September 23, 2008
Can You Forget Felt?
By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter
New Zealand has officially canned the use of felt sole boots with waders. Simms announced that it won't make felt boots anymore after 2009. In Simms' case, the company is launching a special Vibram sole that it says sticks to slippery river rocks better than felt. We'll see, but I'm inclined to think Simms wouldn't bet the bank on something that didn't work.
The motivation for all of this is to stop the spread from river to river of invasive species... like didymo (rock snot), mudsnails, and so forth. The problem, for me, at least until now, is that Aquastealth/rubberized boots aren't as good as felt. Plain and simple.
So I'm wondering if good environmental intentions are worth falling on your butt.