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IMHO, I think you're looking for trouble with the felt soles if you are going to spend alot of time on the trails. I have 2 pair of wading boots (1 w/studs,1 w/o) and 1 pair of boot foot waders with felt soles, but the only 2 things that I do not like about them make me wonder if the studded rubber is not the way to go. First, as wet as it is around here most of the year, I catch myself slipping on wet leaves all the time while on the trails to my favorite holes, this is in my studded felt Patigonia's. In the water, theres nothing close to them and I wish I had bought a pair (w/studs) sooner. Second, which is not as big of a problem this winter, the snow sticks to the felt and you get to be an uneven 6" taller by the time you get to the riverbank. The studded rubber soles like Simms has on their guide boots, is sweet. One of my buddies has a pair and they get worn year round, and I have never heard him say a bad thing about them. If only I could have found a pair of them at a 75% discount! :smokin
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