Arxus Primo canvas Zip Wellies
- By Chris Parkin
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- Last updated: 29/06/2018
I have been using a pair of Arxus Primo wellies for several years now with excellent service from them but wanted to move on to a lined boot with easier access, and space for heavier socks in cold weather. The Primo Canvas boot has a full-length rear zip and adjustable calf buckle to tighten everything in around the leather rimmed top piping. They have a 2mm neoprene lining for additional comfort and warmth with a removable EVA insole for walking comfort, which makes it easily washed if they get dirty or need drying out below the internal heel reinforcement.
Looks are a little unconventional as the expected green rubber lower half blends into a contrasting canvas upper for additional protection from thorns on what is, for its size, quite a lightweight boot. I usually take an 11 but went for a 10.5/45 in these for a snug fit with two pairs of socks. Each boot weighed in at 1250 grams, so is surprisingly 150g lighter than the unlined but full rubber standard Primo of the same size. The sole is an open cleated high grip design and I can testify to its ability across slippery rocks in snow and ice, because the boots arrived just in time for ‘Beast from the East’, parts 1 and 2! They are quite thin though, you get a very good tactile feel for the ground but over uneven terrain, I would have preferred a thicker, stiffer sole to cushion my foot against roots, twigs and stones especially. They are quiet to walk in and comfortable for significant distance on hard flat ground but that’s a compromise you accept.
Out shooting, the resistance of the uppers to snagging and abrasion on foliage was impressive for a boot of such delicate feel but I didn’t find the 2mm neoprene much warmer than the ‘unlined’ Primo; I think going for a fully lined Primo Nord or Primo Nord Zipped with a 5mm lining would have suited me a little better for the more sedentary roles I prefer wellies for. Step in/step out access was excellent though and you could comfortably walk shorter distances with the heel support keeping the foot in place with the boot unzipped and loose, its twin sided gusset exhibiting quite a lot of natural spring to remain folded closed rather than falling wide open. Driving was also never an issue and the boots were worn a lot but perhaps not just in the locations I intended them for, walking through the woods before climbing into a high seat and waiting out the cold.
Arxus wellies have proven quiet, tactile and durable for my feet but I would prefer a thicker, stiffer underfoot layer with more padding over rough ground.