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Simms Vapor Wading Boot

- published April 2014

85

2014

RATINGS

Grip
8
Comfort
7
Wet Weight
9
Durability
7
Tread Life
7
Value
7
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
85

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THE GOOD

  • Only boot in the class to under 2 pounds when wet
  • One of most slip-resistant boots in the class
  • Durable synthetic leather and rubber upper
  • Lace hooks are solid and deep which makes tying and cinching easy

THE BAD

  • Neoprene padding in the ankle area is too thin
  • Doesn't drain well
  • Somewhat noisy while walking when wet

THE VERDICT

With a splash of orange in all the right places the Simms Vapor Wading boots were easily the best looking of the bunch. During my testing, the boots lived up to the billing as lightweight and comfortable, making them a solid choice for people willing to walk miles before making their first cast as well as for those making a thousand casts in the same mile.

FULL REVIEW

Grip
Simms has introduced new RiverTread and VaporTread outsoles for Spring 2014. The theory behind the new sole to form to the ground and riverbed features the angler is walking on. I'm not sure I can attribute the solid grip of the Vapors  to the sole technology, but these boots did not slip as much as two of the others I tested.

Comfort
The Vapors feature a molded footbed and a heel clip with extra support running in an angle across the top of the ankle. I found that creates a more comfortable fit and less slippage. The EVA foam midsole proved a nice comfortable on long days in the river.

Wet Weight
The neoprene and synthetic leather in the Vapor's upper helps stave off water so The Vapor boots remains light when others would be waterlogged.

Construction
The Simms Vapor boots feel like hiking boots designed to go in the water and stay there. They feature support in the right places without the pressure points frequently found in other wading boots.

Tread Life
The Vibram Megagrip outsole works in both the hiking and wading worlds. Expect better-than-average life on these treads.

Value
The not as pricey as Simms' upper-end boots, The Vapor Wading boot performs as well as its premium cousins. The lightweight, hiking style might reduce the life of the boots, but trekkers will appreciate the fit and performance.

 

How We Tested It

I wore the Simms boot on my right foot and the Korkers boot on my left while fishing in low water winter conditions with slime-covered river rocks the norm. I field tested on snow and in muddy areas as well. I walked roughly two miles, fishing along the way and walked the entire length back to the parking area on multiple occasions.

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About the Author

Brett Prettyman

Brett Prettyman

Brett Prettyman has been an outdoor writer at the Salt Lake Tribune since 1990 and also freelances for a number of outdoor-related publications. He tests fly fishing boots and waders for the Gear Institute.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$170.00
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Grip
8
Comfort
7
Wet Weight
9
Durability
7
Tread Life
7
Value
7
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
85

Specs

  • Weight verified?: Yes

Weight

1 lbs , 6 oz

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