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Simms "Flats Sneaker"

Make & Model

Brand:
Simms
Model:
Flats Sneaker
MSRP ($):
119.95

Wading the flats presents all kinds of hazards to your feet. SIMMS “Flats Sneaker” have a 6 ½” upper for support and protection, and the non-marking Vibram® sole gives you great traction on the bottom or on the deck of your kayak.

 

 

Features:

  • Schoeller®-dynatec panels
  • Mid-hiker design for over-the-ankle coverage
  • Internal puncture-resistant plate in footbed
  • Padded collar and tongue
  • Sized to be worn with a Wet Wading Sock
  • Non-marking boat sole

 

Specs:

  • Approximate pair weight (size 10): 46.4 oz
  • Men's whole sizes: 7 - 14
  • Width EE

 

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Side and sole of the Simms Flats Boots
The Simms Flats Boots on

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(Updated: November 22, 2013)
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Great protection

The topic of flats wear had come up on another kayaking fishing forum, and as I was in desperate need of a new pair of wading boots, I did some searching on line and came across the SIMMS Flats Boot. These looked like they would fit the bill just perfect. After too many heart stopping encounters with stingrays here in Tampa Bay, I called up Mark, aka “Yaksushi” to see if he had any contacts at SIMMS.

I ordered a pair of size 11’s, which would turn out to be just a bit too big. With the addition of a good wool sock, they ended up fitting well. As they don’t come in half sizes, I would recommend trying a pair before ordering. I received mine right at the end of the summer months, and as the water has turned cooler; I don’t get out and wade as much as I would normally do. But I have been out. I even tried to put them to the “Stingray” test, but they too have taken to warmer water for the winter.

Features of the SIMMS Flats Boots
• Tall boot upper (6 1/2") offers added support and more protective coverage
• Panels on boot and tongue feature SuperFabric® brand material to offer extreme puncture protection
• Lightweight EVA midsole wrapped with abrasion-resistant material for longer wear
• Full rubber rand
• Padded collar
• Corrosion-free hardware
• Sized to be worn with a Wet Wading Sock
• Non-marking Vibram® sole offers superior traction
• Offered in men's whole sizes 7 - 16 EE

My initial thoughts on the Flats Boots; they are a bit stiff due to the thick upper supports. This takes some getting used to. It’s kind of like walking in ski boots. You get used to it after a while. The sole of the boot is flatter than I thought. I prefer something with a bit more arch support. They drain well though which is a big plus for a boot like this. If not for the wool socks holding some water, it would completely drain. While wearing these boots I had no issues with standing in the kayak, or with getting in and out. They especially come in handy if you have a rocky launch spot and handle oysters with no problems what so ever.

With a retail cost of $149.95, I would recommend these boots to anyone who plans on wading the flats and is looking for great protection from all types of hazards that lurk on the flats.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
7-15 times
Side and sole of the Simms Flats Boots
The Simms Flats Boots on
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