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Review: SIMMS G4Z Bootfoot Wader

by Robert Morselli

Simms G4 Bootfoot wadersMost outdoor wearables evolve and improve gradually. This isn’t one of those products. With the G4Z Bootfoot wader SIMMS has taken what is typically an entry-level product, powered it with the most feature-rich mix on the market, and catapulted it to top-tier status.

The boots themselves offer impressive warmth and comfort,  due to both integrated thermal materials and a roomy fit that significantly helps with blood circulation (anatomical last shape can be adjusted with removable footbeds for a secure and comfortable fit). They also ride higher than a regular wading shoe (think ski boot), resulting in improved overall stability. They are fully-lined and insulated with 7mm neoprene and grid fleece (rated to -40 F) for all-day warmth. The exterior consists of an overbuilt, tough shell that includes a triple-layer vulcanized rubber upper for durability and notable wading performance in extreme weather. Slip resistance comes via a die-cut RiverTread platform: a full-coverage plate for maximum rigidity and stud retention. The design also includes a 12mm felt outsole that accepts cleats and studs and a dual density EVA midsole for shock absorption.

The top portion features a Pinnacle 3-layer GORE-TEX® PRO SHELL in the upper and 5-layer in the legs, synced with front and back leg seams to provide an articulated fit that maximizes both comfort and mobility.

Other notable features: YKK waterproof center-front zipper for easy access/optimal ventilation, plush hand-warmer pockets, and ultra-grippy, rugged triple-layer vulcanized rubber for safer wading. The sole can be modified to your needs.

Summary: the G4Z bootfoots are an entirely revamped – and vastly improved – product. Look for them if you require no-fail gear that will perform in extreme cold and unfavorable conditions.

Highly recommended.

MidCurrent Fly Fishing
 
Robert Morselli is the research director for the internationally syndicated television show "How It's Made."
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  • Les Sutherland

    Waders that cost almost $1,000.00? I have 3 sets of Simms Waders and am very pleased with each; however, I would have a hard time paying 900+ $ for a pair of neoprene, super dooper, boot foot waders? That’s Testla stuff??