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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-11-2019, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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Simms G3 Boots

Has anyone used the new G3 boots? I'm interested in your opinion...cheers
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-11-2019, 03:48 PM
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Not sure how new you mean. Got a pair last winter and fish a lot. Still going strong, and I foresee them lasting a good while longer. Better than most boots I've owned.
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I'm going on my second season with my G3's. They're holding up well, pretty comfortable in the toe box compared to my previous G3's. Not overly heavy.
If they were lost or stolen today, I'd buy a new pair tomorrow.
I really go through the cleats! Not a boot issue
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Concur with the above comments.

The one made 5-6 yers ago , size 11 was on spot, waders + wool sock. The newer are fine but size 10 for summer is perfect.
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They work, no sense yet of long-term durability, but on sizing: Iíve worn Simms size 14 for 30 yrs, but had to get size 15 in the current G3. My old Guide and Rivershed 14 boots still fit fine (I keep a mix of felt and rubber in the rotation). Try sizes before you buy.

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I had riverteks that blew up so Simms sent me G3s as a warranty. good support and so far the material is holding up but it's just been a year. tread is quite grippy. time will tell. if they fail I'll try the new Patagonia/Danner with aluminum bars.

I will run the Patagonia crampons aluminum bars with these G3s for certain slick rivers.

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I know guys who wear and love these boots. However, and not to offend anyone, my experience with that boot was not good.
I had to return them because the exterior plastic ankle support system dug into my ankle to the point where I could not walk in them. Their customer service is very good, the rep stated that it is most likely my body style.
Also, they seem to take a very long time to dry and I regularly got gravel in them. The gravel problem could be that I am not wearing Simms waders or Simms gravel guard system.
I have the Simms Flyweights, they also take forever to dry and again gravel is a problem. From my experience, the Danner is a much better boot if you can manage the cost.
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"they seem to take a very long time to dry " Peets boot dryer for waders and boots every night.
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I enjoy them. Through a pack of hard bite cleats at them and I will probably add more. For me the key was ankle support. These boots have lots of it and are damn comfortable. They pair well with G3 waders. Go figure.

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I have had a pair of the newer Simms G3 felt bottom boots for about a year now. I find them comfortable and have been holding up very, very well so far. My only complain is the laces that came with them were junk and shredded the casing in a few trips. I put on a different pair of thicker simms replacement laces and they have help up good so far.

My previous pair of boots were older Simms Freestones and they definitely felt heavy but I couldn't believe how undestructible they were through the abuse I put them through. They are still a solid pair of backups for me.

I used to wear another brand of boots, because I really liked the interchangeable soles, but three out of the four pairs I had were falling apart in less than a year.
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"I used to wear another brand of boots, because I really liked the interchangeable soles, but three out of the four pairs I had were falling apart in less than a year."

Same here. One day on the river and the felt would come off.

I'm about to pull the trigger on the G3's

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I have some G4's with Vibram soles I'd part with; never been used
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I'm also having this issue of the boot digging into my ankle where the plastic bit is. It's a shame to replace them, they cost a pretty penny to buy and cleat up but I'm going to have to get something else after less than a year of service.
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My only complain is the laces that came with them were junk and shredded the casing in a few trips. I put on a different pair of thicker simms replacement laces and they have help up good so far.
May not be sexy but will last forever...
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I have a rotation, because I use my old moon boots (an earlier model I think) in winter, and the felts are studded with a bucket full of Kold Kutters that get changed frequently and cheaply. I have some G3 Guides with studded felt, which were a stray pair purchased during Simms' 'we're too good for felt' phase and they're a pretty broke down now but have years left in them.
I took my last broke down pair, which lasted quite awhile, and sent them in and got a new pair of G3 Guides a couple years ago. I got them smaller and figured I'd wear them for wet wading but they're not getting much use. Vibram soles.

I've been wearing Simms boots so long that now I think they either doubled in weight or I'm getting old. So I'm interested in this thread and it has me thinking about a pair of ultralights. But I'd have to beat down my winter boots pretty bad to justify the expense, and like I said that's a slow process. I might run out of years before I run out of boot, eh?

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