Just when you think wading in deep water can’t get any cooler, Patagonia pushes the waterproofing envelope yet again. In the history of fly fishing gear development, female aligned products have often seemed like an after-thought. The rugged and hard-wearing Women’s Swiftcurrent™ Expedition Zip-Front Waders are certainly an exercise in RnD on the brands behalf. Rather than simply ‘feminizing’ current men’s products, these waders, amongst other kit, were developed from scratch, designed for women, by women.
Their “most reliable and fully featured” waders features a front zip (as the name suggests), complemented by quick-release suspenders and rear-buckle system, both providing easy relief. A waterproof pocket on the chest helps keep all those gadgets safe and dry, alongside hand warmer pockets for momentary knuckle relief out in the cold. The wader legs are secured by kneepads and anatomical booties.
Specifications (for the gear-heads)
Waterproof Shell Fabric
Durable, 100% recycled polyester microfiber H2No® Performance Standard shell with a waterproof/breathable barrier and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
Built for Durability and Movement
Single-seam construction for durability and abrasion resistance; with a gusseted crotch for athletic movement and comfort
Submersible, waterproof YKK® front zipper, quick-release adjustable suspenders and drop-seat function for quick relief
Waterproof flip-out pocket; two quick-access, drop-in stretch pockets; center-back hanger loop for easy drying
Two handwarmer pockets with zip flaps for back-of-hand comfort; two additional zip stash pockets for storing fishing tools or a fly box
Kneepads and Scuff Guards
Articulated legs; removable foam kneepads; heavy-duty scuff guards at ankles
Anatomical booties have lower volume and a sock-like fit for all-day wading comfort
H2No® Performance Standard shell
(upper) 4-layer, 6.6-oz 100% recycled polyester microfiber high-density taffeta face bonded to a 100% recycled polyester backer; (lower) 4-layer, 9.4-oz 100% recycled polyester microfiber high-density double-weave taffeta face bonded to a 100% recycled polyester backer
Shell has a waterproof/breathable barrier and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
More on the Women’s Swiftcurrent™ Expedition Zip-Front Waders in the upcoming issue 39!
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