Encounter Wading Boots

Full featured, lightweight wading boots at an entry-level price.


All entry-level wading boots are made the same way, right? Wrong. Meet our Encounter boot. Built using welted construction, with a scratch rubber toe cap, fully lined interior, and durable felt sole, the only thing entry level about this lightweight wading boot is the price. In tan/olive. Imported.
Men's sizes: 5-14.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.5 / 5 based on 60 reviews


55 of 60 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 4/5

    Comfortable boots - 3/31/2015
    By: from Sellersville , pa

    Great boots for the money. Comfortable on long days.

  • 5/5

    Great boots for the price! - 3/30/2015
    By: from Montana

    I took these out to the river yesterday, and I could not have been happier. They were comfortable, and seem very well made. For the price, they would be hard to beat!

  • 3/5

    Two pairs, two failures - 3/24/2015
    By: from West Chester, PA

    Pros: Very comfortable. Fairly light. Good support. Good traction. Low price. Cons: Construction quality. Both D-rings for tying down the wader cuffs pulled off on the first day of use. Took back to my local Orvis shop, no hassle return. Got another pair. Two and a half hours of fishing, both D-rings came off again. Not thrilled, but not a complete deal breaker. Based on the fit, feel, and look, I would still recommend these boots, but only if you're on a budget. If you can afford more, buy more.

  • 1/5

    lightweight - 3/9/2015
    By: from Northumberland, UK

    Bought in June last year as an emergency replacement. Worn for a week and subsequently turn about with another pair of boots. One of the lacing loops pulled out in September. On their third outing this season, the sole came off the other boot. Lightweight. Not robust. Cheap for a reason. Avoid

  • 5/5

    Great Boots - 3/5/2015
    By: from Hayesville, NC

    They are very light weight and have plenty of room to accommodate the waders. The traction, especially when the spikes are added, is great!

  • 5/5

    Look No Further - 2/7/2015
    By: from York, PA

    Without a doubt, these are the best wading boots money can buy, great bang for the buck. The felt bottom provides superb traction on those slippery rocks and the boots are extremely high quality. Took them out on my first fishing of the year and I just know these will last me quite a long time. Thank you Orvis for the great product!

  • 3/5

    Good Entry level Boot - 1/15/2015

    First purchase of a wading boot. Seems perfectly serviceable for the price. Men's size 9 is fine on my women's size 10 foot. Would like to see Orvis make a women's specific boot at an entry level price point. We are, after all, an increasingly large part of your market!

  • 5/5

    Excellent Product - 1/14/2015
    By: from Rhode Island

    Exactly as advertised! Lightweight durable, perfect wading boots for those not trying to break the bank.

  • 5/5

    Great Product - 1/10/2015
    By: from West Lothian, Scotland
    Top 250 Contributor

    I bought these boots to go with my endura waders and what a brilliant product they are. Very light, but sturdy and the felt sole grips slippery rocks very well. I will be purchasing the studs for extra traction.

  • 5/5

    Best boot for the price - 1/9/2015
    By: from GA

    Bought this boot because I had a gift card to spend. I wasn't expecting much at this price point but they proved me wrong. Extremely durable, fast draining, and unbelievably light. Not to mention very comfortable as well. Why spend 3 times as much on a boot when the encounters are just as good if not better?

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