicolous. Simms is very close to bring to market the "One trip boot". I am done with Simms, thank you.

    [Response from Simms Customer Care Team] - Thank you Jeeves. That should definitely not happen. Please contact our repair center and we'll see what we can do. 888-595-3570
  18. Boot material tears easily on rocks.

    40%

    These boots are really comfortable and extremely light on the feet. The grip on the sole is fantastic and feels great on the trail and stream bed alike. 3 days into wearing them the gray "ripstop" material on the side of the boot scraped a sharp rock and created an inch long tear in the boot. I understand that sharp rocks are going to be in ALL waters but didn't expect a wading boot to tear so easily. Again, the boot is extremely light but my belief is that this compromises its quality. This type of "wear" was not rectified when I sent them into Simms leaving me with a brand new pair of boots with a large tear in the side. Comfortable but not worthy of $179 and a Simms logo.


    [Response from Simms Customer Care Team] Thanks J for your review. We agree that wading boots should show the utmost durability. We have a full service Repair Center in Bozeman and would be happy to assess the damage to your boots. If possible, please send a photo to our Repair Team at [email protected] so that we can assess the damage
  19. VAPOR BOOT - LIGHT WEIGHT & COMFORTABLE

    100%

    You can wade and hike in these boots all day long and your feet will still feel great. I recently wore these boots hiking up into to the mountain streams and found them to be very comfortable the entire day. Wore them with the SIMMS Guard Socks, and a pair of Wool socks as my base layer. No Blisters! I normally wear a size 10.5 Shoe. Purchased the 11 size and was perfect when utilizing them with the above setup. Whenever I hike or go fishing, I usually air out my socks/feet if I'm taking a break of 15 minutes or longer. I will keep the blisters away and your feet will thank you. Great overall product and I would purchase again. Excellent value.
  20. So far, so good!

    100%

    I recently purchased the Vapors to replace another set of boots that disintegrated... I love these boots. They are light yet supportive and very tactile. I recently spent a week fishing on the Upper Sac River in Northern Cali. The hiking terrain is harsh and rugged, the river is slippery. My vapors did not fail me. I have been guiding in these boots regularly. I look forward to many days, months, hopefully years of use. Thank you!
  21. Almost perfect

    60%

    These are great boots and go perfectly with the G3 guide wader(in my opinion the best wader on the market). The great ankle support and grip tread make this a great choice particularly if you are trying to avoid the bulk of some of the larger designs.

    Only one issue - the eyelet on one of the boots has popped after about 5 to 6 days of fishing. I'm very particular with my gear including cleaning and drying after use so I was very disappointed and surprised when this happened. I don't mind paying more for products manufactured in the USA to avoid this type of issue and encourage you to offer a USA manufactured premium boot.
  22. Excellent

    100%

    Needed a new wading boot to cover miles of Wyoming backcountry. I'm very pleased with the vapors performance in and out of the water. Very supportive yet light weight. Lots of toe protection. Overall the best boots I've ever owned and I've tried em all.
  23. awesome

    100%

    I got a pair in the last 1/2 of the season last year and guiding long days felt a little easier in these light weight and flexible boots . i dislike the heavy stiff boots that tend to shrink up every time they dry out i hope simms keeps these just as they are . and maybe add a thinner version for the skinny footed guys too ;)
  24. better than my urban shoes!

    100%


    After 6 days using these boots in Patagonia, I had to return to civilization and ouch! the leather urban shoes felt like bricks compared to these incredible Vapor Boots.

    Just perfect.
  25. Light, light and light!

    100%

    I have disliked the bulk and weight of a standard boot for years. These are light, more than conformable and are versatile enough for any river. What sold me in regards to the bulk - the footprint is smaller, i expected less grip and the need for studs - not so! If you want a more natural hike and wade to your fishing spot these will feel like your wearing a pair of hikers.
  26. Vapor boot meets the challenge

    100%

    I bought vapor boots after using a number of competing lightweight sticky bottom boots. Usually reluctant to purchase new products. Over the years, your competitors' boots do not last and are not comfortable for a day long walking up river corridors or fail on the all important sticky bottom technology. Fishing 100 days a year walking and wading in all terrain and river bed conditions in New Zealand. These boots are quite good- great fit, reasonably sticky and good solid traction. Perfect weight and support for these conditions. Test will be if they last more than a season. Will let you know.
  27. Light Weight Yet Great Support, Durable, Qualty

    100%

    I just got back from a week long fishing/hunting trip to Cold Bay, AK. Prior to my trip I was in need of a new pair of boots to go with my waders. Andy at Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters recommended that I go with these Vapors because of the long distances we would be walking to get to our fishing locations and our hunting blinds. I thought they might be a little too light weight and not offer good support. I was wrong and I'm glad that I went with Andy's recommendation.

    Durability - We were wearing our waders 12 hours in the day and as I say we typically were walking long distances through rugged terrain getting to the fishing sites and blind locations. The terrain was very rough and uneven through the tundra fields. I felt like I could have been walking in my best hiking boots and at the end of the week and they practically looked like I just took them out of the box. Clearly, these boots are well made and are going to hold up over the long haul.

    Comfort - As well as these boots performed in tough conditions, I have to say that they performed every bit as well from a comfort perspective. Sometime when you want strong ankle and foot support you have to sacrifice a bit on the comfort end... not the case with these Vapors. I never once felt like I couldn't wait to get out of my boots or that I was not looking forward to putting them on.

    Functionality - Well, they certainly work well when in use. They drain very well and keep crap out better than past boots that I have owned. The lacing system is standard which I like; why fix something that isn't broken. The clips for the wader cuffs are easy to hook up and better that just hooking the male clip on the cuffs into the boot laces. Little attention to details that Simms always gets right.

    Summary - I couldn't be more pleased with my Vapors and they pair up well with my G3 Guide Stockingfoot waders.
  28. Sizing all wrong

    80%

    These boots are beautiful, Sizing is all wrong. buy one or two sizes larger.
  29. Vapor Boot

    100%

    Great Light wieght durable boot. Legs and Feet felt great after 3 8 hour days on the water
  30. Great boot for travel

    100%

    I bought the Vapor boot because I wanted a light weight boot that would keep the weight of my checked bag when I fly as light as possible. I wore this boot for 16 days fishing in Colorado and Utah in April and for 13 days while fishing in Yellowstone in July. The boot has exceeded my expectations and other than the light weight I haven't noticed any difference in support from the heavier boots available from Simms.

    The light weight is also nice when you strap your boots to your pack and hike into the Yellowstone backcountry or hike into the A or B sections of the Green. I think this boot does it all, but really does excel for travel and hiking.

    I'm very happy with these boots and I think Simms has created a boot that is even better than they advertise it to be.
  31. Simms Vapor Boot

    60%

    I recently purchased the Vapor boot to hopefully lighten the load traveling, hiking and wet wading. I have owned several pairs Simms boots for over 12 years. I really love the Guide Boots, felt-soled. I have now worn the Vapors for six days of fishing. I am an aggrssive wader and really need for the boots to hold well. I had installed the star carbide cleats and found the grip of the soles to be very good. The rivers I fished had a lot of bowling ball sized rocks to navigate. Overall I love these boots for the reasons I purchased them. However, I found that the tripple-stiched thread that holds the bumper around the toe and the side of the boot has started to wear and I feel that the thread abraids too easily and that this will soon come loose requiring repair. Obviously the boot will not hold up to rubbing against rocks in the river. This problem will eventually cause rejection of this boot unless Simms quickly redesigns the boot to correct this issue. The thread used is just too weak against the normal use for these boots.
  32. Not Great...not even good

    40%

    I got sick of my old Simms Guide Boots because the leather toe curled up so severely that I had to soak them for 15 minutes before I could get them on my feet. So on the surface, the full synthetic "Vapor" seemed like a great boot.
    I bought these boots on 6/19/2014, and by 7/12/2014 most of the stitching had frayed allowing the front of the boot to separate from the upper portion.
    I probably put in 18-20 days on the river during the near month I had them, and I cover a lot of water, so if you fish a fair amount, I'd skip these boots...
  33. Yes!

    100%

    4th pair of Simms boots in 15 years or so. These are the BEST boots I've ever worn. Light, comfortable, quick break-in , size correct fakin shizam. Wet/dry feel the same. Need to cover some ground then buy these mofo 's .
  34. Disappointed

    40%

    I recently purchased these boots for long hikes to high mountain creeks. I was pleasently surprised with the weight if these boots when I received them. My first hike I did 6 miles in the boots round trip to a remote creek. Felt like a pair of tennis shoes. My feet were definitely happy with the purchase. But, the second day I looked at my boots and noticed the stitching was coming out of the inside of the boot where the crease of the foot would be. Stitching was also coming out around the heel of the boot as well. Now i was left with a wading boot with stitching failing for the rest of my vacation. Simply disappointed because simms are known for high quality fishing gear and these boots weren't. I've had cheaper pairs last longer.
  35. best boot ever

    100%

    The vapor boot is by far the best wading boot I have had on my feet.
    It is a pleasure to know that they will work for all my expeditions rather river, creek or alpine lake hikes.

    It didn't take long to trust them climb and grip over the many rocks of the Arkansas river. The light weight hiking boot feel is quite a plus for mr as I never liked the heavy stiff wading boot feel.

    Congratulations Simms and well done!
  36. Awesome boot!

    100%

    Well done, Simms. I do a great deal of hiking to remote streams and these boots feel like a pair of light-weight hikers with great grip and support while wading. These are the most comfortable wading boots I've ever had. Additionally, the feedback I get through the sole has greatly increased my confidence while wading. With a set of alumibite star cleats, the boot will handle the slickest river bottoms. These boots enable me to hike, wade and fish longer on each outing.
    That's what it's all about!
  37. Lightweight but disappointing

    40%

    I bought these boots in early march if this year. Immediately I was impressed with how comfortable and lightweight they were. I loved the look and feel as well as all of my fishing buddies. Everything was fine for the first couple of months until after fishing one weekend I noticed the inside portion of the toe box coming away from the boot. I began to look the over and realized that the other side was doing it and all the stitching was coming apart everywhere on the boots, I was totally bummed! I sent the boots back to Simms and within three days I received a phone call asking me about my boots. Simms said thy could fix them but they didn't want to fix a boot that may come apart on me again, instead they offered me the choice in another boot of my choice. Although I bummed by the boots falling apart, I am impressed with Simms quick response and customer service. I will be buying from Simms again.
  38. Lightweight but disappointing

    40%

    I bought these boots in early march if this year. Immediately I was impressed with how comfortable and lightweight they were. I loved the look and feel as well as all of my fishing buddies. Everything was fine for the first couple of months until after fishing one weekend I noticed the inside portion of the toe box coming away from the boot. I began to look the over and realized that the other side was doing it and all the stitching was coming apart everywhere on the boots, I was totally bummed! I sent the boots back to Simms and within three days I received a phone call asking me about my boots. Simms said thy could fix them but they didn't want to fix a boot that may come apart on me again, instead they offered me the choice in another boot of my choice. Although I bummed by the boots falling apart, I am impressed with Simms quick response and customer service. I will be buying from Simms again.
  39. Top Notch

    100%

    Great lightweight boot. I bought these to replace my old headwaters boot and I have no complaints. They look great and are super comfortable for long days of hiking and fishing in RMNP.
    Thanks Simms

    *buy one size larger than your normal shoe size*
  40. Narrow and wide please!

    20%

    Please make the vapor in 2 widths, narrow and wide! A lot of dudes out there looking for a pair of narrow and lightweight wet wading boots. Hope it is Simms! Thank you
  41. Best wading boots so far.

    80%

    These are very nice wading boots, which are actually wide enough for me to use with my waders or wading socks. comfortable and light compared to others i tried. only real complaint would be that they do not drain as fast as i hoped.
    Have not been able to use them as much as i wanted to so far, but they have been excellent so far.
  42. excellent

    100%

    Just bought a pair of these wading boots this winter and so have only worn them a few times, but I am sold. They are light weight, as advertised, and fit very well. They are easy to walk in. Love my old pair of Simms wading boots but these are even better. I am finding that having great gear really does enhance the fly fishing experience --duh
  43. boot size

    60%

    Bought a pair of Vapor boots. I have big (s14) feet and I travel (and fish) a great deal, so these boots should save some weight in my bags. On the surface, they look great.

    But WHY DO MANUFACTURERS ASSUME ANYONE WHO TAKES LARGE SIZES MUST HAVE FAT WIDE FEET?

    AAARGH!!

    My feet move around side to side in these boots even when laced as tightly as possible. The only solution for me is to fit two insoles into each boot. Hardly a ringing endorsement for Simms!

    If they fitted, they'd be the perfect 5 star boot. Too bad.
  44. Great lightweight boot

    100%

    I purchased the Vapor boot in hopes of finding a lighter weight wading boot I could hike in. I walk a lot when Im fishing and conventional wading boots can be a pain to hike miles in. Simms absolutely nailed it with the Vapor boot. Ive spent half of the winter and all spring in it and so far Im very impressed. The price point is great as well, and Id recommend this boot to anybody that wants a lighter, more hiking friendly option. Nice work Simms.
  45. Great lightweight boot

    100%

    Great lightweight boot with solid ankle support. Feels like wearing tennis shoes instead of heavy luggish boots. Might buy a second pair.
  46. great all around boot

    100%

    After a very thorough vetting process, I recently decided to purchase a pair of the Simms Vapor boots. They are easily the best pair of boots I have ever worn on the river; the support of the boot coupled with the ability to walk and wade securely is a revelation. In short, some of my other wading boots had plenty of ankle support and some of them had the dexterity you might expect from a lightweight boot. Until the Vapor, I did not think a boot existed with both attributes.

    This past weekend i put in over ten miles on the new boots, over rocks covered in slime, as well as on and off trail. I have to say that my feet never got tired, and i started imagining ways i could make the EEE wide boots fit my feet, sans waders, for everyday use. Alas, i am not wearing the Vapor boots to work, but they are stylish enough and comfortable enough that such a thought is actually feasible.

    This is a great pair of boots.

    Sincerely,
    a.
  47. Lightweight

    100%

    Great boots with the G3 waders -- extremely lightweight in the river. Be sure to order one size greater than your normal foot size.
  48. A comfortable walker and great stability in the river

    100%

    Simms Vapor Boot Report:

    My only pair of boots prior to these were an inexpensive pair with felt soles. While walking I could never say it was painful, but it was never pleasant either as the boots had little give and reminded me of wearing snow ski boots. Traction was always good in the river but it seemed as though the felt masked any transference of "feel" to my feet, leading to constant stumbling as though I had no balance.

    The Simms Vapor are lace up and typical with Simms boots you need one shoe size larger than your street shoes. The first set of lace hooks are set far to each side of the boot and will take practice to catch easily but there was plenty lace to double knot the bow tie. Walking in the Vapors was a joy, very light with a good bend at the balls of your feet (no more ski boot effect). They fit my heel very well also, eliminating heel slip and giving great ankle support. I don't know why but I completely forgot to buy cleats, but once in the water found they wern't needed. The traction was good, almost as good as the felt (walking on fist and double fist sized cobble stones with light moss coverage) but because I had better transference of sensation to my feet the stumbling I normally suffer was completely gone. The boots also appear to conform to the rocks giving you more surface contact. I would never say that these boots don't need cleats but for my home waters, sensation transfer and more conformance to rock structure I don't need cleats on my river. Only time will tell their durability.

    I rate these boots very high and feel safer when in the water.


  49. Love my new Vapor Boots!!!

    100%

    These wading boots are simple, lightweight, and not to mention have a pretty cool look and style. I saw these boots at the 2014 Fly Fishing Show in New Jersey at the end of January, and at first I was a bit skeptical due to how thin the neoprene lining was compared to my other brand wading boots that I was replacing. I thought that my feet would be cold in no time, especially fishing in the cold waters of New Jersey in the winter months. I tested them out at the Pequest River in the beginning of February on a 32 degree mid-day and along with Simms' ExStream Wading sock and Liner Sock along with the neoprene stocking foot of my new Simms G3 Guide Waders, the Vapor Boots kept my feet satisfyingly warm, sweat free, and didn't feel like I was wearing "Frankenstein" boots. They were light on my feet and I was making new trails trough the woods, in several inches of icy snow, to find fishing spots for much of the afternoon. I felt like I was wearing light weight hiking sneakers! On top of that, they dry so quick compared to my other clunkier wading boots. Simms definitely knows what they're doing and I believe I can have trust and faith in the products they put out. Thanks Simms!
  50. Basically a lighter weight version of the Rivershed with a lean towards hiking

    80%

    I do a lot of back country angling and put a lot of stream and trail miles on my boots. I had been using the Rivershed boots and found them to be the best boot for the task. When it was time for a new pair, I decided to try out the Vaportreads. They basically performed the same in the water, and on the trail they performed more like a hiking boot allowing me to travel faster and with more traction. As for the prioperception, I couldn't tell any difference. They were able to shave off a few ounces of weight, but there is still no connection between your feet and the bottom of the stream like they claim - felt is still the only way to go from that perspective. However, hiking long distances (oftentimes with the weight of a pack) requires a stiffer sole so your feet don't get tired, so I wasn't as worried about the lack of any prioperception as much. I got these boots to give me traction in the stream and on the trail, and that is what they do (I only recommend using them with studs when it comes to the grip on the stream/rocks). I also can't understate their success as a hybrid hiker. I literally took them out of the box and took them on a 10-mile round trip hike-in fishing trip. I had no blisters, sore spots, or any other issue with my feet. That is good for a boot that is well worn and broken in, and just unheard of for one right out of the box.
    At the end of the day, I couldn't tell much difference between them and the Riversheds in the stream, they were better on the trail, and they are $10 less than the Riversheds, so I am happy with them. It will take time to truly know, but I hope they also mimic the Riversheds for durability, as I am rough on boots. Most boots last me one year, and the Riversheds lasted me two. My expectations of the Vaportreads are two years, as well.