Red accents and an off-while upper make the Redington Siren look stylish, but it’s got substance too: It provides comfortable support and dependable traction. But small drain holes prevent good drainage when coming out of the water keeping the boot heavy.
Fit Built on a true women’s-specific chassis, the Siren provides a low- to medium-volume fit that should accommodate most women: It is wide enough for my C-width feet, yet could cinch more snugly to wrap around narrow widths or low arches. I experienced very little heel-slippage while hiking.
Traction The Siren’s rubber sole provides reliable traction on slick underwater rocks. It’s not as grippy as some rubber compounds, but it clung to surfaces with enough security to provide reliable footing while wading.
Support The trim, foot-hugging fit and broad sole combine to make this one of the most supportive boots tested. It let me wade with confidence, yet it doesn’t feel blocky. The supple, sculpted ankle wrap conformed to my leg in a way that prevented hot spots or chafing. The burly, reinforced toe offers good shielding from rock impacts.
Weight It’s on the heavy side when dry, and its pinhole-sized drainage ports don’t flush water quickly, so these boots feel especially weighty during post-fishing hikes back to the car.
Features No hook for gravel guards. Drainage ports are small, so water collects inside.
Durability With occasional use over one year of testing, the rubber started to separate from the midsole on one boot. But our test sample came from a pre-production run of boots; Redington says it has not seen the issue in production models, and should the issue occur within a year of purchase, the company emphasizes that it would replace any problem boots. Our verdict: Buy with confidence (but save your receipt).
Mountain-dweller Kelly Bastone became a writer so she could stop asking the boss for permission to take a powder morning, enjoy extra-long lunch breaks to fish or mountain bike, and clock out early when the hatch is on.