Rated 5 out of 5 excellent product
I have been in the water about 10 times with these boots so far, order one size bigger than your actual shoe size. the fit was perfect over the ll bean kennebeck breathable stocking foot waders. extremely comfortable in all kinds of conditions for many hours in the ocean. I screwed simms hardbite studs to the bottom and they grip slippery rocks in rough surf with no problem, do not attempt wet rocks without the studs.
November 6, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by BPCaster Be careful in the saltwater
First, I take meticulous care of my gear. I bought the Gray Ghosts for saltwater wadefishing. After every trip I rinsed them thoroughly with freshwater. Unfortunately, the eyelets are now corroding and a couple have corroded through after only 1 season's use. I love the boots, very comfortable and true to size plus lightweight, but the harsh saltwater seems to have done them in!!
November 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ningo Wading boots/lacing review
I returned my previous LLBean wading boots because the d-ring lacing system was very inefficient. When putting the boots on, the laces kept falling out of the rings causing me to have to re-lace the boots constantly. The new Grey Ghost hook system eliminated all of this. It's a much more efficient system for lacing your boots when first putting them on.
October 23, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by DarthWader Cheap materials - Not for Saltwater
Wading boot is comfortable, however the quality is poor.
After 4 months, all of the eyelets have either partially or completely corroded. These guides are NOT stainless steel, they are a cheap white metal alloy.
August 20, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by CTAngler Not for the salt
I purchased these boots about a year ago. I have used them in the salt water only 10-12 times. While on vacation I went to lace one of them up and four of the lower eyelets just broke due to corrosion. I would steer clear of them if you fish in salt water. They may hold up better for freshwater.
August 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by BPCaster Gray Ghost Wading Boots - size 11
Awesome boot. Bought them for mostly saltwater shore fishing. Light weight, good support, great fit. I'm an 11 Wide and with boot foot waders these are sized up exactly right - buy your size without worry. They are wearing very well - great Wading boots!
July 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ElkhornFlyFisher First time's the charm
These were my first wading shoes, and I purchased them with the Kennebec Waders. I have a wide foot, and these boots were quite comfortable as I wandered through the creek. I have wet waded this same creek a number of times and have always had to be careful about slipping on the rocks. Not today. These boots held like glue. Absolutely no worries about slipping. All that, and no worries about felt soles.
June 8, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by MarabouMuddler Some improvements possible
LLBean can make a couple of modifications that could take care of two issues that I have: 1) the gravel guard/gators on my LLBean stocking foot waders slide up in the back and when I wade in the surf the boot fills up with sand, and 2) the laces get all kinked up and I suspect will split because the eyelets in the lower part of the boot are a little too small/sharply cut ( I know, we don't want the laces to slide too easily, but this combination of lace and eyelet size/smoothness feels like it is going to fail and is already hard to work with). Suggestion for (1) ... add a ridge around the back of the heel to prevent gator slide, and (2) slightly larger diameter eyelet with angled loops and different laces.
June 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by beanshopperdude Good boots
I just wore these boots for two 12+ hour days of steelheading and am happy with them. Although the boots seemed stiff at first, they were comfortable and provided good support. I basically didn't think about the boots or my feet all day, which of course is what I want in a wading boot. I screwed in my own studs and the traction was excellent.
Notes on fit: The sizing recommendations say half sizes order down. I can't imagine that working unless you have a relatively narrow foot. I wear 10.5 EEE street shoe and the size 11's I ordered were very tight at the widest part of my foot when wearing relatively thin athletic socks and waders with neoprene booties. I sent them back for a size 12 and they were OK. I would not go any bigger as there is plenty of length and when my laces worked loose my heel started to rub in my boot. If you are winter steelheading, have wide feet, and you want to wear a couple layers of socks but still have room in your boots for good circulation, these boots probably aren't going to work. I wish they were made even wider as the width can be reduced (somewhat) with the laces.
One minor con - the heel loops seem very flimsy and I broke one of mine the first time I put this pair of boots on. There may be room for improvement there.
April 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Familyman79 Wading Boots
I ordered these boots along with several items. Everything arrived as promised and these boots fit like a glove. I wore them the first day of trout and they were awesome. I had a pair of felt foot boots in the past and was a little concerned about slipping on mossy rocks in the creek but with these boots that was a nonissue. LL bean is a great company to deal with and the products I have received so far have exceeded my expectations!
April 8, 2013