Re: Felt-less wading shoes

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Posted by J. ROBERTSON on November 22, 1996 at 12:57:20:

In Reply to: Re: Felt-less wading shoes posted by L. Moore on October 30, 1996 at 13:52:21:

: : : Anyone ever tried the new felt-less wading shoe? They look like some kind of neopreen cleated sole and don't have any felt at all.
: : : Some of the places I go fishing are pretty bad for slippery rocks. Often I'm miles away from any help should I take a bad fall and I really want to be sure of my step.
: : : Sometimes I have to do a lot of hard climbing over steep, loose, pine and leaf littered mountain slopes and here again, a slip or slide into a rock filled gorge would not make for a good day.
: : : Am considering buying some wading shoes soon and want to make the right choice. The new felt-less shoes look nice for hiking but would they grip on wet slippery rocks?
: : : Any info would be much appreciated.

: : : Thanks, B.C.

: : L.L. Bean is advertising a new feltless wading shoe. Their ad says
: : it was developed in a joint effort with a climbing shoe company. Two
: : different reviews I have read (I can't remeber for sure which magazines,
: : but I think it was Fly Fisherman and Grey's Sporting Journal) both gave
: : the shoes high marks. They claim to stick as well as felt on slippery wet
: : rocks, and much better than felt when hiking in on pine needles and leaves.
: : I have also heard they are having a hard time filling orders. I haven't had
: : the opportunity to try the shoes myself. If anyone has actually tried them,
: : I would like to hear your opinion.

: I recently had the opportunity to try a pair of the new LL Bean "Stealth" wading
: boots, and I found them to be extremely comfortable and great for hiking to the
: stream or river. They seemed to be just as good as felt on slippery, round, N. GA
: rocks. (At least I didn't slip and fall) But I only used them for a couple of hours
: in a stream that wasn't too slippery.

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