Curious George wrote:
Presently looking to replace my old and tired wading staff. Although it was decent quality when new, over the years I've had the elastic cord which holds the sections together weaken after a couple years of use, causing it to pull apart midstream. Being the cord is difficult to replace, this has led me to purchase another every few years and the time has come again.
See that SImms now makes one with coated stainless steel cable that locks together which would appear to eliminate this problem. In shopping around, I see that Maxcatch also makes a similar model that doesn't look as nice but is about a fourth the price.
Does anyone have experience with either and can you comment on your experience.
I am a Folstaf user for a lot of reasons. The biggest advantage to shock cord wading staffs is they don't take two hands to deploy like the Simms. They are also usually half the length when collapsed.
I have a Simms and personally don't like having a 24" scabbard at my side. It also isn't as sturdy as my Folstaf.
That being said, IF you have a real Folstaf, you can still get the shock cord replaced even though the staffs are no longer made. If that is an option, going forward DON'T store it long term in a hot car trunk or folded up.
Avoiding both will extend the life of the shock cord many years...
Two other options non-shock cord options I like better than Simms:
The REC Magnastaff
and the Orvis Ripcord
also made by REC for Orvis.
The Orvis requires two hands to deploy and the REC is trickier to fold up but both are sturdy, made in the USA and shorter folded up than the Simms.