Introducing one of the most well thought out pair of waders the planet has ever seen.
We are pretty excited to have received the New Patagonia Swiftcurrent Expedition Zip-Front Waders this past week. We first got a glimpse of these redesigned beauties earlier this year when good friend and Patagonia brand rep Bruce Skinner first swung by with them.
Bruce had been putting the Swiftcurrents through the paces prior to our visit and I was very pleased to see how clean and fresh the waders looked even after days of wear and tear. One of the main new design features was how well the waders fit. The new cut allows for better movement articulation and less bulk in the water making wading that much easier.
The fit can also be fine tuned to your liking with the new wader suspension system that adjusts how high the wader sits on your torso.
The new 4-layer wader material is made from 100% post consumer fabric and retains a soft-to-hand feel. With more and more efforts to help reduce waste on our planet I think this is a great feature that deserves more credit. The fabric is also double taped at the seams, twice the durability where it really counts!
Bruce also mentioned that high wear areas like the crotch and gravel guards have been redesigned. The crotch is gusseted to eliminate wear and the gravel guards are made from the highly durable Black Hole fabric found on their super popular travel bag series.
If you have cold feet you will enjoy the R1® nylon quilted interior of the booties. Not only do they wick moisture away from your skin it adds an extra layer of warmth. For anglers that fish in the winter this is a great feature, and for those times when it's a little warm just wear a thinner sock.
Another notable fit improvement is the suspender system which can be customized to your torso height by simply repositioning the height adjustment clip to a different level, then adjusting the lockable glide that allows you to fine tune where you want your waders to sit. This also allows your to turn them into a waist high wader on warmer days!
The Patagonia Swiftcurrent Expedition Zip-Fronts feature an easy one hand glide YKK® zipper that is extra burly for many days of trouble free use. Two dump pockets on the inside and a waterproof pocket for phone and keys, as well as zippered chest handwarmer pockets to lock in smaller items or close up when rowing to not get in the way. Small details like an extra piece of soft fabric keep the zipper from chafing your hand while using the pocket.
The new belt provides comfort with elastic in the back for better movement and body styles, but retains the structure with stiffer nylon sides that support tools and other utility items.
The Patagonia Swiftcurrent Expedition Zip-Front Waders are about as feature rich as you can get, from new recycled fabrics, to the smallest details. These well thought out waders are going to be finding a place in my personal wader lineup very soon!
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