VIDEO: Patagonia Foot Tractor Wading Boots
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It’s fair to say that the argument over the best wading boot sole is a well-trodden path.
Studs, cleats or screw heads have been known to skate down rock surfaces, while felt wears more quickly, can fail to grip in mud and algae and is so susceptible to carrying invasive species that it is banned in some US states.
But now Patagonia believes it has come up with a solution with its new Foot Tractor Wading Boots, incorporating the Californian company’s latest aluminium bar technology.
The shaped bars are just hard enough to cut through algae and slime, yet soft enough to conform to rock surfaces, says Patagonia, adding that they also grip on muddy trails and prevent the build up of snow.
Announcing the launch of the boots after more than two years of field testing, Patagonia said: “Foot Tractor wading boots offer the traction we’ve all been looking for. Nothing will come close to the performance of aluminium bar technology.”
Patagonia’s International Fishing Development Manager, Bill Klyn, said that the great feedback attracted by the company’s original aluminium bar boot had persuaded it to bring out a new version with improved styling and features.
Rubber lugs have been added between the bars for extra traction and a sturdier construction protects against compression in deep water. A further protective feature is a hard rubber rand around the toe box and heel cup to safeguard the foot against rock impact.
Inserts for the aluminium bars are embedded between the midsole and the outsole and allow for 600lb of pull pressure, making it very unlikely they can be lost.
The new Clarino leather used in the Tractor Boot does not retain water and ensures the boots do not gain weight, while a more comfortable padded top has also been introduced
One word of caution from Patagonia – the Tractor Boot does not work on ice.
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