I thought that the Patagonia Rock Grip wading boots were pretty good. On clean rock, they were very good, almost as good as felt. On dirtier rock, they were like ice skates. I put the studs in and had better grip, but I promptly stepped on and broke my running line. (Note to self- learn not to step on your line). All in all, they were pretty good. When looking at rubber soles, I thought the Patagonia soles were more flexible than simms, allowing better contact and thus grip with the rocks, and WAAAAAY nicer to hike all day in. All told, I'm not sole(d) on rubber soles. I see their merit, but I've got to get to a stage where I'm more comfortable on them, and plan ahead better. Clean rock rivers- easy wading- rubber, Slick rock, or difficult wading- Felt (sanitized if I'm heading to a new river).
Last edited by rustyr; 04-14-2012 at 10:53 AM.
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