Vaportread Saltwater Wading Boot
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Flats fishing footwear for authoritative comfort and performance wherever pelagic species roam.
Slip into Simms’ lightweight VaporTread® Salts and step into prime position. Waterproof synthetic leather, TPU coated textile and rubber uppers ensure durability, while an anatomical collar makes wading more comfortable. Dual-density midsoles combined with the VaporTread® platform absorb shock and enhance balance and control thanks to synched flexibility and heel stability. Additional features include anti-corrosive lacing hardware, Vibram® Megagrip outsoles, and partial neoprene lining for cushioning and easy entry/exit.
As with any high-performance footwear, a break-in period is strongly recommended.
- Waterproof synthetic leather, TPU coated textile & rubber upper
- Partial neoprene lining & anti‐corrosive lacing hardware
- Dual‐density midsole for shock absorption
- ESS plates for improved proprioception
APPROX. WEIGHT: 55.3 oz.
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.
Vibram® soles boast innovative compounds and technical sole patterns, specifically developed to meet the challenges of many different environments and applications.
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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BEST SALTWATER WADING BOOTS EVER !!!I am absolutely blown away at how good these boots are , they succeed in keeping sand out as long as you wear a good gravel/neoprene sock. Every wading boot/ flats shoe i have ever used failed miserably at keeping sand out and holding up to salt water use EXCEPT this one. OUTSTANDING !!!!!! They're incredibly comfortable even right out of the box , no break in period required and they look like they're built to last. Simms hit a home run with these wading boots .
Very Comfortable boot after the second wading trip.Joe 1/6/2019 .The Vaportread Salwater Boots after 10 different trips. For up to 6 hours/trip to the surf and bay around Corpus Christi Texas. (If you have time off during all the Xmas and New years Holidays and nice weather what else can you do? Go Fish!!)
Wore Boots with G3 Guide Stockingfoot Simms waders on every trip.
By the second wading trip I totally forgot that the boots were brand new. The breaking period was done.
I wade with the boots over oyster bars, grass patches, sandy bottoms and rock/stone bottoms and boots were very comfortable and made my ankles feel very protected and supported over uneven surfaces.
Wading the surf and Bay they are the most excellent combination of wader and boot so far in my experience.
I would by boots again, except that the part of the boot that needs to be overlook is around the tongue area. All the sand and even small shell particles that ends up between the tongue side channels. Even with the elastic wader cover over the boot.
Also the tongue material absorbs the muddy color from the sand while wading. Washed them everyday with mild soap and no luck. I like everything else about these boots. I would recommend them.
Also the combination of wader and boot are very comfortable while pedaling Pro Angler Hobie kayak for long distances to get to destination.
Nice, but one small issueI've worn this boot for three years during the cooler months in Texas, and it's the best I've found. My only concern is that the metal hook that secures the gravel guard to the d-ring near the toe has cut almost completely through the d-ring. The boot does stand up to oyster shell, and I wouldn't hesitate to order another pair.
Very comfortableI’ve owned these for a little over a year. Feet have never been uncomfortable, even on long wades. I wear them with the neoprene guard socks.
They have held up well and I often wade over oyster shell. I just rinse really well with fresh water and air dry after trip
Great Salt Water BootI didn't even have to have a passport to go fishing with Ernest Cisneros. He introduced this boot to me while Snook fishing in South Texas. I immediately bought a pair. A year later and these boots have held up to miles a oyster crusted flats, corrosive saltwater and stingrays. I have never had any issues with fit or comfort. However, I wear Simms stockingfoot waders or the Simms guard socks with these boots. Up until now most boots lasted half a year. I wade approximately 100 days a year.
2 week test in CXIJust back from 2 weeks in Kiritimati and walked a ton in rugged coral with these boots. Was wearing this neoprene sox and added my own bed liner. Very comfortable. I did break them in prior to the trip. The soles held up very well. The soft material between the sole and the upper took a beating but is still fully functional. The triple stitching is exposed and was worn down on the sides of the boots. No separation yet . These boots did a good job of protecting my feet and I could fearlessly walk on very rough areas with no problems.
An area that needs to be addressed is the amount of sand the boots pick up. The design of the tongue funnels sand and small debris inside the boot. I was using foam to fill this gap and gravel guards and it worked Ok but still needed to clean boots out during the day. IMO seal the tongue to the top of the boot to prevent sand and it will be a much better product, Overall I liked them and would buy again. Break them in before your first trip and think about ways to keep the sand out.
You'll want to like itBut you just can't. Bought this boot for a trip to Belize flats. Just got back and I must say they are brutally uncomfortable. Specifically, the tongue on the boots will put painful blisters and bruises on your ankle bones because there's a thick fold of neoprene on the tongue. This happened without bothering to lace up to the top eyelet. If you were to try to lace up to the top eyelet, the boot is so stiff that you might as well wade the flats in ski boots. I really like Simms stuff--and have a ridiculous number of their products--but I can't imagine that anyone at Simms tested this boot before bringing it to market.
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