Like a good pair of hiking boots, you should expect three things from your wading boots: traction, stability and comfort. These three essentials not only make fishing more enjoyable, but safer too. The all-purpose White River Wading Boots provide all three essentials, making these boots as suitable for long, rugged hikes to the water as they are for wading slick streams beds in fast current.
Felt soles on the White River Wading Boots provide fantastic gripping power in the loose rock bottoms found in the smaller rivers and streams of the Ozark waterways that I fish. Felt soles also grip the slick, moss-covered rock that's prevalent in local tailwaters. Felt provides much greater stability than rubber lugs in these rocky environments. However, when I do happen to encounter mud-bottom waterways, the felt adapts to the mud much better than rubber adapts to rock.
The height of these boots is perfect. The top comes just above the ankle, providing good ankle support as you hike to and from the water. While in the river, the added ankle support helps prevent you from turning your ankle, an especially dangerous situation in fast moving water.
The combination of leather and synthetic materials used for the boot's upper cuts down on the overall weight of the boot. This material is very comfortable and requires practically no break-in period. Synthetic mesh also makes the uppers less rigged, which is a problem I've experienced with other wading boots, even after extended wear. Mesh also allows water to drain quickly from the boot, making hikes from spot to spot and back to the vehicle much easier.
Other features include a gusseted tongue that prevents rocks and debris from entering the boot. A polyurethane-coated midsole offers added comfort, and the reinforced toe box provides added protection.
If you're looking for wading boot designed primarily for loose gravel and moss covered rock, give the White River Wading Boots a try. These boots are economically priced and provide the support of a mid-weight hiking boot. Most importantly, though, these boots provide comfort that will help you concentrate on the fish, not on your feet.