Ultralight Wading Boot - Rubber

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 204 reviews


181 of 204 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 4/5

    Good value, bought on SALE - 5/26/2015
    By: from Fairfax,VT

    First, fit was good. I wear a size 9 1/2 boot/shoe, so ordered the size 10. Good fit with my Orvis Silver Sonic waders and a competitors waist high waders. Probably not "ULTRALIGHT" as they weigh the same as my other wading boots, which are NOT ULTRALIGHT. This sole provided excellent traction in the stream I fish, which had some algae growth due to very low water flow. But, be careful wearing these inside or driving as the studs work very well and dig/dent whatever they come in contact with. So far so good. As a additional note, I have ordered two more pair, one for my daughter, and another for my grandson.

  • 5/5

    Great buy - 5/25/2015
    By: from Cincinnati, Ohio
    Top 500 Contributor

    Bought these to replace old felt sole boots that were worn out. I paired them with a new pair of Orvis Encounter waders. I wear size 11 or 11.5 shoe depending on maker/style. So I ordered size 11 boot to go with XL Long waders. Fit is very good. I have two trips to the river under my belt now with 4-5 hours of wear on each and the boots have been very comfortable. I love the studded soles. I get enough traction on mossy river stones and walking up a dirt bank is much easier than with felt. Love the boots. At my age the boots will probably outlast me.

  • 5/5

    best wading boot - 5/22/2015
    By: from Chicago, il

    this is my third pair of boots but my first from Orvis. Though I have not used them yet I can tell that right out of the box these boots are a quality product. The order was delivered right away and the packaging was great. I look forward to many years of use.

  • 5/5

    Great Boot - 5/18/2015

    Super light weight sturdy boots that have held up for some time. Great grip with the vibram soles and cleats. The boot is comfortable for hours on end, after miles of hiking up and down the river.

  • 4/5



  • 5/5

    Just do it! - 5/11/2015
    By: from Portrush, N Ireland

    I own a pair of these boots and my son had been keen for me to get him a pair. I held off for a while and during this time he became increasingly jealous of how comfortable they were, the support they gave for the ankles and how light they were when wearing them the whole day. Eventually I gave in and now I no longer have a grumpy companion on the river. His confidence in wading has increased and he is catching more fish because he is firmly at one with the river.

  • 5/5

    Great boots with lots of features - 5/6/2015
    By: from Chambersburg, PA

    They are roomy, and accomodate the large stocking feet that are so common on many brands of waders. They are comfortable both in and out of the water. The metal inserts are excellent rock grabbers and the tread design is welcome when climbing out on a muddy bank. I've had many wading boots over the years and these are definitely the best. Highly recommend them.

  • 5/5

    Great Boots - 5/5/2015
    By: from UK

    Supportive, great fit, comfortable. Grip is great on polished rock, slimy river rock, grassy banks.

  • 5/5

    Great grip - 4/30/2015
    By: from Sellersville , pa

    I switched from felt soles to these boots. Light weight and comfortable while walking the banks. Grips slippery rocks with ease.

  • 4/5

    great price for a good wading boot - 4/22/2015
    By: from Coopersburg. Pa

    Just bought the Riverguard Ultralight wading boot with eco trax studded soles. Very comfortable and good traction, but I just ordered a set of Orvis studs to add greater traction for the ultra slippery Big Lehigh River and Bushkill Creek.

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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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