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XTRATUF Chumrunner
Posted on April 23, 2013 by

XTRATUF Chumrunners – First Impressions

My XTRATUF II boots have been the footwear of choice for winter fishing this year and they’ve been fantastic on every outing. I’m sad that they’ll be put away in the next few weeks as summer approaches, but I’m very happy knowing they’re ready and waiting for next winter. When talking to the folks at XTRATUF I found out they were about to release a new collection of fishing shoes paired with their XTRATUF sole. I asked, though I would have begged, for the chance to review their new shoes and they graciously supplied me with the pair you see below.

XTRATUF Chumrunner

At first glance the Chumrunners might seem boring, but I think the simplicity of their design is what I like the most. They exist somewhere between deck shoes and skate shoes with a feel that is casual and comfortable. The light and flexible soles are non-marking and feature the same chevron pattern that gives XTRATUF boots their grip. I’ll be putting these to the test with some serious urban shore fishing around Toronto and come back with a full review.

XTRATUF‘s new line of fishing shoes are available in three styles (Finatic, Chumrunner, and Sharkbyte) for both men and women.

Posted on March 4, 2013 by

Review Roundup: Ready, Set, Fish!

Over the weekend I spent a lot of time working on our backlog of reviews and preparing our 2012 contributor contest entries. I also managed to get out on Saturday for some winter fishing and although it was the first trip of the year, and fishing is never a guaranteed thing, we managed to find a great location and land a few fresh winter steelhead.

Winter Steelhead Fishing && WE FISHIN MANE t-shirt!

So while I’m packing WE FISHIN MANE t-shirt orders and the prizes for last year’s contributor contest why not check out these four fantastic reviews, including a review of the tangle-free WaveSpin fishing reel from KokeMachine.


XTRATUF Boots The XTRATUF II are 100% waterproof neoprene boots, paired with a slip resistant sole and added stabilizers to support your feet and ankles. They retail for about $100-$120 USD and are available in men’s and women’s sizes. While they aren’t pretty, they come from a brand with a serious reputation among commercial fisherman, and some street credibility in Alaska and the pacific northwest where they’re known as the “Alaskan Tennis Shoe”. I’ve tested these boots for over a month now, but yesterday was my first opportunity to test them on some winter fishing.

Continue reading our review of the XTRATUF II boots…

WaveSpin Reel

Wave Spin Reel - RIG IT! As a man whose fishing game is so often crippled and hilarified* by severely nasty tangles and bird’s nests, when I first read about the WaveSpin reel, despite my reservations, I was hopeful that this reel might mean the end of those dark days. The reel features a unique spool design that resembles a saw blade. Although one might think that this feature is added for bad-ass stylistic purposes, it is actually the mechanism that prevents tangles. By forcing loose loops of line into the grooves and out-of-the-way of outgoing line on a cast the loops are eventually pulled out in the proper order. The “teeth” also reduce the friction on your line allowing for smoother and longer casts.

Continue reading KokeMachine’s review of the WaveSpin fishing reel…

Big Smallie Hair Jigs

Big Smallie Tackle - High Quality Handmade Hair Jigs The hair jig comes with a legendary reputation for catching fish. Some might consider them “old school” and pass them in stores without a second glance, while others know them as a veteran’s tool for cold water fishing. If these underrated lures are missing from your tackle box you’re probably missing out on fishing opportunities. Big Smallie Tackle Hair Jigs are handcrafted lures by Ryan Lampe, and they look fantastic.

Continue reading our review of Big Smallie Hair Jigs…

Suncloud Polarized Optics

Suncloud Polarized Optics - Impulse (Men's) If you have a large head like I do, then you know how hard it is to find a quality pair of glasses that fit. For that reason, I’m very pleased to say that these Suncloud Polarized Optics fit without any pinching, but also look great. The wrap around frames help to block out light and the polarized lenses are very sharp. The brown tint filters out blue light while increasing the overall contrast, making them perfect for cloud-free days, shallow water fishing, and even driving.

Continue reading our review of Suncloud Polarized Optics…

Posted on January 10, 2013 by

XTRATUF II Boots – First Impressions

If you’re looking for a pair of boots that will take you through winter in style, or if the word ‘fashion’ appears anywhere on your radar, be ready to look away. However if you’re looking for a pair of boots that will take you through a career in commercial fishing, or across some mucky terrain to your favorite river bend year after year, then look no further.

The XTRATUF II boots are the next generation of the original XTRATUF boot designed in the 1960’s, and there’s a very good reason they’ve only made one revision in over 50 years. These boots have serious reputation among commercial fishermen of the pacific northwest and the people of Alaska, who call them the “Alaskan Tennis Shoe”.


The XTRATUF II are seamless neoprene boots that are 100% waterproof, paired with a slip resistant sole and added stabilizers to support your feet and ankles. They retail for about $100-$120 USD and are available in men’s and women’s sizes.


Over the past week I’ve worn my XTRATUF boots more than my everyday boots. We got several inches of snowfall in only a few days and I spent several hours outside shovelling. I also wear these boots to walk my dog Pilot, which means running up and down snow-covered hills until I’m ready to pass out. The boots are very well insulated and keep my feet warm the entire time I’m outdoors. The soles are nice and certainly feel quite slip resistant in my experience. I’m not ready to lay down a verdict on them just yet, so stay tuned for a full review.