I met EVA boots from personal experience quite recently. It didn’t happen that way because I had any prejudices about these shoes – there simply wasn’t such a need. All due to the fact that there were several pairs of boots for different weather from well-known companies. Once, when I went fishing in another city, I forgot my boots at home. Therefore, I had to buy something for a replacement at a local store. My choice mainly depended on the cost of the shoes, because I did not want to buy something expensive for a few days of fishing. As a result, I drew attention to shoes made of EVA material. It suited me quite well for the price, and I did not pay much attention to other qualities.
On the first day of fishing, I just forgot that the shoes that I just bought were on me – it absolutely did not cause any discomfort, although it was about -20 ° C on the street at that moment. And all the following days also passed without any problems, although they had to walk a lot, and the weather was not very. After that, I decided to take a closer look at such shoes.
The big pluses of EVA
The main advantage of EVA boots is primarily their weight. A pair of winter fishing boots weighs at least 3-4 kg, and from EVA – about 1 kg. This, by the way, is important not only when worn, but also when moving on airplanes, when the weight of luggage is limited. Although while walking, especially over long distances, the weight of the shoe is of great importance. Naturally, the easier they are, the less tired you will be.
Most models come with a special insert. It serves to improve thermal properties. The thicker the insert, the warmer you are. The inserts are different: from simple felt to the most advanced foil. They undoubtedly help in the coldest weather, but, in fact, if the frost is not very strong, you can do without them, since EVA, and it is also called foamed rubber, in itself has good thermal insulation properties. And the thickness of such boots is very decent – usually about 1 cm. The range of use of EVA boots is from plus temperature to -60 ° C, in any case, the manufacturers say so. It is unlikely that anyone will go fishing at this temperature, but they definitely keep up to -30 ° C, and most of the models, of course, with inserts.
The sole on the boots is also different. Some manufacturers began to put TEP-sole, which makes it impenetrable, at least with wooden knots. For EVA soles, punctures were common, and for hiking in the woods such shoes were not very suitable. In winter, of course, this property is not very necessary, but if you plan to walk in boots in the summer, then you need to approach the choice of shoes more carefully. However, small punctures can be repaired even without glue – just gently melting the hole. Of course, such a repair is not enough for a long time, but it can withstand one fishing trip. Unfortunately, using both the same pair of shoes in winter and summer is unlikely to succeed, since if an insert is removed from the boot, the size increases quite significantly, usually by at least one size. In fact, if you pull out the insert, you get ordinary boots. Of course, they sell models without inserts, and, of course, they are cheaper than winter ones.
Swamps and boots for summer fishing
There are models from EVA, created specifically for summer fishing. These include swamps and wading suits, where the bottom is ordinary boots, and the upper part is made of different materials: from PVC to waterproof nylon. Everyone who wore the swamps knows how heavy they are and how difficult it is to walk long distances in them. And taking replacement shoes with you is also not the best option. But EVA boots allow you to use only one pair and not worry about gravity. Yes, the leg does not breathe in such boots, but this is a feature of any waterproof shoes, regardless of the material of manufacture. Such shoes have TEP soles, as they are supposed to be used when moving, including in the forest.
A large assortment
There are models of marsh boots made entirely of EVA. They are used by winter fishermen and those who have to sit on their knees, for example when picking berries in a swamp. Such shoes do not allow to get cold and soak your knees. This, by the way, is the main problem of winter fishermen-athletes. That just do not use to solve this problem … Some manufacturers began to produce female models. Their differences are small sizes and colors. They are made lighter, most often white or some other “fun” color. For male models, all shades of green or black are suitable. Color, of course, does not affect the basic properties of heat storage, it refers to the aesthetic properties of shoes.
In the city and in the country
Now there are a lot of EVA shoes on sale like galoshes. They are good for giving, which also adds a lot of admirers to it. A few tips before purchasing. Not all EVA shoes are of equal quality, and although recently in our market boots are mostly Russian-made and fairly well-known brands, in some places still come across products without a name, most likely made in China. There is no guarantee that they will not crack in the cold, no. So get proven shoes that have reviews from fishermen. When buying, especially via the Internet, when it is not possible to try on, pay attention that even with the same manufacturer different models may slightly differ in size with the nominal value. Therefore, be sure to consult the seller on this issue.