River Guard™ Ultralight Men's Wading Boot

You'll appreciate the comfort and the sure step of our men's fishing boots.


Cutting-edge EcoTraX™ soles and special nonporous, durable, and lightweight microfibre uppers help stem the spread of aquatic invasives whilst giving you the solid footing you need. EcoTraX soles have a proprietary Orvis-exclusive lug pattern with sharp leading edges to get better traction. Lighter in weight than competitive boots and more flexible to give the sole more contact for better footing. Rubber at the toe, sidewalls, and heel resists abrasion from rocks and debris for added durability. A hiking style boot designed with a wider fit which adds to the overall comfort; a perfect choice for four season wading or an angler who just needs more room in their boots. Removable insole. Includes PosiGrip™ Screw-in Studs installed to maximise the traction in slippery wading conditions.
Men's US sizes 6-14. If you are a half size please order the next size smaller.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.4 / 5 based on 178 reviews


156 of 178 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Lightweight durable boot - 1/11/2015
    By: from Wingate, NC

    This is a lightweight boot. Very comfortable and durable. Very good traction on rocks. Would highly recommend!

  • 5/5

    Husband's No. 1 Christmas pick - 12/18/2014
    By: from Chester, MD

    My husband is a SERIOUS fisherperson! This was the present he wanted above all others because he says these are the BEST boots now. This is from a person who gifted me with another pair of Orvis boots the first Christmas we were dating (His mother sent a Waterford vase!) so water whichever way. The boots kept me safe as I began to learn to fish! We find what we need at Orvis when we can find it no where else ... or at a lesser quality, which makes these Orvis boots perfect!

  • 4/5


  • 2/5

    River Guard™ Ultralight Men's Wading Boot - 12/15/2014
    By: from Glasgow

    Really disappointed with these boots. My wife bought them for my Xmas. They are pretty expensive and should last well over a number of seasons. In my case the soles parted from the uppers after just over a season.I could repair them but experience tells me that they will come apart after a short time. I think they will be consigned to the bin.

  • 4/5

    Sure Footed - 12/12/2014
    By: from Keene, New Hampshire

    Great grip due to stud design and height. They are easy to relocate or more can be added. Comfortable. Fit is true to size. My only complaint is that the laces must be tied. I'd rather they have the pull type adjusters.

  • 5/5

    Wading boots - 11/17/2014

    Orvis as always provides the best equipment and service. My old orvis wading boots were great and finally wore out. I replaced them with new and improved lightweight fishing boots which are great. They are sturdy and not real heavy. Good for being in a stream all day. Hope they help me catch more fish

  • 5/5

    Best Wadding Boots rver! - 11/13/2014
    By: from Plainfield, IL

    The River Guard Ultralight wading boots I just purchased this summer at the Orvis Store in Lombard Illinois are the best boots by far that I purchsed! They are light weaght and give me excellent tracktion on slippery rocks and algea. Plus they do no have felt which I would not use due to invasive critters. I highly recomand these wrading boots.

  • 5/5

    Excellent Product - 10/7/2014
    By: from Arlington, VA

    I recently purchased my second pair of these boots, the first took 4 years to wear out with roughly 30 days a year on them. The product is durable, stable and is well worth the money.

  • 5/5

    River Guard Ultralight Wading Boots - 10/6/2014
    By: from Denver, CO

    I looked for years before I found these about 2 to 3 years ago through Orvis. I wet-wade often but need a boot that gives me solid footing in and out of the water. I can hike in this boot in/out of the water. It's a very comfortable boot, but it sizes very large. I wear a 9 1/2 normally, but the 9 was large enough for me even wearing a neoprene booty over a sock.

  • 5/5

    Excellent boots - 10/3/2014
    By: from Farnham, Hampshire

    When I first looked at these boots I thought that they were lacking in ankle support but they are not they provide complete ankle support. The Boot itself is very comfy and can wear them all day without and discomfort at all.

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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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  • River Guard™ Ultralight Men's Wading Boot £169.00 Sale: £118.30
  • Replacement laces £3.50 Sale: £2.45
  • PosiGrip Screw-in Studs £27.00
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