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  • #6209

    Scotty MacFly
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    I have a question. For those of you who wear wading boots with studs, do you have issues with the studs pushing through the sole of the boot by lets say mid season?

    I like using studs, but after awhile they start to push through. Believe me, I don’t screw them in too much, just how the directions say. I unscrew them a little each time I go out, but it doesn’t help.

    I am thinking of using small washers when I get new studs to stop them from pushing through. It sounds silly, but it may do the trick.

    Any other thoughts?

    #6210

    Creek
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    No, never had any push through.

    #6211

    Grsdlnr
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    Never had that happen, Scotty (I currently wear Chotas)

    What kind of boots do you have? Have you contacted the mfr?

    #6212

    Scotty MacFly
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    I have Cabelas brand. They are or were the upper end with that soles made of some material that seems to be popular now, but I can’t remember the name of the material. I think it starts with a V.

    These are the second pair that has done this. The first pair was
    Bass Pro brand. Cheap I will admit. But the Cabelas like I said was top line I got on sale.

    I thread the studs in very carefully and take them down to the collar of the studs like the directions say to do.

    The one stud that is really noticeable now is right below the ball on my big toe. I can feel it wanting to pop through.

    I thought I’d ask you guys for suggestions before it does pop through and tear a hole in my sock on my waders.

    I know you get what you pay for, and maybe I’m paying for it now, little pun there, but brands like Orvis or Simms are a little out of my budget right now. So I’m looking for a quick remedy till I can get better boots.

    #6213

    Creek
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    The material is Vibram Scotty.

    In the long run you aren’t saving money buying cheaper boots. I’ve had a pair of Simms Freestone boots for 8 years now. All i’ve done is keep replacing the studs when they wear out. I use the aluminum studs now. They grip much better than the carbide studs.

    btw I only paid $120 for them 8 years ago. You don’t need to get the top of the line Simms to get good boots.

    #6214

    Grsdlnr
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    Maybe they’re a little too long. My Chota STL studs appear to be just slotted hex-head sheet metal screws. Take one to the hardware store and ask if they have something similar 1/8″ shorter.

    #6215

    Scotty MacFly
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    I have even done the sheet metal screws. Good thing they are inexpensive because they wear out quick. And they do grip better, you’re right Creek. But they eventually came through.

    The studs I have are the carbide studs and I got them from the local fly shop.

    The shoes themselves are holding up nicely. And they are very comfortable. I do actually like them, and they seem to be better built than the Bass Pro brand I had. They definitely have a few more years on them.

    I’ll get some sheet screws this week and replace the carbide studs. They are worn down badly. Maybe even get washers to try out.

    #6216

    Creek
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    I never mentioned sheet metal screws. I said Simms aluminum studs.

    https://www.simmsfishing.com/alumibite-cleat-10-puck.html

    #6217

    Scotty MacFly
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    Oh, I misunderstood because some of the fishermen I know go to the hardware store and use sheet metal screws.

    #6218

    Creek
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    Some do, but they’re a cheap way to do it and don’t last at all. Sheet metal screws were never made to scrape across rocks.

    #6219

    Scotty MacFly
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    The Simms studs you posted, they are wider than the studs that came with my boots.The studs I have look like sheet metal screws but blunted on the threaded end. So I can see how the Simms won’t push through because of the surface area it covers. That’s why I was thinking about using washers, so the head of the stud can’t push in.

    I think that’s the remedy, I need something with a wider surface area.

    Thanks guys!

    #6220

    Creek
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    That’s those particular studs. They also make studs that look like sheet metal screws, or at least they used to. They never pushed though either.

    I think Simms uses mostly the style studs I showed. The fit into the soles perfect. The soles are molded just for them.

    You need to buy some Simms boots Scotty.

    Here’s the model I have, but mine are the old design. They look nothing like this new model. I’ll buy these again if I ever wear out the ones I have now.

    http://www.basspro.com/Simms-Freestone-Wading-Boots-for-Men/product/10210478/

    #6225

    Scotty MacFly
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    They look nice and able to take punishment. The price isn’t bad either. And if they are as good as the Freestone waders I have, I will be well pleased. They are on my wish list till the boots I have now wear out. Problem is, they seem to be holding pretty strong.

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