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: 4.5/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 4.5 / 5 based on 148 reviews

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130 of 148 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Very Impressed - 3/22/2014
    By: from Arlington, VA

    Just purchased these boots and used them this weekend for the first time. Fished the Tuckasegee River, NC. Very comfortable boot, provided great mobility and traction in what was a rocky and swift moving river. Well worth the money.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Best Fly Fishing Boots - 2/17/2014
    By: from Connecticut, but fish in Colorado

    Very happy with this purchase. With all the various equipment for a great day of fly fishing, you don't want to sacrifice comfort and durability for price, at least not for the boots. They are comfortable, durable, and hold my grip in slippery rocks. Nothing but the highest marks for this.

  • 4/5 stars 4/5

    New Waders - 2/15/2014
    By: from Georgia

    After 14 years it was time to get new waders. The experience with Orvis and my new waders has been as painless as possible. I have not used them yet, but I'm sure they will be fine. I had to purchase new boots, too, so the whole experience will be positive.

  • 4/5 stars 4/5


  • 3/5 stars 3/5

    Not Up To Orvis Standards - 2/4/2014
    By: from Rochester, NY

    This boot would be great if I didn't have to send it back 3 times.The bottom rubber separated from the uppers in all three cases. The good news,..... Orvis sent me a new pair to replace the defective pair each time. This boots layered and laminated rubber bottom is manufactured the same as many of the other Orvis boots currently in stock. Most of the Orvis wading boot lineup will be discontinued by spring 2014 with a new line replacing most of these products. That's great news as the 2013 wading boot lineup was not up to Orvis standards in my opinion. I have been using Orvis fishing products for over 20 years.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    The Very Best - 12/29/2013
    By: from Queensbury, NY

    Lightweight, true to size. These are ready for the water! No struggling on those steep banks with heavy clunky boots. Orvis knows fly fishing! Go with the pros.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Great Boots - 12/20/2013

    I bought these boots for my husband. He loves to Fly Fish. Most of his fishing cloths have come from Orvis. So of course when he needed new boots it was easy. He loves them. Says there are light and very confortable. Last year I got him the Fly Fishing classes out of your Millbrook store. That too was a win win.

  • 2/5 stars 2/5

    Not nearly good enough - 12/14/2013

    I wear wading boots professionally. These were very comfortable - lightweight and wide. Which is why they get 2 stars. 4 or 5 stars is when they last longer than two years. Mine de-laminated. Over 200 dollars is way too much money to spend every other year. The soles need to come up around and onto the boot. This design does not work,

  • 1/5 stars 1/5

    Poor Stitching - 12/6/2013

    Fishing w the boots for half a season. Overall ok but the stitching quality is very poor. Both boots are starting to fall apart on the sides.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5


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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
  • Replacement laces £3.50 Sale: £2.45
  • PosiGrip Screw-in Studs £27.00
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