Designed by and for women fly fishermen: Patagonia Swiftcurrent Wader Review

I’ve bought and returned women’s fly fishing waders more times than I’d like to admit.

This one is too long, it doesn’t fit my curves, the other is just a men’s version with a little pink on it. It’s 2021 – shouldn’t we find solid waders for women made specifically for women ?!

Patagonia heard my crying. Last winter the brand got its own Swiftcurrent waders – Designed, created and tried and tested by an all-female fishing team.

I’ve been using Patagonia’s previous waders, the Spring River Waders, for a number of years. And I was excited to try that out new Swiftcurrent waders to see if Patagonia continues to lead the way with its body-hugging, women-flattering fit and environmentally conscious approach. The new waders are made from 100% recycled upper material and are puncture-proof and reliable.

In summary: I tested the women’s version, but it’s also available in a men’s style that sports the same innovations as the women’s version. For $ 499, they’re aimed at serious anglers who want to get some exercise in their waders and are looking for more customizable fit options. Its comfortable fit is ideal for long days on the water in all conditions.

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Who are Patagonia’s Swiftcurrent waders for women?

All female anglers. Women’s bodies come in all shapes and sizes. We don’t all fit into the industry-standard small, medium and large size buckets. One of the highly anticipated changes to the Swiftcurrent waders is the addition Inclusivity dimensioning.

With its 10 size options, you have a wide variety of options to choose from. They are available in sizes from extra small short to extra large normal and everything in between. To help you adjust your size even better, Patagonia added an adjustable waist and braces to create an all-round custom fit.

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Year-round anglers. The Swiftcurrent waders are designed for year-round and all-water versatility. These medium weight waders have enough room to add layers in the colder months and are light enough for hot, sunny days.

The Swiftcurrent Waders are eco-friendly and won’t hold up in the heat – they let you breathe. They use a 100% recycled polyester microfiber “H2No Performance Standard” shell with a waterproof, breathable barrier. And on hot days when you need more air circulation, the suspenders can simply be pulled down and converted to waist height.

Adventurous anglers. You don’t have to worry about sliding down a rock or getting into a hidden spot as these are very puncture resistant waders. A single seam construction and abrasion protection add to the incredible durability of the Swiftcurrent Waders. The gusset in the crotch gives you plenty of movement and comfort when jumping from rock to rock or sneaking deep into the next honey hole.

Patagonia Swiftcurrent waders for women: review and highlights

My absolute favorite part of these waders is the rear buckle system. In general, it is not as easy for women to relieve themselves in the wild as it is for men. With the rear buckle system, there are no longer any cumbersome, dangling straps during toilet breaks.

This system also makes it easy to get in and out of your waders. Especially when you have a lot of layers.

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Trout are cold water species, so trout streams can of course be cold! A slow stalk in chest-deep water can cool your bones, and constant handling of wet fly line can numb your hands.

This is where the hand warmer pocket comes in. I wish the breast pocket was lined with more felt, but it definitely dries and warms your hands. I’m not a huge fan of the Patagonia Velcro closure in the hand warmer pocket, but it’s nice to keep the elements out and perfect for quickly tucking away a half-eaten granola bar.

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Further considerations

While Patagonia’s variety of sizing options was great and a much needed addition, I found it difficult to find the right size. And to be honest, I’m still not sure I made the right choice.

I’m petite 5 ‘3 ”so I ordered a small one (SRM), as did my Patagonia Spring Waders. When I tried them on, I quickly found that I was swimming in them. I swapped them for the little shorts (SSS) and although they fit a lot better, I still found them a bit bulky.

I could possibly go down a size, but overall I’m happy with the fit. My recommendation is to try on multiple sizes if possible to find the perfect fit.

Final thoughts

Overall, these waders are top notch, but they also have a top price of $ 499. With every big purchase, you want to be sure that it is exactly what you want and need.

I would take the time to think about how often and where you usually fish. If you only get out a few times a year these waders might be a little over the top. However, if you are out and about most of the weekends doing bushwhacking to get to your hidden spot, these waders are a solid option.

So for regular use where durability and comfort are paramount, you will have no regrets from the buyer Patagonia’s Swiftcurrent Waders.

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