Rated 1 out of 5áby chazearl Not for the salt or fly fishing...
These boots are not made to withstand saltwater conditions and regular use.
I've been fly-fishing or surf casting on average 3 nights a week along the coast of Newport, RI since June 2014 and they have gradually been falling completely apart. The pull tab failed within 3 weeks, the other 3 weeks later. I've broken three eyelets while lacing them up. One design flaw is that they used speed eyelets which can catch fly line, not a deal breaker but a pain and I would rather spend and extra 30 seconds lacing them up they lose a fish to an eyelet. (I don't like to carry a stripping basket) The largest design flaw is that they lack proper drainage, I regularly transition from out of water to in the water and lugging around 3 extra pounds of water can make maneuvering from rock to rock very tricky.
They are lightweight which is a bonus when lugging them around. I am a fan of old fashioned shoe laces as the wire binding can get messed up with sand. In terms of the fit they are wide but that isn't a deal breaker. The sole is grippy and the studs are a must, unfortunately they wore down after 3 months.
August 20, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby BigKlu Good boot
This is a good wading boot with lots of ankle support. It is reasonably light and fits well over wader feet. It's also quite stiff so it's hard to make the boot tighter when you lace it up. Because of the plastic coated sides it retains moisture after use. It's the slowest drying wading boot I've ever seen.
February 7, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby fishbreath Very good, but
After a year of heavy use here's my review. They are a comfortable boot able to take long days of wading and hiking. Mine are studded, I find them to be very sure footed on slippery surfaces like mud or mossy rocks. On the down side one of the laces disintegrated, and a pull tab broke which seems to be a common complaint. I recommended these to a fishing partner, his pull tab broke within a few outings, the tabs are too light duty. Nothing bad enough to make me send them back, but leaving a little room for improvement.
January 14, 2014
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 5áby 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 5áby 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 5áby 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 5áby 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 5áby 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 5áby 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