Hodgman’s H-Lock removable sole system is an excellent innovation that allows you to switch between rubber, felt and studded soles using a single pair of wading boots.
The boots are supplied with felt soles and Wadetech rubber soles. Additional studded rubber or felt soles can be bought for £44.99, and these studs are pre-fitted through the top of the sole making them far more secure than studs that are screwed in from the bottom in the standard way (you can’t later add studs to the plain soles because of their
The soles lock in place at two separate points and can only be removed if both locks are disengaged at the same time. This makes them very secure. They are relatively simple to fit, though it is important to make sure their grooves are correctly aligned when fitting.
There are drainage ports built into the boots that flush water through the soles with every step, making sure that sand and debris doesn’t become trapped. The soles are clearly marked with right and left to avoid confusion once removed and have a space to right the name of the river where they’re used – a good idea where biosecurity measures are in force.
The Aesis boot features a BOA M2 closure (you turn a dial to tighten or loosen the fit) instead of laces, which makes the boots easy to remove without having to untie knots. They are made from an abrasion-resistant synthetic material, with corrosion-resistant hardware and extra rubber in high-wear areas such as the toe. There is a small D-ring on the tongue for attaching the hook of a gravel guard. This feature is also present on the nubuck Vion boots (£229.99) and H-5 lace boots (£179.99) where it saves wear on the laces.
The boots are sized to allow for the neoprene sock on a pair of stockingfoot waders so your regular UK shoe size should be correct. Available in UK6 to UK12.
Contact: Pure Fishing. Tel: 01665 602 771. Web: Hodgman.com