Gear Review: Cabela's BOA Wading Boots

Now that Tim Romano has given away a pair of the new Cabela's Guidewear BOA Wading Boots, I'm going to tell you how they work.

They're great. If you like the Boa lacing system.

BOA laces are wire, and they can be wound on a circular dial knob. Crank the dial and the laces come tight. Pull the knob out and the system loosens up, and you slide your feet right out. The lingo from everyone who markets boots with BOA laces is that the easy-on, easy-off advantages are especially valuable when it's muddy, or icy, and so forth. But let's be really honest. Boa laces work really great for people who have a spare tire around their middle, and don't like squishing themselves when they tie their laces. (I have a friend who told me this.)

I had a pair of Korkers boots with BOA laces and absolutely loved them; right up until the point when the winder failed (after about a year), and I was left tromping around in loose boots miles from home. You can always improvise with laces, but you will have issues when BOA quits.

For the record, I just started fishing the Cabela's BOA boots, and I have no reason to think they won't last as long or longer.

I really like how these boots feel. The synthetic uppers give just enough support, without biting into my ankles or shins. They're supple in those spots. They're also light. I have an easier time hiking around in these boots than I do in most other wading boots. I'm fishing on Vibram rubber soles, and I like the tread pattern's close-to-felt grip effectiveness. Priced at $160, these boots seem durable. The question you have to ask yourself is whether you want to commit to BOA laces. If so, this is a solid option.