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    Lightweight wading boots with RiverTread platforms and CleanStream design for wet trails and all-day wading.

    The Simms Men's G3 Guide Boot provides a lighter weight with more durability for wet trails and all-day wading (as compared to the signature Guide Boot). Its waterproof nubuck leather and TPU-coated textile uppers offer protection, durability, and abrasion resistance while you wade, hike down a steep ravine to the water's edge, or bushwack through the woods to your secret spot on the river. Partial neoprene lining provides wading warmth, cushioning, and an easy on-and-off while the G3's traditional lacing helps ensure a just-right performance fit. Simms also gave the G3 a CleanStream design which includes features and materials (less exposed stitching, fewer ridges, non-absorbent materials) that are more resistant to hitchhiking organisms—all to make the boots easier to inspect, clean, and dry faster.  

    Designed with Simms RiverTread platforms, the G3 delivers maximum comfort, performance, and slip-resistance so you can concentrate on making that perfect cast. In addition, the RiverTread is both trail-ready and wading-ready, thanks to its molded 3D footbed with arch support and ball flex that align your foot for all-day comfort and optimal bio-mechanics. The molded dual-density EVA midsole provides cushioning for hiking comfort enhanced proprioception. Simms also equipped the RiverTread platform with molded, minimal, and hidden TPU retention plates for lightweight cleat retention and enhanced proprioception. And for long-lasting traction on trails, slip-resistance in water, and toe protection you can rely on, the G3 has a molded Vibram Idogrib rubber outsole with 4-millimeters of self-sharpening, multi-directional lugs. 

    • Waterproof nubuck leather, TPU-coated textile upper
    • CleanStream design
    • Partial neoprene lining
    • Traditional lacing
    • RiverTread platform
    • EVA midsole
    • 4.0mm Vibram Idrogrip rubber outsole
    • Item #SMM000G

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    nubuck leather, textile, [textile coating] TPU
    traditional lace
    4mm Vibram Idrogrip rubber
    Claimed Weight
    [size 10] 3 lb 11.2 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    If Only all Gear Performed like these

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Whether you are a weekend warrior or an everyday guide these boots are the ticket. Very comfortable, give feet that extra bit of warmth when in freezing waters, and will last and last. These are the boots I wear year round and have been for the past 3 years. They are still in amazing condition. Make sure to size up to fit those thick socks and waders or booties inside.


      Super good feeling and looking boot for the river. It is very comfortable for those long hikes to the honey hole and supportive for getting down or up steep banks. I only give them 4 stars because they are VERY slick in the water. Save your tailbone and get some cleats for these boots

      Nothing better out there!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I waited a little to write a review for these bad boys and I am glad I did. I have absolutely hammered these boots in the past two months and they look the same as the first day I put them on. I love them to death. They fit pretty true to size in terms of wading boots. I wear a size 9 shoe and am rocking this in a size 9 and they fit great. They are a little on the heavy side but when you feel how durable and strong they are, its not an issue. They give me confidence to go where I want to and spend long ours on the river. A must have if you are hard on gear and are looking for something that will last years to come.

      Simms Does It Again

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I have the previous version of this boot, but due a careless thawing incident involving frozen boots, I warped one of them causing some discomfort on one foot. I decided to pony up the money to replace them and I didn't expect the new version to be much better.

      I was quite wrong. Simms really have improved the G3 Guide boot. There is more volume in the boot I've found, which might be a bonus in winter time. Although there is more volume, I didn't have any issues with my feet being loose and my heals feel better locked in place than the previous pair. With the reinforcements, I think these are more bomber than before too.

      On a recent trip to Montana and Colorado, my feet never got tired, even on days we were on our feet for 10 and half hours straight...


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      If you're the occasional angler you can get away with spending a little less on wading gear. But if you're out there all the time, it pays to spend the extra money and get quality.
      The G# guide boots are meant to take a beating and last forever. They're a burly boot that's overbuilt to withstand countless hours submerged, miles of hiking (though certainly not a hiking oriented wading boot), and stumbling through rocks and thick brush.
      They are extremely supportive with a pretty stiff upper and an extra high cuff that saves your ankle when you inevitably roll over river rocks.
      What's nice about these is the fact that the soles seems very malleable. Your foot can conform to shape of whatever you're walking on. Lots of times with wading boots, it can seem like you're on a very stiff soled platorm, but no so with these. I think that really helps with grip in slippery situations.
      One last thing I'll point out is the big tab on the heel is super helpful when pulling on these boots. Sometimes with wading booties it can be tricky to get wading boots on or off, but this feature is great.

      Tractors on your feet

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Have worn these inside and out for the past year guiding and hiking throughout all of Colorado and Utah. The boots offer superior protection with the high top support and offer that sleek, stylish look with the leather wrapping.

      Since the boot is also lined with a slick neoprene like material, it is easy to get in and out of your waders with the back pull tab of the boot.

      The rubber vibram soles are super comfy and keep those invasive species from traveling stream to stream. If you find them too slippery, Simms studs are easily attached

      Tractors on your feet

      If you fish a lot, buy these!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Being that these wading boots are $200, they may not be for everybody, but if you fish just about every chance you get, these are the boots for you hands down. These boots are seem to be super durable being that they are made with waterproof leather (so they don't shrink like the old version did with normal leather) and a solid vibram sole. The new RiverTread sole is amazing. It grips on everything (I have never put cleats in them and have never felt like I needed to), they're super comfortable when your walking, and have just the amount of softness so you can feel what is underfoot but still support your foot on uneven surfaces. The whole Proprioception thing sounds like a gimic, but it honestly lets your foot feel what is underneath it so that you can grip rocks and know what you are standing on, but the sole is still stiff enough overall to support your foot on uneven surfaces in the river and feel comfortable while hiking. I love how high the boot is and it gives you great ankle stability. Also, when walking this boot feels like a pillow on your foot, I don't think I've ever owned a boot that was so comfortable. I'd honestly like to say there was a drawback to these boots to provide an honest review, but I honestly can't think of one. If you don't want to spend quite this much money on a pair of wading boots, check out the Simms Freestone boots. They are great boots also but cost about $50 less.

      Rock solid & Comfortable

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These are easily the best wading boots I've owned - solid construction, quality materials, and good design add up to make a great wading boot. They have good toe and ankle protection; good grip on slippery rocks in the river (even better with the hardbite cleats); the neoprene internals make getting them on & off easy; and they aren't too heavy. I'm a size 10, and have the 11s as per Simms recommendation, and with 2 pairs of socks (for winter warmth) plus the neoprene stocking foot they fit fine leaving a little room to move.


      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      I picked these up to replace an old pair of uncomfortable, ugly, and clunky wading boots for the man. And from the feedback I've received, these couldn't be any better. They are super comfortable- apparently a huge upgrade from his ancient pair- and very easy to wear all day for both hiking and wading. The tread is very strong, leading to more confidence in wading through slick rocks. They are lightweight as well, adding to the comfort factor. He wears a 10.5 street shoe, and the size 11.0 fits perfect with his G3 waders. Although I haven't taken them out for a spin, these sound like your bombproof ticket to all day comfort- definitely would recommend!

      Boots you can trust

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These boots are extremely solid and built to last. They provide great support and traction when on the trail or in the water. The neoprene lining helps them to be easy to put on or take off, making the parking lot shuffle that much quicker. I highly recommend to someone who wants top of the line quality and comfort that will last. Wear size 9.5-10 shoe and the 10s work great. They come meant for waders or wading socks so don't size up.

      Curb stompin boots

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Love the grip and the support these boots give me. Put them on and immediately charged through the river during runoff, no problem. Pretty light weight for how durable they are. busted an eye around the lace and the Simms logo is coming off, but that's only because I beat the hell out of them. anything that's vital to the integrity of the boot has not failed. Love them, and would easily buy them again.

      Solid Wading Boot

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I originally planned on buying the Freestone, but after trying this boot on I was sold. This is a burly boot, feels sturdy when you're walking/hiking but you don't feel like you have cinder blocks on your feet. Another stand out to me was the lace eyelets, not that the Freestone's were flimsy, it just seemed the G3 had a more sturdy upper and the eyelets would hold up to the beating hiking and walking through rocks would deliver on a regular basis.

      I wear a standard 12 in most shoes (Merrell & Nike), size 12 in this boot was perfect for the neoprene stockingfoot and a regular wool sock.

      Super comfortable boot

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I loved this boot for its fit and comfort and honestly its one of the least stupid looking wading boots out there. Now i wanted to love these, and im positive that they are perfectly suited for most peoples fishing, but the conditions i fish require a lot of metal in the sole and these boots have a predetermined pattern that i don't like. For both surfcasting and walking smooth limestone shelves, you NEED to have grip on the toe and heel, but these boots have flat rubber on the toe and no where to take a cleat on the very back of the heel. Basically if im perched on a rock it could be dangerous to rock back and forth(not good!) i returned these and am buying the freestones because i can put studs in pretty much anywhere i want.

      Really though, i know it sounds rediculous but this really is an awsome boot if youre not going to be going as extreme and a REALLY awsome boot if youre going to be hiking around a lot. Theyd also be great with korkers, i just simply don't like the bottom for my intended uses

      Great boot that gets the job done.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      The Sims Guide Boot is a great wading book and has great traction on slippery rocks and is comfortable enough to hike long hours to my favorite fishing holes. I love this boot and I use it and my waders a lot up here in Alaska to perform a variety of tasks involved with the ocean.

      One thing to remember with this boot is if your are fishing in an area where you are in and out of salt water or brackish water the rubber section on the boots tends to crack a little (like most things is coastal areas). So thorough rinsing is important for these boots.


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      U will feel invincible in these boots. They are, in my opinion, the best boots on the market. They are the most expensive I have seen at $200, but they are indestructible. The best features about this boot are the lacing system, which keeps them snug like hikers, and the fact that the rubber toe comes all the way and protects all ur toes on the top and the side. Those who have been in the water enough know the frustration of jamming ur toes into rocks. In these u can't even feel it. There is a good shape to the insole, better than I've seen in other brands. Also plenty of ankle support

      They are very comfortable for spending all day on the water, tho I would not use them if I were hiking long distances and wet wading. Check out the vapors if that's what ur looking for.

      In terms of sizing, Simms says to order 1 size up, but I've found that all Simms stuff runs big so I would recommend ordering ur shoe size. Better yet, if u can afford it order 2 sizes, try them both on (inside!) and see which work better. Don't forget to try em w ur waders or wading socks on.

      What is the difference between the felt and vibram soles? Just personal preference?

      Best Answer

      My understanding is that the felt soles are made specifically for gripping slippery rocks while you're wading in a river or stream. Something like the vibram sole that is made of rubber and has lugs is typically for gripping dry ground and won't have as good of traction on slippery rocks in the water.

      Felt is made for mossy stream beds. The felt keeps your feet very secure in that condition. However, felt is hard to sterilize and keep invasive species from being transported from one watershed to another.

      The Vibram sole on these boots is similar (although not exactly like) to climbing shoe rubber. Very sticky. It is formulated to give good stability in stream beds. It is not as good as felt on the moss beds. Simms and other brands know this. To combat the fact that it does not have as much grip they sell metal cleats to screw into the sole. Patagonia makes aluminum bars that screw in. Korkers have a separate sole that has the cleats and Simms sells the screw in cleats. They all accomplish the same thing, adding grip to mossy stream beds.

      There are down falls to felt, not just the conservation problems, but in the snow it packs into the felt and you walk on "platforms" of snow out of the river. Felt is not ideal for climbing in and out of a drift boat or for long hikes into a stream.

      Cleated treads are not perfect either for the same reasons felt is not ideal, with the exception of the snow problem. All in all, you need to see what your fishing style is. When you fish, where you fish and pick a sole that meets your needs. For the majority of fisherman the regular vibram soles will be sufficient.