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 166 reviews


146 of 166 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 2/5

    not what they should-could be - 8/13/2014
    By: from Fremont, Ca

    First impression of these boots were great, comfortable, good grip on rocks, but they don't seem to last very long, after 3 seasons of normal use(maybe 20-25 days a year) in rivers some of the stitching on the sides is starting to come out and the sole of one boat is coming off. These boots are pretty expensive to only last 75 days in water.

  • 5/5


  • 5/5

    Wading Boots - 7/21/2014
    By: from Deleware County, PA

    Hi, I've been wading lakes and streams for decades wearing sneakers. I cannot tell you how many times I've slipped on silty rocks and fallen. Once I was completely submerged! Well no more. The River Guard Wading Boot holds bottom and I can wade with no concern. I thank my daughter who gave me a gift certificate to Orvis. At my age I need the stability of this boot.

  • 4/5

    Very nice boots - 6/24/2014
    By: from Utah

    I've had these boots for 3 years and they've held up very well. The rubber around the toe and edge of the boot is starting to separate from the soles. But I've been hard on these boots. I wear them all the time use them for all my guided trips. The rubber Vibram soles are amazing and hardly show any wear. The studs work great and offer plenty of grip and traction. I haven't lost any studs either, which is impressive. The boots do run big. I have 10.5 feet and size 11 wading boots always work for me. These boots are very roomy and I think I could have gotten them in a size 10 and been okay. Other than that, they're light and durable. Most my other boots have always worn out after a year or two.

  • 5/5

    Utlra light boot - 6/19/2014
    By: from Rhode Island

    I have used these boots on the last six fly fishing trips i was on. When Orvis said light wading boot they knew what they were talking about. Fished all day with hiking in and out i was glad i bought the best.

  • 4/5

    boots work well - 6/16/2014
    By: from uniontown pa

    the boots were what I expected the studs help with the slippage on the silt covered rocks, they feel nice and light even after a full day of fishing

  • 5/5

    Great purchase - 6/10/2014
    By: from Frederick, MD

    Great boot. easy on and off. Clean up quickly so no issues with transfer of invasive species. Great fit to size. added neoprene gravel guard socks. Recommend this product

  • 4/5

    By: from Upstate NY
    Top 25 Contributor

    Very lightweight and very comfortable. Probably the widest fit of the many Orvis boots. A bit spendy, but otherwise two thumbs up.

  • 5/5

    Excellent Boots - 6/5/2014
    By: from Reno, NV

    These boots are great, I looked and tried all the top brands and would have paid anything to be comfortable. These do run larger then others but are great.

  • 5/5

    Grip and comfort - 5/29/2014
    By: from pittsburgh PA
    Top 1000 Contributor

    These boots have all the bells and whistles; comfort, excellent grip, waterproof and good for the environment. You can't go wrong here. Be sure to accurately size them. I have to go down one whole size....and probably could still use another half size down if it was offered.

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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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