I don’t typically do gear reviews but when I came across something that is way better than average it spurred me to talk about it. This product is the Simms Vapor Boots. My last two pairs of boots have had Vibram soles and I wanted to continue using some kind of sticky rubber rather than felt. I travel quite a bit and never want to have to worry that I am in a state that no longer allows felt.
My previous Vibram boots were not very stable on slick rocks. They worked great with studs but without them were pretty dangerous. When I bought the Simms boots, I purchased studs to go with them because I figured these would also be slick.
I received them just before heading to Idaho to spend a week with good friend, artist and all out amazing fly fisherman, Jeff Currier. Somehow the studs for the boots didn’t end up in my suitcase so I arrived in Idaho without them. I am pretty good at falling in rivers and my plan was to be very careful so I didn’t bust my ass.
On the first day wearing my new Simms Vapor boots I was amazed at how well they performed. No slipping, no sliding, and I was surprised at how well a rubber boot can grip moss covered rocks.
The pros: stable boot with good ankle support and better than average rubber soles. They are lightweight which can be difficult to find in the world of rubber soled boots. They are a nice looking boot with cool orange trim which probably doesn’t matter much but aren’t we sick of wearing gray and tan boots that look dreadful?
The cons: No women’s sizing though I am told they will be available in Spring of 2015. Simms says their boots run true to size but I have to disagree. I ordered a men’s 7 (I wear a women’s 8.5 so a men’s 7 should equal a women’s 9). My toes rub the end of the boot and sometimes they are difficult to get on. I should have ordered an 8. I have a friend who also ordered this same boot and he wishes he would have gotten one size up as his boots are a little tight. They have a ring where your gravel guard hooks onto and my gravel guards always come unhooked. This isn’t that big of a deal but can be annoying.
As a guide, I need a comfortable and stable boot and this one fits the bill. Simms did a great job with their Vapor Boots and I highly recommend them.