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

  • Drop-Seat Design

    Submersible, waterproof YKK® front zipper, quick-release adjustable suspenders and drop-seat function for quick relief

  • Exterior Organization

    Waterproof flip-out pocket; two quick-access, drop-in stretch pockets; center-back hanger loop for easy drying

  • Pocket Details

    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

    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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