Prevent the spread of invasives with these rubber-soled wading boots.
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As of the first of the year, Alaska has joined a growing list of states, including Vermont and Maryland, that have banned the use of felt-bottom wading shoes in an effort to control the spread of invasive species in its waters. Missouri joined those ranks on March 1, and more states are expected to do so by 2013.
With the new regulations in place in many states and rapidly being adopted across the country, wading boot manufacturers are racing to design rubber soles that can compete with the proven performance of felt. While that may be a tall order, it’s a demand that will eventually have to be met as the battle against invasive species in America’s waterways wages on.
We rounded up seven of the top rubber-soled wading boots currently on the market to see which has the most to offer anglers who either fish in states that now ban felt, or those who just want to do their part in preventing the spread of invasives.