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Provides solid footing in sketchy river beds.

Get a firm grip on slimy rocks, greasy boulders, and sketchy river beds with the Patagonia Rock Grip Wading Boot with Aluminum Bar. An aggressive outsole design with multiple aluminum bars offers you a firm stance in challenging wading conditions.
  • Metal bar traction designed for use in areas where felt-soled boots are impractical, forbidden, or unethical
  • Aggressive outsole design with multiple aluminum bars provide stellar traction in extreme wading conditions
  • Crampons won't damage boat interiors as long as you're mindful
  • Quick-drying synthetic leather upper for comfort
  • Compression molded EVA midsole and polypropylene insole/shank combination provide support, rigidity, and foot protection while you wade
  • Padded ankle and insole offer arch support and comfort
  • Abrasion-resistant toe bumper, glued and stitched rubber rand, and reinforced toebox and heel counter provide protection
  • Wide last accommodates a neoprene foot wader and holds fin straps
  • Stainless steel lacing loops for durability

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4 5

Buy True to Size!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these this winter with a new pair of waders. I bought them one size too big, thinking they were like other wading boots but I was wrong, they were too big. Buy true to size- Patagonia knows you are going to be putting waders on. They certainly add lots of traction for big, clean, rocky rivers, but muckier, small-rock rivers they are just ok. They are quite clunky. They offer great support when wading around the ankle which was a nice change from my old korkers. I think when these blow out (in like...five years at least) I'll go back to Vibrams + studs.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had to end up buying true to size, I believe Patagonia makes these knowing that waders add size to your feet. I am a 9/9.5 and went with a 9. The 10 was massive. I have used these in MT and UT and have had great luck. Be careful on grass when they are wet!

4 5

Solid Grip

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Initially impressed by the grip these offer on moss covered rocks, gravel bottoms, and boulders underwater. Used them for several days wading and had no issues. They are reasonably comfortable to walk around and wade in all day, although the backs of the boot can dig into your Achilles tendon slightly. I wear a size 10 shoe size and the size 11 boots fit me perfect when using Patagonia waders. Gave them 4 stars instead of 5 because the metal bars seem to wear semi fast, and replacing them with worn screw heads looks to be tough.

4 5

Solid Winter boot

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Fished the Provo a few times, they are pretty comfortable and grip the rocks well. Haven't gone stealheading in them yet but that's where I think they will be the optimal boot.

5 5

Pretty Nice!

Just got these. Two days on the Provo River (Middle, fishing out of River Road North) in fast water with a slippery bottom. Finally retired my felt boots and thought that might be the responsible thing to go felt less. Had heard good things about these boots, but have to admit to a little trepidation with the slick rocks and fast current on my first day out in these, but they are solid. Great grip, comfortable, really good ankle support, great water flow management through the boot. They are also a decent boot for the hike in, maybe so long as it is not a long hike or really technical. I tend to wander along the bank a lot and these were more than fine for walking out of the river across dirt, through mud and over some decent sized rocks.

Regardless of what Patagonia says, consider going up one size form your normal. They are oversized, but at least for me not quite enough. I usually wear wading socks under my waders, but even just with waders, the fit was a little short. I wear a size 10 street shoe, with a narrowish foot and the 10 boot was too short. 11 is great fit.

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Thanks for the sizing info and comparison to felt!

5 5

Super Grip!

These boots have amazing grip, by far the best grip of any boot I have owned (Felt, studded or otherwise). Just don’t step on anyone’s toes, seriously.