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Old 03-22-2003, 01:22 AM
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Question Felt sole or Studded soles????

Out of felt sole and studded sole wich is better for the all around river walking. Slippery bottoms, snow ice??
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Old 03-22-2003, 08:19 AM
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For snow and ce, it would be hard to beat studs. As for fishing and wading, it depends on the composition of the rock. If it is volcanic or a little soft, studs stick like a cat on carpet. If the rock is hard and smooth, I find that the studs tend to "skate" unpredictably. I prefer the progressive slipping of felt. Look what's on the soles of the
oldtimers" in you area.
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Old 03-22-2003, 11:12 AM
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I have felt and studs both. So is that the best of both worlds? I know nothing holds in mud. But I do like these boots, moss covered rocks,no problem.

As for your poll I didn't vote as Mine boots have both on them.

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Old 03-22-2003, 11:56 AM
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Use what you NEED!

Conditions vary. Because I fish in ALL kinds of conditions, I have felt soles, a pair of studded felt, and my winter jobs of Aqua-Stealth studded. It depends on the conditions you fish - there is NOT a single type thsat works for everything.

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Old 03-22-2003, 12:37 PM
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ok

Thanks for the info, maybe I will go and buy a pair. I will be getting my first job pertty soon, cause I am just turning 16. Right now I have felt and they have worked in all the conditions that I have encountere, but I havent envountered ice yet.


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Old 03-22-2003, 03:46 PM
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Not just ice.....

Felt are the worst for walking in snow. Snow loads up on the bottoms, and freezes, and you will be 9 feet tall by the time you walk 50 yards - and you can't clean it off - it leaves chunks on the bottom.

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Old 03-23-2003, 06:34 PM
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It might build up and make you very tall,but when you step back into the water it all goes away. I haven't had that problem this year as we didn't get any snow to speak of.
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there are some boots out there with interchangable soles so you can just switch soles according to the conditions
I thought i was the youngest here but i was wrong seeing that you are just turning 16 and i am going on 17 in september
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I have felt and studs both. So is that the best of both worlds? I know nothing holds in mud. But I do like these boots, moss covered rocks,no problem.

As for your poll I didn't vote as Mine boots have both on them.

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Old 03-25-2003, 12:01 PM
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I might just invets in those interchangable soles. They sound like a good bet for everything.
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Old 03-25-2003, 02:35 PM
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Get the Aqua stealths either with or witout the studs. They are like hiking boots and don't hold muck or snow like felt does. They also wear longer.

I have the Simms a-stealths with studs and wear them year round. With no issues, you can climb trees with these babies. My nest pair will be straight a-stealths which will come in handier in saner conditions.
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Felt or studs...

... ahh, but which one is quieter when wading?
I like my felt soles, but there have been times wading on slippery bottoms when I couldn't help but think that studded soles would provide a bit more stability. Because some of the warmwaters I fish require a brief hike through the wilderness, up and down the sides of hills, and more than once I've ended up on my back because I slipped due to lack of traction, my next pair of wading boots will be studded.
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Old 03-25-2003, 04:43 PM
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I am glad I did, you can get a lot of info here.
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Old 03-28-2003, 02:06 AM
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What about Chota?

Who has experience with Chota wading boots with removable steel sheet metal screws in the soles? Leave them in for studs, remove them for felt.

What is your opinion of the Chota sheet metal screw vs. industry standard tungsten carbide tipped studs? The head of a sheet metal screw is much larger than the conventional small studs imbedded in felt.

What do you think of the Chota dark gray felt vs. industry standard white felt?

Do you think the harder circular area surrounding the Chota screw hole reduces the boot traction when screws are removed?

I have boots with the 10X climbing rubber, and find them fine for hiking, but less effective than felt when fishing. It seems a tradeoff decision between accessing the river and wading the river.
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