Overall: 4.4 / 5 based on 233 reviews
207 of 233 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
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.
5+ seasons -
By: not2old from SF, CA.
Almost every weekend and longer,with lots of hiking involved.Worked in multiple rivers in Calif. (never went swimming) liked the traction of the cleats-it's why I purchased the same boots!
Montana State College Kid -
By: COMAMA from Colorado Springs, CO
Bought these for my son at college in Bozeman. He has used them 3 times so far and said Thanks Mom they work great! He wears between a 12 and 12.5. I got him the 12 and they fit.
Most unconfortable boot I ever bought -
By: RonAR from Arkansas
Wore these for the first time fishing in Colorado. The toe box on these boots is too wide for my foot, even wearing wool socks and wading socks. Fabric is also too stiff to be able to lace tight enough. I am returning. Very uncomfortable.
Great Boots! -
Light (as advertised) and wider, which is what I was looking for, than my previous boots. The roller eye at the top of the non-hook laces made tightening up and taking off a breeze. My previous boots had a padded collar but I didn't seem to miss that feature with these boots. They were very comfortable and I walked - a lot - both in stream and across terrain on my first trip with them. Long term durability is still to be determined but, I would definitely recommend them at this point.
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.’’