We know what you’re thinking.. “Really? Now the Deneki folks are telling us what belt to buy!?” Yes, really.
Put it this way.. You’re humble editor has a habit (some might say ‘problem’) with buying fly fishing gear, lots of fly fishing gear. And, over the course of the year, one of his favorite pieces of gear yet? The Cam Wading Belt from Simms. We think its a game changer when it comes to comfort on the river, and as usual we’re going to tell you why.
Simms Cam Wading Belt – Why We Like It
Most wading belts, even those that come with highly expensive waders are largely similar. Some are wide, some are narrow, some are stretchy, some are not, but for the most part they all do their job of keeping water out during a quick dunk in the river.
However, one thing we’ve never loved about most wading belts is the simple snap buckle closure. Why? Because for the most part there’s only two modes – on and off. That might not seem like an issue ever worth writing about, but anyone who has ever lost a pair of expensive pliers, river knives, or multi-tools off their belt after using the restroom knows exactly what we mean.
Instead, Simms’ Cam Wading Belt uses a super simple cam lock buckle that allows the two inch webbing belt to be expanded and tightened quickly and easily. What’s the advantage? The belt never has to be taken off..
Whether mother nature calls, or its time to hang up your waders to dry, simply unlock the buckle, expand it to its widest position, lock the buckle back down, and voila – your pliers, knife, bear spray, or whatever else you might carry, along with your wading belt of course, will be right where you left it.. On your waders! Plus, while hanging out at the put-in, around camp, or driving to the next spot, expanding the belt is a cinch (pun intended), allowing you to stay comfortable until its time to strap in.
Aside from the above, we also think the belt is super comfortable, while still stiff enough to support heavy tools like pliers, multi-tools, etc. as well, which we really appreciate.
We really dig Simms’ Cam Wading Belt.. In fact, we smile a little bit every time we use it, and for $19.95 at your nearest fly shop, you can too.