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Simms G3 Guide Bootfoot Wader - Review

Are Bootfoot Waders Right For You?

I got my first pair of "bootfoot" style fishing waders about a year ago after 2 decades of using exclusively stockingfoot waders with lace up boots and/or the BOA system.  I have duck hunted in various neoprene waders but wanted a set of Gore-tex breathable bootfoot waders for the cold fishing season.  Rubber bootfoot waders are much warmer and offer great circulations to your lower extremedies.  

The first set I got was the Redington Palix River Bootfoot waders.  I liked them at first, but after a while I realized what I really liked was having a bootfoot. Not the particular model themselves. The boots on the Redington were WAY to flexible, slick, and frankly hard to wade in.  They would work fine if you were simply launching a boat and staying in the boat, but for wading and fly fishing the boots are not good.  The waders themselves where nice and light and I didn't have any issues with the material. 

Simms waders are TRUSTED.  Now you can have Simms waders in a unique camo pattern. Or the regular color.  Some say they are the ugliest waders ever made. Maybe, but I have a lot of ugly stuff that I still think is cool haha.  I'll take camo. 

The Upgraded Set - Simms G3 Guide Waders

The Simms is a much better product that its not fair to even compare them. But I will any way.  At $300 vs. $800 of course it superior.  The boots are rigid enough for technical wading, but I wouldn't want to hike more than a mile or two in them. Nothing beats lacing up a good set of boots for technical wading and extended hiking.  Initially the boots rubbed my shins a bit and the first few days I really didn't care for this, but they softened up. After a few weeks I'm really liking them and the broke in nicely. 

The Bottom Line:

If your feet get cold and you want a set of waders that are easy on/easy off the Simms are the go to product.  If you plan to walk extended distances, forget about it. Get a good set of stockingfoots and boots.  Fish a lot?  Own both types. You won't regret it.

Duck Hunting in the Simms G3 Guide Bootfoot Wader:

Buy the Vibram sole.  Felt sucks in the mud. Bob at the shop field tested these on a duck hunt. Felt is awful.

Pro's for Bootfoot Waders
  • They don't hold in water like lace up boots. (no water weight between boot and stockingfoot wader)
  • Warmer than lace-up boots by a large margin.  They feature Thinsulate insulation in both models.
  • Simple to manage. You'll never forget your boots.
  • Much quicker to put on.
  • No bending over to lace-up your boots (if you have limited flexibility these are for you!)
  • Cleaner.  Laceup boots hold a lot of mud, weeds, and misc. river junk in the laces.

Cons of Bootfoot Waders

  • Not as good for hiking
  • Not as stable on tough substrate (the Redington is not pleasant in volleyball sized rocks)
  • Too hot for warm weather wading if you hike


What do you think about these versus the Orvis Sonicseam Bootfoot (I’m looking at the camo Waterfowlers version)? Also interested in what your buddy thought about them as duck hunting waders (warmth, etc).

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