Re: Felt-less wading shoes

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Posted by J. ROBERTSON on November 22, 1996 at 13:07:32:

In Reply to: Re: Felt-less wading shoes posted by J. ROBERTSON on November 22, 1996 at 12:57:20:

: : : : 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.

I purchased and used the new L.L. Bean Stealth wading boots.
They are definitely great for North Georgia streams. They are as good if not better on slick rocks. Climbing in and out of the stream on rocks, they grip like magnets!
I am sold on them and have passed on my ole faitful Borger boots to my son. The sizes seem to be close to the Borger, but seems to run a little bit wider.

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