Q: What type of Wader Sole is best for me?
A: We produce a range of soles, each designed for a specific purpose. The Cleated sole, is most suitable for general use on sand, mud, shingle etc. Our unique Combination Sole incorporates a Felt-Sole & Deep Cleated Heel. The heavy duty heel digs in on wet grass or muddy banks, whilst the Felt-sole gives unsurpassed grip in the fastest of rivers. Trials have shown that there is no loss of grip in the river by not having a felt-heel, because if you are unsure of your footing, you naturally transfer the weight to the balls of your feet - where you need the grip!
For conditions where studs can be an advantage, we have a number of options: Full Studded Cleated Soles on our Neoprene Models, or our amazing 'Spike-Sole' on the new XS Neoprene Waders. Additionally, our Screw in Studs can be added to the heels of Felt-Sole or Cleated sole waders, for additional grip.
All Snowbee waders are made from synthetic materials, which are not susceptible to cracking or perishing, like the old rubber waders were. Direct sunlight, will however degrade synthetic materials, so it is recommended that waders are stored out of direct sunlight. Creasing does not adversely affect the performance of waders, but does look unsightly. The best way of avoiding this is to store the waders in a Snowbee Wader Rack. After use in Saltwater, or brackish water, the waders should be washed down with fresh water.
Felt Sole Care
To prolong their life, Felt soles should be hossed off well with fresh water, after every fishing trip, to remove mud deposits. If this is done regularly, the felt will retain its original characteristics and give long service. If this is not done, the water in the felt soles evaporates, leaving mud deposites. This builds up with successive fishing trips, slowly becoming compacted, until the felt sole becomes hard and inflexible. Not only will it then wear much faster, but the inflexibility can cause the soles to become detached from the sole of the boot. A simple, quick hose down, after each fishing trip, will avoid this and prolong their life.