Simms Freestone boots

If you have read my review of the Simms Headwaters Waders, you will be aware  purchased them as a “bundle” with the Simms Freestone Boots. The boots at first glance look a bit Frankenstein like, but in fact they are very lightweight, something I need as I have dodgy knees and heavy boots tend to aggravate them, and they are very supportive. I have size 7 feet and my Waders are Medium Kingsize, I was told to buy size 8 waders for this fit, and initially as you slide your neoprene stockinged feet in you think its going to be uncomfortable and bulky feeling. Nothing of the sort they are very snug, and comfortable and I can wear them all day from morning to evening, and am barely aware of them (other than the fact my feet are warm and dry!). Supremely comfortable, they have felt soles which I augmented with Simms Hard Bite studs. Having had them now nearly a year and worn them a lot, I have hiked miles in them and after a spray with the jet wash they come up like brand new. The upper I think is some sort of synthetic material, but shows no sign of any wear, or creasing after a year out in all weathers from freezing winter to warm summer days on the river. Warmth and comfort is aided by a neoprene lining and while I have heard criticism in some quarters of “cheap ” laces mines are absolutely fine and show no signs of fraying or wear after a year.

On the river bank with the Simms Headwaters waders and Freestone Boots

On the river bank with the Simms Headwaters waders and Freestone Boots

The only problem with these boots ( and its a characteristic of all felt boots- not just these) is they are not the best thing for walking either on ice or on wet mud or grass. They can be very slippy, the studs help but its a lot to ask a handful of wee carbon studs to give you traction on these surfaces. I think if I can afford it I might treat myself to a second pair of boots with either rubber or Vibram soles for better grip where I intend to do a lot of walking, Where wlking is not so much an issue I would stick with these as the grip they give on wet boulders is great.

The studs too after a year of abuse look fine too, they seem to wear well and I reckon it will be at least another year before they need replacing

In summing up I am delighted with the quality, the wear and the comfort, can’t say fairer than that. I would buy Simms again no problem.

Update 2013:

After three winters and two summers a little update on these boots. The only issue I have had with them is one of the lace “outer coverings” has frayed where it runs round one of the metal fixed lacing eyes. I bought replacement laces with the intention of replacing the damaged lace when it finally breaks but to date ( another year or so of abuse further on) and its still holding out. The studs are a bit worn now and I probably need to renew them though its not desperate. Considering the walking I have done in these boots they are still in great nick. A blast with the jet wash and they come up almost new looking apart from scuffs to the upper. Also still supremely comfortable. No hesitation in having another pair of Simms wading boots.

ExcellentTop quality and a great bit of kit!

You can buy them here:

Simms Freestone boots at Fishtec

Stirling Angling Centre

Glasgow Angling Centre


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