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Fishing a new river often requires you to cover a lot of ground before finding the action, which is why Patagonia designed the Men's Ultralight Wading Boot. The synthetic leather uppers are lightweight and have mesh panels to quickly expel water, allowing your feet to feel light and nimble when you move upstream. Plus, the Rock Grip soles are made from a special sticky rubber compound for stable and secure traction in the most treacherous of boulder gardens.

  • Synthetic leather uppers are durable, lightweight, and have Venergy mesh panels that quickly drain water while keeping sand and silt out
  • Internal upper supports and a reinforced toe box resist pressure while you're wading in deep water
  • Molded EVA midsole provides cushion and support for all-day comfort
  • Sticky rubber Rock Grip sole provides stability and a secure footing on slick terrain
  • Sole is designed to hold fin straps and will accept studs (sold separately)

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Bad stitching

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Extremely comfortably boot but had issue with stitching on two different pairs. First pair lasted about 5 days before the stitching began to come undone around the outside toe area. Within 4 months of fishing they had totally fallen apart.

Sent them in for a refund/replacement and received another pair thanks to customer service! Unfortunately the same thing happened to the second pair. Customer service couldn't help me a second time.

In total about 8 months usage for two pairs (fishing average twice per week). See attached photo.

Maybe consider putting stronger stitching in if you do decide to go with this boot.

Bad stitching

Sticky Sticky Sticky

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

Purchased these to go with my Spring River Waders and there perfect! The wader bootie is a women's 8-10, I where a 9 1/2 street shoe, purchased the Men's 8, and it all work perfectly! I highly recommend adding these to gear closet!


Great lightweight option.

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Not sure what all the fuss is about - if you want a bomber boot that will last for 100+ days of guiding and hard/every day use, sure - a heftier option is warranted. That said, if you want to move light/fast and in comfort, give these boots a shot. As for their grip/stickiness, I find them to be incredibly potent on both the trail and the river. A lot of western rivers are really slick: Provo, Snake, Boise, Green - I have not had any issues and they excel on previous soles from the past. The boot is light (< 3.5lb's/pair) and very comfortable. The upper ankle provides just enough support, but gives enough for all day comfort in a cataraft, boat or on the trail. If you have soft ankles, I would recommend a heftier upper, but I have found these to be the perfect Spring/Summer boot. Vs. a Simms boot (like the Vapor), PAT is definitely a more flexible upper and might have a little less mileage when comparing soles. That said, the PAT soles are softer and more 'sticky' and have done fine for me so far (maybe 35+ days). These boots soak up water like a sponge, but dry very quick and I have not noticed the variance while wadding. I typically keep the laces as a back up and add Simms laces (personal preference, but their laces give enough stretch and find them way more durable) to any boot, but I have found these to be a great boot for the $ and anyone who prefers to walk past the crowds or spend all day hiking into the goods should appreciate this product.


Worst Boot I've Ever Owned

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

These are NOT sticky by any means. The areas for the studs are recessed so they barely make contact with the riverbed. The material is not that sturdy and my toes took a beating compared another sturdy Guide brand. I put the Patagonia studs into these and 3/4 of the them had fallen out after one day on the river. That's complete bull&%$t for a pack of $20 studs. This product is not up to par with Patagonia's standards and I am surprised they believe their own marketing behind this boot. This boot really sucks and will be recycling them because I can't return them.


Pleased so far...

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

Recently purchased these to wear with breathable waders for saltwater kayak fishing in cooler temperatures. I have only used them once but they performed up to my expectation so far. Cannot comment on the "stickiness" as I am wearing them while sitting in a kayak and mainly went this route vs. a bootie since I wanted a more rigid sole. Also, these were lightweight and not really as bulky as some other wading boots I had seen.

So far, so good. Was very pleased with Backcountry's customer service as well - top notch staff. Hopefully they will hold up and not have broken lace hooks as I am seeing in a previous review!


Was hoping for more

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I will be honest, I am a little bit of a Patagonia Fan Boy. Can you blame me? It's hard to find a company who's values are actually consistent with what most of us strive to accomplish. Add that to the fact that they arguably make some of the best and most durable clothing on the market, with a world class customer service and return policy, and they had me sold. When I bought these boots, I knew that they would not be as good as felt on the treacherous slippery rocks (I am willing to forgo felt to be more environmentally conscious) , but even with studs inserted, I still feel a bit vulnerable out there. They are fantastically light weight and feel like running shoes on your feet (good for those hard to reach money holes) but beware of the "sticky" title, as I have found that to be a bit exaggerated.

Hey Chris, I have found the Rock Grip boots to feel the same way (not so sticky). The studs that accompany the boots aren't the best though. I felt like I was ice skating a couple of times with them in! I've found that the Simms Studs are awesome. Remember, when you're in rivers with softer rocks that the carbide cleats are great, and for rivers with harder rocks the aluminum cleats are the best. Those have saved me a couple times and thought I would share it with ya.

Broken Lace Hooks

Broken Lace Hooks

As a first time user of Patagonia products, I am not impressed. The lace hooks broke the second time I went to use them. They were only 2 weeks old when this picture was taken. Will be returning them for Simms Boots