River Guard Navigator with EcoTraX Soles

Take to the water with confidence in our rugged wading fishing boots.

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Our best-value wading fishing boot now with our EcoTraX™ rubber, PosiGrip™ Stud sole to reduce the spread of aquatic invasives and give you secure traction in saltwater and freshwater terrain. PosiGrip Screw-In Studs with tungsten-carbide tips cut through slime-covered rocks and make navigating slippery surfaces safe and easy. Lightweight comfort, support, and ankle protection. Foam-padded insole, tough Cordura® nylon upper. Wading fishing boots in olive.
Whole sizes: 4-14. 52 oz. in size 10.

Reviews

Overall: Show Rating Distribution 3.9 / 5 based on 19 reviews

5-star:
7
4-star:
6
3-star:
4
2-star:
1
1-star:
1

18 of 19 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 4/5

    Updated review - 12/10/2013
    By: from Banffshire Scotland

    I reviewed these boots shortly after I first bought them after only one day of use. I have subsequently used them now for two seasons and they are holding up well. They provide excellent traction on grass and gravel and even on slippery rocks they are quite satisfactory provided some care is exercised. My only complaint with them is that they lack ankle support and toe protection is not as good as they could be. For the price however they have been quite satisfactory and a good introduction to rubber soles. For heavy duty work however the studs are pretty essential.

  • 4/5

    River Guard Navigator - 1/13/2012
    By: from Banffshire Scotland

    I have always used felt studded soles but with so much concern about the spread of invasives I decided to give these boots a try. I was reluctant to spend a great deal until I was satisfied that the sole makeup of these boots would work for me. I wore them for the first time yesterday but did very little heavy duty wading, however the boots provided very good grip on grass and gravel but for me, at the moment, the jury is still out>>> Time will tell whether they will hold out with my fairly heavy duty usage. First impressions indicate that these are quite good and well made and whilst comfortable probably lack a bit of ankle support.They are similar in appearance and construction to the Orvis Clearwater boots that I have used in the past. I will update this review in the light of my experience over the 2012 fishing season.

  • 5/5

    great fit - 12/15/2011
    By: from hudson valley, ny

    I think these were a great deal. Nowhere else will you find removable studs and this quality sole at this price point. Not here anymore either. I was fortunate to find them at a local dealer who still had my size. Hopefully they will hold up as I've only used them twice so far.

  • 5/5

    Wading Shoes - 10/5/2011
    By:

    Have not fished with them yet BUT I have tried them on and they are the most comfortable Wading shoes I have ever owned. A Perfect Fit!!

  • 3/5

    need more studs - 8/5/2011
    By:

    The wading shoes are great. They are comfortable,easy on-off, good sole material. However, wading montana's rock creek this summer with higer than normal water I wish they had more studs, at least twice as many. Please consider this very strongly.

  • 3/5

    The jury is still out - 7/27/2011
    By: from Ashford, Kent UK

    I have mixed feelings about these boots. They were incredibly comfortable when saltwater fly-fishing without waders, but with stocking foot waders they were very painful on my arthritis-damaged feet - in spite of being two sizes bigger than my street shoes. I am going to try cutting down the wader-feet as they are huge, so the jury is still out on that one. The studs were hopeless - totally worn down after just three days wading in a small Scottish salmon river.

  • 5/5

    awesome - 6/30/2011
    By: from Westchester NY

    I wanted a pair, but they've been discontinued...:( so i got a small size for my daughter. She loves them, and reminds daddy that she has the boots he wanted. good sole, good spikes, good d-ring eyelets, great style. i recommend them (especially at the sale price)

  • 5/5

    Excellent boot, like waking around in street shoes - 5/12/2011
    By:

    Ordered a pair of Orvis stocking foot waders size 12, and thought the boots should be same size. A little too snug of a fit. I would recommend a boot size one size larger. I sold my too small 12s to my fishing buddy and ordered size 13 boot. worked out great. Very stable footing especialy on rocks and underwater slippery stuff.

  • 4/5

    5/11/2011
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  • 1/5

    Poor - 4/21/2011
    By:

    Fished Slovenia for one week with the new boots. Poor ankle support. No toe protection resulted in very badly bruised big toe. Lace started to fray. Insole started to peel fabric on first day. Rubber joint started to open at one toe cap. Sort of boot you could purchase in a Chinese market stall for less than ten pounds.

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Being fortunate to fish as many different rivers as I do, I recognize how important it is to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasives. That's why I'm so excited about our new River Guard wading boot series with EcoTraX. They go a long way toward that end." Dave Perkins, Orvis Vice Chairman.

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
Inspect, Clean, and Dry your gear."
– Dave Kumlein, Whirling Disease Foundation

  • Inspect gear and remove mud and vegetation before leaving a fishing location.
  • Clean gear with hot water (= or > 104° F / 40° C).*
  • Dry gear thoroughly before entering new water.

* 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.

PosiGrip screw-in studs.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;
show them the infinite reward of the experience and the lifestyle that surrounds it;
and perhaps most importantly, work with them to ensure its survival.”

– Perk Perkins, Orvis CEO

Wash invasives away with rubber sole wading boots.

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.’’

 

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