By Taylor Anderson Staff Writer

Walking around the Gallatin River on a cold, spring afternoon was easy after I traded my crusty old boots in for a test drive of Patagonia’s spin on the classic wading boot. With the Patagonia Rock Grip Wading Boot ($179) five aluminum bars are screwed horizontally across the sole of each boot. Though I didn’t step into the Ro drift boat with these, Patagonia says they’re soft enough not to impact the bottom of a drift boat. The bars provide incredible traction in high water or low, and certainly while climbing rocky Gallatin River banks. They’ll never let go, Jack.