Overall: 4.4 / 5 based on 237 reviews
209 of 237 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Not very Happy -
By: MrPete from Virginia Beach VA
In retrospect, I should have gotten the felt soles for wading over river stones, The spikes in these does nothing to prevent me from slipping. I am very nervous about using these boots and as a result I am not at all satisfied. I have only used them once. Is it too late to change to a different type?
Ultralight wading boots -
By: Michaelbass from Somerset UK
Received order promptly, was well packaged. They look good though not the lightest I've worn. Ankle support really good over slime covered rocks where your ankle could easily twist over. So far a good buy.
Sad To Say... -
By: Mambo4King from Preston, CT
I loved these boots. I really did. I liked the way they fit, they were very comfortable, and I liked the earthy color. I really liked the fact that they didn't look like something required for a lunar landing. But,.. sad to say, I experienced the same problems some of the other folks on this blog had. The soles ripped right off! I didn't have the boots for too long a period but the soles just separated from the shell. I tried to glue them back together but to no avail. It was a crying shame to have no choice but to throw them away. They still looked new!
Perfect Boots for the Perfect Waders -
By: JarheadPAO from Bellevue WA
Incredible traction and comfort. Dries easily due to the lace structure that allows the tongue to pull nearly all the way out. The steel studs provide excellent traction, while the rubber sole grips the river bottom. Did I mention they are incredibly comfortable?
Like them but they fell apart - twice -
I bought my first pair of these boots about 4 years ago. I liked them very much and would have recommended them without reservation. Unfortunately when they were about 2 years old my foot sunk into several inches of mud and when I pulled the boot out of the mud the sole tore loose. I had to hobble miles back to the car and the trip was spoiled. Orvis was great and offered to replace the boots without charge. I really liked the fit of the boots and any manufacturer can have a bad day. So I accepted the replacement and used that pair for nearly 2 years. You guessed it. Five miles up a river and 1000 miles from home the sole came off this new pair. Fortunately there was a fly shop near by so I only lost a half day fishing while I hobbled out (again) and drove to get a replacement pair. I liked these boots very much but I would never trust a fishing trip to another pair.
Good Value Boot -
By: Mahseer from New York, NY
Wanted boots for my son on his first fishing trip - to Alaska. Didn't want to compromise on quality or pay too much, in case he doesn't want to repeat the experience. The Ultralight at the sale price seemed the best compromise and they performed perfectly on 10 days of rugged fishing involving plenty of walking. Guess these boots are heading for extinction - hope the replacements are as good. These didn't arrive with the spare studs and stud key but not doubt Orvis Customer Service will fix that with their usual efficiency. NB I've owned and heavily used a pair of these since they first came out. Only issue is some separation of the sole components after 10 days of wet wading in blistering heat in India. I can't complain - virtually nothing designed in the temperate zones survives that kind of heat for long.
Great Entry Level Boot -
By: David00000 from Brooklyn, NY
This is my first pair of wading boots so I can't compare their performance relative to others. That said, I am very happy with them. They are extremely light, seem to be very very well made, and are surprisingly comfortable. If you're looking for a great boot at a great price then you should give these a go.
Great Boots -
By: Scottfishman from Flint MI
Had the boots in the water 4 times so far. SO much better than the cheap GMT boots. The provide exceppant traction on slippery rocks.
"Ultralight" they're not -
By: IdahoFlyfisher1 from Idaho
However, especially on sale, the seem like a solid well made boot. I would have preferred felt again but with the trend away from it due to invasive species, I thought I'd try these. But at a little over 2# per boot in my size, they are not in any way, shape, or form, lightweight! Will not get a chance to use these in the water for a week or more but they fit true to size as recommended. I wear a size 12 (and that's what Orvis suggested I order) and with the socks I wear and the booties of my non-Orvis brand waders, they fit fine.
Help Stem the Spread of Aquatic Invasives — Inspect, Clean, & Dry Your Gear.
As the threat of Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) such as New Zealand mud snails and Didymo grows, anglers wonder what’s the best way to care for gear to help stem their spread.
“The best way to care for your gear to prevent the spread of aquatic invasives is to
* Chemicals used to clean gear are harsh on gear and environmentally harmful. Orvis and most leading conservation organizations do not recommend them.
Felt-soled wading boots - one source of the spread of ANS
While birds, wildlife, and outdoor pursuits other than angling can carry ANS from watershed to watershed, we anglers play a part. Felt soles on wader boots are the primary concern of anglers, as they make the most contact with the river bottom where ANS live. Combine that with felt being absorbent and slow to dry, and they become the #1 carrier of ANS due to angling.
The Innovative Design of River Guard Wading Boots with EcoTraX™ Soles
Our new River Guard Wading Boots with EcoTraX™ Soles help stem the spread of ANS because ANS can’t cling to them as well as to felt. EcoTraX soles also dry exponentially faster than felt, which can take days to dry thoroughly enough for absorbed ANS to die.
New EcoTraX sole treads, exclusive to Orvis, have special sharp edges on the lugged cross pattern to grab better than other rubber soles. We include PosiGrip™ screw-in studs, so you get the best traction in varied conditions for added safety.
While there’s no panacea to stop the spread of ANS, new River Guard boots go a long way to help.
“Our higher purpose as a company is to introduce our customers to the natural world;
Wash invasives away! Rubber soles make washing off invasive species far easier. The smooth non-absorbent surface, unlike felt that absorbs water and spores that can remain in it for weeks on end, gives spores and the like no place to take root or “hide.’’