Simms Saltwater Intruder Boot Unboxing
If you have kept up with us in the past, then you have most likely noticed that we are HUGE Simms fans. Thats why when we have the need for new wading equipment, they are the first ones that we check out. From wading sticks to wet wading socks, Simms has consistantly had great gear since I found out about them almost 20 years ago.
I ordered the Intruder boot about a week prior to them arriving on my front porch. They were well packaged, and shipping cost me no more than what I paid for the boots, and tax. In our video, I hinted that if you used Amazon Prime, they might get there quicker, at the time of this post, they are not available on Amazon.
When I took the boots out of the box, the first thing that I noticed is the pictures that are on the catalogue don’t do this boot justice, they are sleek, and very cool loking in design, the color of them is light enough not to gather allot of solar energy, to heat them up, but are dark enough, that I would imagine they would not get stained by mud, or other stuff. I took note of the reinforced material on the outside edges of the boot, to prevent abrasion from coral, and other sharp objects. I believe that there is also a shank in the soul of the boot to keep sharp objects like sea urchins from penetrating the bottom of your foot. I do not think that there is reinforcement on the acheles area. This boot has a gravel guard that hides the laces, and keeps debris out of the boot. The gravel guard also does a good job of hiding the laces, so that fly line does not snag them. Another cool thing about it is that it already has a neoprene wading sock built into the boot, so you can either wear a wading sock with it, or go barefoot. I chose to put it to the test and go “raw-dog” on it. I could imagine that if I wore these boots all day, that my feet would need to be conditioned to the wear of the boot if I were to use them bare-footed, so I will make it a point to wear them when I practice casting.
The Neoprene socks fit snug against the leg, and do not let debris in with your foot. I really put this to the test by burying them in the mud of my pond, nothing got in. The souls of the boots are spongy, I would imagine tha tthis is to be sticky on rocks, and other wet surfaces. The lacing hardware is made of non-corrosive materials, and are recessed, so that fly line does not get hung up.
The boot is a little oversized, so you can wear a wading boot, or waders with them, but were not so big that it was uncomfortable not to. I would recommend a break-in period before a big trip.
All-in-all, I give this product my full endorsement. MRSP is $189 and I believe this boot to be worth that, if not more. If you choose to purchase this boot, and your local fly shop does not have it, (none of them in Central Oklahoma have them), then check them out at
If you end up purchasing, please tell them that Stripset Media sent you, and please let us know what you think of this purchase.
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Thanks for your time, and tight lines! MFF.C