Scierra X-Force wad­ing boots

£189.99 www.svend­sen-sport.dk

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Tackle -

THIS rugged-look­ing wad­ing boot, mod­elled very much on a hill/walk­ing boot, is avail­able in three ver­sions: cleated sole or felt sole boots are £169.99 each, while the com­bi­na­tion cleated/stud boots, which I had for re­view, are £189.99 and avail­able in sizes 6-12. The rub­ber out­sole has a well-thought-out deep cleated pat­tern with troughs and ridges on the sole and heel. The sole is not flat, it has a def­i­nite arch, and this gives a com­fort­able rolling plat­form when you are on the move. The sole has been pr­e­fit­ted with tung­sten steel studs, five in the heel and 10 in the sole. Th­ese studs stand very proud of the sole so on a flat, hard sur­face the grip is at­tained by the studs alone as the rub­ber doesn’t ac­tu­ally come into con­tact with the ground. On softer ground, such as mud and grass, the cleats/stud com­bi­na­tion works to­gether very well. This rub­ber out­sole, which has been bonded to a light­weight and cush­ioned EVA mid­sole, curves part­way over the toe and heel for ex­tra pro­tec­tion. The toe box it­self is rigid, of­fer­ing ex­cel­lent pro­tec­tion against toe strikes.

Com­fort and cush­ion­ing

The boot’s up­per is made from syn­thetic mi­crofi­bre and mesh ma­te­ri­als re­in­forced with syn­thetic leather, a com­bi­na­tion that re­duces weight while also of­fer­ing good dura­bil­ity. The joint between the up­per and sole (called the rand) is cov­ered with a rub­ber and syn­thetic fab­ric, again af­ford­ing ex­tra pro­tec­tion. A padded cuff in­creases com­fort and sup­port around the an­kle, while the tongue, made from a soft but durable neo­prene, gives some cush­ion­ing across the top of the foot when the laces are tight­ened down. Seven small punched holes on the in­side edge of each boot al­low water to seep out, but no de­bris to get in. By pulling the tongue for­ward you can cre­ate a nice wide open­ing, while a smooth lin­ing to the in­side of the boots makes it very easy for the stock­ing­foot booties to slide in and out. There are four sets of fab­ric lace eye­lets, and three sets of metal hook eye­lets. There is also a web­bing pull tab on the back of the heel. I be­lieve the EVA in­soles are sup­posed to be re­mov­able, but mine were glued at the heel sec­tion so I couldn’t take them out.

VER­DICT:

Light­weight boot (the size 10s I had weigh 3lb 9oz), with a good solid build qual­ity. I do have reser­va­tions about the studs stick­ing out so far from the sole. I would go for the cleated sole boots and insert my own studs.

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