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Simms RiverTek Boa
 Wading Boot

by Fly Fisherman   |  January 24th, 2012 0

Simms RiverTek Boa
When laces freeze/thaw over the course of a day of winter steelheading, they 
invariably come untied. Then you have the misfortune of removing your
 gloves, and attempting to tie wet, half-frozen laces. Try tying on a new fly
 after that. In three years of using this cable system on different brands of
 wading boots, and footwear for other outdoors pursuits, our testers report
 that the Boa Lacing System never comes untied, the stainless steel cables do
 not break, you can “tie” them up wearing mittens, and uniform tightness
 provides superior comfort and performance over laces. The Simms RiverTek Boa
(, $170) is also “greener” because porous traditional
 laces, and the myriad eyelets and hooks that accompany them, are hard to clean 
and are prone to carrying aquatic nuisances such as didymo or whirling disease.
 Keeping with the easy-to-clean theme, the rest of the boot is completely
 synthetic with a full rubber toe cap, and lined with closed-cell Neoprene on
the inside for maximum comfort.

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