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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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Studs & cleats for Simms boots with rubber soles

Is there an official recommendation how to arrange stars and studs?
I've seen quite different pictures:

Does it make sense to arrange them close to the sole edge, like on the first pic, or more towards middle ?

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As far as the stars, my understanding is you can only put them where they belong. Some soles have space closer to the edge and some other soles less close to the edge. i have 2 pairs in front of me with vibram and even if I wanted to. I would n't be able to change the location as they only fit where they fit due to the way they are shape. I added studs in the center like the first picture.
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I have two sets of cleated boots - one is my winter pair (larger size) for winter steelheading where I wear the thicker waders and more layers underneath and the other pair is my all around spring-fall where I don't wear much under the thin waders.

The cleats are arranged where they are under the balls and heels of my feet where I put pressure down on the ground the most.
Putting cleats on areas that my feet do not press down on is a waste - my past instructors showed that putting the cleats around edges do not grip what is under your balls & heel of your foot by showing how the wear of the outer cleats do not wear down showing no traction is used on the outer edges.

Fishing the west coast rivers, lakes, and mountain streams we have slippery algae covered rocks.

Here is what I use and have never slipped - left pair is my winter pair w/ alumibites - right pair is my all around w/ alumibites and carbide cleats on the heels:
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I guess they have changed. Looking at the close up of 4sallypat's picture. On those you can put them all over compared to mine. That's a good thing
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