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Patagonia-Danner boots - 1 year review?

I'm in the market for new boots this year. My 2 pairs of Simms G3 previous generation boots are getting to EoL, and I'm not impressed with anything Simms is making lately. I changed out my waders late last year, and was lucky to snag one of the last pairs of the prior model G4Zs left (actually had to be custom ordered) before the new, lightweight ones were introduced.

I figure that some of you have had the Danner boots for a year now and put some miles on them. Any feedback?
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Awesome question Salvelinus. I am in the exact same spot. I was able to shoe goo my Korkers sole back on but I have a big wilderness trip coming up this summer and I want bomber proof boots. I will be watching this thread closely.

Thank for putting it up.

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I have had a pair for about 8 months and they have really worked out well for me. Apart from a couple of scuffs they show very little wear and they are my most comfortable wading boots. The only drawback I would point out is that they are not the lightest boot out there.

The other consideration is price, but that is a personal matter.
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I have the rubber soled Danner's and I absolutely love them, by far the nicest wading boots I have ever owned and eventually I want to get the Foot Tractor version as well, I have the Gen II Foot Tractors not made by Danner, the Danner's are light years ahead of them and any other wading boots I have ever owned for that matter.

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I've been wearing the old Weinbrenner Ultimate Wading boot for about 3 years now, and other than the felt finally wearing and likely needing replacement soon, they show very little wear. They're incredible. They're comfortable, highly durable, and although heavy, provide everything I want/need out of a boot.

They haven't been made in many years, but I got mine brand new on the auction site for around $100--again, 3 years ago. In fact, I just got another brand new pair (tags on), felt, with the built-in studs to have when these current ones bite the dust--for $25 USD. Yes, you read that right.

The Danner boots do look great, though.
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I've been wearing the old Weinbrenner Ultimate Wading boot for about 3 years now, and other than the felt finally wearing and likely needing replacement soon, they show very little wear. They're incredible. They're comfortable, highly durable, and although heavy, provide everything I want/need out of a boot.

They haven't been made in many years, but I got mine brand new on the auction site for around $100--again, 3 years ago. In fact, I just got another brand new pair (tags on), felt, with the built-in studs to have when these current ones bite the dust--for $25 USD. Yes, you read that right.

The Danner boots do look great, though.
A story about my Weinbrenner boots ... I purchased a pair of Size 15 Weinbrenners about 30 years ago, maybe longer, I can't remember. I used them extensively and outlasted 4 pairs of neoprene waders and a pair of Dan Bailey Lightweight waders. One day in the "off season" about 8 years ago, I was looking for them and asked my wife if she knew where they were. She smiled and said that she had them re-soled with proper soles and gave them to a man at the soup kitchen/shelter she volunteers at. She said that he came in with no shoes on his feet, just worn out pairs of socks over top one another. He was having a hard time finding shoes/boots because of his large feet, which were size 16. The Weinbrenners fit perfectly because they were sized one size up to accommodate the neoprene booties on the waders. This past Christmas 2019, he came walking into the kitchen wearing the Weinbrenner's !! A little scuffed and worn spots, but totally intact, no rips or tears. He remembered my wife and he couldn't stop thanking me for the boots. Glad they went to better use than fishing, but makes me wonder if they could have been the only pair of wading boots I purchased for my entire fishing career


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Haha! Mike, that is one of my favorite stories that I've read on this site. Your wife sounds fantastic.
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I've had a pair of foot tractors (the first edition) bought them when they went on sale, & have found them very comfortable. I have a pair of Simms & find myself reaching for the Patagonia's pretty much all the time except when in the drift boat, or hiking. No issues with wear or anything except for the fact I'm retying the laces quite often during the day, which can be a pain, especially when you feel they are coming loose while in the water, but accepted because of the extra traction.
Did have some Weinbrenner's years ago & they were a great boot, completely wore them out.

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Mike, I gave you a "Like" half way through reading that! Second you mentioned your wife, I knew that those boots were going downstream faster than you could catch them! Think I will go out tomorrow and purchase some good locks for my gear room!
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Mine are nearly a old now, rubber sole like B.G.S. I agree with him as far as the best boots I have owned so far.
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I don't find them heavy. They do not seem to absorb much water and drain well. They dry quickly compared to some of the other best boots on the market. They are very comfy and I hardly ever get sand or gravel in the boot. Good support and roomy where needed.
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They look like they are years old already. The material is all in good shape but the coloring has disappeared much faster than I expected. I also broke the pull loop on the back when putting them on.

Overall, I am glad I made the purchase and I know Patagonia will take care of any problem I have with them.
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HAHAHAHAHA !! Not quite the same scale, but I appreciate your support
She drives the vehicle I bought her anyways ... I love that SUV !!


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Haha! Mike, that is one of my favorite stories that I've read on this site. Your wife sounds fantastic.
Thank you and yes, she is fantastic

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Mike, I gave you a "Like" half way through reading that! Second you mentioned your wife, I knew that those boots were going downstream faster than you could catch them! Think I will go out tomorrow and purchase some good locks for my gear room!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!! This has got to be a statement from someone who has a similar story, or ... has a similar wife
You can't stop them man, once they have an idea, they just carry through with it for the greater good. All we can do is sit back and smile



Now days I have a set of Korker Metalhead wading boots. I purchased them 5 years ago when the model came out. I've put hundreds of river miles on them and swapped soles a few dozen times. Never broke the BOA lace/wire yet or damaged the tighten knob on the BOA system either. These boots have been through the ringer. Around wood, rocks, ankle buster cobble, frozen over, climbing and scaling banks ... they went fishing
I figure I have another 2 to 3 seasons with them.
So consider a Korker model if things don't workout with Danner for you.


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She did that without asking?!?
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Mac....Exactly!!
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She did that without asking?!?
Yeah, I don't fault her for it, we place charity and helping others very high on the list.
What I used for fishing a few weeks out of the year, this man could use every day of the year. I think of that first.

It was also during the "off season" and gave me an excuse to get a new pair of wading boots.


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