Danner's 8-inch River Gripper wading boots are made of breathable nylon mesh and neoprene impregnated suede. They are constructed using a quality stichdown process wherein the upper is glued and stitched with heavy thread to the outsole, creating a strong, stable platform. They feature Danner's nylon felt fishing sole made of tight knit polyester plus a 3.2 mm rubber midsole.
The mesh material on the sides of each boot does a great job of draining water quickly, mitigating the awkward sloshing when hiking after exiting the stream. The felt soles provide good solid traction, including mud, moss, gravel, and rocks.