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Wading Staff

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PG-10202
Bolster your in-river balance.
$99.95
Rating:
56% of 100

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Description

Bolster your in-river balance For every cubic foot per second scheming to send you sideways, Simms' 7075 Aluminum Wading Staff offers a balance-enhancing solution. The durable, 4-section staff has a locking detent button and includes an adjustable FastLock system for customizable lengths between 51 and 56 inches. Contoured, TPR molded handles deliver surefire grip in the heat of battle. And an ergonomic strap system features a quick-release mechanism for added safety. Neoprene sheath comes standard.

Features

  • Made from highly durable 7075 Aluminum tubing
  • Contoured TPR molded handle allows for secure grip
  • Locking detent button and adjustable FastLock for customized length between 51in and 56in
  • Ergonomic strap has a quick release mechanism for safety
  • Fits the Wading Staff Retractor (not included) and Wading Staff Rubber Tip (not included)
APPROX. WEIGHT: 14.4 oz

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Reviews (16)

  1. Not a happy camper

    20%

    This is an echo of previous comments. There's nothing I like about this staff better than the old one. It's bigger, harder to put together and take apart. I never want my staff to change size so the goofy locking mechanism is of no interest to me. Furthermore I find it dangerous. YOU MUST CHECK IT EACH TIME YOU EXTEND THE STAFF. Otherwise the lock twists and loses grip and your staff is likely to change size on you when you need it most. I do not trust the engineering of this mechanism to last over time. I have a hard time believing this was actually field tested. Somebody important at SIMMS fell in love with the adjustability and forgot simplicity and reliability which the old staff had.

    Not including a retractor with the staff is BS. Having to purchase it separately at $25 adds insult to injury. It's like buying a car and then finding out wheels and tires are an extra charge. OK, so I wade out to a spot to fish with my staff, then what do I do with it when I fish? Would anybody actually fold it up and put it back in the holster and take it out again and again each time you move in the river? Why would you do this to loyal SIMMS customer?

    I'm calling SIMMS and I'm going to beg them to trade me for an old model.
  2. Wading staff

    80%

    Ordered the wading staff on line and for whatever reason the sheath was not there. Called customer service and Emily took care of my request with great professionalism. Thanks for the great service. The staff is also a great piece of equipment that is working as it should so far with no complications to date.
  3. sent staff in for repair was told that they would ship me a new one

    60%

    really like all the simms products that i have bought i recently sent in a wading staff that had some cable sticking issues. Simms repair center was very quick to find the problem i was sent an e-mail saying that they would replace said staff NOW THIS IS WHAT I CALL QUALITY CUSTOMER SERVICE!!! THANK YOU SIMMS
  4. can only take two sections apart cable got stuck only breaks down in half now

    40%

    have owned many simms products had this wading staff for about one year worked great until the cable locked up
  5. takes a while to learn assembly but it does the job in the water

    80%

    This staff doesn't have the major problem of my previous Folstaf staff: refolding it after use. The segments of my Folstaf would often stick together requiring significant effort to get them to separate Although I found the Simms staff awkward to assemble at first compared to the Folstaf, after using it for a few outings I was able to learn how best to manage it. Now I can quickly assemble the staff (easier on land than in water) and, so far, I have had no problems with segments sticking together. Once assembled it is light but sturdy. It does the job.
  6. New isn't always better

    60%

    I prefer the older model. Less complicated, more compact and easier to use than this new model. The additional height is nice but Simms should have just lengthened the older one if that was the design. The label says not intended for full body weight so take notice on that warring. A wading staff is for situations where a staff is needed for body support and not just a light weight walking stick for calm water. Wish Simms would design a stout stick for problematic wading. How about breaking the aluminum tradition and market a good hickory wooden stick that is dependable. Bet a wooden stick would be a hit on the market as most guys use a staff to keep from falling.
  7. I liked The Old One Better

    40%

    As stated in other reviews, the holster is hard to use wet air dry. I was using mine in Oregon where the streams and rivers are like walking on bowling balls. The very first that I used the staff the locking pin broke off. I figured out that if I tighten the locking clamp that I could keep the staff from coming apart. The staff doesn't assemble and disassemble as easily as the original. My first Simms staff was simple to assemble, I just pulled it and pulled the handle its stop and everything locked together Reversing the aforementioned steps and it came apart. The new one is hard to disassemble. It is almost as if the cord is too short and then because of the way the handle sticks out of the holster it is hard to tell if the staff is folded up correctly.
  8. Not there yet

    60%

    Pluses. Ease of assembly,variable height.Grip good
    Minuses. Sections tend to open when caught in mud or stuck in rocks.Holster is a real pain.Staff can be awkward to remove when holster wet.Staff sticks well above holster so it rotates on my belt making removal more difficult and uncomfortable and staff more likely to fall out.Hard to disassemble especially when in water.
  9. Performs Well; Great Simms Product!

    100%

    I have been using this staff now for about two years. I have had a very different experience than some of the other users. I find the staff extends and retracts with ease, durability has not been an issue (I am 235 lbs.), fits nicely in the Neoprene sheath and works great with the wading staff retractor, which is a must have addition. I tend to extend it and allow it to drag behind me and grab it when needed. It never seems to be in the way of my line, etc., but in my opinion is a must have safety option. I would not hesitate in recommending this product to others.
  10. poor locking design

    20%

    I used the former style of wading staff and within the first year of use it would not retract, and happily Simms sent me a replacement - which is this new model. This one feels sturdier than the previous and I like the grip and adjusting height. (And they sent me a retractor, which was very nice, and useful of course). However, it is about impossible to get this staff to link together and lock without a lot of fussing. The locking pin rarely lines up right, and if often lost in the shaft somewhere - leading to loosening the whole rig, pulling it to snap together, still not getting pin to align; repeat, repeat. It seems a design flaw and I hope you (Simms) can refine this otherwise good staff.

    [Simms Pro Services Desk]

    Thank you for your review, Rebecca. Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-217-4667 so we can explain the easy way to engage your wading staff. There are a few tips and tricks we have to make your wading staff more user friendly. We look forward to hearing from you!

  11. Clumsy to dissamble

    40%

    I haven't used it yet--it seems decent enough as to function but it's a real pain the neck to break it down. You could very well fall just trying to do that.
  12. Cheap. Almost unusable.

    20%

    I own several Simms products (waders, boots, jacket, and older waiting staff) and have always been satisfied. When I got this one in the mail, I was shock at how flimsy it is and how it is isn't just doesn't work well. It's hard to break down and then reset up. I haven't fished with this yet, so it may be unfair. . .but trying to use this while in a current, then stopping to fish, and then moving (which is what a wading staff is for!), I'm not sure I'd trust this. Simply put, do not buy.


    [Response from Simms Customer Care Team]

    tdd4k, thank you for your review. If have any questions in regards to your wading staff, we would be more than happy to chat. Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-217-4667 or email us at [email protected]
  13. Poor Quality

    20%

    Let me prefice this by saying that I have been a loyal customer to Simms for the past 20 years. I, like many others, have known Simms to be a company that offers quality products and backs their products no matter what. While this staff has performed well when it is in working order, the aluminum that was used in the build is weak and subject to failure. This staff did not even last me a year before falling apart. I expect quality from a staff of this value from a company like Simms. Unfortunately, I was disappointed about this item and will likely go elsewhere for a new staff.
  14. A necessity

    100%

    When planning a trip to Haida Gwaii I read a few reports about rivers stained with the tannins from the Cedar trees. Visibility, for humans, was apparently quite low and the commenter suggested a wading staff.

    I like Simms products so I decided on this staff and bought it. I was wading out to a gravel bar and decided to try the staff. Once I had used it for a short time I was asking myself why I didn't buy this 10 years ago. It wasn't long and I was using the staff in the river, in the old growth, and even walking down the trail. Once I assembled it I used it all day. I'm fairly young and in decent shape...still, this thing is great.

    The retractor is a must if you don't have one. When casting the staff is downstream and there when you need it. No tangles in the line and no issue when fighting big Steelhead. The system works well.

    Ironic though - the safety sticker that says do not remove.....comes off on its own.
  15. nice

    60%

    nice fit and finish - not as intuitive to assemble as some others. Works fine just not fast. Definitely not one that will self assemble in need of it emergently.
  16. Fantastic product

    100%

    I have the earlier version of this product. It does not have the adjustable height feature, but it DID come with the retractor. You must have this. It is now listed as a separate purchase. I have used my aluminum staff often and in very demanding situations in the NW and BC. Has held up great. I would not leave home without it. Period.