Travel (packable) wading boot?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Josh, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. Josh

    Josh dead in the water

    Anyone use any of the lightweight wading boots? Any good?

    I just picked up a pair of the Orvis packable waders at their sale price and thought it would be nice to find some light shoes to go with them.
     
  2. Brookie_Hunter

    Brookie_Hunter aka Dave Hoover

    I had a couple pair of inexpensive Allen wading boots and both were relatively light. One pair was largely canvas and could pack up really small. Orvis used to make a packable wading boot like them but discontinued them 3-4 yrs ago. But I got about three years of hard use out of them (as I used them all the time) before they wore out. Down side is that they had little ankle protection/support....they weren't very good for real rocky streams if that what you fish most often.
     
  3. Josh

    Josh dead in the water

    These would really only be for traveling or maybe family camping where I want to sneak in a little fishing. I've got my regular boots for normal use. So while I enjoy ankle support, I can do without for the amount that these boots would be used.
     
  4. Steve Unwin

    Steve Unwin Active Member

    I have the cabela's packable wading boots. They're decent enough (they are my only boots) but like BH says they are a little low on ankle support. But they pack down small and are lightweight.
     
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    Josh dead in the water

  6. Kcahill

    Kcahill Active Member

    Take a look at some kayak or boating portage booties then, no support at all pretty much some fabric to cover you wader feet and a hard sole to walk on but they weigh nothing at all.
     
  7. Josh

    Josh dead in the water

    But probably no felt, right? In general, I'm not a huge fan of rubber soles for wading.
     
  8. JesseC

    JesseC Active Member


    Take a pair of old converse chucks and use cobblers glue to paste on some old carpet.
     
  9. Josh

    Josh dead in the water

    I've seen that as a suggestion. But does it actually work? Does the felt/carpet stay on there?
     
  10. JesseC

    JesseC Active Member


    Yep. If you use cobblers glue there's no way it's coming off. Perfectly good way to ruin a pair of chucks :) You can do it with any sneakers. I did it for a backpacking trip and it worked fine.
     
  11. Steve Unwin

    Steve Unwin Active Member

  12. SHigSpeed

    SHigSpeed Active Member

    Can you comment on what the waders weigh? I'd love to have a datapoint for waders that would pair well with my UL float tube.

    Thanks!

    _SHig
     
  13. Josh

    Josh dead in the water


    I don't have them here yet. But according to this page, they weigh 2lb 6oz in a size large, 1 lb 13 ounces medium.
     
  14. SHigSpeed

    SHigSpeed Active Member

    Not bad, especially in medium for a chest wader. Thanks for the info.

    _SHig
     
  15. Steve Unwin

    Steve Unwin Active Member

    I weighed my cabela's packable waders last night and they came in a 2lb 2oz for a Size 12 (XL). These are the ones:
    Packable Waders

    You could probably get them under 2 pounds with some trimming. There is a pocket to pack them into which is not strictly necessary and if they are only for tubing then gravel guards could go too.

    If you want light but not breathable, old school red balls are pretty lightweight!
     
  16. Josh

    Josh dead in the water

    So just for the sake of mentioning it, I'll point out that as best I can find, chuck taylor converse are running $30-40. At that price, I think the Cabelas packable boots I linked to earlier are better at $60. Plus, I'm guessing they go on sale once in a while in the $40-50 range knowing cabelas.
     
  17. Josh

    Josh dead in the water

    Now, Wal Mart does have a $12 set of Chuck clones. But they are low tops.
     
  18. Steve Unwin

    Steve Unwin Active Member

    My dad bought some felt for his old wading boots. I think it cost about $15, but that did include glue.
     
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