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    Orvis BOG bootfoots - They are back

    I just received the newest Orvis newsletter in the mail and see that Orvis is once again offering their cold water bootfoot waders.

    A fellow board member owned the original pair of Silver label BOG bootfoots that came out a few years ago and he really loved them. We went on several winter fishing trips and his feet never were cold in them. Unfortunately, like most Orvis waders, they started to leak in time. To give Orvis credit, they fully refunded his money and he now owns a pair of Simms waders with the Arctic Muck Boots and he is a converted man.

    Will the newest version of these waders hold up? Only time will tell. If I were in the market for steelhead/winter waders, I would buy these before my next outing. However, I am on my 3rd or 4th winter with Simms Exstreams and don't see them, or the backup pair I own failing me for several more years.

    If anyone purchases these, please let us know your thoughts as there is no other well insulated breathable bootfoot wader on the market right now. I would not wait for Simms to release their next winter bootfoot waders, they have been singing the same song and dance about a "fall" release for 3 years.

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    Re: Orvis BOG bootfoots - They are back

    Lynch great post, IMHO it would be great if there were Bootfoot breathables available with either Simms G3/G4 Or Redington Sonic Pro Zip tops. A insulated bootfoot with the vibram bottom with ability to add the studs or cleats to them.


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    Re: Orvis BOG bootfoots - They are back

    If my memory serves me right, Orvis introduced these about two years ago, cataloged them for one year, then dropped them last year. The crew at Whitakers wasn't too happy about this since it was the ideal wader for steelheading.

    I got my pair when they first came out and love them. They are a lot lighter and less restrictive than the neoprene bootfoot waders I formerly used which really tired me out.

    I wear a pair of Under Armor and fleece wading pants under them and find they are plenty warm enough. The rubber soles came with pre-installed carbide studs which proved to be the perfect amount for wading the Salmon. In spite of that, I added a few more studs in the middle but really don't see any difference.


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    Re: Orvis BOG bootfoots - They are back

    Quote Originally Posted by Lonewolve View Post
    Lynch great post, IMHO it would be great if there were Bootfoot breathables available with either Simms G3/G4 Or Redington Sonic Pro Zip tops. A insulated bootfoot with the vibram bottom with ability to add the studs or cleats to them.
    If and when Simms does bring back their custom bootfoot program, I would love to have a pair of the new G4Z's with a great insulated boot......until I looked at the price which would most likely be close to a grand after adding a boot.

    Andy, glad to hear you still have a pair of these from the first round. Are the current waders the same looking as yours?

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    Re: Orvis BOG bootfoots - They are back

    I dont get it.
    I gave up on Orvis waders after costant failures, as did some others I know. Orvis always replaces them or refunds the money. How can a company with their resources and reputation not just build them right in the first place. I have never had a seam failure on any Simms product, and I dont baby them at all.
    Warranties are great but you want to be able to count on your gear, and sending them back is a pain in the ass.

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    Re: Orvis BOG bootfoots - They are back

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan_B View Post
    I dont get it.
    I gave up on Orvis waders after costant failures, as did some others I know. Orvis always replaces them or refunds the money. How can a company with their resources and reputation not just build them right in the first place. I have never had a seam failure on any Simms product, and I dont baby them at all.
    Warranties are great but you want to be able to count on your gear, and sending them back is a pain in the ass.
    I'm with you here. I went through 5 pairs of Orvis waders in 2 years and have since moved over to Simms and Redington and have had no issues. I only brought these to light because cold feet makes for miserable fishing and know how warm these waders are. Unfortunately, there are no other options out there right now.

    Orvis reels on the other hand, love them. Only had to send one mid-arbor reel back for service and it's because I disassembled it too far and lost the small drag plate pins. Had the reel back in no time and they also replaced my marred up drag knob. Have only good things to say about the original Battenkill, BBS, Hydros and Mirage reels. The original mid-arbors.....ahhh, not as big of a fan of them for big fish, but I keep a few around just in case.

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    Re: Orvis BOG bootfoots - They are back

    LyNch:

    Going by the picture in the latest Orvis fly fishing catalog that I received a few days ago, they look the same but it's hard to tell for sure. This was my second steelhead season with them and so far, so good.

    I, too, have had lots of problems with Orvis waders going through an average of two pairs every year. They have been very good from the customer satisfaction point of view. I requested Sonics with welded seams as replacements for the last two pairs I sent back in hopes of breaking out of the yearly return routine. That's how I'm starting next trout season.


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    Re: Orvis BOG bootfoots - They are back

    I had a pair of the originals, and absolutely loved them, until they started leaking at the boot-wader weld. Orvis had discontinued them so they made good by offering me the Pro Guide Stockingfoot gratis. Not good for winter fishing, but great for the rest of the year. I ended grabbing a pair of Simms Blackfoot Chest Waders - Muck Boot Arctic on Sierra trading for $160, and they are unbelievably warm. No interior pocket, no handwarmers etc..but at that price, I can do without. It's a real shame they were discontinued.
    I'll be curious to hear if Orvis resolved the issue with the original Boggs, because they were very lite and comfortable and the boots were well insulated.



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    Re: Orvis BOG bootfoots - They are back

    My buddy uses the Cabelas 5mm Neo's. They fall into the "lifetime boot warranty" category since they are "boot foot" waders. They come with 1000 gram Thinsulate boots. They are under $200.


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    Re: Orvis BOG bootfoots - They are back

    Quote Originally Posted by Fredy View Post
    My buddy uses the Cabelas 5mm Neo's. They fall into the "lifetime boot warranty" category since they are "boot foot" waders. They come with 1000 gram Thinsulate boots. They are under $200.
    I use the Cabelas 5mm neo's stocking foots. I love them.

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