Kold Kutter wading boot studs review

Kold Kutter screws have become a popular and cost-effective alternative to over-priced wading boot studs from fly fishing brands. We tried out a pack to see how they performed.

Kold Kutter wading boot studs review
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Kold Kutter wading boot studs review
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Kold Kutter wading boot studs review
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What are Kold Kutter screws?

Kold Kutter Racing screws were originally intended for inserting into special tyres on motorbikes and all-terrain vehicles to give them extra traction when racing on ice and snow. They're basically very hard and sharp screws with a deeply slotted pointy head that helps them grip really well. Enterprising fly fishers realised they worked pretty well when screwed into wading boots and they've become a popular underground wading boot stud.

Original for racing bikes on ice, but also great for wading boot studs.

How do you install them on your wading boots?

Like other wading boot studs they just screw in. Most decent wading boots are fitted with little markers to take wading boot screws so you simply line up the Kold Kutter screw, push it in and tightly screw it in with a hand or electric screwdriver. Like most studs, they can be a bit tricky to install, but the harder they are to get in the more likely they are to stay in place. It's recommended that you glue them in place with StormSure or AquaSeal to help them stay put.

My new Simms Freestone StreamTread boots have plenty of ports for wading boot studs to fill up...

What are they like to use?

They're very grippy. To be honest, it's hard to tell them apart from other studs when they're in use, but they definitely do the trick and they're very inexpensive. They're so cheap, in fact, that you can fill pretty much every vacant wading boot stud port in your wading boots if you have the patience.

20-30 Kold Kutter screws is more than enough for most wading boots. The screws work as well as any other wading boot stud. The pointed heads afford plenty of grip on a range of surfaces and they're cheap enough to use loads of additional screws for really good grip. Some of them will fall out, but they're cheap and easy to replace, so that's not a major concern.

These are so cheap that you can afford to use loads of them on your boots.

How much do Kold Kutter wading boot studs cost?

Kold Kutter sell various sizes of screw, but the ones you need for most wading boots are the 3/8" or 10mm ones. They're long enough to hold firmly but not so long that they'll pierce through the boot on most wading boots - though do check before you screw them in, as some boot soles vary in thickness. Although you can buy a big bag of them, you'll have enough to last you for years. Fishtec sells a bag of 20 for just £3.99, which is cheaper than most basic quality wading boot studs, making these exceptional value for money.

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