This Xtratuf Legacy offers quite a few perks, from thick soles for all-day foot support to the chemical resistance of the neoprene upper. If you work in outdoor environments with lots of mud and water, these boots are a Top Pick winner for those very reasons. Ranking high in weather protection and comfort, the Legacy has a techy look to them, found favorable to those often exposed to the elements or the grime of work. With above-average scoring in style, traction, and warmth, they are of reliable craftmanship.
Xtratuf Legacy 15" - Women's Review
Cons: Oily sheen out of the box, rubber changes color when wet, lack of insulation
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Xtratuf Legacy is the women's version of the classic unisex option, crafted with a different last to better provide comfort and fit that is specific to women. Highly functional, these boots do more than cover all the basics for an ideal mild-weather rain boot. Although their list price is quite high, it's not so unheard of for a model of this caliber. They are built with waterproof, triple-dipped latex neoprene in hand-layered construction, and are ozone, acid, and chemical resistant. The uppers are also lighter and more flexible than typical rubber. However, the pair we tested still weighed in at 3.61 lbs due to their thick soles.
Other features include toe and heel guards, a non-marking Chevron outsole that is rather slip-resistant (except in snow, which is where we found it to falter a bit), and Breathe-O-Prene insoles that help absorb moisture and shock while also allowing for fast drying time. As the main photo shows, the shaft is flexible enough to fold over, allowing you to show off the printed lining for a more fashionable look.
The Legacy is tall with a 15-inch height, which allows for higher weather protection and general insulation over those of short shaft height.
The circumference of the boot opening is 14.75 inches on the pair we tested, allowing for a bit more of a gap between the calf and the rim, but not so much that it was of much concern. With their fully waterproofed and chemical resistant neoprene, these boots are constructed to protect you from more than just rain and thusly earned one of the highest scores for this category.
We found that all-day wear is the stand-out quality for this model. With such a thick sole and women's specific last, they are comfortable and not too cumbersome despite their weight. From running errands, driving, to tending the garden, we never had tired or aching feet at the end of the day; and since the neoprene shaft is so flexible (one of the most flexible of the bunch), we never had issues with mobility, even with the shaft being tall.
The Legacy is a notably heavy pair, but they didn't feel ridiculous and weren't difficult to pack. The footbox is roomy enough for thick socks, and while there was slight heel slippage, the neoprene is so soft that we did not have hot spots develop. These boots proved easy to put on and take off without the aid of your hands.
Versatility in style is what the Legacy lacked the most for us. Coming in only one brown/copper color (at the time of publishing) for the neoprene, and being rather tall, their marine lifestyle look is fairly singular. Even with the lining and color accents at the rim and around the outsole, they come off as a more practical, technical boot as opposed to something intended to be fashionable. However, you can fold the shaft to reveal the patterned lining for a cuter and more feminine look. There are no added buckles or accessories, and the molding is incredibly subtle.
The color of the shaft is very earthy, which, in our opinion, actually assists the outdoor appeal. We can tell these boots are designed with fishing and outdoor work in mind. Style is subjective, of course, and if we were to be involved in these fishing environments, we imagine that we wouldn't want our work footwear to look oddly fancy and impractical.
The Legacy has defined and deep tread patterns reminiscent of a simple work boot. This competitor consistently performs above average in our tests and are no doubt a reliable pair.
Traction holds a lot of weight when you're searching for a boot to work in, whether on a boat or farm, and these held up to our expectations. While not the best in snowy and icy conditions, or across slimy rocks in the river, they did well on wet, grassy inclines, in the dirt and mud, and especially over flat surfaces. Considering the environments these boots are designed to be used in, like the fishing rigs of the Alaskan Salmon Sisters, we found the traction to be more than adequate.
The Legacy is constructed with a thin nylon lining. Added warmth is not a priority with these boots.
They received above-average scores in this category as heat loss happened rather quickly in the snow and during our icy river test. In temperatures ranging from 50-75F, the warmth inherent in such a waterproofed boot was sufficient for maintaining comfort; and if you're working in the outdoors or live in warmer climates, then having a contender that is relatively cool will only help mitigate sweaty feet.
This model comes in whole sizes, 6-11. As is typical of rain boots, half-sizes are not offered, which means the fit often isn't perfect, especially if you're in-between sizes. We sized up to an 8 when we purchased these boots, and we think, in retrospect, it was the best to do so.
With the size 8, there is room for thicker socks. With thin socks, there is heel lift, and the boot feels a bit baggy, but not so much that it becomes an annoyance. Something to consider is that the neoprene is so flexible in the shaft that it slaps against the back of your calf when you walk and is somewhat noisy compared to other models.
A few words regarding the sizing chart that Xtratuf provides: It might be misleading. Even when labeled as a "women's" chart, the sizes seem to be for men. The conversion lists foot length measurements and what US size they would translate to. However, if our lead tester measured her foot to be 9.5 inches in length, then the chart they provide recommends a US 6, which is too small for her typically sized 7.5 foot. Instead of relying on this chart, as it is slightly confusing, we recommend going off customer comments and your usual shoe size.
Designed in Alaska and manufactured in China, the Legacy rings in with a high list price. While they are not the most expensive, they cost more than the average of what we've tested. If we had to guess, you're essentially paying for the added chemical and acid resistance, a thicker footbed and slip-resistant Chevron outsole, which is fair if you intend to use them aggressively. They are a great value.
The Xtratuf Legacy 15-inch boots are very reliable, have a flexible shaft, and are comfortable. They are ideal for working in more rugged environments and provide all the fundamentals of weather protection and traction.
— Sara Aranda