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Better but some odd changes
I'm glad Patagonia came out with some new women's waders. The new booties are great. I don't like the velcro they added to the hand warmer pocket. I think it's unnecessary. The front chest pocket is bigger but for some reason it's made of a mesh like material vs the waterproof wader material. I'd also like the knee pad... Read Mores like the men's have.
Ample room, comfy and perfect for fishing adventures
I purchased these waders as my 2nd pair (as my other pair needs some TLC). I also own the Spring River waders in a size medium-full, which I also love. I'm curvy, 5'3", and around 145 lbs. Most of my fishing in waders is done in the colder months so ample layering is a must. I originally purchased these waders in a size large to ma... Read Moreke sure I had enough room to put layers on, however after getting into them, I felt I was swimming. Patagonia made the exchange process super easy and I was swiftly sent a size medium. Without layers and when standing straight up, the mediums looked/felt a little big. Once I put them on with my winter clothes/apparel, they felt great. I could easily bend/stretch/sit and not feel strain on any part. They also have nice adjustments spots where you can cinch the material in a little more fitted. I'm a shorter female so I could have gone with the short size. However a fair amount of my fishing is hiking up and down steep banks so I like for my knees to be able to fully articulate. The regular length is great for my style of fishing. Personally, I am not a fan of form-fitting waders so I appreciate the sufficient room given in these waders. I have used them for about a month now and they are holding up great. Nice not to have leaks when its 40 degrees and raining. Speaking of raining... Much harder for women to relieve themselves in the rain while in waders. I like the back clip option (opposed to a competitor pair of front clip waders) because they make it so you don't have to fully take off your rain jacket (in the rain) every time you gotta go. My significant other owns the mens zipper pair which are similar but have a couple more bells and whistles. After seeing his, my only wish is that the female pair was given the option of the knee pads as well. These are truly comfy waders to not only wade in, but to adventure to your destination in.
Waders that fit
After a long and frustrating search I am very happy with these waders. The SRM size works for a thin body type with longer feet. Super warm and comfortable with Patagonia tough puff pants underneath. The wading belt has a slightly stretchy panel in back. There is no zipper and that is great as the zippers in many waders now add too much bulk up top... Read More. A small reservation is that the booties are quite wide and add additional bulk in my wading boots. Overall a great product for women who fish.
Fits like a Men's Product
These waders were very disappointing and do not compare to the Spring River Waders which are now sold out. The "Short" series is not petite - they fit very big and bulky and are had to adjust. The opposite of wearable or comfortable. My waders also arrived without a belt, and are being returned.
Thank you for the feedback on fit. We hope you find something that works for you in the future.
This past week, I spent five days hiking around Vancouver Island's Cowichan Valley looking for some early winter steelhead. While there are a lot of well established trails, this trip required a lot of bushwhacking to get to some of the better water. I can't think of a better way to put a new pair of waders through its paces. The sizing o... Read Moren these waders is bang on. I am 5'6", 160 lbs with a size 8 foot and a MRM (medium, regular length, medium foot) fit me perfectly, with just enough extra length in the legs to make scrambling over logs and kneeling in the water a breeze. The articulated knees and gusseted crotch aid movement when kneeling, crouching, and climbing. Padded knees, like those featured in the Patagonia Men's Swiftcurrent Expedition Waders, would sure be a nice touch (hint, hint, Patagonia...). Putting on close to 50km hiking winter trails in a garment in near zero temps really tests its mettle. The midweight fabric of these waders was light enough to be breathable and comfortable but not so heavy to be a burden. I often find myself wishing that someone would make a heavier women's wader for boat fishing and trips like these, but found that the midweight fabric held up well through rose bushes and icy conditions. I didn't get too warm and sweaty nor too cold. The ripstop fabric on the gravel guards is a plus, I always tear my waders in this spot and ended up with only a small hole here at the end of this trip, with no leaks or issues elsewhere. The neoprene booties are thick and fleecy on the inside, making them easy to take on and off, though I found they were a tighter fit in boots than my last waders, so definitely try them for size with boots for the right fit for you. One of the best features of these waders is the drop seat technology, brought along from the Spring Rivers, which allows one to pull waders down to to take a bio break without removing a jacket. It's an awesome ability to have when it's cold and raining, just undo the wading belt, undo the front clips and buckle at the back, and slide down. The only down side is that if one were not very flexible, it might be difficult to do that buckle on the back up without assistance. The wading belt has changed since the Spring Rivers. Once a simple elastic strap with a buckle, it is now dually adjustable and is ruched to stretch at the back. It feels more secure and yet is very comfortable and easy to adjust the tightness with the belt on as both sliders are at the front. I appreciated the convertible top when the weather warmed up to a balmy nine degrees one afternoon. The tabs on the straps flip up, and the waders roll down easily and comfortably. A couple of things I wasn't a fan of. The lightweight fabric on the exterior of front pocket was a little snaggy while bushwhacking, and hook from one of my flies poked through. That has never happened with the previous generation waders with the wader fabric on the exterior. This fabric stretches a bit and pokes out, adding bulk where I don't need it. I used to keep my phone in my front pocket but this fabric feels more flimsy and less protective, so I don't feel like that pocket is as useful to me now. I do like the width of the zipper across the top along with diagonal pocket styling. I used the fleece lined front pass through pocket behind the front pocket a lot while swinging flies. The other thing that just didn't work for me was the interior TPU-waterproof pocket. My phone was too tall to fit in it sideways, and so had to go length wise and that made it really hard to flip it in and out of the waders. So much for that super quick fish pic! I realize my phone being to big is a me problem, but with the size of phones nowadays, I would expect a pocket made to fit a phone would fit most phones. The other thing is that pocket traps heat and moisture as one hikes with it next to the body. I had a giant wet spot on my front where my clothing wasn't breathing on the first day and so I just flipped it out of the waders while hiking to avoid that. It flopped around as I walked and I didn't really like that. It would be better placed under the arm, like on the Patagonia Men's Expedition Zip Fronts. While I'm grateful to have a place to put my phone, I might just cut it off and move it because it feels like it's in the way. I feel like first and foremost a good fit in a wader is second only to its quality and durability. The Patagonia Women's Swiftcurrent Waders are absolutely the best women's wader on the market, I simply wish for more features supportive of a hard week's fishing and heavy use.
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