Full featured, lightweight wading boots at an entry-level price.

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  • The best entry-level wading boots
  • Scratch rubber toe cap
  • Fully lined interior
  • Durable felt sole

The Story

An entry-level boot doesn’t mean compromise. Using our vast expertise in building high-quality wading gear, we have developed the Encounter boot to meet the needs of the novice angler. The scratch rubber toe cap protects the reinforced toe box from abrasion and impacts. The all-synthetic upper will hold up to extended use and dry quickly, helping to minimize the spread of invasive species. Padded collar for ankle support. Weighs 37 oz. in size 10. In tan/olive.


Men's sizes: 5-14.

Rated 2 out of 5 by from Entry level shoe Have gone through 2 pair of these shoes and they last exactly one season. Too bad they are not sewn as the felts come off the sole. Otherwise the are lighting quite comfortable.
Date published: 2015-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great beginners boot. Just starting getting back into fly fishing and found the Orvis Encounter Wading Boot. Boot fits like a dream, and the grip on bottom of a hard river bed is outstanding.Easy on and easy off. I highly recommend this boot for those on a limited budget, like myself.
Date published: 2021-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Don't get fatigued Power is transmitted to the toes and wading is easy while exploring the riverbed. Vibram sole is safe even in rocky areas. There is a slight problem with sewing, and the durability of sewing thread and adhesion is low.
Date published: 2021-02-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good in rocky bottoms. Light on foot. Purchased 1 pair soles (felts) coming off after 1.5 years. Returned to store. Orvis replaced. After 1.5 years use soles(felts) came off. Purchased a pair from competitor.
Date published: 2021-01-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from did not hold up i had this boot in a rubber sole , I had about 3 years and the split in several places on the top and the liner inside came apart. I only used them on the beach. so there was nothing to tear them, it is all sand. i chatted and sent orvis an email, and was told they have new and other wading shoes to buy. i guess they are not going to give me a replacement .so much for 100 % satisfaction.
Date published: 2021-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely the best value for your money I purchased these new from a person that bought one size too big. I take a size ten, but most boots size 10 are too small with the padded bootie on waders. These fit perfect with lots of wiggle room for toes. Even with heavy socks for COLD water. The toe itself appears to be a little bit large to accommodate for the extra room required. The fabric eyelets on the bottom sinch up tight, the hooks have two rivets to hold them on. The metal D ring is there to hook on to your stone guard. The loop on the back on the boot is actually large enough to be of some use. I have owned several pair of wading boots. (I fish a lot) This product achieves that magic spot, where you might spend more than twice the money but you won't get a better boot. I have purchased ORVIS product before and I know they stand behind their merchandise.
Date published: 2020-11-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Zero Quality Among purchasing several Orvis fly fishing items over the years (5 rods, multiple waders and wading boots, etc) this is by far the most disappointing item in terms of quality. The entire sole (not just felt) simple separated from the upper part on BOTH boots (pic attached). Pretty disappointing.
Date published: 2020-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great experience in the store & the water The boots were comfortable and they added the studs at the store for me. Fished the lower Deschutes and they were great traction over the mossy river rock, which is always my concern. The guys at the store were very helpful and made sure I had what I needed. No pressure, no trying to sale me more expensive gear. My son got several flies and was also very happy. I'll definitely be back.
Date published: 2020-08-11
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