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PostPosted: July 9th, 2018, 2:29 pm 
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All.......

I just read on Gink and Gasoline that Patagonia, in tandem with famed boot maker Danner, is coming out with new wading boots.

I thought they might be good.......as years ago I used to wear Danner River Grippers......DAMNED fine wading boots.

I was impressed.......until I saw the price. Retail is $499 to $549. I did a double take and read it again. I thought “Holy #### Batman!”

Needless to say I’ll be sticking with my Simms and Korkers. I sincerely doubt many guys are throwing down $550 for wading boots.......to go along with $600 waders. Over $1100 to wade? Not in this lifetime for me. As always......ymmv.

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PostPosted: July 9th, 2018, 4:59 pm 
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If the quality of these boots even remotely matches their waders, I'd buy a pair. Comfortable feet (for a day or an entire trip) area priority # 1

Having said that, my Korkers are pretty comfortable.

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PostPosted: July 9th, 2018, 5:20 pm 
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InTheTrees wrote:
Having said that, my Korkers are pretty comfortable.


I absolutely LOVE my Korkers, hands down the most comfortable boots I have ever worn. Not just wading boots.... any boot.

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PostPosted: July 9th, 2018, 9:54 pm 
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Size 16? Or—dreaming here—15 4E?


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PostPosted: July 10th, 2018, 6:40 am 
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That's a little steep, but I bet they are a great boot. I have a pair of Danners from years ago. I want to get some new felt for them and put them to use again. Same as Dave I've picked up a few pair of Simms and Korkers both are nice boots.


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PostPosted: July 10th, 2018, 6:54 am 
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Have Patagonia Foot Trackers and Korkers and have had issues with both. Both are comfortable. The foot tractors are mostly good but on certain surfaces slip badly. The korkers with felt and studs overall have the best grip but the soles come off in deep mud.
Danner makes damn fine boots and can be pricey but many are made in the US so they can be pricey.
Good boots with appropriate soles can be expensive but they literally are your foundation on what everything is built. A comfortable and safe wading experience shouldn’t be compromised!


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PostPosted: July 10th, 2018, 8:52 am 
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I have had bad luck with my last two pairs if Patagonia waders. The Foot tractor boots were super comfortable but ridiculously heavy. I have now gone all Simms- G4 boa boots and G3 guides- what well thought out gear.


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PostPosted: July 10th, 2018, 1:43 pm 
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Dave M found a piece of FF gear he considers overpriced? Strange days, indeed.


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PostPosted: July 10th, 2018, 2:19 pm 
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Rory wrote:
Dave M found a piece of FF gear he considers overpriced? Strange days, indeed.


Lol!


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PostPosted: July 10th, 2018, 2:46 pm 
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Jeff Reardon wrote:
Rory wrote:
Dave M found a piece of FF gear he considers overpriced? Strange days, indeed.


Lol!


Worse yet, he clearly implies he finds them prohibitively expensive!


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PostPosted: July 10th, 2018, 3:17 pm 
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Actually guys imo the most overpriced flyfishing gear is now probably flylines. $130 for a piece of pvc coated string is probably worse than the Patagucci’s.

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PostPosted: July 10th, 2018, 3:26 pm 
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I don’t disagree about high priced fly lines—plenty of good 40-70 dollar lines. But of all the
Gear I own, the one thing I will splurge on is lines. A good line makes way more difference in my casting than a good rod. Very few of my fish go on the reel, and even fewer take any drag to land. I do most of my fishing from a canoe these days—barefoot or in crocs. The waders and boots are for duck hunts.


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PostPosted: July 10th, 2018, 6:06 pm 
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igloo lake,

Try davepagecobblers.com. They are in Seattle but do soles on about any boot you want. I wear La Sportiva hiking boots for work. I think I've had 4-5 soles done by them. they look and feel brand new with all the proper parts replaced if need be. They list simms for soles and a bazillion other brands. I imagine they can do it.

Ron

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