Simms Wading Boots – G4 Rivershed Consumer Review

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November 1, 2013 | Posted in Fly Fishing | By


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This is an exercise in learning how to properly describe to Youtube/Google – what your video is actually about.

As you know, Google does not see video and so it is important to show Google what it wants to see which is text.  That is why you transcribe the dialogue from your video post and put it into the description.  Google wants to be able to understand all spoken languages to the point where typing text into a search becomes unnecessary.  We can already see this in action today with some of the services provided.  For this post we were told to either “pay” to have our videos transcribed or manually retype our dialogue into our Blog posts… we were not instructed to put them into the description of our video posts for Youtube, which is really what you should be doing.

I found that if you go into Youtube’s “Caption” settings, you can pull a time stamped transcript right from Youtube.  It then let’s you download it into a text editor (I used Notepad) so you can rework it into a somewhat legible form of what you had said in your video for the hearing impaired and Google to follow along with… still not sure why we were told to pay for a service to transcribe our videos for us.  Anyway, below is an example of the transcript from the above video.  As you read through it you will see that it is not perfect but it is close…. and more importantly, there is textual content for Google to index.  Feel free to watch and read along in two separate windows if you like…

 – “Hi and thanks for joining me today…

Today we’re going to be talking about Simms wading boots, were actually going to  be

reviewing the g4 Rivershed with the Vibrams souls and this is not

going to be your typical fresh out of the box, new pair of boots

let’s take a look at them, review… because there’s lots of videos online

that you can take a look at and see exactly what these

boots are like new and this product review is my own personal consumer review on the

boots that I’ve now owned for two seasons… and in case you

were not aware of what the boots look like, than these are them, the Simms g4 Riversheds are a

pretty decent sturdy boot but then again, like I said these boots

are not new and hence the review.

These boots have probably been out about 30 times with

roughly five hours to six hours a day on them…

and so we’re looking at about 150 hours of use

give or take and I just want to let

everyone know what the durability, fit and feel and usability is like.

So let’s start with fit and feel. So I’m a  size 11 and the boots are  true to fit

and there is still a reasonable amount of  toe room, so that you’ve got your

waders with your neoprene booties on, as well as a pair of liner socks on and

wading Sox to keep your feet warm….and so there seems to be a sufficient
amount of room anyway.

and as I said  I’m an  11D, so it’s a pretty
average size foot and I would probably move up a half
size if I could but

they just weren’t available in half
sizes at the time I bought these boots…

and the toe box on these shoes

are quite good and stubbing your toe is farely normal and

these have come in handy more than once…
and so I’m pretty happy about that. Again the weight of the boot is

farely reasonable… I do walk and Wade as opposed to

fish from a boat, so I’m constantly on my
feet and do a fare bit of hiking into my favorite spots and so they make
a farely good hiking boot and

also a farely decent wading boot… lots of
support throughout the whole boot with good lateral support.

So if anyone has got weak ankles these are a tough boot

for getting you through you know a days worth
of wading and

so all in all I, think I’m pretty happy
with the boot, aside from the fact that

if you look at the separation I’m starting to see
throughout the boot…

it runs on both boots and all around the
boots.  I have had them in to be resoled and

you know it’s certainly do-able as a

but one that would be in vain I’m
afraid to say… simply because

the material that Simms has  chosen to

wrapped these boots in, is a rubberized
material that has

not only started to separate from the sole of the boot
but it’s actually cracked

straight through the boot as well… so much so, that you can

see that these are cracks that are actually not the separation of the soul…
that’s the boot itself that’s cracked.

And now that’s not something that can
be repaired.

It might be a warranty claim kind of
issue and Simms has a pretty solid warranty program, unfortunately I’m past my warranty

date and considering I’m in Canada and the

cost to mail them back down to
Bozeman, Montana to have them inspected and

possibly fixed or replaced is

pretty cost prohibative, so it’s just not something I’m
gonna be doing plus it gives me the

perfect excuse to run out and

try on the new  Boa Rivershed lace-up systems which are the
ratchet laces as opposed to the laces that
you saw on these… So there you go

that’s  my personal take on my
experience with the Rivershed… pretty solid boot, a little disappointed with the

materials that Simms choose to use to

build the boot out in, simply because a you
know the fact that you know that they’re
close to a three hundred dollar boot up here in Canada…

and I would have just like to have seen
a little more than two seasons worth to

use the boots before having to go out
and replace them

and if anyone is listening at Simms it seems
thats something to consider

before buildng out your next line of boots and
I hope I’m the only one that’s got that kind issue.

I hope everybody else that’s

got them enjoys them as much as I do and

thanks for tuning in.” –


I know it wasn’t a perfect transcription but it was close and as I said above “Google now has something to index” aside from the title, tags and basic description.  Remember, Google loves content!

I hope you enjoyed my review and this brief post.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to let me know below.




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