Xtratuf 15-inch Legacy Boot review: reliable, long-lasting, grippy and designed to be rolled down

Iconic, stylish wellies from Alaska, the Xtratuf 15-inch Legacy Boot have a secret that’s revealed when you roll them down

Xtratuf 15-inch Legacy Boot
(Image: © Xtratuf)

Advnture Verdict

Hard-working boots from Alaska, with lots of grip and loads of style, we have long-tested these boots in the far north and elsewhere, and they have never failed.

Pros

  • +

    Fun patterns available

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    Variety of configurations

Cons

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    Not a lot of underfoot support

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    One width only for most styles

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Xtratuf 15-inch Legacy Boot: first impressions

Do-it-all boots made famous by Alaskan outdoors people, the Xtratuf 15-inch Legacy Boot will get you through a commercial fishing season, a hike, a kayaking trip, and more. There are many mix-and-match styles to choose from, including insulated options, boots with steel toes and more, so configure them so they’re the best wellingtons for you.

They are 100% waterproof and acid chemical resistant. The boots roll down in warm weather, or any time you want to show off one of the fun inner prints, which include designs by the Salmon Sisters, two young Alaskan fisherwomen. (You can choose boots with neutral lining if you prefer.)

Specifications

• RRP: $145 (US)
• Gender specification: Men’s and women’s versions available
• Sizes: Men’s 8–13 Women’s 6–11
• Insulation: Optional
Weight (per boot): 1,361g / 3lb
• Colors: Brown / Black

Xtratuf 15-inch Legacy Boot: on the trails

On a trip to Alaska, I discovered these boots when the fancier ones I arrived with failed. Every outdoors person I met on that trip wore Xtratufs. I bought a pair and found out why. 

Bushwhacking through the marshy backcountry, kayaking bays and fjords, and slogging around small towns with bad roads in unpredictable weather, I always felt prepared. 

This lined rubber boot is light on support, but heavy on slip resistance. I rolled down the cuff to show off the octopus print and to keep my feet cool. I wore them full height to keep weather out. 

I’ve had my current pair for five years, and they show no signs of wearing out. They run a half size small, so size up, especially as you’ll probably be wanting to wear them with chunky hiking socks.

Vermont-based writer, photographer and adventurer, Berne reports on hiking, biking, skiing, overlanding, travel, climbing and kayaking for category-leading publications in the U.S., Europe and beyond. In the field, she’s been asked to deliver a herd of llamas to a Bolivian mountaintop corral, had first fat-biking descents in Alaska, helped establish East Greenland’s first sport climbing and biked the length of Jordan. She’s worked to help brands clean up their materials and manufacturing, and has had guns pulled on her in at least three continents.