If you’ve ever had a bootlace come untied while you were wading waist deep, with no practical option for getting your boot into reasonable tying reach, take note. Likewise, if you’ve ever gotten aggravated with wading boot laces getting gritty or muddy and losing functionality, the solution is finally here.
Last summer, I discovered Cabela’s Guidewear BOA Wading Boots, and it was love at first twist. One turn of a little ratcheting dial evenly cinches wire laces to secure each boot as tight as you want it. To release, you pull out the same dial. I continue to be astounded by the simplicity and effectiveness of the system.
I’ve had my BOA boots for less than a year, so I can’t speak to longevity yet. They’ve been on and off and in the creek a bunch of times, though, and so far the system has functioned flawlessly.
The cinching system is the main attraction, but these boots are also comfortable and well designed with important features like loops on the back to pull them on, gravel guards to keep out the stream grit, and a draining system.
I’m an admitted felt-favoring curmudgeon, especially for Appalachian streams, and the BOA boots have lugs. The vibrum soles provide better traction than most “non felt” boots I’ve tested, though, and they came with screw-in traction studs I can add if necessary. And when I travel west this summer I’ll use my lug-soled BOA boots exclusively both to conform to all states’ laws and to ensure I’m no spreading problems as I move from stream to stream.
To learn about other features Cabela’s Guidewear wading boot features, check out this video.
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