The review: Keep in mind I've only used these on 4 outings but I'm very satisfied with them. Besides the welded seams, I wanted something I could wear while paddling my kayak. So the quick release convertible-top feature was what really sold me on the purchase. Being able to drop the top when paddling, but easily raise when I want to wade was key!!
Great fit - stocking foot is only about 1 size bigger than my foot. With thick socks, liner and size 13 boots they fit perfect. I can stand in my kayak and fish all day w/o any discomfort. Actually, they are more comfortable than standing barefoot or wearing my Brooks running shoes (I wear the same shoes I run marathon's in when sight fishing reds in LA marsh for comfort).
|Seat in Low position...needed to move pegs back to paddle effectively. Or just hang'em over the side!!|
|In my experience exiting a yak is easier than exiting a drift boat|
My favorite performance feature is the convertible top. I drop it when paddling to keep from getting too hot or sweating. And when I'm ready to wade it's easy to raise back to chest high. I love this feature. Only bad part is I can't re-attach the back snap it's placed between the shoulder blades and unless you have 3 arms or double jointed it's not going to happen w/o taking the straps off the shoulder and re-attaching. As it is, I don't disconnect the back. I disconnect the front 2 and lower. No biggie!
|Drop Top action - if wearing in NOLA be sure to yell throw me some beads Mr.!!|
|Wet exit from the craft|
These are great for active anglers. Not to mention, the unmentionable, but when you got to go...it's a snap!!
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