The Cabela’s Ultralight Felt Sole Wading Boots could be a good option for kids with growing feet, or those just getting into fly fishing but may leave the frequent angler yearning for something more.
I kind of regret purchasing the Cabela’s Ultralight Wading Boots. I found them on sale at Cabela’s and thought I was getting a great deal. I guess you could call it an impulse buy. (If only I had come across a site like this to find a reliable review.) Luckily, even at the regular listing price, they are a relatively cheap boot. They are light, as advertised, but are not the lightest on the market. The Reddington and Caddis boots that my family members wear seem to be lighter, especially on your feet.
I haven’t experienced any big problems with these boots. They are comfortable enough to wear all day, and they protect my feet well. The metal studs combined with felt seemed like it would be a great system, but I have come to think otherwise. While the metal studs provide more traction than rubber or lug-soled boots, I have found that I prefer an entirely felt sole. Keep in mind that most of the areas I fish are rivers with large round rocks and boulders, often covered in moss. In a different terrain, there is a chance that I would prefer the metal studded felt sole system.
The metal studs are so long that only the studs make contact with the rocks in the rivers where I fish. This leads to more slippage than if I were wearing 100% felt soled boots. I usually wear waders with my wading boots, but recently in the 90-100 degree weather, I have instead opted for a swimsuit. Without neoprene socks, the Cabela’s Ultralight Wading boots become increasingly less comfortable. My primary complaint is being able to feel the studs, which are screwed into the bottom of the boot, through the sole of the shoe. With neoprene waders, I could only slightly feel it, but with only socks, it became quite prominent. I don’t enjoy all the lumps in the bottom of the boot.
My biggest complaint with these boots is the amount of time required for them to dry. I recently went fishing with my brother, and I noticed after putting our boots out to dry, that my Cabela’s Ultralight Wading Boots took twice as long dry relative to the amount of time it took for my brother’s boots to dry.
If you are looking for an economically priced wading boot, I would recommend that you consider the Caddis or Reddington line of wading boots found at Sportsman’s Warehouse. For those who are looking for a more expensive, perhaps more durable or comfortable wading boots, I would expect that most of the top of the line brand name boots will get the job done for you. As for the Cabela’s Ultralight Wading Boots, I would not buy them again but can say that they have worn well and are comfortable enough to wear all day.