The most technologically advanced wading boots!
The Orvis Pro Wading Boots feature the most advanced materials and construction techniques combined with comfort and lightweight design. These boots are ideal for athletic anglers who demand the ultimate in durability, comfort, and performance. Tested by hardcore guides, they offer benefits that will be appreciated by any hard-driving fly fisher.
Don't sacrifice comfort! The tongue and collar of the boot are generously padded with closed-cell EVA foam for the support and comfort of a favorite pair of hiking boots. To further make getting in and out of the boots quick and easy, there is a generous pull tab at the heel, and the tongue opens wider than most wading boots so your foot slips in and out with ease.
Features & Benefits of the Pro Wading Boots:
• Best-In-Class Wet Traction
• Optimal Harness and Abrasion Resistance
• Groups of siped sculptures provide increased surface contact and pressure distribution
• Lateral support designed for progressive traction, inspired by Agricultural Tires
• Micro texture core provides additional grip and alleviates buildup
• Shoulder design improves self-cleaning from mud and debris
• Strategic heel geometry increases shock absorption and reduces fatigue
• Weight: 50 oz.
HOW THEY MAKE WADING SAFER
Through a cooperative product development venture between Orvis Research and Development and Michelin® rubber Engineers and Designers, Orvis developed an innovative sole that combines the best in advanced tire technology with the needs of active fly fishers. The rubber used in the sole of the boots utilizes a unique formula of Michelin’s Outdoor Extreme rubber compound, providing best-in-class rubber traction. It is lighter in weight than rubber soles used in conventional wading shoes, softer for better traction on slippery rocks, and offers 25% better abrasion resistance than the rubber compound used in ordinary wading shoes.
Secure wading depends on a combination of the rubber compound used and the tread pattern incorporated in the sole. The compound used in the exclusive Michelin sole was tested using an industry standard for slip resistance, which measures the coefficient of friction against a wet surface. The Michelin Outdoor Extreme compound offers 46% better slip resistance than Vibram® Idrogrip (used in other premium wading shoes) and 159% better slip resistance than standard sticky rubber.
The tread pattern on these boots is an exclusive Orvis design, developed by Orvis and Michelin. It is inspired by Michelin’s best agricultural tread design and the need for constant stability in the river. The design gives high surface contact for better adhesion to slippery surfaces, yet it offers optimal spacing of the lugs to produce a self-cleaning design. When walking over mud or clay, each step cleans the underside of the boot so there is better traction with each step.
The midsole on the boots contains a special co-molded ESS plate to hold studs, for adding Orvis PosiGrip® studs for optimal security on slippery boulders. This plate also adds torsional stability for better balance on river bottoms and gives positive feedback on the river bottom, so the angler can feel secure knowing what is underfoot. The ankle is two inches higher than the Orvis Ultralight Boots, offering added support in the ankle area. This is beneficial for fly fishers who do not have as much strength in the ankle or those who want the support of a technical hiking boot while wading.
Excellent grip on dry and wet surfaces. Rubber compound adapts to varied rock surfaces and conditions.
WADING MORE COMFORTABLE
Stability is of no use if you aren’t comfortable. The Orvis Pro Boots were designed with the best features we could add to provide all-day comfort on the river. The midsole of the boots incorporates a shock-absorbing Phylon midsole, which is a high-density, closed cell foam that cushions every step, even when walking over uneven surfaces. The insole of the Pro Boots gives them the same technology used in high-end basketball shoes, because the custom 3-D molded high-rebound insole is an OrthoLite® open-cell compound. The OrthoLite X-25 insole used in these boots gives maximum rebound when walking and offers strong arch support, unlike the flat insole used in other wading boots. These insoles don’t compress over the long term, so the walking comfort and support you get will last, even when wearing the boots for 12-hour fishing days.
THEY WILL LAST LONGER
Orvis' designers put a lot of thought and research into making the Pro Boots the most durable. They have incorporated some proven construction techniques and materials that have never been used in a wading boot. The bottom of the upper, the area most subject to abrasion, is made from a cast polyurethane cage that is lighter in weight than conventional materials but far more abrasion resistant. This is accomplished without the use of stitches, which are subject to abrasion and can then fail, because the PU cage is chemically bonded to the upper. This type of construction has only been used in premium athletic shoes. The toe and heel are made from durable scratch rubber, and the Michelin® sole is extended up over the toe to add further protection to this vulnerable area. The rugged speed laces feature dual posts to keep them firmly in place over the life of the boot.
The sole design gives me the best traction I’ve had with rubber. Maybe it’s the rubber, maybe it’s the tread, maybe it’s both. – PJ Daley, guide