Patagonia Rock Grip Wading Boots
Patagonia's latest wading boots are solidly built and utilise the latest 'sticky rubber' technology on the soles. We have given them a few dunkings over the last several months to see how they measure up.
Stepping onto a slab of slick bedrock under heavy spring runoff takes a lot of confidence in your wading ability and your boots. We can help with the boots.
Our burly new Rock Grips are built for the most extreme wading conditions with a proprietary sticky rubber sole compound, aggressive star tread pattern with multiple gripping zones, and removable studs. A compression-molded EVA midsole and polypropylene insole/shank combination provide the rigidity and support you need to stay vertical and reduce fatigue.
For maximum comfort and protection in boulder gardens, the Rock Grip features heavily padded ankle support and a reinforced toebox and heel counter. The full-coverage, glued rubber rand and abrasion-resistant toe bumper mean bomber durability. Synthetic leather uppers and the padded nylon/spandex neoprene tongue cradle your feet, dry quickly, and stay flexible. The rest, as they say, is up to you.
- Synthetic leather is quick-drying and comfortable
- Proprietary sticky rubber sole compound; aggressive outsole design with multiple gripping zones provide superior stability; easily identifiable plug receptacles for removable studs
- Compression molded EVA midsole and polypropylene insole/shank combination provide rigidity, support and foot protection
- Padded ankle and insole provide comfort and arch support
- Full coverage, glued rubber rand for excellent abrasion resistance; highly abrasion resistant toe bumper; reinforced toebox and heel counter protect foot
- Wide last accommodates a neoprene foot wader; sole is designed to hold fin straps
- Stainless steel lacing loops
- Synthetic leather upper, with nylon/spandex neoprene in the tongue and a polypropylene insole board. Full-length molded EVA midsole
- 1309 g (2 lbs 14.2 oz)
- Made in Thailand.
Out of the box the Rock Grips were pretty comfortable and not overly stiff as some new boots can be. This is probably largely thanks to the ample padding used for protection in the rough and tough environment for which they were designed.
Trekking over rough ground to get to the fishing was also not a problem (other boots I have had can sometimes be quite unforgiving if you have any distance to travel to the water).
"As tough as, well..., erm..., old boots!"
The boots are made to be durable and the high rubber rand certainly fended off the attacks of hidden tree roots and rocks that they were forced to endure the last few months. In fact there is hardly a scratch to be seen. The 'soft' southern rivers they have been tested in so far seemed to pose no problems for them and testing will continue this autumn with a northern sojourn to rockier climes. I have no reason to believe they will perform anything other than brilliantly there also as it is more the environment they were designed to live with day in, day out. Removable studs can be added easily also if you like the extra assurance.
They look the part, act the part and are as tough as, well..., erm..., old boots! Priced at £160 they are not the cheapest boots you can buy but then that would be missing the point. They are quality and will last several seasons and are also not the most expensive boots you can buy either so represent very good value in their class.
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