At the ICAST fishing expo in Florida earlier this month, Patagonia announced their collaboration with Danner on a line of wading boots to add to their fishing collection. Four different models will be manufactured by Danner in Portland, Oregon —all built to last a lifetime.
The four wading boot models include three types of Foot Tracker — a current wading boot in the Patagonia lineup — and a new River Salt model. The Foot Tracker will be available with three different types of soles — a sticky rubber sole ($500), aluminum bar sole ($550), and a felt bottom sole ($500).
If something should happen to your wading boots, both brands claim they can be taken to any cobbler to be repaired thanks to the use of Danner’s classic stitch-down construction. So, if you take good care of them, they should last you a lifetime of fishing fun.
The River Salt ($450) is a lighter wading boot for those that often hike long distances to their favorite fishing spots. It will perform in both fresh and salt water with a combination leather and 1000 denier nylon upper and Vibram Megagrip outsoles for traction over a variety of terrain. The saline treated leather is waterproof, non-shrinking, non-cracking, and will not soak up water. Perforated drains help to clear water quickly.
The River Salt wading boots are designed to work with the Middle Fork Packable Waders. Both wading boots provide comfort and stability thanks to an insole board, an internal shank for arch support, a cushioned rubber midsole for impact absorption, a wider platform for increased ankle support, and a lace-to-toe design that allows for a more customized fit over the top of the foot.
The new Patagonia/Danner wading boots wills start shipping in February 2019.