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Patagonia Ultralight Wading Boot–Sticky

- published April 2014

86

2014

RATINGS

Grip
8
Comfort
8
Wet Weight
7
Durability
7
Tread Life
8
Value
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
86

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THE GOOD

  • Ultralight when dry
  • Best “hiking boot” feel
  • Best grip on slimy river rocks
  • Well padded to prevent stone bruises

THE BAD

  • Most weight-gain when wet
  • Durability may be an issue

THE VERDICT

Patagonia Ultralight Wading Boots upholds the company’s reputation for quality lightweight gear. It seems everything in the outdoor gear world has become lighter over the years and Patagonia made a special effort to bring that focus to wading boots. The Ultralights are comfortable, functional and, well, light. The Ultralight Wading Boots allow anglers who like to go walkabout to stick with one boot during the day rather than trading their hiking boots for wading boots once they reach their destination.

FULL REVIEW

Grip
I found the Patagonia Ultralights slipped the least when tested side-by-side with the others. Part of the official name of the boots is  “Sticky” and they proved to be just that. RockGrip soles, the sticky part, provide lugged tread patterns on the edges for teetering on rocks and star-shaped tread on the rest of the sole for gripability on flat areas. I found the combination effective in all wading situations.

Comfort
I slipped my feet into the Ultralights and nearly forgot they were wading boots. The Ultralights’ solid ankle support came in handy when leaping across boulder fields and a reinforced toe box protected my toes from rollers and stubbing injuries. There also seemed to be no break-in time required. While it can take multiple trips to figure out if some wading boots will work for your feet, the Patagonia Ultralights felt comfortably broken in right out of the box.

Wet Weight
The Patagonia Ultralights went from being the lightest out of the box (1.5 pounds) to the second heaviest (2.35 pounds) after they had been worn in water. But the wet-weight wasn’t excessive and they dried quickly.

Construction
While I experienced no problems with the construction myself, I did hear some user concerns about the stitching on the Ultralights.

Tread Life
Making the boots lightweight has likely reduced the tread life in–that’ been the case with Patagonia’s previous models. But the RockGrip sole design with the more durable lugs around the sticky sections should drastically improve the life of the boots.

Value
The Ultralights came in as the highest priced of the four models I field tested but they were within $50 of the cheapest model (Korkers).

 

How We Tested It

I wore the Patagonia boot on my left foot and the Cabela’s boot on my right  while fishing in low water winter conditions with slime-covered river rocks the norm.  I field tested them on snow and in muddy areas as well, walking roughly two miles, fishing along the way on multiple occasions.

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About the Author

Brett Prettyman

Brett Prettyman

Brett Prettyman has been an outdoor writer at the Salt Lake Tribune since 1990 and also freelances for a number of outdoor-related publications. He tests fly fishing boots and waders for the Gear Institute.

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MSRP
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$179.00
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Grip
8
Comfort
8
Wet Weight
7
Durability
7
Tread Life
8
Value
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
86

Specs

  • Weight verified?: Yes

Weight

1 lbs , 5 oz

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