Patagonia’s Lightest Waders, River Crampons, and Rock Grip Wading Boots
Rio Azul Waders
In early 2012, Patagonia will release its Rio Azul Waders, billed as the company’s lightest, most packable wader ever. Designed for the traveling or backcountry angler who requires lightweight performance, the Rio Azul waders feature a 4L 5-ounce, 100 percent polyester plain weave fabric with a H2No Hydrostorm barrier and a durable water repellent finish. They also feature anatomically designed left and right neoprene fitted booties, an interior waterproof pocket, a Hypalon utility keeper, and adjustable suspenders. The Rio Azul waders will retail for $239.
River Crampon and Rock Grip Wading Boot
Inspired by Yvon Chouinard’s original climbing crampons, the company developed an aluminum bar crampon that can be easily attached to most wading boots. The result is a secure, positive-traction sole for any wading surface, from wet and dry rocks and jetties to the slimiest moss-covered surfaces. The design also reduces the spread of invasive species. Patent pending. Available in two sizes: Small will fit from 6-10, Large will fit sizes 1D -14. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $199.
Using the same concept, Chouinard went into the original Tin Shed and cobbled together the new Rock Grip Wading Boots with aluminum bars. The result is a lightweight, supportive, durable wading shoe with the same secure traction sole on any wading surface. It is easier on boats than traditional studs and it also reduces the spread of invasive species. Available in Sizes 6-14. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $239.