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How Do I Pick A Pair Of Wading Boots?
In many ways, selecting a wading boot is like selecting any other pair of footwear: You want comfort, support, and durability. Above all, you need a wading boot that’s going to give you superior ankle support to help you navigate the underwater world.
Wading boots come in two types: Felt soled and rubber soled. Both can come with metal studs either pre-attached or you can add studs after purchasing.
Comfort and Support
Use the following tips to help you pick a wading boot that will give you the support you need to make your way on the river. Wading is tough work and your boots are what hold your precious connection to the river. A good pair of boots will help make you a safe and confident wader.
Felt Soled Wading Boots
Rubber Soled Wading Boots
Get your studs on
Metal studs added to the bottom of your wading boot can provide extra gripping power when wading fast, slippery river bottoms. You can add them to either rubber soled or felt soled wading boots. Some boots come with them already installed on the sole.
The only real downsides of studs on wading boots is they can damage floors and other equipment. And it’s not a great idea to wear studded wading boots in an inflatable raft, drift boat, or any boat for that matter. They can mar the surface and even cause air leaks. On finished flooring, they’ll indent the surface and damage the finish. If you spend a lot of time in a boat, skip the studs. Or keep a spare pair of boots in the boat instead.
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