Thursday, May 5, 2011
Today I installed the Simms Alumibite Star Cleats on my rivershead boots, and put them to the test on a full day of guiding on the Arkansas River.. The cleats provided a nice even feel to the foot bed of my boots, I didn't get the feel of pressure points, like I have on other smaller diameter cleats. The aluminum seemed to have a good soft grip, without the"skating" effect you get with hard carbide studs..
All and all, I loved the cleats, But I do question the durability of the soft aluminum cleat.
The average angler will probably get long life out of the cleats, but for a guide that lives in his wading shoes???
I will let you know in a couple of weeks.