Patagonia Danner Boot Review

Patagonia Danner Wadding BootsPatagonia Danner Wadding Boot Test on the Snake River | Photo Jonah Sloven Mountain Weekly News

In 2019, Patagonia has outdone themselves again. This time by partnering with Danner to release an updated Patagonia Danner Foot Tractor. These boots handmade in Portland an impressive creation.

Back in 2017, we reviewed Patagonia’s Foot Tractor wading boot. We gave it a glowing review for all-day comfort, traction, and fit.

Danner Wading Boots

Danner Patagonia Boots

Danner Patagonia Wading Boots | Photo Jonah Sloven Mountain Weekly News

The new Patagonia Danner Foot Tractor has a full-grain leather upper for waterproofing—and you’ll be happy to know that Danner has used a PFC-free saline-solution tanning process, which is both better for the environment and reduces leather breakdown (including in saltwater).

When you do get water in these Patagonia boots drain quickly from the side perforations in the upper.

Two midsoles—one rubber and one polyurethane—make this a comfortable book for all-day hiking. They soak up a lot of impact and blunt sharp rocks that you’ll often find in riverbeds.

Patagonia Danner Sticky Rubber

Patagonia Danner Rubber Wading Boots

Patagonia Sticky Rubber | Photo Jonah Sloven Mountain Weekly News

Where the Danner version of the foot tractor really stands out is the sole. You have three options: rubber, aluminum, and felt.

The Patagonia Danner Sticky Rubber sole is made with Vibram rubber for grip and durability. If you’re looking for an all-around hiking and wading boot, this is a good choice. You get the same Vibram rubber you’ve come to expect from just about every boot out there.

Aluminum plates add extra grip (which we found to be hugely useful on the previous Foot Tractor) in the aluminum version of the Danner Patagonia Boot sole. The plates are designed to cut through river slime, and will really dig into softer surfaces. The metal is soft enough to give you extra grip on hard ones, too.

And the new felt version is great for getting grip on slippery rocks. Flyfishermen have long used felt to maintain traction when they’re in the water, and the debate between rubber and felt has raged for years. If you’re on the felt side, this is the boot for you.


Danner’s Foot Tractor is designed to be worn with wader booties or thick socks, and Patagonia recommends choosing your regular street shoe size.

If you plan on using thin wader booties or regular socks, Danner recommends sizing down.

As with any other boot, it’s best to try it on first.

Overall Impression

Jonah gave the previous version of these Patagonia Boots, the Foot Tractor a glowing review for its ability to stick to a variety of surfaces and the fact that it was comfortable (and blister-free) on an all-day hike.

We have no doubt that Danner’s contribution to the boot will only make it better.

Want to grab a pair of these boots?

Patagonia Danner Sticky Rubber-Soled Danner Foot Tractor ($499)
Patagonia Danner Aluminum-Soled Danner Foot Tractor ($549)
Patagonia Danner Felt-Soled Danner Foot Tractor ($499)

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About the Author

Mike Hardaker
Mike Hardaker grew up surfing and snowboarding in Orange County and followed his love of surfing to Hawaii before eventually moving to the mountains to concentrate on snowboarding. He went on to found Mountain Weekly News based in Jackson, Wyoming.

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