Gear Box

July 19, 2009|By Candus Thomson

The days of felt-bottomed wading shoes are nearly over. Blame rock snot.

A replacement is available. Praise Simms and its "Aquastealth" technology.

The invasive algae formally named didymo but better known by its nickname, "rock snot," showed up last year in the Gunpowder River. The nasty goo covers rocks and trout habitat, ruining pristine waterways. Unless anglers scrub carefully after fishing, rock snot nestles into felt fibers and hitchhikes from place to place.

But Simms ( has replaced felt with Aquastealth and married the high-tech rubber sole to a tough, synthetic upper boot with Schoeller mesh panels to create the Headwaters wading boot, the lightest and most comfortable one I've worn in some time.

The rubber toe bumper and heel wrap protect your feet. The neoprene tongue and versatile lacing keep out pebbles. Best of all, with very little elbow grease, these boots scrub clean in a jiffy.

For a little more secure footing, add Simms Hard Bite Studs to the bottoms and go anywhere.

The shoe lists for $130, but Web discounts abound.


Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.