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I thought that the clips
I thought that the clips that tie into the stitched webbing material on the shoulder straps were very difficult to get on and off. To fit my size, the clips were right on my shoulder. Could not remove efficiently without being able to see as the clips were a few inches below my cheek. Needed a mirror. Got the zipper front Swiftcurrent waders. I kee... Read Morep the shoulder strap clips in the correct position Can remove waders without removing clips Problem has been eliminated.
Great waders- don't like the suspender fasteners
The fit and comfort level of these are spot on! I did have trouble getting into the footies and out(as the gators are tight-which will come in handy keeping sand and debris out) but once you learn how to navigate they are smoother on/off. What I am most surprised about with these waders is the suspender clips. These take some attn getting them lat... Read Moreched and a lot more more attention(and two able/nimble hands) to disengage. I'm really missing a simple plastic buckle that snaps easily on and with one hand(and a pinch) you can quickly release. If in a hurry to disengage suspenders you are going to be cursing this design choice. Am really surprised these Cadillac's of waders "cheaped out w/ these clips.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 2, 2022
Hey Dace, thank you for the thorough review. We're sorry to hear that you're not a fan of the suspension clips on these waders, and we'll make sure to share your feedback with our product team. There is a handy video on the product page that shows how to easily lift and disengage them, but we could see why someone would prefer a classic buckle. We'll pass the word along! If you find these just aren't working out, you can begin a return on [this page](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Light seepage but otherwise wonderful. I trust Patagonia will make it right
Bought these back in ~January '22. I first fished with them wading for a few short trips in March and was very pleased with the performance. The fit is large but that leaves room for puff pants etc. I just returned from my annual insane trip: 60+ hours in the water in 6.5 days. 75% in a tube the rest freestone wading. I don't know when to... Read More stop. Day 2 I had some light leaking in the crotch/seat area. Day 5 I noticed some leaking around the top of the gaiters on the inside seams. One neoprene boot was damp on the inside. I wear Seal Skinz over my socks so I was fine but it felt a bit squishy. So that's an issue but I know Patagonia will make it right. I seem to be a very rare case. Everyone I know with these or other Patagonia waders loves them and has had zero issues, or gets them fixed after years of use. I must have got the pair that was assembled by a trainee. My previous waders were Cabela's guide waders which were worn through the outer fabric in a few places but watertight for 14 years. Features: Fit is great. No binding. Suspender system works well but I wish there was a locking clip for the back strap. You need to make sure it is raised up before you pull them up and be careful that it stays up when you raise them. The suspenders are VERY comfortable. I didn't see using the inside pockets but used them for a camera, snack bars and trash. Didn't feel uncomfortable when loaded. The waterproof pocket is great, the top and hand warmer pockets are well placed too. Gaiters could be a bit tighter for my Foot Tractors in mucky spring creeks. The gaiter hooks are very sturdy. Nice wear patches and drainage strip. The belt is comfortable and well placed. I would like to see very robust cinch straps, or heavier elastic around the top for deep, swift wading. If I'm at risk of water going over the top I want to be sealed. The ability to lower everything to the belt line while leaving the suspenders in place is nice except for the pesky back strap. Peeing: in order to answer the call I needed to take off my vest and wriggle out of the suspenders to get everything lowered. You could undo the metal clips and leave the vest on but the clips are very secure and difficult do undo. Other: hiked a few miles in these. Easy to move around and over obstacles. Knee pads are nice and unobtrusive. They are not lightweight. Wearing shorts with polypropylene long underwear on a 75° day you'll be hot.
I was right in the middle of decision between XRM and larger because of foot lenght and girth size. I chose XRM to have a better fit and it fits great! I’m 183cm and 115kg. Waders feel comfortable. A little more thick material than my first waders and I love the padded knees. I still have to go for fishing a couple of times to really get to know w... Read Moreaders. For now after two fishing sessions I’m really pleased with purchase.
Great midweight waders!
These are great midweight chest waders! Very high quality. I would suggest making the suspenders detachable and adding a tote bag to carry and store your waders in. They are a bit tough getting into and adjusting for when nature calls, due to the permanent suspender attachment. I am 5'9" and weigh 180 lbs. I fall right in between Patagoni... Read Morea's pants size medium and large, and regular and short length in fishing waders and snow pants. The MSM fits me well with the suspenders extended out to the limit.
You'll be hard-pressed to find a wader on the market that is as rugged as these and allows for full movement like these waders do. Been wearing mine for a couple of years now and I have no complaints... took me a little bit to get used to the should strap system but, once you figure out your setting just leave it be and use the two front cli... Read Moreps on the suspenders to adjust for put on and take off. Honestly, the legs and knees are really rugged. I climb over and under anything to get to where I'm going on stream and constantly kneeling and crawling over rocks to get into position while on-stream. These things just keep taking the abuse. Well done guys.
Very Comfortable and Durable
I love these waders! Seriously the best pair of waders Ive ever worn. I fish cold waters such as pyramid lake periodically and they have enough room in them to layer up if need be. Many people may be turned off by the price but if you fish a lot and want the best warranty this is it. The warranty service is second to none! I hike up to places to fi... Read Moresh ,sometimes miles in, and they have remained leak free for 3 years. You wont be able to beat these if you want 1 pair of waders for multiple conditions! Worth every penny for people who fish frequently!
A perfect fit at last!
This was my third attempt at finding a set of chest waders that would fit a small footed, shortish and slightly stoutish fisherman…Size 8, 5ft 9in, 12.5st. Having already purchased a pair of Patagonia Swiftcurrent waist waders, which are pretty good, I was confident to give these a go…good decision! They are a perfect fit, and I really commend Pat... Read Moreagonia for recognising that we need these multiple option sizes. Style is excellent, and although their first outing won’t be until May, and a week on the Deveron, they feel tough where needed, but lightweight. I can’t wait to get in the water!
Poor design of shoulder straps
Overall, I'm not very impressed with these waders. They seem to be made of durable materials and are comfortable once they are on. Onto the things I don't really like about them....The new shoulder straps have no stretch which makes them hard to get over your arms. No micro adjustments for the straps with the new loop/hook, and I have tro... Read Moreuble adjusting them in general. As for the wading belt and the new placement of the loops to hold the buckle...well they don't function as well as I thought they would. This could simply be due to my waste size (34) but the belt is just constantly getting hung up on the loops. Overall Im happy I'm staying dry but very upset with some of the design flaws.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 14, 2021
Hello Tyler, thank you for the review. We value your input and will share it with our design team. Your satisfaction is our number one priority, so if you find that you're unhappy with this purchase feel free to [send it back to us](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Poor sizing, cheap clips will break easily I expected more value for the price from Patagonia
Response from PatagoniaAugust 31, 2021
Hi Joseph, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the quality of these waders. They're our heaviest weight most full featured waders so its unlikely that the clips will break without extended use and abuse. However, if they do we'd recognize this as a one off quality issue and we'd be happy to facilitate a warranty return. Nevertheless, your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Out of the box these waders looks great. Put them on and they are a great fit without too much excess material to create drag in the flow. I am 183 cm and using the size chart I am a size MRM, when they arrived I put them on and yes they were a good fit but putting one leg up on the coffee table created considerable tension in the groin area, hence... Read More taking that big step up from the river or climbing boulders would be a bit harder than I like. I returned the waders and ordered a size MLM. The MLM has the same fit on the body but the extra length in the legs facilitates that big step up with much less effort. These waders replace my Rio Gallegos and the Swift Current are a better fit on the body and they provide a little bit more storage space, which is just enough for the day when you want a couple of ours on the river but don't want to wear a coat or bring a bag. They appear very sturdy but mine have only seen one outing so far so time will tell.
XL-Long is a bit short up top
I am 6'5" and have been wearing XLL waders by Patagonia and other brands for 25 years (spanning 225 to 250 lbs over that time). These waders seem well made, and the seams are located in the right places, though time will tell. An initial review on fit: girth of legs and torso are good, and length of the legs is good. However, the torso a... Read Morend/or shoulder straps are too short. Even maxed out, the waders pull upwards into my crotch for an uncomfortable fit, even standing still. Longer shoulder straps would fix this, or a longer torso design. I will find a local sew shop to add a 3-4" piece of webbing to lengthen the rear of the shoulder straps, which should fix the problem. Booties fit great, I wear size 14 in street and hiking shoes, and the booties fit me just barely (but adequately). In a very minor design quibble, not a fan of the long interior phone pocket, I'd personally prefer a horizonal gear pocket, but am probably in the minority on that. I look forward to putting these to the test. Definitely heavy duty
XLL needs longer shoulder straps.
I am 6 5 tall (225-250 lbs over the years) and have been wearing XLL waders going on 30 years, mostly Patagonia and Simms. I fish or wear waders for work about 70 days each year. Construction on these is great, and the torso and leg girth fit fine. However, the torso / shoulder straps are much too short. Even at max setting, standing still, the cro... Read Moretch seam is pulled firmly upwards into the family jewels, making an uncomfortable wader wedgie. I will try to find a local tailor / seamstress to add 3-4 of webbing to extend the single back of the shoulder strap, to loosen the pressure. I wear size 14 street shoes and the neoprene bootie is just barely (but adequately) big enough with a single heavy sock. No long-term durability report yet.
They look and fit gorgeous
Ordered MSM size (Medium - Shorth Length) with some emotions, but they fit me perfect (height 172 cm, weight 75 kilograms). They seem to be build as the same good quality as Rio Gallegos which I hardly used for 3 years. I can't wait 1 month to wet them!
Slender fit, a little too tight for heavy winter layering....requires careful fitting to find the size that works best. The Gallego fit is more comfortable and enables better mobility. Material and other features are nice. Recommend putting a D Ring on the back of the shoulder straps for net attachment, make the shoulder straps more easy to remove,... Read More and go back to the Gallego cut/sizes. Pocket/storage capacity on these is a big improvement over the Gallegos.
Patagonia would have nailed it with the new design except for one major design flaw. When you loosen the front straps, the back strap also loosens and when you retighten, the back strap doesn't re-adjust and stays bunched up at the lower back. It wouldn't be a big deal but if you wading at waist level, water would spill in. You have liter... Read Moreally have to take off the waders to re-adjust. For paying premium price for them, it's a real hassle.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 3, 2020
Hi Stephen, sorry to hear about the trouble with the rubber tri-glide on the back suspender causing issues. We changed from a smooth plastic cam lock to the rubber tri-glide. It's a bit tougher to pull back up, but the rubber helps it stay up once it's adjusted to the most comfortable position for you. You could tie a bit of cord to the hanging loop on the back of the wader top, then use that to pull it up while wearing the waders. If that sounds like it would be too cumbersome for you, please do not hesitate to begin a return or exchange for the Men's Swiftcurrent Expedition Waders and you can begin that process here, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
A Good Cold Weather Wader
The new Patagonia Swiftcurrent Expedition waders are certainly burly, and their heaviest weight wader among their collection. This wader will be good for folks who generally fish, or live, in colder climates. This wader will not suit the all season angler, looking for a wader to do it all. If attempted to wear in late spring through summer, you wil... Read Morel be overheating. And those new waders will become stinky real quick, nobody wants that! This wader ran small on me, though I purchased based on measurements in the sizing chart. The crotch seat sat quite high, and for those of us who like to wear our waders at full height, (chest height and slightly above) you may run out of real estate down below. For me, the torso length just wasn't quite long enough. And I have an average torso length. Attempting to layer heavily under these in the winter proved to be a very tight fit around the crotch area as well. The knee pads are a nice touch, but again for me, made mobility stiffer, and in turn made the fit tighter. However, they are removable. If you are in between sizes, I would recommend going with the larger size. This will aid in mobility, and also protect your waders seams and durability in the long run. I believe this is a good product for those who it fits properly. Personally, I found the marketing to be confusing/misleading on its reality of seasonal use. I sense the product description may shift once again as the midweight has been launched. These were originally marketed towards the steelhead fisherman/woman etc. Since the midweight standard swiftcurrents have been released, I have decided to go that route instead. Less bulk and weight to haul around all day, and should be better suited for the 12 month angler. Thank you Patagonia for your innovative products, and even though this one doesn't suit my needs, you have created another that will.
Response from PatagoniaAugust 27, 2020
Hi Austin, thanks so much for your detailed feedback! Your review has been passed along to the appropriate team.
I want to love these waders but Patagonia has some work to do. First off lets start with the positive. These seem incredibly durable and the recycled material is actually very breathable. The features and pockets are so well thought out and the conversion to waist high that Patagonia uses is top notch. I wear XL Patagonia products across the board ... Read Moreaccording to the size chart the XLL would be perfect. The booties come in one size which is 12-14, a bit large for my 11.5 but that wasn't too big of a deal. The legs fit pretty well. Trim yet comfortable and allowed for good movement. The main issue is between the crotch and the upper region of the waders. The crotch is narrow and pronounced and quite frankly very uncomfortable, there isnt enough range of adjustment in the shoulder strap to alleviate the issue. The upper is absolutely massive and quite baggy. Not the consistent trim fit I am used to from Patagonia. Overall disappointed. I picked up a pair of the discontinued Rio Gallegos in a size Large King and they fit absolutely how a wader should. Patagonia is the best for wading equipment but please bring back the sizing that worked so well with the Rio Gallegos!
Response from PatagoniaAugust 5, 2020
We are sorry to hear that aspects of these waders aren't working for you and we appreciate the thoughtful feedback on all of this. Your satisfaction is most important to us and if you'd like to [send](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) these back, please feel free to do so.
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