The easy way to prove that you're way smarter than a fish.
- Sticky rubber soles keep you firmly attached to the river bottom
- Easy-to-see lug receptacles let you attach removable studs for aggressive traction
- Felt-free outsole cleans easy so you don't transport any aquatic hitchhikers between your favorite holes
- Wide lasts give you room for neoprene booties
- Compression-molded EVA midsole and polypropylene shank provide cushioning, rigidity, and support
- Burly construction including abrasion-resistant toe bumpers, reinforced toe boxes, and heal counters give your feet durable protection
- Padded ankle supports add extra comfort and protection while navigating rocky river bottoms
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- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Finally got my Patagonia Watermaster waders and began my search for boots. I had previously used Orvis Clearwater bootfoot waders that had a felt bottom and never really had any issues other than they were about 15 years old. I decided to look for boots that had a felt bottom, but ended up getting the Patagonia Rock Grip Wading Boot-Sticky/Studded. After two all day hiking/fishing in rocky/brushy terrain I am satisfied. I had read somewhere (maybe a previous review) that you need to go up a whole size from what you would normally wear. I wear an 11.5 and ordered the 13's. For me they fit great and the one thing that I don't like is being uncomfortable. The one thing for me, was getting used to the sloshing in the boots from the neoprene booties. And by the way reason I decided to not go with the felt bottom boots was the fear of transporting some foreign aquatic life to another body of water.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I really like these boots. I have been using them since March of 2012 (6 months). They did take a couple trips to wear in, but I don't even know that I'm wearing them after the initial break in. I have worn these literally all day (6am-10pm) and they are still comfortable. The trick is to not tighten them too tight like you do with some other hiking boots, or wading boots.
These boots are light and they hold up. I will say I was slightly disappointed in the stickiness of the boots, but I am using the studs in them now and they seem to do a better job.
I'm a big fan of these. Maybe the negative reviews here were not sized correctly? I originally ordered a size 10 which is what I wear in every other shoe, boot, etc., but was swimming in those even with neoprene booties or waders on. Swaped em for the 9s and they're perfect with a midweight sock and the neoprene booties. With the correct size these offer great ankle support, the bottoms are sticky good sticky rubber for wet rocks (haven't encountered much slime yet), and they seem nice and light in the water. Definitely keepers!
I have used them one day (~4hrs), so not a ton of experience but my initial impressions are I am underwhelmed. The sticky rubber sole is a big improvement over felt for climbing around on rocks, grass and gravel on the bank, but other than that I am not overly impressed. They are marginally better than felt in the water (no studs). The benefits of the rubber sole are pretty much negated by the weird fit. The standard last is very wide, has too much material on the upper, creating a fit that is not snug, does not conform naturally and bunches up over the top of the foot. Yes this is even with neoprene wading booties on inside the boot. I have skinny feet but my previous wading boots were normal width yet fit very differently: snug width-wise and over the top of my foot, and much better. In addition, the suede-like upper is too rigid which contributes to the boxy feel. I will probably return these for the River Walker as they seem lighter, more flexible, and hopefully more comfortable. Maybe I got lucky with my previous boots, but regardless, for the money I expected much better out of Patagonia.
Bart Bonime is Patagonia's director of Fishing and takes us through the features of the Rock Grip boot
The boots are built well (but) the boot digs into the back of my ankle and the soles do not grip at all even with the studs in place. I have worn them once and will be looking for a better boot that grips the bottom of the river. they work great on the bank just stay out of the slippery stuff.
High quality wading boots. Keep my feet comfortable when I'm in my waders. Comes with metal studs.