Rated 1 out of 5 by flyweightbootfoot Flyweight Boot Foot Waders
I recently purchased my !st ever items from LLBEAN. I bought a pair of Flyweight Boot Foot Waders, and a Emerger Wading Jacket. Let me start by saying that i was encouraged by a friend to get the waders at LLBEAN because they make a great product. ( I DISSAGREE ) and have a great warranty ( I AGREE ) I received the waders ( great shipping fast, free ) I used them within 2-days( having a great Striped Bass run right now) I came back after fishing completely wet arund crotch area. I called customer service ( customer service GREAT JOB ) they found me a new pair at another store and had them shipped too me ( FAST) i was up and fishing within 3days with new pair . I came back after fishing and now i was wet in both legs by ankles. Needless to say i am in the process of returning these and getting a complete refund. So i dont know what the problem is but i am now kinda turned off on LL bean products ( Wading Jacket I like it no problems) Thank you Brad
May 25, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Striper408 Good quality!
Looking for a good quality and affordable waders? Look no further these are really great waders for the price. Light weight and keeps you dry. I'm 186 lbs. 5'9" and wear a size 9.5 shoes so I bought a large with size 10 boots. And they fit pretty well. Costumer service is very good!
October 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by LIFISHERMAN Best waders I have owned
After wearing many different waders in the salt water surf, these are by far the best. Always dry, the breathable material is great. I will never go back to any other brand. A friend has the emergerII's and they are fantastic as well. Cannot go wrong. Saltwater is as rough as it gets on equipment and these waders are made with Quality material!!
October 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by steeletroutman great fit and comfortable
The light weightweight waders arrived with free shipping quickly and were in use within 2 days. They are comfortable and all that I would ever hope a fishing wader would be.
October 14, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by surfwalker difficult fit
I purchased these waders in a size 10 large. Unfortunately I had to return them. I take a 9 and 1/2 shoe and fit into a large shirt/ jacket etc. 32 inseam and 37 waist. The feet fit pretty good; maybe a little bit loose but I was wearing thin socks when I tried them on. The body was overall just a little too big; inseam, chest, legs. I would have tried a smaller size but the medium drops the foot size to a 9. but if any of you have shopped for waders you know how it goes. otherwise these are very well constructed waders.
September 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by lucasknight Great fitting waders
These waders fit great and they are really light weight. These are great for summer time use.
August 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by E5475 Great fit, comfortable, don't leak, durable
Bought these for striper surf fishing in northern california. They are worth every penny. Light weight, don't leak, durable, clean up easy. Ill spend 4-5 hours in surf at a time, never had a problem. The only issue is the velcro on the small chest pouch is starting to come off. I keep my phone and glasses in there and open and close it a lot. Like I said, blood and all the salt water wash off easily. would recommend
July 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Claddaugh lighbulb moment
We have a cabin in western Maine that has a mountain water system that involves getting in a spring-fed stream twice a year to turn it on and off. Why we took so long to figure out waders might make this process less, well, frigid is beyond us. These waders work amazingly well! Completely waterproof and warm, if you layer properly underneath. They are lightweight and easy to put on. What a "DUH!" moment we had when we realized we needed a pair.
As always, Bean's customer service was AMAZING when the US Postal Service decided that they couldn't find us. Why does anyone shop for outdoor gear anywhere else?
October 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fishpox1 Good for wide feet
I have wide feet, size10 EE. Ordered the size 12 boot. Have plenty of room for wearing heavy socks. The wader is lightweight and allows plenty of room for wearing warm clothes when necessary. Waders come with a belt and suspenders.
The order arrived the next day and I did not request or pay for overnight shipping
October 22, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Verified Reviewer Original flyweights were good. New version is not.
These are not the flyweight waders that Bean sold previously under the same name, (flyweight).
I bought a pair of the original flyweights in 2012. I liked them so much and had such a good experience with them that when they needed to be replaced, I decided to go with the wader of the same name: flyweight. I didn't realize that Bean had changed quite a few things in the new version of the flyweight waders. When I tried the new ones at the store, they were obviously made of a different material. I decided to buy them anyway because I figured LL Bean wouldn't have changed the waders so drastically that I'd have a different experience.
Little did I know that these waders share the same name as my old waders, but not much else.
First, the good: the material is different from the original flyweights, and it's better. It's more breathable, and seems like it would be more durable.
Unfortunately, the good aspects end there. The worst first:
The heels on the new version are much smaller than the previous version -- as a matter of fact, they're too small for safely walking in rocky areas. I rolled my ankle 4 times on the 1/8 mile walk from the parking lot to the fishing area at south trestle on the Salmon River. That was my first trip with these boots, and I was glad that I wasn't injured before I was on notice: that rolling ankle isn't unusual -- the narrow heel makes it happen way too often. ...and I've been walking in streams and wearing waders for over 2 decades now.
Secondly, because of the small heel, there isn't a way to secure my lace-on Korkers -- these Korkers fit fine on the original flyweight boot, (and pretty much any boot, they're genuine Korkers), but they fall off on the new version, and there seems to be no way to secure them; the heel is indented too far versus the back of the boot so that if the Korker slips off the back of the foot section and in to the heel section, the laces are no longer tight enough and the korkers fall off.
The next problem: there isn't a stiff shank in the foot, and in waders this is more than a comfort thing, especially on rocky streams. It's like wading and standing on rocks with sneakers. Easy for a few hours but not comfortable past that.
Next, the cut of the leg is too straight and doesn't leave room for your leg to bend, say getting in and out of a car. Pulling the waders down slightly (stretching the suspenders), doesn't work. The previous flyweights weren't great at this, but this new version doesn't cut it. With the previous version, when I pulled the waders down, it was easy to get in and out of the car. With the new version, it doesn't work as well -- there just isn't enough space in the front leg for a 90 degree bent knee.
The chest pocket is smaller, which isn't a problem but it was already small enough. It should have gotten bigger if anything.
The original version of the flyweights were great for the price. If I had tried this "new" version of the flyweights back in 2012, there's no way I would have purchased these. They just aren't up to snuff -- it seems like the new version was designed by a person who has never used waders. Actually that seems like the only possible explanation for these dis-improvements to what was a solid product.
I am in the process of finding a different wader, and this experience has been educational. After years of wearing waders, I thought I knew about waders; but after wearing these below par flyweights, now I know how important each of these elements really is for an adequate wader.
October 10, 2014