Patagonia Spring Waders Review
Finally!!! A top notch wader for the serious female angler. The Patagonia Womens Spring Waders fit that bill! Until now, I’ve been quite jealous of my male fishing buddies’ waders. All the while I try to keep up wearing ill-fitting and lower-quality ladies versions. No more! Over the past two months I have tried out the Patagonia Spring Waders on several fishing trips in various conditions and have been thoroughly satisfied.
First Impressions of Patagonia Spring Waders
Patagonia has long been my go-to brand for outdoor apparel, so I wasn’t surprised when their quality and careful design carried over into these Spring Waders. I could feel the difference right out of the box. The waders were heavy duty with a thick and durable multi-layered material. While performance was my main concern, I was happy to see the attractive color (Narwhal gray), as well as the styling details including a teal colored chest zipper pocket and Patagonia logo.
Fit and Performance of The Patagonia Spring Waders
After long fishing trips on the river, I found the Patagonia Spring Waders kept me dry and comfortable all day long.
The Patagonia Spring Waders come in a variety of sizes, lengths, and shoe sizes to fit any body type. I’m 5’6” and 110 lbs., and was happy with the fit of the size Small Regular waders. I often fish in colder conditions, so I need plenty of room to wear warm layers and a jacket underneath the waders. These waders provided ample room for this. The wool-lined neoprene booties also fit nicely in my wading boots and kept my feet warm even during the cool spring runoff. The waders were constructed with articulated knees which allows for ease of movement, bending over to release fish, crouching along the shoreline, and even sitting in a raft all day.
In the water, the Patagonia Spring Waders shed water nicely with droplets beading up on the H2No waterproof / breathable barrier with Nanosphere DWR finish. I was kept plenty warm on colder days, and the breathable material helped me stay cool on warmer days when I had to hike to my favorite fishing spots. The waders were made with a single seam construction up the back of the leg to avoid wear and tear around the seam.
A nice feature of the waders is the waist-mounted EZ-lock suspenders that allow for easy adjustment of the bibs. When the temperatures rose, I dropped them down to waist-height. The back suspender also has a quick release making it much easier to answer the call of nature quite inconspicuously without having to take off all of my layers. There is a built-in adjustable wading belt that I cinched down for safe wading. An elastic banded gravel guard easily fit over my wading boots and hooked into place on my laces.
The Patagonia Spring Waders are equipped with three pockets. There is a fleece lined kangaroo pocket which I found useful for warming up my hands after releasing fish in cold spring runoff. There is a zippered chest pocket, so I could stow a small fly box, tools, and floatant. And thirdly, there is a clever internal waterproof zip-locking pocket that fit my iPhone perfectly. This small dry pocket could also be useful for a small camera, key fob, or any other small item you want to keep out of the drink.
Specifics of the Patagonia Women’s Spring Waders
Taken from www.patagonia.com
- H2No® Performance Standard shell with a NanoSphere® DWR (durable water repellent) finish
- Waist-mounted EZ-Lock suspenders
- Innovative SSC (single seam construction)
- Interior welded TPU-waterproof zippered pocket and laser-cut Hypalon® utility keeper
- Upper reach-through kangaroo pocket and horizontal zippered chest pocket
- Articulated knees
- Custom fit 3mm wool lined neoprene left and right booties
- 1197 g (42 oz)
- Made in Vietnam
- MSRP $399
The Patagonia Spring Waders were designed with serious women anglers in mind. The quality construction, thoughtful features, and precision sizing has kept me comfortable even on the longest fishing days. Now with durability to rival my male fishing buddies, I imagine I’ll be wearing the Patagonia Spring Waders for many fishing adventures to come.