Frequently Asked Questions about Rock Treads Aluminum Traction
Frequently Asked Questions about Rock Treads Aluminum Traction
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How does it work?

Basic Fact: Aluminum is softer than the rock you are stepping on. With just 50 pounds of pressure, Rock Treads discs will mold to each and every surface you step on—providing simply the best wading traction the market has ever seen, with no stream contamination concerns. Choose your kit based on your style of boot (Fixed Sole Rubber or Felt or Removable Sole) and install accordingly.  Our installation methods assure a lifelong hold of your Rock Treads Discs – we’ve put 3 years of research into the install part, we figured it out!  In fact if installed correctly, and you lode one, we will replace it!  Just reach out to us on social media or through this site and let us know you lost one, we’ll ship ASAP….Free!


Why should I believe this works?

Rock Treads was invited to the 2019 World Fly Fishing Championships in Tasmania, Australia as the “Official Traction” of the event…this was not a paid sponsorship, but an invitation due to the effectiveness of Rock Treads.  By the end of the event Rock Treads were on 70% of the competitors boots representing 18 different countries around the world.  Team USA, Team Canada, Team Scotland, Team Ireland, Team Wales, Team Australia, Team Malta, Team Mongolia, Team Spain, Team France (World Champs 2019), Team Finland, Team Japan, Team South Africa, Team Sweden just to name a few….You may not know about competitive fly fishing, but its real, and these guys wade like water buffalo and they trust Rock Treads, you can too.


Patrick Fulkrod is the 2014 Orvis Guide of the Year, and he loves the product. Patrick wouldn’t use our product until he tested it extensively on more than two dozen guided wade trips in the rivers of Northeast Tennessee. After his first solo run, he said, “Simply put, they work. The Rock Tread is softer than the rock, not harder like carbide and steel alternatives. I don’t need the surface to be slicker, I need it to stick! I am shocked at how well these work, better than my felt boots I love and trust. You have to try them. Take an old pair of boots, any kind, and try them for yourself. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Again—THEY WORK.” Learn more about Patrick and how you can fish with him here.

What are Rock Treads?

A Rock Treads kit, simply put, is the most cost-effective, grip-producing alternative to felt-bottom wading practices in the world. It’s the first aluminum traction system you install on any shoe or boot you already own for under $60!

Will Rock Treads damage my boots?

No more than any stud application on the market today. We’ve checked with nearly every boot brand out there and we don’t void any warranty (that they will tell us).  In fact we even hold boots together so they last much longer, also all wear goes onto the Rock Treads, not the boot bottom!

How long do Rock Treads last?

We don’t know, as we have yet to see any wear out! Rock Treads do not rust, mold or transfer micro-organisms from one river to the next.

We have over 500 miles on our initial R&D set.  A new disc is 1/4 inch, our most worn disc on this set is still over 1/8 of an inch!

We do notice that after about 150 good wading trips, you might wear a screw head all the way down and the disc will come off.  Let us know if this happens, we’ll send you replacement pieces.

Is there any maintenance involved?

It’s good to check them out every once in awhile, just to make sure you haven’t broken the Thread Locking glue bond. With our Lock Down Method, bolt them in and forget em!

How many Rock Treads do I need?

That depends on your preference, your type of activity and your environment. You will want at least 4 discs in the front half of your shoe, and at least 3 discs in the heel area.  Check out some patterns on the Installation tab.


Why go with any wading shoe other than felt-bottom boots?

Six states have made felt illegal, and seven more have acts in legislation to make it illegal as well. New for 2018, all of Yellowstone National Park is FELT-FREE.  Felt has proven, even after 30 days of being out of the water, to transfer micro-organisms from one river to the next. Each river is its own unique environment. What grows in one may not grow or can be harmful in a stream just two miles away. We at Rock Treads understand that felt is awesome and has been the staple for as long as man has had waders. But it’s bad, and it’s scientifically proven to be bad, but there hasn’t been an equal on the market that is easily applied and affordable until now.  Yes, Felt might get the majority of the blame, but it is a good “scape-goat”….always wash off your boots and let them dry!  Same with your waders and anything else you get wet from river to river.  If the rivers get messed up, guess what- no more fish!

Why Rock Treads vs. alternative options?

1-Do you own a pair of wading boots already?

2-Do you want to buy another pair of boots?

We are going to assume 1: yes and 2: no. All alternatives on the market other than felt or rubber cost as much as $550 and some are $49.99 for a set of plain old screws that are harder than the rocks you are walking on! A Rock Treads kit provides you with a set of discs for under $60 that works better and is easier to install than anything else on the market.

Where are Rock Treads kits made?

Rock Treads are made with 100% US Aluminum and are packaged and distributed in the great state of Montana.  Buy American, it makes a HUGE difference!

How were Rock Treads invented?

Well it’s quite a tale, but in short: two fishing friends, a lot of help, and boom—here we are!  It has been a labor of love the last three years perfecting our product.  We have recently changed our packaging and offerings to be simpler to install, and all of our packaging is 100% made from recycled materials, even using Soy based inks to be as “green” as we can be.  We are proud to support AFFTA’s #kickplastic campaign and are using their recycled box.  Check out our Buy Now tab to see our kits.

What is the best way to determine my Rock Treads pattern?

Any and every shoe/boot offers the capability to add Rock Treads.  Just pick your Rock Treads Kit based on your style of boot, no matter the brand!  We offer 2 types of kits:

– Fixed Sole Rubber & Felt Boots:  works on any brand, any age of boot.  Your kit comes with enough screws to build a car with, assuring you a perfect match with our Lock Down Install method.

– Removable Soles Kit – Intended for any boot brand that you can remove the boot bottom itself, much like Korkers(TM) and                  Hodgman(TM).

Is there any liability I can assume when using Rock Treads?

No. We know it works, but we can’t account for every situation, every surface, every river or every cave you may walk with Rock Treads … or your state of mind. We can promise you won’t be disappointed when used with common sense and practicality. Rock Treads won’t let you crawl up a granite cliff with no ropes. It won’t allow you to walk in your boat or on your driveway without some potential scraping or slippage. It won’t let you run and walk on water like JC. But it will provide you the best traction in wet, slimy and rocky conditions that are present when doing any kind of activity where such conditions apply. The aluminum is softer than the surface you are walking on with wading boots—it’s simple science. And we have a U.S. Patent pending to prove it !

Where can I buy these awesome Rock Treads?

Click our Shop tag for our latest products and apparel. We will be in most shops by Spring 2018 and if we aren’t, ask your favorite shop to add Rock Treads.  We’ll send you a special gift for any verified recommendation.  Wade Safer, Wade Harder with Rock Treads!

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