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Best Boot I've ever owned
I read a lot of reviews before buying these boots. Having been fly fishing for over 25 years I've gone through many boots and wasn't sure about they hype. I will say having used these now for 1 month and about 10 outings - they are the most comfortable and sturdiest boots I have owned. As to sizing there were so many conflicting opinions ... Read More- I went with my gut. I wear a size 10 street shoe - and bought size 11 (one size up as I always do for wading boots) and they fit me perfectly. My feet slide in and when I lace up I feel like i'm wearing an old pair of hiking boots. Five stars all the way.
Well made boot but sizing runs small
This is a well constructed boot. I would not have returned them if size was correct. My only complaint is sizing with a boot foot wader. You need at least 1 size up if not 2 . I would not recommend ordering online as you really need to try them on with your socks and boot foot wader to get the correct size.
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Excellent selection for wading
The Patagonia Foot Tractor Wading Boots - Sticky Rubber wading boots with the studs provide excellent traction on slippery stream beds and the rubber compound provides good grip on dry rocks along streams. True to size, good support and comfortable. I would definitely recommend these wading boots.
Wear size 10 normally so decided get 11 for wader boots they were tight with socks and waders also the EU size on box said 42.5. Should be 45 for US 11 so confusing. But to be fair Patagonia had good customer service and I ended up keeping size 11 even though a little snug hoping they stretch out a little with wear.
Love these Boots. Buy the Aluminum Bars if you fish on rock
Purchased these a couple of months ago. I tried a couple of times on the size. I usually wear a 10. Tried that, didn't fit. Went up to 11, still too small. I landed on size 12. I am wearing thick wool socks with Sealskinz waterproof socks with Patagonia waders. Once I dialed in the size, the boots are heavenly. They feel soo good on my feet. A... Read Morenkle support is better than expected on uneven ground. They are on the heavier side but I do not feel like I would have a hard time walking a few miles in them if I needed to. I live in Lower Michigan where there rivers I fish are mostly sand and gravel, but fish mostly on a spring creek so I went with the sticky rubber. I happened to be in western NC on rock/freestone last week. The rubber is great on un-slimy rock but if slime was involved I really whish I would have sprung for the aluminum plates or at least had the studs in. I don't like studs as I wear flippers for some of the water I fish and studs are a PITA. As for flipper fit. I used closed toe, Buck's Bag flippers for my tube but will have to change to an open-top flipper if I want to use these boots because of the substantial toe box. As for wear, after four days of moderate use the leather shows wear where I braced my foot against rocks and such. nothing substantial, just took the shine off. I would buy them again in a heartbeat because I love how they feel, how they are made and because they are recraftable. For as little as I fish freestone I still would have purchased the aluminum bar version.
Iron fist in a velvet glove
Great boots. Stable and consistent. These arent super light boots but they provide confidence and comfort while in the water. The footbed inside this boot is lined so it seemed to keep the booty moving freely as you adjust your footing. I found the boot to be just a hair on the large side. I am just inside of a size 14 and Im wearing a 13 in this b... Read Moreoot. They fit perfect.
Bullet proof boots
Ive had my foot tractors for a little more than a month and they are by far the best boots I have ever owned, comfortable in and out of the water, built like a tank, I think that I will be wearing these for a very long time. Im a size 10 but bought the size 11, very glad I did. The 11s fit perfect, there is no way that the 10s would have worked. Ma... Read Morey seem expensive but given the fact of how well the boots are made coupled with the ironclad warranty means that you will most likely never buy another pair of boots, that makes them actually quite reasonable. Cannot recommend highly enough!!
I thought the boots were well-designed and well -made. I couldn't get comfortable with the fit and had to return them. I am a 13 street and tried them on with my waders. I was disappointed but that's life in the slow lane. If the fit had worked, I would have kept the boots and I am sure I would have enjoyed them.
I recently purchased a pair of these and am incredibly impressed with their overall quality. Sizing was a slight issue. The sizing chart listed my size as a 10. My size in normal street shoes is between a 10 and 10.5 (depending on brand). I chose to go with a 10 per the sizing chart. I should have gone with a size 11 as the 10 were extreme tight. P... Read Moreatagonia was awesome in handling the exchange process. If you are between ½ sizes as I am I would recommend ordering up a size. I have worn them a few times so far. While it is still early, I could not be happier with the investment.
Worth the high price tag
I thought I was going crazy when I bought these boots. I mean who spends that much on wading boots? But my old ones werent cutting it anymore and I didnt want to buy a pair every couple of years. I decided the Foot Tractor was the way to go. I mean if I didnt like them I could always send them back. I ordered two pair a 10 and an 11. I wear a size ... Read More10 shoe and wanted to get the best fit since they were so expensive. I ultimately went with the size 10 as they were a perfect fit with my waders on. My first day out I was shocked at how much better they griped the slick rocks in the river, as well as how much better they supported my ankle on the basketball sized boulders. I also really like how the entire boot can be rebuilt by Danner should they ever need repair. The only drawback is the high price tag but after wearing them in the river Id say theyre worth it. 10/10 Id recommend.
I waited too long for these
I have always had achy feet from fishing and routinely stumbled around while wading. Had wanted these for a long time but felt guilt replacing boots that still worked- well finally gave in and frankly this is a case where I wanted too long- they are the most comfortable wading boots Ive ever owned- I have wider feet and they fit great. I love how I... Read More can snug up the laces easily and the ankle support from the boot. They do stretch as they get wet and I have to adjust them but still in foot heaven. I followed the size recommendations of 2 sizes larger than street size- knowing this is men sizes and fit worked. Highly recommend-
Perfect New Fishing Boot
I'm usually a 9.5 Women's shoe. With waders, the size 7 was too tight but the size 8 was perfect and roomie. I made the mistake of going too small on my last pair of boots so this is dreamy for my feet while fishing. These boots seem intimidatingly heavy, but when your fishing and walking you will forget about them. They're burly, st... Read Moreurdy and exactly what you need in so many fishing conditions. These boots feel indestructible as well so I hope to heavily fish in them for the next handful of years.
I have to say that I'm actually blown away with the quality of these boots. I tried them on straight out of the box with my waders on and they are very, very comfy. Granted these are quite expensive, though I really feel that they will be worth the investment and the fact that they can be repaired etc, is a real bonus.
Slippery When Wet
I purchased the Patagonia Foot Tractor Wading boot thinking this would be the last boot I would ever need. On the plus side they are well built with the capability to be resoled. Their downfall is they are extremely slippery on any wet surface. I did not install the studs due to I use these in conjunction with a drift boat and do not want to ruin m... Read Morey glass boat. Other brands have a better/ stickier rubber compound that have superior grip.
Hi Chuck! We're sorry that these boots aren't performing as you expected. If you haven't already, we would recommend installing non-slip traction on the drift boat as it might be cheaper and longer-lasting in the long run. These boots are covered under our Ironclad Guarantee however, so please note that you are welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) them under warranty.
Comfortable, Hardy, and All-around great boot!
I went wet wading with a pair of wading sock and these fit like a glove. Normally, street shoe Women's 8.5, from the size chart I sized up to a Women's 9 and went with the size 7's. At first they did feel a little tight with the wading socks and boots together but after getting in the water helped "loosen" the fit and I was... Read More way better the rest of the day. They do come with some extra studs that can be installed for extra traction if needed.
Foot tractor wading boot
I have only tried the boots out once on the river but already I can feel the difference from my old but well served wading boot. The Tractor wading boot feels robust, easy to wear, secure in the river and easy to remove after a day on the water. I trust these boots will last as long as I want them and give me many untroubled days on the river.
The name of the boot says it all, The Foot Tractor
I love these boots. These boots are made in the USA. I thought they might be a little too bulky to wear all day, they are not. I thought they might be too heavy and cumbersome trudging through water and rock hopping, they are not. I wondered if I could climb a steep slope out of a canyon, I could. I wondered if they would take awhile to break in, t... Read Morehey were great right out of the box. I wondered just how sticky the rubber soles would be, I fished in the rain and snow this weekend, rock hopped wet rocks all day long and these soles stuck like glue. The sole is stitched not glued and these can be re-soled for a nominal fee. Some may complain about the price, but how many boots out there can be re-soled and check this many boxes? For me, this boot checks every box. You will not be disappointed, as this is the boot you have been looking for.
This is what a fishing boot should be
after wearing out a previous pair of patagonia fishing boots - I was given an upgrade to this boot when the old pair was not repairable. I spent 3 long days on the Big Horn river to break these in - not one of the normal fishing boot issues (laces getting wet and untied/boots not bailing water making them heavy/hard to get off when wet/or unstable ... Read Moreon slick rocks) even reared its ugly head. I can say without question these are the best fishing boots I have ever used and as long as the partnership with Danner and Patagonia keeps making these boots I will swear by them and shout it from the banks of the river - go try and buy these boots
Frankenstein was the doctor's name
I have the aluminum studs version. The traction on these boots is outstanding across the board, from loose dirt slides, to railroad embankments, to slick cobbles and boulder gardens. The lace system is smooth and robust, with a ton of leverage to easily cinch the boot from instep to ankle and lower shin. The materials selection and build quality an... Read Mored are both manifestly top notch. They are a true fit with a moderate wool sock and a Simms neoprene bootie. They're also reeaaalll big and heavy. My son asked if they were weighted down to help with wading. The fit and comfort are both terrific, but long days covering lots of ground get a bit more strenuous with this much mass swinging around at the end of your leg. I doubt I'll buy another pair of wading boots. Super happy to be able to obtain quality boots made for the long haul.
Durable and comfortable
So wading in these boots was such a great experience! Highly recommend them to anybody looking for a solid pair. They do come slightly larger than expected. I suppose this was on purpose to allow more room for the neoprene waders they support. Overall, great job Patagonia!
The Best Fishing Boots
I've had these boots since day 1 in early 2019 and I love everything about them. I have probably used them 40+ days of fishing in that time, mostly in the cold wintery Olympic Peninsula. They fit well and provide amazing traction with the Patagonia studs and I love that I can send them back and get them refurbished. Well done Patagonia and Dan... Read Morener. Thank you.
My last boot
I bought these back in August and wanted to get at least 30 days fishing in them before I wrote a review. To get the right fit I ordered size 12 & 13 so I could compare the fits in my wading pant vs my full waders. My normal street shoe size is 13 but I ended up keeping the size 12 boot. The 13's were just too roomy for warmer weather wadi... Read Moreng without bulky wool socks. I usually wear wader "pants" because I rarely need to go over my waist. Hiking in these is fantastic. They are solid and comfortable, just like the handmade boot it is - think Limmer! The quality & craftsmanship are top notch. Traction is great for scrambling around on ledges and over boulders. In-stream traction is just what I expect with rubber soles without bars (I didn't install the screws that came in the box. Nice touch by the way!) With leather boots the fit is always snug when you first put them on but as soon as you step in the water the leather relaxes and the fit eases no matter what waders or sock combo is used. After the first few days out the leather started looking pretty scuffed up. I called customer service and they recommended treating the leather so I picked up some clear, Danner Boot Dressing and it worked great. With one application they looked like new for the rest of the season. My only misgiving is that I would prefer lacing hooks that go all the way to the top rather than the threading the last few and may have a local cobbler do that. Bottom line- this is the lifetime boot I have always wanted.
Not a great product
These boots start of a touch large, after a year they shrunk to where I cant wear them. The toe caps also are collapsing. I would not recommend this boot especially for the price. I know a few other people where they have the same issues.
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I had been fishing in sandals all summer and thought slipping on rocks was just what you did when wading... then I bought these (no bars) and I don't know how I'll go back to the sandals and keep my sick tan lines. These are excellent, love that they can be recrafted, and I'm probably going to spring for the zippered waders now tha... Read Moret I've gotten a taste of the Patagonia product line. I do wish they came in half sizes but a thick pair of socks does the trick.
Best boots ever!
These wading boots are comfortable right out of the box! Good ankle support and the rubber soles provide solid traction. These boots run a tad bit larger then my previous Patagonia wading boots and at first I was concerned. But as previous reviewers have noted, they fit perfectly with the neoprene boot of Patagonia waders. And with my other waders ... Read MoreI just add another pair of socks. I'm tempted to buy a second pair but they are supposed to last forever!
Purchased these bots for a late Sept trip to Jackson Hole. Wore them with double socks and light waders - fit was very good. Three days of fishing - 2 float trips and a day of wading. Float trips also involved frequent wading stops. Boots were great, easy to enter and exit the boat, and very comfortable for all wading situations.
I have a pair of brand new Foot Tractor Sticky Rubber Boots, size 12, in the box waiting to be exchanged (pandemic) because they run small. I bought them to replace a pair of size 12 boots that I wear with my Patagonia Rio Gallegos waders (2015), and I will need to go to size 13 in the Foot Tractors for a correct fit. I assume the reviewers who thi... Read Morenk they run either large or true to size are not using them with conventional waders with neoprene booties. As always, exceptional quality and design.
Great Quality, Need a larger size
I'm looking for a quality pair of wading boots. As soon as I heard about these boots I put my search on hold as I knew these would be the boots I'd want. As soon as the closest flyshop got them in stock I drove the hour and a half to try them. They had the size 14 in stock. Put on a wading boot, put the boot on, and just a little too tigh... Read Moret. Tight enough to not want to buy them. PLEASE make these in a size 15 as soon as you can. I'm willing to wait on purchasing a new pair of boots until this happens. I don't want to continue throwing boots away when they're done, I want to get them repaired like I do all of my everyday shoes/boots. Everything about this boot in the hand was amazing, the quality was great and made by two great companies, now I just need them in a size that I can wear.
Best boots that I have ever worn while wading.
I love my Patagonia boots made by Danner. For years, I seemed to receive knee and back injuries when fishing . It occurred to me that I needed to invest in the best boots that money could buy. Just like a change in good athletic shoes, my new boots knocked out my knee and back irritation on the first trip out. I use the bolt cleats and these make c... Read Morelimbing over rocks pretty easy. I chose 1 size higher than my shoe. These have a large toe box and I am able to wear two pair of socks for the frigid water. I wear my ultralight waders and my feet haven’t been cold once.
Expensive, but worth it
Products built for a lifetime of use are rare these days, but this boot should do the trick. Well-constructed, comfortable, and sticky, I expect to get many years of use, and if there's an issue down the road, Danner will be there. I wear a size 12.5, ordered the 13, wear them with the Rio Gallegos foot stockings and a thick pair of socks, and... Read More the fit is perfect.
Like them, but they're BIG
Wore these boots a lot over the past few months guiding and overall really like them. I do however wish i would've bought them one size smaller. They're pretty big and even tied tight they are too roomy with waders and socks. Now the good, they're fairly light and I think the new rubber sole is MUCH better than the old ones. I haven&... Read More#x27;t felt the need to put the studs in yet. I bought these because they're made in the USA and i really like the idea of sending them in to be repaired rather than throwing away boots every year. My only suggestion would be to give them a little bit of ankle support on future boots.
Worth Every Penny...I Hope.
From visual construction quality to grip, all around fantastic boots. Ordered my street shoe size. With heavy wool socks and waders they fit great. Volume is a little much for my foot, however an additional flat insole under the footbed dialed them in. Have tried so many brands of boots over the years, none seeming to last much over a season. Purch... Read Moreased a pair of felts and rubber...suspect these will last for many seasons, time will tell.
Feeling good right out of the box
This is really best feeling boot I have ever bought right out of the box. The upper is constructed a little differently, and it conforms to the instep well, even on my skinny foot. They would adjust faster if they had more open lacing, but I understand why the design team made them the way they did. Once on, they grip and walk better than my old bo... Read Moreots, both in the water and on the bank, and they actually feel a bit lighter than I was expecting. Here’s hoping they last a long, long time.
Finally boots that can be repaired!
I’ve been a Danner man for 5 years and I wear two styles of boots almost everyday. Guess what, I wore both boot treads off and getting my original boots back with a resole is AMAZING. No weird break in period just my custom leather boots with new tread. Ugh it’s so nice to have my boots back and not new ones. When this colab came around I was very ... Read Moreskeptical ( sorry but most companies don’t work well together) but I trust both these brands so I dove in with out trying them on. First got them and was very impressed with the construction/ Minimalistic design. No bells and whistles just leather boots built for guides. They took a bit to break in and thats when I knew these boots are going to kick ass. I wore them for 141 days straight guiding in Alaska, hiking 4-8 miles a day and standing all day on uneven surfaces. Which also means I wore them cutting trees down, building construction, splitting wood and basic grunt work of running a lodge in a very remote section of Alaska. My skeptic was silenced and I was impressed how tough they are, hardly any signs of wear and the treads are still holding strong. Some things to know, they fit better with Patagonia waders, their booties seem to be thicker than Other brands. Still comfortable with other brands but a much more comfortable fit with Patagonia waders. I think I needed a size up from a 10 but that is my fault because I didn’t try them on in a store before purchase. They are a bit heavy, but feel great in the water. But hey these boots will last forever. Side note my feet aren’t your average humans foot, most of my toes have been broken and my arches are different from one foot to the other. Finding any boots that fit well is a blessing and these are better than any other boot out there for me. I did pair them with custom insoles.
Patagonia Foot Tractor Wading Boots
Just back from a Montana fishing trip. We hiked/ waded 3 to 10 miles a day for a week in the the boots, so I ran the boots thru a lot of varied terrain. They held up well through all the scrambling and wading, and were comfortable. I think they run a touch large but they are a wading boot not a hardcore hiking boot. My one complaint: I have studded... Read More boots in the past and almost everyone of the screw in studs pulled out and I ended up with one stud left in each boot by the end of the week.
Having several pairs of Danner boots in my closet and that these were made by them immediately got my attention. And they didn't disappoint. I was amazed at how well they performed walking around a river bed made of small to 6-7" mossy stones. At no point did I feel like I'd slip. I went with the sticky rubber option. Being a rock cl... Read Moreimber I'm familiar with sticky rubber shoes and wondered how it would perform wet, as I said they performed great. No Danner boot is cheap but you will wear them for years and years and years, and when they do wear out most can be sent back to Danner and have life breathed back into them. Patagonia did a great job teaming with Danner. Being a bonehead I ordered a size to large and patagonia went the extra mile to get me the right one overnight. I kept the over sized, they'll be my winter fishing boots.
These boots are made for wading and that’s just what they’ll do!
So comfortable and they dry quickly. Perfect for spending the day exploring the river and walking to different spots. The sticky rubber with metal studs grip mossy rock well and are light enough to not be an issue fishing a full day. These boots are comfortable right out of the box. Very stoked and highly recommend.
Finally found a boot !
I have used more boots in the past two years than I care to admit. Nothing has held up for me longer than 4 months of use. This boot from day one I know I can count on. The build quality speaks for itself just from the initial use I feel these are going to last. The best part is I know I can have them recrafted for when the times comes. I felt they... Read More fit very true to size like all other danner boots. The extra pair of laces is a huge plus too!
Best wading boot I've had
I had a pair of Danner Matterhorns in the Army (Infantry) and never regretted spending my meager enlisted pay on them. I came to love them for their durability, the fact they could be resoled, and all around comfort. I owned other Danner footwear over the years, and was really excited when Patagonia partnered with Danner for the new wading boots. M... Read Morey first time out, they were easy to get on, lace comfortably, and had perfect traction (the sole + kold kutters - not a fan of the included cleats) for the GL tribs I fish. They accommodate bulkier socks (I wear a size 10 shoe, and purchased these in size 11) and they fit just like my Matterhorns did. I put a good amount of miles on these already, and am a big fan. Well done, Danner and Patagonia (I did condition them with Danner boot conditioner) Tweak the included cleats to something better would be my only recommendation for improvement.
What Lasts Forever???
I really like my New Patagonia Wading Boots. Really comfortable and traction like I’ve never experienced before. I’ve hiked in them, and spent a few long days in them so far. Things I don’t like: A) I have some heel lift that I need to address- almost too much room in the heel pocket. B) the lacing system is hard to keep tight. I re-laced them ... Read Moreto cross each other and that helps. C) the top 2 or 3 eyelets on the boot could have been “quick lace” or open hooks. Untying them each and everyday is a pain. I think they are a good boot- probably the best I’ve ever tried on. Not sure about the last forever part of the deal. I’m curious about New Designs they come up with, or modifications down the road that I’ll need to upgrade to. Overall a great boot though.
Been waiting decades for this boot...
Have been fly fishing most of my life, since I was 3 years old in fact and been in the sport professionally since I was in my early 20's and have worn nearly every boot made for US companies in that time. This is the most comfortable boot I have ever worn and for someone who has been accustomed to felt in local rivers, a rubber only sole was a... Read Moren apprehensive adjustment. That said, on some of the slickest rivers in the PNW and around the world, I have rarely felt more secure and sure footed than in these boots. Over a year in them now and they have molded to my considerably messed up feet so well I can spend 12 days in them easily and could sleep in them if necessary. Foot slips in easily, more than ample support around the ankle with much less fabric and other contents than other boots usually have. Pricey they are but I simply can't imagine someone feeling any degree of disappointment with this boot. Made in America is nice as well!
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