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If you've managed to wear out the aluminum bars on your Rock Grip Wading Boots, first reflect on how awesome your life is, then make your boots good as new with the Patagonia Aluminum Bar Replacement Kit. The kit includes everything you need to get the job done right, even instructions.
- Compatible with the Patagonia Rock Grip Wading Boot
- Includes six 3-inch bars and six 4-inch bars (12 bars total), 46 inserts, and 46 screws
- Replacement instructions included
- Item #PAT3250
- Q & A
Good as new?
I'm confident the screws will not come out of the inserts, but am skeptical about how well the inserts will hold in the soles since I had to pull a few of them out. My guess is these soles will endure one more replacement of bars.
Easier the next time (hopefully).
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I waited almost 2 years before changing the bars. I wrestled with some mangled screw heads but all of them were filled with cemented dirt. Most screws backed out of the inserts but more than I'd wanted didn't. Patagonia did plan for situations where screws don't come out of their inserts--the claw end of a hammer. Genius! Since all inserts MUST come out of the sole I don't know why they didn't suggest using the hammer to remove bar/insert/screw completely using the delicate prying action. UNLESS that action would render holes too large to securely hold the new inserts. BINGO! Some of the new inserts spin in the old holes and don't really bite into the sole. Fortunately, you'd have to spin clockwise to back them out but I'm a bit skeptical about how well they'd hold up. My guess it would take a freak accident and a lot of torque to rip a bar off the sole by pulling out the inserts. We'll see. All in all the entire process takes too long because there are a lot of screws to TRY and take out only to result to pulling the bars off with inserts attached. And the inserts that you were able to get the screws out of need to be backed out (using an allen wrench or needle nose pliers?all told you need screwdriver, hammer, allen wrench and/or needle nose pliers). THEN you have put all of the new inserts in and then all of the screws in (after adding a bit of locktite). The boots have weathered nearly 120 days of fishing well (no major material failures) and despite the long process of removing and putting on new bars, I'll get a few more kits and see how long these will last. Full disclosure: I'm getting a pair of SIMMS G4 Boa boots that use simple studs (no inserts or bars) to alternate so I can prolong the next time I have to go through this.