HUGE upgrade for me
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 9
I previously used the Orvis Encounter boots, which always left me with sore feet after a day on the water. After putting up with them for a couple seasons, I upgraded to the Prowler Pro felt boots just before a backcountry fish/camp. Man, am I so glad I did!!! After covering miles of trails and water over a weekend in the GSMNP, my feet were the only part of my body NOT hurting. As for the grip, I was fishing a very rocky freestone river and had several tumbles (no swims, thankfully), but I think that had more to do with the river and my balance than the soles. Felt is felt, right? I may add studs and see how I do. But the comfort and lightweight are top notch. I can see these lasting several seasons and I'd be happy buying a new pair when they finally give out. As for the fit, they are ever so slightly large, but not enough to size down. I usually wear an 8.5 shoe, but the 8 was too small on me. The 9 leaves room for doubling up wool socks comfortably without being too roomy.
The only con to these boots is the eyelets for the laces: the finish wore off in under a dozen uses and they are rough on the laces. In under 3 months, one of my laces broke due to being shredded by the eyelet.