The Simms Flyweight Men's Wader Boots are great for ideal for wearing while fishing high mountain streams. The Simms Flyweight boots feature a low-profile design while maintaining a full wading boot functionality. For comfort and cushion, the Simms Flyweight boots feature a dual-density EVA midsole and a lightweight synthetic upper. To offer incredible grip and traction, the Simms Flyweight boots feature a Vibram® Idrogrip rubber outsole. Be ready for your next fly fishing outing with the Simms Flyweight Men's Wader Boots.
Lightweight wader boot
Stud and cleat-compatible
Speed lace hooks and lace-toe closure
High cushion dual density EVA midsole for comfort
Welded TPU film on high abrasion zones for durability
Better than advertised, in every way. At first they were narrower than the other Simms boots I've owned, but after loosening the laces in the eyelet loops, the fabric sidewalls stretched out and my very wide feet felt much better. The FELT soles made me feel like a mountain goat, the best no-slip grip ever! Much less tiring after a full day of wade-walking ; not just light weight, but they do not get water logged like the others.. The flexibility makes them feel more like hiking boots or even sneakers and ankle support is great. They even have a better feel when driving from spot to spot. I wear a 12 shoe and went up one size (13) for a perfect fit. After 40 years of river wading I can honestly say these are GAME CHANGERS!
These boots are super comfortable for long backcounty hikes and very lightweight. Unfortunately, the soles don't last long and don't grip very well when wading on streams with boulders. For the amount I paid, I expected more. And I don't think you can them resoled. i had them for one year.
Soles are worn out after one yaar. I'm guessing I hiked around 350 miles wearing these boots.
I've spent many hundreds of days wearing Simms boots since the late 90's, and experienced most every boot offered. And during the past 20+ years, my feelings towards Simms had grown chilly. I remember days as fly shop lackey and then guide, being able to pick up the phone and call a CS Representative with questions and concerns, and having a great experience with the products. Along the way something changed in quality, and boots fell apart with relatively little use. And they were clunky, heavy, and possibly the least positive thing about days on the water. But after taking the Flyweights on their initial trip - a long hike and wade - I was happy with Simms again. Time and rocks will test their durability - but their weight, flexibility, and sticky soles make them completely enjoyable to wear, and not the first thing to shed after the walk back to the truck.
Just used them on the Snake for some early spring fishing. We were in shallow water, no more than 3 feet, but the flyweight performed perfectly. Like that they are so lightweight and at the end of the day, my legs weren't shot.
Wished i read the review earlier re: Salt. typically most wading boots i get, i modify for salt use by sealing up the drainage holes, cinching the ankle supports tight and using additional gravel guards. it works on the 8-10 previous pair of wader boots i had, but not these.
i really wanted to like and use these forever. they work great in rivers and lakes, super comfortable to wear and very comfortable to hike in, but for sandy beaches, not so great. i couldn't cinch it down tight enough without it being uncomfortable so they let a good bit of sand in.
ive since replaced the boots w Simms Freesalts (saltwater version of freestones) and those have performed well against sand.
fit wise, i wear size 11, and a size 12 boot fit great.
overall these boots perform awesome along rivers and lakes with gravel, but arent great for sandy beaches. i really wanted to like these but need that sand guard.
The ultimate test is how they will last and I’ve not had them long enough for that. However, they fit well, are quite comfortable and have held well so far. The weight is very nice. Substantial difference from the average boot, especially when wet. I wear an 11.5 shoe, bought size 12, with a wool sock and sock foot waders they fit fine.
They are comfortable and well-designed for a long hike-in as advertised. BUT...complete fail for traction in a slippery stream. I gave them two chances, and I feel lucky to have survived both without busting my butt or something worse. Been fishing this stream for decades, and have never felt less stable than in these. Waste of 200 bucks if I can't wear em in my favorite trout stream. Unfortunate, I like all my other Simms stuff.
These are my go to’s in any situation. Back country or tail waters with all the other kooks, they don’t let me down. My G3’s sit in the closet collecting dust. After a year plus yes they show hard loving but still do the job well. I would rather use these and feel the bottom than be trudging along in Frankenstein boots without any feel to navigate the bottom. I use them on the Juan with cold water temps. Yes my feet get cold but that means keep moving. Buy them, you’ll be glad you did.
I have back problems, in cheap boots I can fish 15 minutes before I gotta take a break. On the recommendation of my local bait shop, Grumpy's Bait and Tackle in Seaside Park NJ, I browsed the Simms website for a pair of boots that might offer me better support. I came across these, I like the price point, and the reviews, and figured I would give them a go. Back problems, what back problems!? I surf fish in NJ so I generally plug and move, 45 minutes in a spot is a long time for me. If I catch a fish I'll stay a bit longer. I fish 2-3 hrs a day 4-5 times a week, spent 90 minutes in one spot the other day and didn't even realize it I was so comfortable. These boots are worth every penny, especially if you need more support.
Very lightweight yet supportive for the ankles, made it easy to traverse the banks and creeks. Walked about 2 miles in them for the first time and had no issues at all! If you have can afford these buy them!!
These Boots are awesome! Seriously, if you do a lot of remote hiking and wadding, then these are the boots for you! I've logged at least 50+ miles of hiking (into the middle fork American canyon with 1200ft elevation descends), 12+ hours of float tubing, and multiple days of fishing streams rivers, and lakes in the Sierras this summer. I really like how lightweight and supportive these boots feel. I use to pack in my old pair of heavy wadding boots and change before I fish, now I just wear these all day. Using these boots for float tubing feels like I'm wearing Neopreem Booties, I can't stress at how happy I am with these boots. Pair these with the Simms Wadding Stickings, your feet will thank you!
I will qualify my review with this: I have not met too many people who demand more from their gear than I do, and as a USMC combat Veteran, I understand how critical quality gear is in harsh environments. I received these boots as a Father's Day gift this year (roughly two months ago), and the boots are literally falling apart.
The Good: the boots are super light in comparison to other boots (even Simms models), and this is a plus for me because I put miles on them in varying landscapes to include: lakes, rivers, creeks, and ocean jetties and rocks. They are comfortable, and the vibrate sole is definitely a plus with the amount of time I spend on the move.
The Bad: the abrasion resistant TPU material is peeling off and is discolored (yellow/brown color now) this began rather quickly. The rubber toe cap is beginning to separate from the toe on one boot. I have gone through 3 small containers of studs--an additional $90 expense--because they keep falling out. The laces are wearing out quickly, I expect to have to replace them by month's end. The fabric material is wearing through on both boots and is disheveled and discolored now. The fabric material lining the interior footbed has developed some weird air pocket between the fabric and the material underneath it.
Overall, these boots have not met my expectations, and frankly I am disappointed to say the least about a Simms product having such poor durability (especially at a $200 price point). Simms, I say this in jest, but a lot of truth is said in jest, if you need someone to beat on your gear in the field and provide quality reviews, please contact me, I will put your stuff through the ringer because I am the guy that tries to go where the other guys are unwilling to.
In closing, Simms, please make this right by contacting me and let's have a conversation about how we can rectify this situation because I want to believe that there is some sort of defect in manufacturing on this particular pair and does not reflect upon the line or your definition of "quality."
Definitely light and easy to hike in. Also, firm enough to give good support for ankles. Only issue is the sole do not handle slippery rocks well. Probably need spikes to solve this issue. On the whole a great wading book and I am very happy with them.
Love these wading boots. Another excellent product from Simms. I find them to be perfectly capable in fast water maneuvering well on all sizes of rocks. Solid traction and grip on slick rocks and can walk/hike for miles comfortably. Great innovation in wading boots. I wear a 13 shoe and typically wear a 14 wading boot but with these the 13 fits great with waders and wading socks so don't size up for these.
These boots have been excellent so far. I just spent the day rock-hopping in the Little Cahaba River, and didn't fall once. They're also comfortable for hiking if needing to hike into back country. I'm a fish biologist, so I've worn many different lightweight boots for wet wading, and these might end up being my favorite.
I wear a size 9.5 shoe, so I bought size 10 boots. They fit just right with a pair of neoprene wading socks.
So far I love the boots. Light and easy to walk in. They seem to grip well for the creeks that I fish in. I can see wanting to add the studs if you fish in real slippery water. Have not had them long yet, maybe 4 trips so far, so we will see how hold they hold up long term, so far so good, no signs of wear and tear. They are pretty true to size, I wear a size 8.5 In street shoes, and got a 9 in the flyweight boot, perfect fit! So far, very satisfied.
I purchased these boot in both Vibram and Felt and love them. i bought them to replace my G3 Guide boots. I wear an 11.5 in all my normal shoes and hunting boots. I wear a 12 in the new Flyweight boots and I wore a size 13 in the G3 Guide Boot so just keep that in mind. The boots are so light and work really well. I am a big guy and they provide plenty of support. at 6'4" and 270 pounds
Comfortable and light - I hope they last as long as the vapor model
These are great. Lightweight and comfortable. I ordered a size 11 (I wear a size 10.5 street shoe), based upon my past experience with Simms being a little roomy. These fit well with a thin neoprene socks plus wool hiking socks. I have hiked about 15 miles so far in them with no blisters and no problems. I hope they last as long as my old vapor boots, which lasted 5 seasons, with hike in fishing almost every weekend in the summer.
Game changer: Fish more. Hike in farther. Feel no pain.
I have a catastrophic ankle injury that limits the amount of time I can spend on my feet, especially hiking with gear and scrambling through rocky streams. These boots with the "Right Angle Wading Boot Insert" added to them are truly a game changer for me. Not only are they light but the stiff sole and contoured insert offer outstanding support despite the shorter rise of the boot.
My only complaint (and it's not even really a complaint) is that every Simms boot made should come with the inserts. The footbed without them is square and firm, and I think boots purchased without them pale in comparison as a product overall.
Thanks, Simms. I'm logging 3 more fish per hour with these boots. :)