Patagonia Ultralight River Crampons
The most technically advanced wading technology on the market today, with our aluminum traction bars attached to an adaptable 100% recycled plastic frame; U.S. patent pending.
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After too many slips, slides and near-falls while fly fishing the Skeena’s famously slick, cobbled runs, we came home determined to find a better traction solution. Drawing on his mountaineering experience, Yvon Chouinard disappeared into the Tin Shed and went to work. The result? Our River Crampons, the highest-traction wading device ever built. The secret is the widely spaced aluminum-bar treads, which are hard enough to cut through algae and slime, yet soft enough to grip the rock itself. We’ve made the River Crampons lighter and more flexible by mounting the bars to a fully adjustable, recycled plastic frame, which is held in place with an easy-on, easy-off harness system. The Ultralight River Crampon fits over any wading boot and comes in two sizes: S/M for size 6 through 10 boots, and L/XL for 10 through 14. Simple, easily cleaned design and fast-drying materials help stop invasive species transport. U.S. patent pending.
- Recycled plastic frame is flexible and lightweight for active wading
- Hard-biting aluminum bars perform outstandingly well in almost all challenging wading conditions
- Adjustable length adapts to any wading boot without tools
- Durable materials won’t corrode in either fresh or salt water
- Adjustable harness system allows the crampon to be removed easily for extended hiking
- Crampons won’t damage boat interiors as long as you’re careful; much better than cleats
- U.S. patent pending
- 100% recycled plastic frame with riveted aluminum bars and a corrosion-resistant, fiberglass- impregnated neoprene harness system
- 802 g (28.3 oz)
- Made in USA.
Ultralight River Crampons is rated out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Steelhead Chaser from Amazing Stick! I own 2 sets of these crampons as I wouldn't want to be without them when I'm chasing steelhead...a backup pair is a good insurance policy for me. I wear them with the Ultralight Felts and Sticky Rubber boots and the fit is very positive. Dry, flat rocks can be a bit of a skating rink...but I've found nothing that comes even close on snot covered rocks and boulders for absolute stick. Love them and highly recommended any one considering.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cow Doc from Great Product - Way Better than I expected! These set on my fishing shelf for 18 months before I finally used them. To me they appeared to be unwieldy to hike in (I cover a lot of terrain when fishing most rivers) and might not stay attached well when wading aggressively. Couldn't have been more wrong - I've used these on multiple rivers including the Pit River in Northern California which is notorious for its bowling ball sized ankle wrecking boulders. The crampons were fabulous - they are easy to attach to wading boots, have never slipped off and are easy to hike in over fairly long distances. They provide remarkably better traction and control over felt or rubber soles especially on large slippery boulder or hard rock bottom substrates. Plus an advantage over studs and cleats is that they can be easily be removed or not used if desired.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kentinthemountains from The best option available I'm a guide in Alaska and Colorado. You will not find a better solution. Double the grip of studs. Easy on and off. You don't slip with these. Truly, they are amazing and will change your game. Don't think you have to be of a certain age to appreciate these. They will last years and years for most fisherman.
Date published: 2016-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by gogetem from A great gift idea I've used my set for a few months now. They are a great product. Make sure you have them positioned and cinched correctly and they work like a charm. I've mentioned these as gift ideas to the spouses of two of my older angling buddies. The perfect gift for the angler "of a certain age". Love that phrase.
Date published: 2015-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by fishformen from Most secure wading ever We have lots of algae on our river bottom rocks that are often shaped like either bowling balls or the hood of a Ford F250; awkward and slippery is the wading on some of our rivers. Yesterday was my first time to where my new Ultralight River Crampons. They fit over my size 12 wading boots like a glove and were easy to buckle. Instantly, I could tell that my footing was more secure than usual on the second slipperiest river in our region. For 5 hours, I waded effortlessly covering a half mile. I am a fan! I definitely recommend this product to anyone desiring sure footing on slick river bottoms. These ought to be required for anyone over 50 trying to wade trout streams.
Date published: 2014-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by KaiPL from Heavier than the previous ones? How is it that the new and improved "Ultralight" river crampons are heavier than the previous version? The previous version was 1 pound, 13 ounces. This ultralight version is 2 pounds. That does not seem like progress to me. "This season, we've made the River Crampons significantly lighter and more flexible by mounting the bars to a fully adjustable, recycled plastic frame, which is held in place with an easy-on, easy-off harness system." 2 pounds is not significantly lighter than 1 pound 13 ounces.
Date published: 2014-04-01