Overall: 4.4 / 5 based on 96 reviews
89 of 96 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Easy On Wading Boots -
I like the easy on off zipper. Zipper on this pair sticks a little but some paraffin fixes it. It is a little heavier than other boots you can find but well constructed. I am physically active and don't hike great distances to fish so the extra weight is no concern. Solid soles and not felt so these are legal in my state. A good buy for the price.
Solid Boot -
By: Love2FishAK from Alaska
I've used these for two seasons now fishing in them from our Alaskan Spring breakups through our Fall flurries and they just keep getting better. At first the zipper was a little stiff and I was starting to think I made a bad choice but as the 1st season went on, they broke in nicely to include the zipper working smoothly on demand. This past season while on a float trip, I easily removed the studs so as not to puncture/damage the raft tubes. Another thoughtful feature is the "once drawn tight," lace lock down and release idea. These boots may be a little heavy for some people (solid), but I find them comfortable with great ankle and foot support. I'm 5 '7", 155 lbs. I've even had to run down stream chasing raft oars in them. A two mile hike and then spending all day fishing is not uncommon. A bit more costly than cheaper boots but certainly worth it for the differences in quality and design.
Sooo Comfortable -
By: HappyHobbit from Suffolk England
I bought a pair in the Town Hall sale and loved them so much I bought a second pair. They are very comfortable and the side zip makes them very easy to slip on and off which is a great help with wet neoprene feet. The sole has great grip and with a second pair I now have no worries about transferring potential problems between fisheries highly recommended
Decent Boot - Great Traction on rocky bottoms -
Top 1000 Contributor
What I love about these boots when I first got them is the great traction I got when wading. I'm a small guy 5ft 6 and weight 130 pounds so I need something with very good traction on the water as I don't want to go tumbling downstream. The rivers I wade can get quite dangerous as well and I need the best traction I can get possible. The boots provided that traction for about 1 year and when the rubber started wearing off, it got really slippery even with added studs. The reason I'm giving this a 3 is because it is not as comfortable as other boots I have worn. My feet get pretty sore after a day out with them. Also, I really hated the zipper. One of the guys at the local orvis store boasted of the zipper system, but I had a really hard time zipping it up when my boots were dry. It's pretty inconvenient spending 5-10 minutes trying to put the boots on. This is why I give it a 3. Other than that, the traction it gives is awesome and I feel really safe wading the rivers. Because of the issues with the zipper, I think next time I'll get the Riverguard Ultralight boots.
Easy On-and-Off -
By: drojas11 from Washington, D.C.
Top 1000 Contributor
I've had these for a year. Compared to my old Simms boots, these are a great pair. They are easy to get on and off, provide great ankle support and with the screw-in studs, great traction even on shale bottom streams (i.e. Erie, PA). I would highly recommend these to anyone.
By: Minnesnowta from Duluth, MN
I bought a size up from the shoe size I normally wear and it fits perfectly with the waders I have. Great traction and more reliable than felt bottoms.
Easy On; Easy Off -
By: Fizzix from Stanton, TX
Really like the easy with which you can get these boots on and off. It really makes it simple to gear up when you get to the river. I also have some problems with "weak ankles" due to football in high school; I really like the support that these boots afford you and would highly recommend them just because of that, but the icing on the cake is the ease that you can get them on and off.
Grips slick rocks like a cat on curtains -
By: ascended6 from Sterling Heights, MI
I love the zipper makes gearing up stream side a snap. The comfort and support are like no other, and the studs provide incredible grip on all types of substrate.
Good boot -
By: Bobby67 from Dahlonega, GA
This is a good boot. The rubber bottoms are more durable that the felt and perform just as well.
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.’’