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Dryridge

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My kids got me s Cabelas gift card thst they say is to buy lightweight waders and boots. I am thinking Korkers with the interchangeable soles for shoes....what's your experience? Suggestions?
Don't have a clue about breathable waders. Welcome all suggestions....Keep in mind I'm 6'2" and around 320#
Thanks in advance for your time.
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I’ve been a big fan of Chotas
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NOT a fan of the Korkers.  The back hook-up tab has broken on 2 sets of soles for me.  Very frustrating.
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Like Cabelas waisthigh waders and boots.  Both have lifetime warranties.
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Still love the “Patagonia tractor” Would recommend ,haven’t fallen since.
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there are some good deals on simms boots on steepandcheap.com.  Only a few odds and ends sizes, but worth a look.  
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Simms Freestone boots - a little pricy (like $100) - but I abused a pair for nearly 10 years without ever having to replace them.
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What does "abused" mean? A cheap pair will last a long time if they only see the water a couple times a year. I'm also in the hunt for new wading boots but haven't made a decision yet. I'd drop $100 on a pair right this second if I thought I was getting $100 worth of boot haha
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Dave,

  I've run Korkers, and just about every pair out there into the ground over the years.  Best yet for the money have been the Simms Freestones with the Alumibite cleats(one 10 Pack per boots on mine)  VERY VERY happy
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Thanks...I will give the Freestones a closer look
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i have a pair of the simms freestone boot and they are a very good boot, before that I had a pair of korkers and they were horrible in my opinion, the stitching was coming apart after less than a month of use, the felt wore out very quicky, the straps to tighten them broke after only a few uses, I honestly thing I would have been better of wearing tennis shoes than those things
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Simms guide boot. working great for me so far. get the star-bite cleats as well. the cleats are ridiculously priced but very effective!
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I have the Simms freestones and they have held up well. I payed the extra money for the star bite cleats, and they are well worth it.
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How do they run for size?
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Seem to me to be pretty true to size
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I wear orvis boots with the neoprene sock and wet dry pants most of the time. I've tried several different brands of shoes and have always had issues with wearing and comfort. It's really hard to beat a comfortable boot with the neoprene socks so I just went that route for wet wading.
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I ordered waders today. Caddis Premium two tones. Had trouble finding my size in most brands. Everyone was out of stock.
Liked the Frogg Togg Hellbenders for the money.
Found the Caddis in my size $60 cheaper than Cabelas on Amazon.
Now for the boots. SIMMS Freestone or Cabelas w/boa system both same price
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I've owned korkers and I got decent mileage out of them. The little sole attachments on the back  did break off earlier than I expected, though. I now have Simms G4 boots with the BOA system. I love the boots, but im not a huge fan of the BOA closure. If you go that route, I suggest packing a BOA emergency repair kit just in case.
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I've owned korkers and I got decent mileage out of them. The little sole attachments on the back  did break off earlier than I expected, though. I now have Simms G4 boots with the BOA system. I love the boots, but im not a huge fan of the BOA closure. If you go that route, I suggest packing a BOA emergency repair kit just in case.

Thanks for the heads up
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Dave,

More than happy with my Simms Freestones and the Starbite cleats...  Up and down Mill Creek with no problems and the best wading shoes I've worn there, except for studded felt....
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How many cleats you lose in a day?
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Had the last years set of Freestones and I lost a 50 pack of Kold Kutters in about 6 trips. I had to finish the boots out with thicker sheet metal screws to get a day out of them. Problem was they wore down so fast and rusted after about every trip but they were cheap. A lot of people complained about the same issues (Someone will chime in about loctite to help the issue etc.). According to Simms they changed the Vibram bottoms to hold screws etc. in better for the 2018 Freestones.
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I've been trying out the Kold Kutters as well this year. I think I did a product review on them saying I would update.  
I paired them with the Redington boots and not many have fallen out, but some have. However I do notice the cleats wear down quicker than other brands. 

That's good news about the Simms update ZAK.

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Interesting about the update on the Simms Vibram.  I ordered the Guides and Intruders last year, within a few trips, I lost most of my cleats out of the Guide boot.
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I know this sounds too simple ....Anyone ever try tire studs?
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I know this sounds too simple ....Anyone ever try tire studs?


Thats what the Kold Kutters are... unless you are referring to something else?

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Thats what the Kold Kutters are... unless you are referring to something else?


Oops. There goes my inexperience talking.
I gotta admit. I've always had boot foot waders or wet waded this is my first stab at breathable chest waders.
Thanks for overlooking my ignorance of the subject.
Given my success (luck) in the past I should do really well once I get all this fancy equipment.😁

 
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I have 150$ in Cabelas Cards from Xmas (I hate Cabelas) and I'm waiting for them to put the new Freestones on the site. I'll let you guys know in April if anything changed screw wise. I won't be able to wet a line until after basketball season most likely. 
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Dave,

I haven't lost a starbite cleat in 2 years of use.
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https://www.hatchmag.com/blog/tip-stop-grossly-overpaying-wading-boot-studs/771153
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