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: Wadetech Wading Boots

04-29-2002, 07:37 PM

Bought a new pair of these and field tested for 5 days last week on Michigan rivers chasing steelhead. Lots of walking and wading these were very comfortable. Note I paid $ 70 with tax at local store and that included a $ 30 membership to Trout Unlimited paid by Hodgman.

They are high on the ankle which I like for the added support.

I did not fall in once chasing those 12 steelhead either with these through some interesting cross stream fast water wades and log jams etc..

A good deal, I am satisfied


04-29-2002, 09:05 PM
come in, or can you get them, with studs? Didn't see a reference to this type of boot bottom. On the Rogue it's studs or a wet bottom. Just a matter of time.

04-29-2002, 10:33 PM
No studs felt soles only, put your Korkers on them.The Hodgman Lakestream model does, but they did not have those at the store I bought these at.Was in a hurry, so I went with these.

My old wading boots were to tight on me, so bought a size 11 to give lots of wiggle room, I normally take a 10 or 101/2 size.

No what my feet still froze in that 40 degree water !!

Had Smartwool socks and liners on under neath the Wardell 5mm neopremes.

What else can you do with stocking foot waders to keep warm feet ?

I don't like boot foot waders which they say are now warmer than the stocking foots.

04-30-2002, 09:01 AM
Half modern technology, half old fashioned discovery.

Silk is known to help retain warmth. Silk sock liners are worn in climbing and hiking boots, along with wool blend socks. There are also heat reflective materials woven into outdoor socks. Polyester Fleece is fantastic and comes in several insulation weights (my opinion, I am a frostbite victim/survivor - I end up wearing the stuff in the summer, depending on conditions) - Are any of these ideas viable to you to research through your choice of outdoor equipment source?

04-30-2002, 04:23 PM
I have used silk under shirts for skiing and cold weather fishing they work.

Used silk sock liners for skiing years ago, maybe I should look into them again.

Although when you stand in 40 degree water for 1-2 hours I don't think there is anything that will keep you warm without getting out of the water for a while and walking around.

Had to get back in though and get after those steelhead again, cold feet or not:whoa: :whoa:

05-01-2002, 10:42 AM
Agreed, somewhat -

I imagine standing in my NH lake will draw the heat from me as well. Although my experience with frostbite is the key to my dedication to polyester fleece, I've seen advertisements in outdoor catalogs as well as friends and acquaintances use fleece stirrup pants and socks to layer under breathables for both fresh and salt use. The salt water around here doesn't EVER get warm enough (regardless of WHOM the 'Ironman' is :whoa: ) to spend extended time immersed to the waist without waders.

(This is not marketing) Malden Mills, the originator of fleece, makes three weight grades: 100, 200, 300; each number equates to thickness and thus insulation capability.

Presumably, your mountain streams are the same relative temperature several months of the year, which tells me I'd be looking into fleece and silk to make work together.

05-01-2002, 01:26 PM
Yes I know about the NE saltwater, used to swim at Province Town and other Cape beaches in July and August it was still freezing !!

Thanks for the tips, I have to get new under wader garments and am in the market, etc...

Will check this out so I am ready for the autumn fishing