Simms on sure footing with Ebb Tide Fips
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Siping is a word unfamiliar to most anglers, yet it describes a process that is important to their well-being when walking on wet boat decks and other slippery surfaces.
Siping was patented in1923 by John F. Sipe, who worked in a slaughterhouse. Tired of slipping on wet floors, Sipe found that cutting thin slits in the bottoms of his shoes provided better grip, although an alternative version of the story suggests that he was a deckhand and customised his shoes to prevent slipping on a wet deck.
In either event, Sipe’s ingenuity provided improved traction – and was later applied in the manufacture of automobile tyres.
Spring forward 90 years and the process is being used by Simms Fishing Products in their EbbTide Flips to provide anglers with surer footing on boat decks and other wet surfaces.
Using technology unavailable to their pioneering predecessor, the Montana company famous for its footwear and apparel has combined the traction of non-marking siped rubber outsoles with the superior comfort and support of moulded EVA midsoles.
EbbTide Flips also feature die-cut EVA footbeds and synthetic water-resistant uppers for all weathers and environments. As well as being practical in a fishing environment, they are stylish enough to wear anywhere else. They are available in men’s sizes eight to 13. The approximate weight of a size 10 pair of EbbTide Flips is 16oz.
“These new flips are the best I know of,” said Ray Lorenzo at StingRay Fishing Outfitters in Florida. “They are the only ones I wear.”
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