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River Salt Wading Boots

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August 22, 2023

Portage boot!

I have been on the hunt for an excellent boot for paddling canoes in the northern forests. The perfect boot would be lightweight, supportive, quick draining, durable and have traction both in and out of the water. These hit the mark. I run these with the yulex wading socks, or heavy weight wool hunting/ mountaineering socks. I found the traction ex... Read Morecellent on the wet granite and muddy trails of the BWCA, but Im sure they would slip a lot in certain conditions (ones were felt and cleats would greatly help). I didnt install the included studs (canoes dont like them and scuffed rocks are shabby LNT), but for my needs the traction was more than acceptable. The fit was generous, and I found that after a bit of wear they stretched just a little bit to accommodate the shape of my fore foot. Lacing system is excellent, and they are easy to get on and off. They cost a helluava lot, but for a boot made in stump town I cant complain. I expect to have these for quite sometime and Ill do my very best to wear them out.

June 27, 2023

A well planned boot

I searched for a few years for the perfect wet wading boot. At my age, safety on the water and navigating the rocks without falling were my biggest concerns. When I finally pulled the trigger on the River Salt boot my expectations were extremely high. Danner and Patagonia out did themselves! I spent a long weekend in the North Cascades chasing tr... Read Moreout with zero issues. Thank you for putting so much thought into this boot. These are a game-changer for me.

June 6, 2023

Nice Boots while they lasted

I've used my River Salt boots roughly 32 days. 28 of those were on two separate DIY saltwater trips with lots of wading and walking over mixed bottoms and limestone. The boots are super comfortable and burly enough to handle the elements, including sharp limestone, no problem. My problem came after about 20 days of flats fishing. The boots hav... Read Moree leaked sand badly ever since. Now I'll get a big lump of sand under my arch. That interferes with the fishing pretty badly. I've worn the same neoprene fold down socks every day I've fished in them. They're great boots, but I think they're a little too much for me to pay if they'll only last two trips.

Response from Patagonia
June 9, 2023

Hey Bruce, thank you for the review. We're so sorry to hear that you've run into some performance issues and leaking with these wading boots. We looked up your information in our database and see you've already begun a repair, thank you for choosing that option! Please note, in these circumstances you're welcome to return under warranty as well since the issues arose after such a short amount of time. If our repairs team is not able to fix them, they will issue you a merchandise credit unless you marked otherwise on the repair form. If you have additional questions about this, feel free to connect with our [customer service team](*1ll8163*_ga*NjQ4MDAzMDY0LjE2ODI5NTAxOTA.*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY4NjMxNTI1My45OS4xLjE2ODYzMTY4MzIuNjAuMC4w).

April 10, 2023

Survived a Week in Patagonia

I have owned these boots for about a year now and have loved them. They work great getting me from my truck to up and down the river all day and back. They have been comfortable, durable and stable. But I finally got a chance to put them to the test in the back country of Chilean Patagonia for a week of intense fishing. I averaged 12 hard miles per... Read More day in some pretty rugged terrain. These boots held up so well and provided the stability and traction I needed, but were light enough to hike all day in. The nylon is a little frayed now in spots and the boots definitely stretched over the week, but overall they are a phenomenal boot and well worth the money.

February 13, 2023

Terrific boots with serious flaw

Initially, I loved wearing these (very expensive) boots which I bought after previously using Simms flats boots. They are very comfortable, easy to get on and off and come a good height up one's ankle. However, I had only worn them a few times when sand started getting inside the lining and building up so that it has now become an uncomfortabl... Read Moree bulge. Worse, I can't find any way of removing it without damaging the lining. This should NOT happen in a flats boot and is a major disappointment. Were it not for that I'd recommend them despite the high price. Very disappointed indeed!

Response from Patagonia
February 22, 2023

Hi Alan, we're very sorry to hear about your experience with the Patagonia River Salt Wading Boots. Sadly, there isn't a good way to to remove sand from between the leather outer layer and the inner lining once it starts making its way in. We recommend starting a [warranty return]( to replace your boots. We'll reach out to you privately with further assistance.

February 1, 2023

Fit True, Super Comfortable

I had a chance to break in my new River Salt wading boots. I found the sizing to be spot on. The boots are very comfortable to hike in and the sole is perfectly grippy. I'd been a lifelong C*b**a's customer on wading gear, but I am soooo glad I invested in a product that exceeds my expectations and which I'll have for life -- and whi... Read Morech doesn't rust when you get it within a mile of salt water. They do stretch a bit when wet, which is good. I plan to hit them with Danner boot dressing when they are dry -- just like a great reel, a rinse and lubrication after each salty use is how they should be maintained.

December 31, 2022

The boots are exceptional quality,very

The boots are exceptional quality,very well crafted.Could be a minor problem for people with high arch.I am one of those people. because of that issue getting them on is very hard,but once you in the fit is good.I think I will be ok after some brake in.

October 17, 2022

Well made and incredibly light

These are some great boots, they have been in Alaska, Steelhead fishing in the Midwest and duck hunting. They are lightweight which allows you to additional steps without additional fatigue. Amazingly the light weight materials do big sacrifice ankle and foot support. Incredibly rugged and durable.

October 4, 2022

Best boot ever

I did have to order a size up but fits great. I have had these boots in the Pacific Ocean and in every river in central Oregon. I have put well over 100 miles of hard rocky land and water use on these boots, and they feel great, about as good as house slippers. If I ever need to replace these boots and Patagonia still offers them it's a no bra... Read Moreiner. I LOVE THESE BOOTS!

September 29, 2022

Wading boots

These boots are well made. I wear an 11 but they were too tight. The 12s i have now are a good fit. It would be nice if there were titanium studs available. The aluminum studs dont cut it.

September 28, 2022

Shrank and Not Durable.

Love the way these boots look, however, they are not functional. They shrank significantly and are not durable at all. The inside of the boot by the heel is already folding in on itself making it extremely uncomfortable to wear. I have had these boots for less than a year and I am already looking for new boots as these boots have simply not cut it.... Read More I am a fan of Patagonia products, however, these certainly fell below my expectations.

Response from Patagonia
October 5, 2022

Hi Bill, we're so bummed to hear that the River Salt Wading Boots aren't working out for you. We'd be happy to help out with a [warranty return]( under our Ironclad Guarantee. We'll reach out to you privately, just in case you need further assistance.

September 10, 2022

Light, well-fitting wading boot

I've had these for a month now with ~10+ fishing days on them, so not a long-term review. I wear a street shoe size 9 and bought the same in the wading boot. They fit loose with a neoprene wading sock and tight, but OK with my waders. When they get wet, the laces or perhaps, leather stretches - so if it feels tight at the car, it will loosen b... Read Moreut still perform well. One could consider sizing up if wearing thick socks. Appreciate the simple and rugged design. They have a good platform that feels stable and have a much slimmer profile than my Simms Freestones. They provide good support around the ankles. I had trouble installing the aluminum studs - they always wanted to go sideways. With good pressure, I was able to install them straight using a power drill on low :).

Response from Patagonia
September 22, 2022

Thank you for providing such valuable details, Marshall!

August 29, 2022

Salt Boots

Excellent boots. The fit is right on. Made in the USA.

August 14, 2022

They don't fit and slide around on rocks like ice skates!

I've had these for a year now and have tried, I mean really tried, to like them. Unfortunately, they fall short on several fronts that are critical to my way of thinking and I say this to advise others who might have similar needs. Some history: I bought a pair of Danner hiking boots in 1978 and should have listened to my intuition but didn&... Read More#x27;t. Danner must think that all feet are very narrow because when I got them and started to wear them, I thought they were crafted narrow to allow some room to loosen up and then fit as intended. They didn't.....and I had to discontinue wearing them after, like now, I had tried really, really hard to like them because they were also among the more expensive boots around and I couldn't afford to throw away money on such things. Well, upon receiving the River Salt boots, I was greeted with a revisit to that painful memory......"Danner," I thought....."dang! I shoulda known better!" You guessed it. I can only wear one pair of medium heavy wool socks and even at that, it's a task to get my foot in there! I wear a size 9 1/2 street shoe and was told by the representative I spoke with to order a 10. That would have been an even more immediate disaster! A buddy has some size 12's and I tried them on. Too long, but the width seemed just barely acceptable. I hoped the 11's would be similar width but nope, quite a bit narrower. So, instead of using a pair of lightweight cotton blend socks underneath the heavier wool socks, I have to contend with the itchy feet wool on skin provides after every trip on the river. Not good, just not good. So, now to the claim of the ultra-sticky soles.....well, I put the supplied studs on them and in short order, like maybe a half dozen river days, those (aluminum) were ground to a rounded form that give the perfect trajectory for sled rails which is what I feel I have on my feet when wading rocky river bottoms. I have not, in fairness, tried them without the spikes/studs but I might. One would think they would have a better grip with the studs and that is why I chose to use them. On the positive side, I did call Patagonia after about 6 months of owning them and the representative was super! We chatted about my experience and he conceded that the aluminum studs were short-lived.....that Patagonia was working on some better alternatives but I haven't heard anything back about this. Another positive thing is the lacing system. Superb!!! Rather than using metal guides that invariably chew up your laces, they have a very commendable system of fabric guides that let the laces slide easily and make this part of the process a delight in comparison to the other boots I have owned (Simms, Orvis, etc.). Otherwise, I find the boots themselves quite durable. I am on the river at least a couple days/week and they don't look like they have been worn that much. The soles are beginning to show some wear, but that is expected and the extent is small, so an A+ in this regard. In conclusion, if your foot is very, very narrow or you fish warmer waters where you don't need heavier wool socks, you might find the fit great. If you enjoy the challenge of not quite knowing where you next step will take you, you might also find these boots appreciable. Otherwise, I would not be able to recommend them.....sorry I can't be more positive.

Response from Patagonia
August 17, 2022

Hi Andreas, thank you for this feedback. It sounds like these boots were too narrow, and that the studs made traction worse. We're so sorry these boots didn't work better for you! We'll reach out to you about some options.

August 10, 2022

True to Size

I read a lot of reviews on this and took the sizing tips from the majority of the reviews. I wear a 9.5 in regular shoes and have a wide foot. Most of the reviews I read strongly suggested going at least one full size up and gave warning about shrinking fit with use, so I went with a safe 11 with neoprene socks. I have been going wade fishing in th... Read Moree gulf bay every week for the past 2-3 months in rock, sand, and grassy flats with no durability or performance issues. My only regret is bumping all the way up to 11. I have not experienced any shrinkage and a 10 would have been the more appropriate fit.

June 22, 2022

Wade with Confidence

I was initially skeptical about these wading boots. Were they supportive enough? Would they grip as well as felt soles? Despite the fact that I had to order size 11 when I normally wear size 10 shoes, I have discovered that, to date, these boots are comfortable, supportive, and grippy -- and I have not yet taken advantage of the aluminum studs that... Read More I could apply to the bottoms of the boots if things get really slippery. I have to admit, I am impressed with these boots. The price is a little dicey, but if they last more than five years, it will be money well spent.

May 9, 2022

One size up.

Wear 'em 100+ days a season guiding. No issues. Second season. Buy one size up.

May 5, 2022

Run small and discolor easily

I had to return my first pair because they run small and then even upsizing they were quite tight fighting. I also noticed they discolor after a few times out in the water

April 17, 2022

Favorite wading boots, but careful how you dry them

I love these boots,favorite pair I've had yet. Super comfy. But, mine started out fitting great even a bit roomy, if anything. After a season they shrunk down a lot, to the point where they hurt my feet with waders in. Hoping I can salvage them for wet wading still. I think you need to be careful how u dry them, don't put them out in the ... Read Moresun. I did this and prob left em out too long. The toe box hurts bad now u can feel where the interior plastic has warped.

Response from Patagonia
April 19, 2022

Hi Mike, thank you for submitting this review. We're sorry to hear those boots have shrunk! If you still have them, please reach out to our Customer Service Team at (800) 638-6464 for options.

April 1, 2022

Super light

Like walking on air hiking in and glue on the rocks of the creek! Great product.

April 1, 2022

Great so far

I have to admit that I've only used these once, but I was extremely impressed. I spent an entire afternoon wading a tributary of Lake Superior going after trout. My previous pair of wading boots were the cheapest possible felt soled pair I found at a drastic discount online when I wasn't sure how serious I would be about fly fishing. Now ... Read Morethat I was more convinced I want to fish, I was looking around for better boots that transitioned between hiking and dry and wet wading. I landed on these because I've had a pair of Danner Mountain Light II's for nearly fifteen years and I also love all my Patagonia gear. The first thing I noticed when putting these boots on was how snug they were with the waders I was using. This worried me a bit because I was wading in extremely cold water and didn't have much room for extra socks. While I was a little chilly, I think I stayed warm enough after four hours in the ~30 degree water. I also noticed how stable the boots were. The base of the boot looks a little wide when you're wearing them, but once you're in the water you know why. The width provides stability on uneven (and often invisible) river bottoms so you're not constantly turning your ankle. I also love the Vibram sole. I was using felt soles before (I shouldn't have but I didn't know better!) and these are noticeably more supportive and protective. I also found they transition between water and shore far better (snow often cakes on the felt soles making it nearly impossible to hike or fish from shore in them during early trout season). The other factors that I noticed was how durable they seem, how excited I am to wet wade in them in rocky streams (wading in sandals left my feet full of cuts during a long painful afternoon last year), and the fact that they can be recrafted gives me a lot of confidence I won't be buying new ones any time soon. I had my Danners recrafted a couple years ago, and though it wasn't cheap, I have a perfectly broken in pair of boots that look almost brand new and I expect the same will happen with the River Salts when I need to recraft them. The last thing I liked about these is the potential for hiking in them. I prefer to at least have the option to take a minimal pack and hike to a stream in my waders without having to carry extra gear. These boots, because they are so much like regular boots (particularly the sole) make that very possible. I'm eager to get these out more often this year, and am so far more than pleased with my use of them so far.

January 31, 2022

Wadding Boots

Solid built, comfortable, will last a long time, sewed on soles are what sold them. Pricey but tired of other wadding boots that have glued soles coming apart.

December 4, 2021

Solid Boot For Hiking & Wading

I wear a size 10 in the Danner Mountain 600 and Jag Boot. I ordered these in size 10. Hiked 6 miles in backcountry. They ran a little large out of the water for me, even with thick wool socks. In the water with waders they felt solid, I didn't seem to notice the increase in size (once submerged in the water) that others have mentioned. I excha... Read Morenged for size 9 which I am looking forward to trying because over all these boots are well made, durable, comfortable, and are perfect for trips where you're covering ground and don't want to haul extra boots. Pricey sure, but made by two companies that stand by their products. Spend the extra money and reduce waste by buying a product that will last you a long time!

November 7, 2021

Outstanding Improvement from Ultralight Sticky Boots

These boots are easily one of the best pieces of outdoor gear I own. I've put a full season of wade fishing on mine now and have no complaints. Night and day difference from the previous generation of Patagonia ultra light sticky wading boots (which fell apart on me with less than 100 days on the water). The soles are holding up well and grip ... Read Moreis good in the water on varying surfaces. The River Salts are extremely comfortable, light, dry amazingly fast and will accommodate waders or a neoprene wet wading sock. I've even worn mine with just a thick pair of wool socks and it worked out alright. They feel more like standard tall hiking boots than a pair of heavy wading boots and are easier to hike in when you have a trek to get to the water. Bonus that they come with a spare set of laces and studs. Sizing and fit: I agree with some of the other reviewers, these aren't the easiest boot to choose a size. My advice: Choose your standard wading boot size. When you first put them on dry with waders they feel snug, almost too small. However, they stretch A LOT once they get wet. I had to stop and re-tie mine after wading a bit the first few outings wearing them. I sense they are designed more for the neoprene sock/wet wading or flats fishing scenarios but I've found they work great with waders as well for 3-season use. For winter fishing, I would go up a size or better yet buy the Foot Tractors/a different style of wading boot.

August 23, 2021


Bought these after another fishing brand failed me. I was pleasantly surprised. Wore them all day, hiked a couple of miles to and from stream. Sturdy and actually more grip over felts that I have used in past. Hoping these will be my last pair of wading boots I own ! Regarding the fit - they will loosen up once wet, no need to size up.

June 28, 2021

Runs narrow

I purchased both the Women's Swiftcurrent Waders and the River Saltwater Wading Boots together. The waders have a built in neoprene sock so I tried on the size 6 boots with my foot in the wader sock. My foot is a size 7 women's and I run on the wide end of normal in width. I can barely get my foot into the boot, even when it is completely... Read More unlaced and my heel slides when I attempt to walk in them laced. The boot seems to run long and narrow. The tightness is felt on either side of my foot in the upper part of the toe box where my arch begins. When I tried on the boot without the wader sock, I had more than ample room throughout the boot and would have had to size down. This boot would be good for someone with a narrow foot. I cannot comment on wear and durability as I barely got these out of the box. I would love if this boot could be made in a wide width. A Patagonia pairing with Danner was a dream come true, but not for me. Regretfully, I am having to return the boots. My rating of 3 stars is because of the overall construction and the company reputations that are associated with the boot.

Response from Patagonia
July 2, 2021

Thank you for the review on our River Salt Wading Boots. We're so sorry to hear that the sizing didn't end up working out for you, we would be happy to pass this feedback along to the appropriate team members. In the meantime, we'd like to gather some information from you to help you find a good replacement pair that are comfortable. Please reach out to our customer service team [here](

May 25, 2021

Hands down best pair of wading boots I have ever owned!

Over the years I have owned multiple pairs of wading boots - many of them very good. But the usual: a little too heavy, soles so thick there is no way to feel yourself through a rocky river bottom, not so great traction or with felt bottoms - still my favorite but you know the deal there nowadays. These Saltwater Wader boots solved all that in a li... Read Moreght weight pair of boots, easy to walk in or out of the fishing spot, perfect to toe yourself along rocky river bottoms and lots of traction. Stud em if need be ... and a roomy toe box. Overall - best pair I have owned in 30 years. This is the second season I am fishing with them - bought them at a local shop. About close to perfect...

March 25, 2021

Great Boot- crazy hard to size

boot is the best ive worn on the water- hands down. From simms to korkers it tkes the cake. However, these are near impossible to size. I tried on two different types of wading socks including booties but, like a lot in the reviews, the size didnt pan out. Pati coullldddd send a few pairs to shops for soaked sizing as the size 12's I got expan... Read Moreded crazy. just a heads up that these run true to size but the comfort features of the boot allows for a lot of expansion- much more than a typical wading boot.

Response from Patagonia
March 26, 2021

Hey there, thanks for the review. If you feel like you could benefit from a different size, reach out to our [Customer Service]( team so we can figure out what would work best for you and help you with sending in the ones you currently own.

March 5, 2021

Consider 2 sizes up...

I ordered these boots to pair with the Expedition Swift Current waders. My fishing usually entails a longer walk to get wet and at a pound less/pair than the Foot Tractors, I was looking for a lighter weight boot. My foot is a size 8 but had to order the waders in a size LSM to accommodate the rest of me. Large wadres come with neoprene booties siz... Read Moreed for 9-11 feet. Needless to say there is extra neoprene around my foot. In anticipation of this, I ordered these boots one size up at the recommendation of Customer Service. One size up (size 9) was still far too small and so did the exchange for two sizes up (size 10) and they have just enough room to accommodate the extra neoprene. For what it's worth, I didn't see it mentioned, but the River Salt Boots come with studs that you can screw into the soles if you want that extra traction. That was a pleasant surprise that I didn't see mentioned in the product description.

January 3, 2021

Not as good as I was hoping for

After a guide season on these boots I was a little disappointed. The boots shrank after multiple trips. Being in the hot sun in the back of my rig. Or after cleaning them and drying them in the sun. I am a 10.5 so I went up to size 11. After the end of my season I couldnt even get the boots on. The other problem was I used the Patagonia stud kit an... Read Mored after every trip the screws where missing. I even tried super gluing new ones in with no success. I love that danner and Patagonia made a boot together but I think this boot was made for the weekend warrior. I was hoping this was going to be the last boot I bought but I will go back to a full synthetic boot...

December 9, 2020

Comfortable boots

While I haven't gotten to use them yet, I can't wait to use them next year. The fit is great, and the functionality is all there on the boot. I will update my review when I get in the water. Shout out to the customer service team. They were very quick in answering my questions, making sure I got the correct size and boot.

December 3, 2020

Outstanding boot!

I read a lot of the reviews here and on third party sites for these boots and a lot of others (Simms, Orvis, etc). I went with these for a number of reasons: Patagonia, Danner, made in the USA, great reviews. I wear a 11.5 - 12 in anything else and based on the majority of the reviews I read I decided to go with a size 12 in the boot. It felt a lit... Read Moretle tight initially with my waders on but after my first hike to the river and a few hours fishing the boots felt awesome. With the Yulex wading socks they feel a little less snug. They are VERY comfortable to wear and hike in. Traction in the rivers on the Olympic Peninsula w/o the studs was better than expected. I'm either buying a set of Danner hiking boots for my next set, or using these. However, on the second use, one of the speed eyelets at the top ripped right off. Not a show stopper, but frustrating none the less. I reached out to Patagonia and the customer service was OUTSTANDING. Problem=solved.

November 26, 2020

Go Big for perfect fit

I usually wear a size 10 so I went up one size in order for this boot to fit over the neoprene booties on my waders. The size 11 was too tight so I exchanged for a size 12 and they fit perfectly over my waders.

November 20, 2020

First pair, sole ripped off within 3 months

Theyre super comfortable. And light. they fit great. The sole ripped off within three months of me purchasing them?! I thought dander and Patagonia made better products.

Response from Patagonia
December 18, 2020

Thanks for letting us know your boots didn't hold up. We stand behind everything we make with our Ironclad Guarantee. Please reach out to our customer service team and we can help you out.

September 8, 2020

Aesthetic, Style, Function

Aesthetics: As an Artist, I care for Aesthetics and Style first. I don't understand why fly fishing has such a boring everything is the same cookie cutter flavorless wack muted grumpy dumpy old man gadget dangling look. Any way the boots look FRESH. I've worn them off river with jeans and for a recent photo shoot for one of those style/de... Read Moresign magazines you see at the supermarket. Those boxes are checked. On and Off River...At that price they have to do double time. Function: I have a wide foot 3E 11/11.5 size. I usually buy a size up for Width. I did this with the River Salt. I got a size 12. Brand new it felt right but mind and gut was telling me NO! Don't do it. So I reordered the 11. Perfect fit. I walked around the house first. They were tight. I tried different socks and thought I had made a bad choice because they felt kinda tight still after 2 weeks of house styling. I took them out on the River and the dew from the grass seemed to loosen them up before they got really wet. The trail walks to the river are comfortable. You can get a good long hike in the River Salts no problem. No discomfort for me. The grip is good in and out of the water. The support for me is good. The boot flexes with my ankles and are just there in the pocket like an old friend. I don't feel like I'm fighting padding or heavily sloshing around. The boots are nimble and light weight. I feel like the fish know my boots look good so it makes my fly's look good and they just hop on my line. Plus, I clean my boots after every trip to remove the grit. I want them to last cause I know how to tear a product up. So I need the Patagonia warranty. The boots now look scruffy and fresh like a fave pair of Docs. Cons: I feel like I'm always wanting to re tying my laces every hour or so now that the boot has relaxed. I was planning on adding some blue or safety orange laces anyway cause aesthetics and style. I will see if that helps. I may also add a new insole to see if I can get even more comfort out of a very comfortable light weight stylish boot that does good work.

July 15, 2020

Fit Issues

I really wanted to make these boots work for me, as the quality is really unparalleled in the wading boot industry. Absolutely love that Danner is making wading boots for Patagonia. Unfortunately, they just don't fit my feet. I usually wear a 9.5 in normal shoes and a 10 in most wading boots. The 10's in these were excruciatingly tight an... Read Mored there was no way I was going to deal with that kind of pain. I then purchased these in 11 (as suggested by other reviewers) and my heel was slipping out because of the length. I also tried buying the Foot Tractors in my normal 10 and they didn't fit either, super heavy and my heel was also pulling out of them when walking. I guess I just can't win with these boots.

July 14, 2020

Super Durable and Comfortable

These are the best wading boots I've ever owned. As a guide, I rely on durable and comfortable boots every day and these boots are top notch. I've had these boots for about a month now and have at least 15 days in them and I've beat them up. Everything from rough freestones, to tailwaters with basketball shaped boulders that roll, to... Read More sandy flats, to 12 mile hikes, these boots have done everything I've asked and shown minimal wear thus far. I can't speak for longevity, but so far I'm impressed. Being American made is a huge plus and important to me as well. Note: They do run a hair small. I initially ordered a 12, which it what I typically wear in boots, but they were a bit tight. I went to a 13 and they are good, slightly big, but that's fine since I need heavy socks for 4-5 months out of the year in the Northeast.

May 26, 2020

Comfy Performer

This boot is incredibly comfortable and stable. I have had hiking style fishing boots in the past that were great for packing, but provided little in the way of comfort or support - especially for someone with flat feet like me. These are exceptional and well worth the price. You may find them a bit small if you like to wear thick socks along with ... Read Moreyour wading sock. I wear a size 10.5US so opted for the 11. This gave me a snug fit with just normal socks on underneath my waders.

May 19, 2020

Incredible Quality- Size Up

These are my favorite wading boots I have ever tried. Absolutely the most comfortable, lightweight and seemingly durable boots I have tried. With that being said I plan on using these mostly with waders and wet wading with neoprene wading socks. I typically wear sz 11.5 street shoes and figured I would be okay purchasing a size 12. Not the case wit... Read Moreh these. When wearing wader booties or even thin neoprene wet wading socks there was no way the 12 had enough volume. True to form Patagonia customer service was incredible and the exchange process was great. The 13 was a huge upgrade and fits perfectly. On a side note, I also tried the heavier Patagonia Foot Tractor Boots. These actually worked for me in a 12 and seem to be more sized towards wearing heavier socks etc. The lighter weight of the river salt boots is much more preferable for me however as I fish mostly on foot, rather than a boat and once I got the size right, I couldnt be more pleased with the boot.

May 17, 2020

Incredible Quality- Size Up

These are my favorite wading boots I have ever tried. Absolutely the most comfortable, lightweight and seemingly durable boots I have tried. With that being said I plan on using these mostly with waders and wet wading with neoprene wading socks. I typically wear sz 11.5 street shoes and figured I would be okay purchasing a size 12. Not the case wit... Read Moreh these. When wearing wader booties or even thin neoprene wet wading socks there was no way the 12 had enough volume. True to form Patagonia customer service was incredible and the exchange process was great. The 13 was a huge upgrade and fits perfectly. On a side note, I also tried the heavier Patagonia Foot Tractor Boots. These actually worked for me in a 12 and seem to be more sized towards wearing heavier socks etc. The lighter weight of the river salt boots is much more preferable for me however as I fish mostly on foot, rather than a boat and once I got the size right, I couldnt be more pleased with the boot.

March 28, 2020

Awesome wading boots

These boots are fantastic. I wear 10-10.5 shoes but I got size 11 here. I pair these with the Middle Fork waders and it's a perfect fit. In the winter, I add the fleece oversocks and they really help stabilize the boot and keep me super warm. The boots have been great for hiking into remote spots. Without waders, they're a tad big on me, ... Read Morebut nonetheless, I hiked 5 miles one day without waders and they still felt great. Really happy with these and it's great knowing that I can get these repaired easily down the road. Great product!

March 17, 2020


I was super excited to receive these boots today (and was so glad I placed my order before the coronavirus paused Patagonia's operations), so I could get them in the water this weekend. But like others have said, these boots run small. I wear a size 9.5 Danner hiking boot, so I thought the extra half size of a size 10 would adequately accommod... Read Moreate the neoprene stocking booties of my Rio Gallegos waders. Wrong. With a pair of wading socks and the neoprene boots, the size ten boots were crushing my feet. But because I was impressed with how comfortable they were right out of the box, and the Danner workmanship, I will be exchanging for a size 11. My only disappoint is knowing that I won't be able to get size 11 boots for some time. If they were available in a local store, I would consider buying a new pair and returning these. Unfortunately, that's not an option.

February 23, 2020

most comfortable boots I've ever owned

I typically wear an 11.5/12 street shoe and ordered these in size 12 to use wet wading with a 5mm neoprene sock and that combo has yielded the most comfortable wading boot I've ever owned. They are lighter weight than I expected and work well for locations that involve an extended hike in as well. I'm very happy with these!

December 19, 2019

Some of the best boots I have worn

I tromped around in various boots in various countries throughout my military tenure and I like to believe that my feet have seen their fair share of mileage. I recently had the pleasure of making a trip to Kiribati and Fanning Atoll in the Pacific. Needless to say, these have been some of the most comfortable boots I have ever worn. Endless miles ... Read Moreof stalking bones on the flats, navigating coral reefs for triggers & bumpies, to casting out of a panga to trevally and tuna, these boots handled it all. I have also utilized this boot fishing my home rivers as a hiking boot. Light and efficient. Can’t say enough good about this boot. I am a 12.5-13 street shoe and the sz 13 was perfect!

November 5, 2019

I’ve used river salt boots

I’ve used river salt boots on norshore of Lake Superior streams and Wisconsin’s Brule River. They seemed a little tight at first but after wearing them they fit great. Very comfortable and light enough to wear all day. So far so good time will tell how they wear and last

November 4, 2019

Wonderful boot

The sizing is accurate. Just order the size you normally wear in any other shoe. I overthought the issue and ordered a size up given the need for Neoprene Socks. They turned out to be a size too large. I feel the boots are just slightly larger than normal to comfortably fit with thick wool or wading socks. The exchange process was very convenient a... Read Morend I couldn't be happier with these boots. I wear a size 13 tennis shoe and the size 13 in this boot is perfect. Trust the sizing.

October 31, 2019

Light but tough

I love the fit and feel of of my River Salt Wading Boots. I wear a womens 9 so I orders a size 8. The fit is right on. They are comfortable and are exactly what I was hoping for.

October 25, 2019

Great fit

So far, really liking the fit a feel of these boots paired with my Middle Fork Waders. These boots are extremely light and rugged. Not much effort to break in as well. Worthy investment for my feet. Ordered size 10 . I typically wear 9.5 in a running shoe and boots. Plenty of room for winter socks.

September 13, 2019

Great Boots

Just finished my first week in the new River Salt boots wading in Montana. Great fit (ordered a size larger than I wear in shoes). Also excellent traction in mud and river bottom

September 5, 2019

River Salt

One of the most comfortable boots ive ever put on. from the second i put my foot in the boot till i took it off. Grippy with plenty of support.

August 14, 2019

Best wading boots ever...

... but as expected, due to Patagonia and Danner both being awesome companies in their own right! This collaboration caught my eye immediately as I wear Danner's in the mountains and pats boots in the wet wade realm, so of course I was excited to get these. Awesome boot! Looking forward to years of use!

August 14, 2019

Great traction, super comfortable

These boots are amazing, easy to hike in and great traction on slippery rocky stream bottoms. I agree with the other reviews that sizing up if you're wearing waders, I normally wear a size 13 but the 14 fits unreal w/ my new Rio Gallegos waders (w/ booties). Looking forward to years of trout slaying in these boots!

August 13, 2019

First Wading Boots and I couldn't be happier

I snagged these boots right before heading out on my first ever fly fishing trip... 8 days on the Aniak River. Patagonia's reputation for quality and the weight (light) of the River Salt boots sold me. Upon receipt I loved the feel and was excited to get them out, albeit a little nervous taking brand new boots on such a long trip. My worries t... Read Moreurned out to never be a problem. The boots fit perfectly and after 8 long days on the river, 12-14 hours a day wearing them, I never had a single blister or hot spot. The traction was great and the quality is not in question. I'll probably have these forever, but when it comes time for another pair of Wading Boots, I'll be getting another pair from Patagonia.

August 10, 2019

The Salt

The most comfortable wading boot I’ve ever owned in my 60 years of fly fishing. With the provided studs they provide extremely secure footing. And they are downright beautiful.

August 10, 2019

So far, So good

I'm hard on my wading boots. They get dragged on backcountry trips and hike/wading adventures more than anything else. The need to cover miles comfortably, work with waders or when temperatures climb wet wade all rank high. So far I can say the River Salt Boots have been up to the task. They took a a short break moment - Two days on the river ... Read Moreuntil I forgot I was wearing them. They felt great with waders and worked without waders when used for hiking on tundra/wet wading. The fact they can be rebuilt comes as a big bonus. I'd rather repair then replace. As with any product, they will have to withstand the tests of time, and hard usage, but reaction after a 2 week backcountry trip is that they are a big jump in quality and design from my last pair of wading boots.

August 4, 2019

My favorite wading boot!

I took these bad boys to Christmas Island, a place that destroys tennis shoes and my past wading boots in a week. We fished open ocean with coral, sand and rocks pounding on us. It’s usually a boot destroyer day, but my soles looked untouched after two weeks on the island. I didn’t even have to break in my boot. My first day wearing them was on t... Read Morehe island and they worked out perfect. I am a women’s size 8, and went to a men’s size 6: I usually like my boots bigger, but these fit perfectly. The boot fits so tight around my ankle in a good way! Keeping river sediment out as well as salt and coral on the saltwater trips I didn’t even wear a gravel guard and it worked out fine (I somehow didn’t pack my wading socks is the reason I didn’t wear any). I am now half way through my guide season and obsessed with the traction, durability and comfort I get every day. They do look worn, well loved and how a boot should look. But I have no doubt I’ll get many years out them. Couldn’t recommend a better wet wading boot.

June 17, 2019

Great for combat wading

I just put these to the test on the McCloud river for 5 days of combat wading - including bowling ball slick basalt, sharp edges, slimy rocks, and precarious trails up and down. They were super solid. Reports of them sizing small turned out to be unfounded for me. I wear size 10.5 in dress shoes, 11 in athletic shoes. Size 11 was perfect for me wit... Read Moreh wool socks and neoprene wet wading booties as well as neoprene stocking foot waders. The Megagrip soles were solid on everything except slime-coated smooth basalt.

May 8, 2019

River Salt Wading Boots (Built By Danner)

I have always been a huge fan of Danner boots and when I found out they made wading boots for Patagonia I definitely pulled the trigger and bought a pair. Very well made and Danner will fix them if they ever need it. These boots are absolutely the best wading footwear available. They are quite expensive but well worth the cost. I have put them thr... Read Moreough about 25 days of solid fishing since I received them in March 2019. Hiking in these boots is unlike any other pair I have owned and they feel like high quality hiking boots rather than wading boots. The soles stick to everything from steep trail to slimy river rock! I opted for the Salt River as I do tend to hike into secluded locations as well as run a drift boat so I wanted the lighter version. The boots fit exactly as described so pay attention to the fitting description for sizing up or down depending on the boot you choose. 5 stars in my book and I will most likely never need to buy another pair!

May 8, 2019

Get Em For These Reasons

1) If you buy the proper size, they fit like a combat boot. 2) The stability is incredible. 3) For the climbers out there, a bombproof Vibram sole. 4) and, admittedly, I’ve only hiked 50ish miles so far, the fit is great. Send it!

March 22, 2019

The River Salt Boot does it all!!!

From long walks into fabled trout streams, sketchy wades on steelhead rivers in the pacific northwest, and coral and marl of Caribbean flats these boots have handled it all! Find the right size for what you are planning to use them for most and they will provided good protection and comfort in a variety of situations.

March 12, 2019

Excellent boots but size up!

My twin brother recommended to size up on these boots and he was right. In the past I've worn 11's across the board in Patagonia and Simms. These definitely need the size 12 for me. The Patagonia customer service team is second to none and they helped me get them in time for a trip and I can't be more impressed with them and the boot... Read Mores. While they are a little pricey, I will say I feel that they have the wow factor and are made in America, so, for me, I can justify this kind of purchase. I promised one of the reps that I would write a review and I'm following through with that. They're rugged, well built, and feel like they can last the long haul. I usually put over 200 days on the water and I am anxious to put these to work over the next season and I'll try and do a follow up review at the end of the year. I wasn't too sold on the look of the other Danner models, so, I went with the River Salts. I am glad that I did. They are very lightweight and feel like a lighter and more stable modern combat boot. They mate well with my Gallegos and G4's and I feel like they are comfortable and not circulation restrictive like I find a lot of Simms Boots to be like. These boots don't have any notable flaws that I can see and after being in them for an hour hanging out and getting a feel for them I am 100 % confident that sizing up is the right choice. My brother said he tried the 11's on (we both have the same size foot) and he said they were much tighter on the toe box compared to previous models like the foot tractor or ultralight. Any smaller and they wouldn't fit right, so, if you are about to pull the trigger, I would size one size up and you won't regret it if you intend on wearing them with all season waders that have standard neoprene booties. If you only intend on wet wading with them without booties, then you would probably be safe going with the street shoe size. otherwise, I can't emphasize enough how they fit differently from previous boots you may have owned. The size up also doesn't feel sloppy or loose anywhere where I felt like I would slide out of them. I could easily get my thick wool socks on and the neoprene boots with room for another pair of socks if you need them. You will love the boots and I will hopefully be able to report a wonderful review at the end of the year for you. Great job Patagonia!

March 10, 2019


So, my brother ordered these and I just had to try them on while he was out of town and I will say the build quality is absolutely top notch. However...they are DEFINITELY smaller than previous Patagonia boots. These are almost like they're sized for wet wading without neoprene booties. I HIGHLY recommend sizing to the next size up! I had some... Read More old thin socks on when I tried these on in my G4 waders and I will say they were basically crushing my feet on the toe box. 15 minutes afterwards and my feet were still aching. It was like I was almost putting on climbing shoes (okay, maybe not that tight, but still! you get the point). Imagine these on the river being compounded by being on your feet all day and think how much swelling you'll get. I cannot entertain the idea. Trust me. SIZE UP. Why haven't any of the beta testers mentioned this?? This would've been useful information, so, I figured I would help my fellow anglers out. In the old foot tractors and the ultralights I am a size 11. I also wear size 11 in the Simms G3 and their Sandstone model. I have to have a size 12 in these. Minimum. I fish a lot (sometimes in excess of 275+ days a year on the water) and I've worn a lot of boots before. Without a doubt, the quality construction build is unparalleled right now on the market. The added benefit is that the colors are spot on for my new gen Simms G4's and Pat Rio Gallegos Waders. If you can even contemplate spending this kind of coin on a pair of boots, bite the bullet and buy them..(SMH c'mon Patagonia! Too much $$ for these. I've never even spent HALF this much on any pair of shoes my entire life, and these bad boys cost TWICE as much as every other high end wading boot out there...I only justified the purchase because they are made in the USA!!) However, I will say this...they are worth it. Would I be more satisfied if they were at least..$75 cheaper? $100 cheaper? YES!. I would gladly pay a premium for some nice boots, but...this price?..It is excessive Patagonia...didn't even bother buying me a drink first. But I will say that now that I have them, I won't wear another pair. They're worth it. Trust me. Just buy them. They are incredibly lightweight, high quality construction, and look fantastic. They aren't bulky like their previous boots or other manufacturers. They even included a set of extra laces and some studs in the box! If you have been on the fence on whether or not you can justify buying them, let me ask the question that my Scout Master once posed: What is the most important thing about fly fishing?...Well the answer is obvious..."Looking cool". Which these definitely accomplish. But in all seriousness, these have a very high quality construction build with actually comfortable insoles as well as have extremely grippy rubber compound soles. If you have ever handled Danner's military boots they use comparable robust ballistic nylon webbing. The toe box doesn't look like goofy clown shoes that most Simms boots have either. TLDR. Size up 1 size larger than what you previously bought before. You won't regret buying them.

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