So while the snow, sleet, rain, hail, etc. etc. continues to fall here in Colorado and your thoughts meander toward gear and fishing this weekend, check out this review about AlumiBite Star Cleats by Michael Gracie. If you have been thinking about alternatives to felt bottomed boots, this gear review should answer your questions. Here is a sound bite:
"Several years back Simms introduced their Vibram sole, complete with a tread pattern that was supposed to compensate for previous rubber incarnations’ lacking. Actual reviews remained mixed, even though the author loves them he mostly busts his ass reaching for the beer cooler in the back of the truck. And while Simms provided Rockwell hardened studs and their nifty Hardbite Star Cleats as compense, fly anglers are beasts that are difficult to appease."
Simms Alumibite Star Cleats on location in British Columbia - starring Michael Gracie and a fresh native steelhead - Photo by Cody Hoeckelberg