The last thing fast-moving backcountry anglers want to do is switch back and forth between trail and wading boots every time they cross a stream or head off to explore the next fishing hole. They don’t have to do that with Simms’ VaporTread Boots, which deliver trail — or wade — ready performance as needed. Wearing the same boots, hiking enthusiasts who like to fish can walk miles before casting a line, and then wade in and out of streams all day.

Founded in 1980, Simms garnered valuable experience in creating waders and wading boots before designing the VaporTread. The boot’s Vibram Megagrip rubber outsole is made from a compound that’s slip-resistant and high-traction when wading, and also offers superior ground contact and hiking speeds when moving across land. The molded dual-density EVA midsole and arch-supported 3D footbed offer all-day comfort and optimize a body’s biomechanics. A heel clip offers extra support and keeps heels firmly in place.

All this comes in a lightweight package: a size 10 pair weighs 3.3 pounds. For men and women, $179.95.

In Sonoma County, Simms products are carried by Cotati’s Outdoor Pro Shop. For information and other locations, visit