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Frequently asked questions
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 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.
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.
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!
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 and how to install.
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 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.
Hear more of our story on the Fly Fishing Insider podcast.