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Great Waders. Between sizes for me
First, as waders go, these are top of the line. I've owned and used most of the top brands, and Patagonia really makes a quality product. The features are well thought out and designed, particularly the quick-release suspenders. However, as far as fit, I had a hard time finding a sweet spot. I'm 5'9", 185lb. I found the large ... Read Moresize to be super huge on the chest, but had excellent mobillity. Once I went down to mediums (MRM), they fit very nicely while standing but started restricting high-stepping. Seemed like they were pulling tight at the waist/butt. However, Patagonia is great about returns and I settled on the MRMs, which were good enough, just whish they offered a tiny bit more room in the hips.
I would not buy these waders again. The front zip makes the "pockets" relatively worthless and you can get about half of your hand into the "hand-warming" front pockets, which aren't fleece lined and don't have hand-warming capabilities regardless. I am 6'0 and 160lbs and Mediums were way too big, but the Small ... Read Moreis extremely tight in the chest. They do their job as far as waders go, but having worn a lot of different waders from a lot of different brands, these are my least favorite.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 23, 2023
We're sorry to hear that these have been disappointing in fit and features. Please reach out the Patagonia-owned store in your area to discuss any [options you may have](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/Wader-Returns-Repairs). Thank you for taking the time to send us a thoughtful and detailed review with your feedback!
So far I have only worn these waders around the house. Having said that they have held up perfectly. They are very comfortable and seem functional and well designed as well as lightweight. I head to the San Juan river in a few weeks for a 3 day trip and am eager to see how they work.
This is my third pair,
This is my third pair, unfortunately the chest pocket zippers have torn on every pair after just a few uses. If this issue can be fixed they are a 10/10 wader.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 31, 2023
Thank you so much for writing this review and we are incredibly sorry to hear about the issues you've encountered with your waders. We definitely want you to be satisfied with your products and be able to use them as much as possible. If you'd like, you can start your return or repair at any time so our team can evaluate them and get you taken care of. To get either of those processes started, please feel free to click [HERE](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/Wader-Returns-Repairs).
Warm and comfortable. Jan 21 2023
Bought them for a week long fly fishing trip to the Bighorn (May 1 2023) in a couple months. In the meantime I went to an ice fishing tournament in Wisconsin. The temperature was 21 degrees, no open water and we were on the ice for roughly 6 hours. Walking, kneeling and maneuvering while hole hopping and in a 2 person shack was easy. Also, my body ... Read Morestayed warm the entire time other than hands and feet. Mainly, my feet but wearing none insulated wading boots in that kind of cold weather that will happen. So that problem has nothing to do with the waders just a poor choice in footwear. The crotch area was snug but I would rather have snug than baggy and not be able to fully spread my legs apart or snag the sagging material on something. The knee pads are amazing and I didn't even notice them until I kneeled down. Although, I did not get to test them in open water yet. The quality and functionality is there. I am glad I spent the extra money and went with Patagonia.
My Third Pair
I have purchased Patagonia previously and proudly own the Tractor Boots, a pair of pant length waders and a pair of chest waders. ALL WORK PERFECTLY! I chose to add the new zipper front waders due to the innovative design and reinforcement in the pants. I fly out to Pyramid Lake on Christmas Day and will put them to good use!
My favorite waders ever..... but,
I love the Swiftcurrent waders. The design and materials make up the best waders I've ever owned, and, dammit, I'm old, so I've owned a lot of waders. Fit and movement are great, and they are burly as well, appreciated as things I used to hop or even occasionally leap over or down, more often these days you'll find me scooting o... Read Moren my butt. The one but, is the tailoring. My last couple pair were the previous generation, and while I liked them, they were cut roomy. I could stash a beer, a fly box a sketchbook..... who knows what all I shoved down the front and carried there during the day. No more. I ordered the same size as previous, and first time I wore these a young fishing buddy remarked I looked like an old X-Man (purely the waders). Which was fine til winter came, at which point, layered up, I looked more like Ralphie's little brother in his snow suit, and moved with all the dexterity of a bratwurst. So I bought a second pair, larger through the trunk, and they are perfect for winter layering.
Best waders I've ever owned..... but
I love the Swiftcurrent waders. The design and materials make up the best waders I've ever owned, and, dammit, I'm old, so I've owned a lot of waders. Fit and movement are great, and they are burly as well, appreciated as things I used to hop or even occasionally leap over or down, more often these days you'll find my scooting o... Read Moren my ass. The one but, is the tailoring. My last couple pair were the previous generation, and while I liked them, they were cut roomy. I could stash a beer, a fly box a sketchbook..... who knows what all I shoved down the front and carried there during the day. No more. I ordered the same size as previous, and first time I wore these a young fishing buddy remarked I looked like an old X-Man (purely the waders). Which was fine til winter came, at which point, layered up, I looked more like Ralphie's little brother in his snow suit, and moved with all the dexterity of a bratwurst. So I bought a second pair, larger through the trunk, and they are prefect for winter layering.
Best waders so far
I usually go through a pair of waders in a season, when fishing the saltwater for bass and rivers for salmon. These are holding quite well after the first season, we will see how long they will last for, bu so far a thumbs up for the durability. Not a lightweight pair, but fishing in Ireland I hardly have a problem with temperatures being too high.... Read More.. And a huge thumbs up for practicality. I couldn't quite find the ideal bag to carry my flies, lures, accessories. Now, I ditched the bag completely, as everything goes into the pockets, and the two internal side drop pockets are a game changer. Between sandwiches, water, extra clothes and small tripod, everything goes in and you can't feel you're carrying anything. Fantastic.
These are flat out great waders. I am tall, 6ft 4in, so ordered the LLL. I also have a long upper body, so legs are a little long and the upper body and straps are almost to short. There is some adjustability with the straps, but which there was more. Very rugged and should last years. Extremely well made.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 20, 2022
We really appreciate your thorough and detailed feedback, Ethan!
Great product. I have lwned a pair of patagonia waders before ( I actually wore them out, which is difficult to do for ANY Patagonia product) These are much improved. The older pair were quite baggy and were difficult to wade in in deep high current situations.. these are much slimmer and have much less resistance to heavy current.. Kudos to your d... Read Moreesigners!
Had to return the waders
I ordered the waders because of the quality of Patagonia products, the use of recycled materials and the conservation efforts of the company. I also wanted zip front waders. I had called to confirm the sizing and it seemed that MSM would be okay. When I got them they were clearly too big even with undergarments. I think a smaller size would have be... Read Moreen better but there is no smaller size available. The only option would be custom fitting. I called to see what other options were available but I ended up returning them. The customer service rep could not have been nicer. I bought a competitors set of waders and they fit well, but theres a reason why my first choice was Patagonia. My only suggestion would be to offer the smaller size for this set of waders.
I've used these waders on a couple outings so far and man are they holding up. Climbing up and over fallen trees and sliding down a cliff or two in them (not on purpose) these waders don't even have a scratch on them. Super comfortable sitting and rowing the drift boat as well!
These swift current expedition zip front waders were purchased to replace my Rio Gallegos zip fronts after 5 seasons of use on those waders. The Rio Gallegos were so good I was hesitant to replace them but after receiving my new Swift Currents I am happy to say they are an upgrade. Two things that always stood out to me as a negative on the Rio Ga... Read Morellegos- the stocking feet were overly large and the waders would get tight between the foot and knee when I was bending at the knee..the Swift Currents alleviate both of these issues, I am 6 ft 2 in tall & 230 lbs, the Swift Current XLL are a perfect fit..the foot portion fits my size 12 foot just right..not to loose and not to snug, I have full mobility while kneeling, bending, ect without and issues with binding or tightness..time will tell but the improved gravel guards are lighter and fit firmer around my wading boots and seam to be an improvement..the added interior & exterior pockets are a welcome addition..overall the waders feel lighter than my Rio Gallegos , I cant wait to put some serious time in them on the river, once again a fantastic product from Patagonia that I am confident will give me years of service, if you are in the market for a solid pair of waders look no further than these Swift Current Zip Fronts - they are form fitted for a wonderful bulk free fit which reduces fatigue while wading rivers, feature packed and built extremely well to last many seasons on the water The only personnel observation thus far and its a bit knit-picky is the small string pulls on the zippered pockets- a bit larger pull with more finger purchase available would be a welcome addition Buy with confidence that you are receiving a fantastic set of waders backed by Patagonia and their exceptional customer service!
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 9, 2022
Thank you so much for this detailed review, Chad! It's obvious you know what to look for in your waders, and you're in a position to make good comparisons. Please get in touch any time we can be of any help!
Superior Attention to Details
Patagonia makes outstanding waders. Attention to details for each aspect of these waders sets them apart other excellent waders out there. The quality starts at the tip of the toe (neoprene bootie) and continues through to the very top of the waders. Three features stand out for me. The Fit: Patagonia offers many size options to fit a wide range... Read More of body size and shape. My waders feels like it was custom made for me. The design: No details are spared. Adjustable shoulder straps makes the waders very versatile for all seasons. The little abrasion fabric along the inside ankle to protect it waders while walking is brilliant. The zipper and placement of the stitching and tougher panels of fabric all adds up. The support: Patagonia warranty and customer support is the best in the industry, bar none. In the era of throw-away-culture, Patagonia makes every effort to keep a piece of gear alive as long as possible. I respect that and value that tremendously. Finally, Patagonia's commitment to environment is truly commendable. Ultimately they are making an effort to keep the places and watersheds alive for us and our next generations. How could I not applaud that. Hats off to you.
I have used an other prominent brand of waders for a few years and made the switch to Patagonia for my new set. Im 5 ft 10 in and roughly 200 lbs and the LRM fits perfect. The material (H2NO) is great, but is quite a bit thicker than the others Ive owned. This isnt a big deal, but the sand guard over the booty is elastic and I could see this becomi... Read Moreng stretched over time, but will have to wait and see. If Patagonia reads this, I recommend maybe using a Velcro style strap of some sort to increase longevity. My only issue is that these waders are made in Vietnam and the other companies make theirs in the USA respectively. I was so on the fence about these because of that. I would gladly pay the increased price if the next line is USA made to ensure fair wages, standard of living and responsible manufacturing. Other than that, great waders.
Response from PatagoniaJuly 28, 2022
Hello Derek! Although some of our items are made outside of the USA, we are Fair Trade certified, which means that all our factories meet a robust certification with hundreds of standards, such as safety, working hours, working wages and environmental management. We also pay a premium which goes directly to all the workers (not factory management), and they decide how to spend it. In each factory, a democratically elected Fair Trade worker committee decides how the funds will be used. If you would like to learn more, please feel free to click [here](https://www.patagonia.com/where-we-do-business/)
Freedom of Movement
I have finally gotten to use these waders after buying them over the winter. They offer great freedom of movement and do not feel binding at all. I have been able to scramble up steep embankments and climb over downed trees with ease. I have used them in high mountain lakes and rivers. Not once did I ever feel the cold water, and I was only wearing... Read More shorts and a thin pair of socks under the waders. At 5'10" I find the MRM fit to be perfect. Not once have I wanted more room in the crotch or knees. I do find the waterproof pocket a bit cumbersome to get at, but otherwise the waders work great! Now only if they would help me with catching fish, then they would be supreme.
Response from PatagoniaJuly 14, 2022
We'll pass that suggestion along to our product designers... :) Thank you so much for this detailed review, Brodie!
Comfort in droves
Having only ever used non zip waders in the past, I thought it was time to make the calls of nature a little easier. These are the first Patagonia Waders Ive used and well, I'm mighty impressed. These are extremely comfortable. I could of possible gone a size down, but this size will allow me to layer properly in the winter without bing cons... Read Moretricted. The upper section is well thought out and the hand warming pockets are a handy addition. The harness is really well made and supports the waders without causing any discomfort, I generally wear a life jacket over the top and past waders have had buckles just in the wrong place. They seem super tough but only time will tell regarding their durability, but backed up by Patagonia Im sure they'll give some solid service.
Sturdy and Light
Waders are sturdy, strong, yet light. I got size XRM cause I needed size 11 boot with 48 inch girth (note: not waist-girth). Being 62 with long torso the shoulder straps were an inch or two short. I just added a short adjustable strap on each side. The Customer Service was absolutely great. The best service of any company I have dealt with. Very r... Read Moreesponsive, knowledgeable, and articulate. They referred me to the Patagonia Guide to zoom to confirm fit as internet order. The Guide really thought everything through. I would have ordered the wrong waders without him. Best company by far I ever dealt with.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 4, 2022
Hey, Thomas! We're so glad you were able to take advantage of the Guide as a resource! Aren't they great? Please let us know any time we can be of any help!
Best looking. Most functional. Ultra comfy.
Hands down the best. Having owned Simms (which are great), theses waders are more superior. They look great and provide the necessary warmth when swinging flies for winter steelhead. They fit like a gloves and have all the right features so you dont really need a pack to carry gear. Another added bonus feature, is you can slide a net between the be... Read Morelt loops of your lower back, if the handle is long enough. Also, Patagonia make these waders responsibly and resourcefullygotta respect that.
True to size and fits pretty much according to the fitting chart. I am just over 6, my inseam is 32+ and the R lengthy is great. LRL and MLL also fit, but with the ladder adjustment I settled on MRL. I wear size 13 shoes. I wear these with a size 14 boot (Danner River Saltyou need to go up one size with a heavy wader, whereas I use a 13 boot in my ... Read Morepackable waders or when wet wading with that version of the Danner boot). Nothing to me is worse than a footy that is too small and the L foot works well for me. My actual girth is around 39 and I assume I would have ordered LRL or even LLL if I ordered on line and they would have been too big. I usually have long johns, pants, heavy socks, a t shirt, a thin shirt, a sweater and a puffy coat under these with just enough room to be comfortable. Glad they dont have too much slop in them but they are not snug or tight. Also glad my local shop had these when they came out. I do recommend that you try them with the clothing you intend to wear. For me these are great in a cold climate. They are very well built. Even though I fish in the NW I would have been happy with slightly thinner materials (1 less layer of material) but they are never too hot if its under 50 degrees out. I just really wanted the front zipper. Thats the best feature. The waterproof pocket is a bit annoying and the hand warning pockets are a bit small but the waders are the best ever. I replaced an older pair of Simms boots with these and wont look back. I have no real brand allegiance but I just loved the design of my Patagonia packables and thought I should try these. Try these! Its a hefty price. But worth it and more affordable in the zipper free and lighter versions. The regular swiftcurrent would have been fine if they had had a zipper model. I rarely fish below 32 degrees air temperature. But they are definitely not too hot and I also love the knee pads.
True to size and fits pretty much according to the fitting chart. I am just over 6, my inseam is 32+ and the R lengthy is great. LRL and MLL also fit, but with the ladder adjustment I settled on MRL. I wear size 13 shoes. I wear these with a size 14 boot (Danner River Saltyou need to go up one size with a heavy wader, whereas I use a 13 boot in my ... Read Morepackable waders or when wet wading with that version of the Danner boot). Nothing to me is worse than a footy that is too small and the L foot works well for me. My actual girth is around 39 and I assume I would have ordered LRL or even LLL if I ordered on line they would have been too big. I usually have long johns, pants, heavy socks, a t shirt, a thin shirt, a sweater and a puffy coat under these with just enough room to be comfortable. Glad they dont have too much slop in them but they are not snug or tight. Also glad my local shop had these when they came out. I do recommend that you try them with the clothing you intend to wear. For me these are great in a cold climate. They are very well built. Even though I fish in the NW I would have been happy with slightly thinner materials (1 less layer of material) but they are never too hot if its under 50 degrees out. I just really wanted the front zipper. Thats the best feature. The waterproof pocket is a bit annoying and the hand warning pockets are a bit small but the waders are the best ever. I replaced an older pair of Simms boots with these and wont look back. I have no real brand allegiance but I just loved the design of my Patagonia packables and thought I should try these. Try these! Its a hefty price. But worth it and more affordable in the zipper free and lighter versions. The regular swiftcurrent would have been fine if they had had a zipper model. I rarely fish below 32 degrees air temperature. But they are definitely not too hot and I also love the knee pads.
Excellent Quality Waders
I have had a pair of these for a year now and fished in all weathers from winter storms to summer highs. They were a replacement for a pair from another premium supplier which had seen 6 seasons of hard fishing and were tired (but not yet leaking). The waders have some excellent and useful features: the storage pockets inside and out; handwarmer po... Read Moreckets on the front; waterproof phone pouch and the zipped front (very helpful for donning & doffing and convenient for bankside 'pit-stops'). The quality of the construction shines through - there has obviously been a great deal of thought gone into the materials of construction and the tailoring is equal to a really good suite! Sizing wise, I am 5'10" and 87kg and the fit is snug but definitely not restrictive - a lot of my fishing is 'up hill & down dale' through overgrown banks and trekking through woodland and the waders do not impinge my movements at all. They keep me warm and comfortable in autumn, spring & winter and are suitable for all but the hottest summer days here in the UK. You might be put off by the price, but when you look at the features and quality they offer really good value - I have fishing friends who scoffed at the price, but will be happy to buy cheaper replacement waders ever couple of seasons (I hope these will last me at least 6 or 7 before they are worn out). They are a real pleasure to wear and make my fishing trips even more enjoyable.
Crotch too Tight
My Rio Gallegos full zips are on their 4th season and starting to show their age, so I pulled the trigger on these in the same size for this upcoming steelhead season. While there are some nice upgrades (gravel guards are awesome, zippers on the hand pockets, gusseted crotch, etc.), the crotch is just too tight compared to the old model and tension... Read More is evident when sitting or bending down. Not only is this a comfort issue, but also means the seam is more likely to have durability issues over time. I measured the thighs on both waders and these a are full inch narrower (11" vs 12" when folded flat) compared to the old model. I'll be exchanging for a Large and hope they aren't too big up top. Both the old Rio Gallegos and current Swiftcurrent appear to be about the same size across the chest and waist - 22" across in medium.
Response from PatagoniaNovember 5, 2021
We really appreciated your thoughtful and detailed review; the feedback is so valuable! If you haven't already done so, please reach out to our Customer Service team for a return and any measurement info. We'll be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/)!
First of all, Patagonias customer service exceeded all other fishing brands in regards to the pandemic supply issues. I took these to the Aleutian peninsula in Alaska where I wore them for 4 months straight. Wake up, put on waders. Thats the routine. Every time I would put these on I had confidence my day was going to be as I planned it. I had no w... Read Moreorries of the product failing. From walking 8+ miles a day at the first camp to exposing them to brackish and salt water daily at the second camp, they did their job. The layout of the pockets has obviously been well thought out as well. My only suggestion is to have a removable or permanent fly patch on the front for when you are changing flies and want the one being taken off to dry before going back in the box of shame. They took some abuse and more. Thanks for a great wafer!
Truly Excellent Waders
I love these waders. I've been using them for the past 7 months in Colorado (with some wet wading in the heat of the summer) and I couldn't be more impressed. Not trying to overhype them but they're seriously awesome. I like the fit a lot more than the competitors and the material feels a lot more durable too. The fit isn't ba... Read Moreggy like every other wader I've tried so crossing strong currents and hiking is a lot easier and safer. In general I think these are some of the best fitting waders on the market. I'm going to wear them as long as I possible can. I love the look and love the functionality even more. I've never owned zippered waders and now I don't think I could go back. Tons of storage, I've never used a vest, chest pack or the like because I can keep everything I need accessible in all the interior and exterior pockets. I hang nippers and forceps from lanyards off the ladder straps, I like that feature for that. Waterproof pocket is a great feature too, it works..haha. I spend as much time fishing as I can, it's the most captivating activity for me. I probably have close to 50 days on them so far. They've been super durable and comfortable whether I'm hiking the rocky banks along my local river or hiking many miles out and back and scaling cliffs and bushwhacking along the remote creeks. One of the first times I used them I ran into some errant barbed wire and tore a hole in the gravel guard area over the bootie. I patched them and haven't noticed any difference. I doubt I would've needed to patch it at all since it didn't go through the bootie but was just playing it safe. I'm just glad the tear wasn't into my skin. The durability has been outstanding on these waders and I always go out with confidence.
A Superior Product
The new Swiftwater Expedition is truly worthy of it's name. I provide multi-day wilderness fly fishing expeditions in Alaska and these waders have proven to be the best functioning and fitting waders I have owned in the many years I have been conducting float trips. Period. I find these waders to be a big improvement to my Rio Gallegos and far... Read More superior to the big name brand that I used for years. The suspension system is a work of art and ergonomics, the padded knees are indispensable for the work of a raft guide, materials are bulletproof, neoprene booties are well designed, rock guards are bomber, pockets and waterproof pouch are very functional and for a first time ever, a front zipper that actually works smoothly. I put in 45 eighteen hour days in these puppies this summer and they are solid. The Swiftwaters are some burly waders and I anticipate that will hold up to years of hard use.
Durable and Feature packed
These waders are awesome. I spend the summers as an alaskan fly fishing guide and depend on these things to work every time, the multitude of sizing options is magnificent and helped me to ensure a perfect fit. Love these waders. Also a side note, the knees have a little touch of extra padding which was a welcome surprise, kneeling on rocks can get... Read More a little uncomfortable and this was a huge benefit.
Outstanding quality waders
The quality of the waders is outstanding. The fit is great. The front zipper is just what an old guy needs and it is truly waterproof. The straps which allow lowering the waders to waste high is a great idea and they work very well. The pockets, including hand warmer pockets outside, additional pockets inside and waterproof pocket for cell phone an... Read Mored/or wallet are all great features.
way too small in mid-calf
These are supposedly the best waders on the market from any manufacturer. Patagonia thought of everything when designing them with one exception: they are way too tight in the mid-calf where the gravel guard is sewn in. I'm a big guy, but I've never had pants too small in the calf. The small diameter make it so wearing heavy socks and pan... Read Morets at the same time in these waders is a no-go. I really am undecided if I should give them 5 stars or 1 star. It is a little like I bought a spectacular Ferrari only to find out my hand is poked by a pointy gear shifter because they didn't put a knob on it except I could add a knob to the Ferrari but I can't add material to the waders. The truth is I want to love these waders but I don't. Other than the mid-calf, the waders fit perfectly.
Response from PatagoniaAugust 17, 2021
Thanks for the feedback Rick. We're so sorry our wader's didn't work for you. You're more than welcome to return them.
I've used the same pair of Simms for the past 8 years (G3s), which have been very reliable but I decided it was time for a change and after reading the positive reviews, I've bought a pair of Patagonia's. First impression is good and that they feel very, very good quality and durable. There's plenty of easy access pockets and I ... Read Morelike the heavy duty gravel guards (better than neoprene). My only gripe initially is I do not like to hook system for the shoulder straps as it's quite fiddly, personally I would have preferred and clip system, but that's the only thing. Time will tell if they last the distance in the field as I'm a full time Ghillie/Guide, but they look and feel like they'll be up to the job.
No complaints with this latest edition to fly fish without issues! Slips in and out easily, would care to have more cushion in the suspenders but not a game changer. Belt could be wider, more stout, but it works. We will see how long the zipper remains waterproof, otherwise Im a happy camper!
These are the future
This is how every wader should be made. Read that again. They fit better, feel more durable and look better than any wader Ive ever seen or worn. When I first took them out of the box and tried them on, I was absolutely blown away, I didnt want to take them off. First day on the water I wore them all day long. Multiple spots and car rides in all my... Read More gear. Even though the material is thick and rugged, I never got too hot, and it was 86 degrees and dry here in southern Colorado. They breath very well during the hike, and even better in the water. As a previous reviewer said, the sizing of these is years ahead of the competition. I was trying the competitors waders but just couldnt find the right size, even with a custom fit. Its like theyre all made in proportion to the foot size. I am 510 ~180 lbs, 38 chest, 32 inseam, 33 waist, 34 hips and a size 12 shoe. I got the MRL size and I could not dream of a better fit. Obviously wader fit is very important to me, as it should be, it is pivotal to the longevity and comfort of the wader. I do a lot of hiking so I dont want to feel like Im wearing waders. I dont like the overly baggy fit. These are the answer. They fit like theyre tailored to my body, but yet I have all the room I need exactly where I need it, nothing more. They are very customizable with the ladder system on the suspenders and the cinch around the chest. Trust the sizing guide, because even if they dont feel like they fit out of the box, theres a lot you can do to find that perfect fit. These are pricey, obviously, and when I first saw them in a fly shop awhile back I was mesmerized, Id never seen anything like them. Every breathable wader Id ever seen was basically one of three colors. These waders really stood out to me. But alas, I thought no way, I could never justify spending that on a pair of waders. For me they are worth every penny. The Patagonia warranty alone is enough to justify the investment. So many great features on these waders. I love the convertible straps and the zipper is a game changer. I cannot stress that enough. If youre on the fence about this model and the non-zip model, do not hesitate to get these. The zipper makes it very convenient to get in and out of the waders without unhooking the straps, amongst other things. You know what I mean. The 12-14 stocking foot is perfect for my size 12 street shoe and leaves room for extra socks without being too big. I use the competitor Flyweight boot in a size 13 and its a perfect fit. I dont think theres a better combo on the market today for someone like me who enjoys the long backcountry hikes to the honey hole. This wader style should be and will be the future. I havent had these for very long, so I cant speak on the longevity or overall durability of these waders, but the feeling of the material alone gives me confidence that I will be using these for many years to come, even if I do have to repair them at some point. Speaking of repairs, they include the materials to do it yourself. How is this not standard across the board?! At this price point, I feel nitpicking is warranted. The only feature that could be added is some kind of dedicated net attachment on the back of the waders. I wear a chest pack for that reason alone, because otherwise they easily have enough storage to forego a pack or vest in most cases. You could, however, easily attach a carabiner and magnetic net release to the back strap to solve this problem. The included interior waterproof pocket is a very nice touch, I dont understand how thats not standard at this price point. It could be nice if it was removable, but thats extremely trivial at this point. I legitimately dont have any complaints about these waders. I am extremely happy with my purchase and cant wait to use these as long as I possibly can. I could go on and on about what I love about these waders, but I think Ive said enough. I really dont think you can go wrong with these. If you spend a lot of time in waders, or would like to, theres nothing better on the market today. I truly believe that.
Ive been guiding in Alaska for a few years now and consistently had issues with the competitors products and their serious lack of customer support. Alas, I finally came to my senses and couldnt be happier now that I have the Patagonia Swiftcurrent Expedition waders as part of my daily kit. These waders are designed to take a beating and stave off... Read More the chill from our cold Alaskan waters. The sizing was spot on, no more saggy butt while still offering plenty of room for bending and squatting. The harness/shoulder straps system is flawless, easy to adjust and comfortable with no cutting into your shoulders. The many water tight pockets are roomy and secured by quality zippers that surely wont fail...and if they did you can be assured Patagonia will quickly remedy the issue like they do with all their products. In closing I would highly recommend the Swiftwater Expedition Waders, they look and feel great and most importantly are built to take the daily abuse of guide work. No Pebble Mine, Leave No Trace and Tight Lines to All
Perfect, So Far
The waders have a snug, but comfortable fit so they are comfortable when hiking and cut through the water better than more traditional baggy waders. An unexpected feature that I love are the knee pads. During a recent 3-day outing I spent a lot of time kneeling in the water to land and photograph fish; something I would never do with other waders.... Read More The pads are extremely soft and comfortable, but thin enough that I don't notice them when I walk. Kudos to whomever came up with them. This is my first zippered wader. I had my doubts when others assured me that the zipper would be "life changing," but they didn't lie. I just wish the wader's belt loops accommodated my wider wading belt with lumbar support. The fleeced booties keep my feet toasty, but I haven't had a chance to test them out in 33 degree water yet. But I am betting they'll make a meaningful difference. Accessing the cell phone/camera from the waterproof pocket is a bit of a hassle, but still is a nice feature. The inside "basket pockets" are perfect for a small bottle of water or a big fly box, it's a smart use of space. I appreciate all Patagonia does to save the planet and so far these waders are worth the investment. The real test will be longevity, but I have high hopes.
BEST waders out there
I purchased these waders when they first came out and have put them through the ringer. I am hard on waders; I've walked through thick brush, slid on my butt down large hills, and have walked miles in these, and they're incredibly durable. They're great while fishing in Michigan winters, as well as the summer. No complaints, I'... Read More;ll have these forever.
(e.g. Super Warm)
I am a long time happy Patagonia customer and found your new sizing system for waders more than a bit challenging. A sign of the "covid times" resulted in me not being able to try on Patagonia Men's Swiftcurrent Expedition Zip-Front Waders before purchasing. Patagonia employees were most accommodating, but it did take me three times ... Read Moreto get the correct size. I'm a little longer in the tooth now, so it made a big difference for me getting in and out of the waders that had a zipper on the front! The Patagonia waders are simply the best on the market! Thank you to all Patagonians were so patient and facilitating in helping me make this successful acquisition!
Great features and durable feel
Just made the switch over from a competitors waders after too many issues with durability and quality. Im really glad I decided to purchase these waders. They are extremely comfortable; the fit chart said I ought to be a size medium, but I dislike tight fitting waders and opted to size up to a large. Theres ample room for layering underneath. Addit... Read Moreionally, theres enough space for my knee to flex and articulate while hiking or scrambling from spot to spot without stressing the welded seams. Speaking of knees, the integrated knee pads are an awesome addition. Cant say enough about the usefulness of the front zipper but It might make for some extra maintenance/ attentiveness to keep sand and grit out to avoid damaging the seals. Pocket design is well thought out and the grid-fleece lining is comfy to the touch. Boot-feet of the same material is great to wick sweat from the feet and seems to insulate really well, although my feet dont get cold as easily as others. Ive put a fair amount of time in these waders which included some hike-ins and bushwhacky moments as well as some time rowing a boat and they really feel like they are built to last. Obviously some care is necessary to maintain any wader that sees a fair amount of use but I cant imagine any serious leaks ( E.g the seams) occurring without some serious use or neglect. If youre looking for a quality wader that beats the price of competitors, offers more features, and is backed by one of the better warranties in the business then I wouldnt hesitate to purchase these.
This the first set of real waders I've owned. I have purchased really cheap waders and hip boots in the past and have lived the adage, "you get what you pay for". I'm impressed with the Swiftcurrent Expedition waders. It's obvious a lot of thought went into producing these waders. The front zipper is a great idea especially... Read More for someone like me with arthritic and torn up shoulders. It makes it quite easy to get the waders on and off. The hand warmer pockets are another option that has been very nice to have. They are handy this time of year when the air is usually colder than the river. The zippered pockets on the front are nice for carrying minimal gear so I can leave the supply pack in the car or on the bank. The neoprene booties have done a pretty good job of keep my feet warm too. I also bought a pair of the Dannner Foot Tractor wading boots which with the waders is a pretty awesome set up and gives me confidence to go places I would have shied away from in the past. Thanks for the great products. Keep up the good work!
Only had these out on the River a few times but so far Im very happy. Im 5 10 and the fit for me is perfect. The booties are just the right size and theres plenty of room in the chest area for a heavy shirt and jacket. The zipper is robust and I really like the hefty zipper pull. The seams and sewing are real solid and should last. Would give 5 sta... Read Morers but need more time on these waders to see how they hold up.
These waders are super stout! They are definitely expedition weight. I spend a lot of time in my waders so I wanted something that was burley enough to withstand the daily abuse from guiding. I love the shoulder strap configuration; being able to pull them up and lower them down depending on the temp.
I love my Swiftcurrent waders!
Let me start with I love my Men's Swiftcurrent Expedition Zip-Front Waders! I retired this past Dec (2019) and I got a bunch of fishing in, in them this year. I really put them through their paces. My only issue is the boot sizing. Im a size 11 shoe. When I tried the waders on at the fly show, they didnt have a pair of the L booties. The M se... Read Moreemed tight. The rep suggested going to L size. This was a mistake. I wish I had gone for the M. The L are huge on me and I get sore feet because they are bunched up in the boot. If you are in-between go with the smaller size. I bet they will stretch. I find getting in and out can be tight unless you lower the top on the sliders but in return they fit perfectly. The following are recommendations for improvements that I would love in future models. The inside waterproof pocket should be removable. Velcro in rather than welding in. The current design requires the pocket to be flipped out to access what is in the pocket. It is almost impossible to flip it unless you unzip and lower the waders. If you forget to position it correctly when you are getting ready you must unzip and redo otherwise it bunches up and is uncomfortable. If you solve this next issue it will be a great patent! The wader belt length adjustments are in the wrong spot on the belt(at least for me). They are a pain to get through the belt loop on the wader. What is worse, they dont seem to hold the belt from sliding back through the loop. I wear a wading stick on my belt on one side and a rod holder on the other. The weight pulls them back through the loop all the time. If you figure out a way to stop the belt from sliding back through the belt loops it would be awesome. I see people all the time struggling to get the belt end back through the loops. Maybe just make the loop wider, rather than a ¼ inch loop. I prefer D-rings rather than the flaps you have to hang tools. I dont trust safety pin zingers. I would add a D-ring where the suspender straps come together in the back. This will allow you to hang a net off the back of the suspenders. A small slot pouch and a D-ring on the inside front to store and clip leash for forceps/scissors right where you need them would be awesome. I currently use the zipper cover on the outside to hold forceps. I tuck the leash inside. The string zipper-pulls always seem to un-knot at the most inopportune time. These could be better. These enhancements are what I would consider make the perfect wader. I realize each enhancement ads cost and you need to balance. I do love my Swiftcurrent waders! Thanks
My initial impression was ... How expensive! But having purchased a pair, they really are excellent waders, the best I have had. Firstly, the thought going into the design is amazing, from the neoprene boots, gravel guard, seams, braces and the pockets. Having used them in a Scottish summer (heavily raining!) they performed so well. The array of po... Read Moreckets really negates the need for a fishing vest. I like to fish with minimal equipment and these waders excel at this, so you can for-go the need or cost of a new vest. The material used are real quality and I expect them to last for years. I love the padded knee pads which I didn't know were there until I knelt down - a comfortable surprise. I like the ability to lower the waders for walks in, to aid cooling, although my legs never over heated as they are so breathable. My only gripe is as a 6'5" guy, they are a tiny bit small in the leg. I adjusted the braces so they work well, but I would have liked another inch in the leg. Overall, really impressive and I expect they will last for years so the initial investment will prove to be good value for money. I wouldn't be without them in Scotland, Europe and NZ.
Great waders with a full zipper front.
These waders are very well designed for long days on the water. The full zipper front allows easy access to strip layers as needed. They come with built in knee pads for stalking fish or just taking a break. The upper straps adjust with a plastic buckle and pull tab, allowing you to shed layers or even push the top down to wear them like pants. I l... Read Moreove them and will wear them till they wear out. At that time I will buy another set.
Good first impression, but too early to tell
These are the third pair of zip-front waders I've purchased - previously one Reddington & one Orvis. I like the trimmer fit compared to the non-zip variety and ability to open them up for ventilation. The zippers of the others never leaked. The previous pairs were each good for two years, then started to seep water along seams. I had no is... Read Moresues with punctures. This is not a major problem in the summer, but winter fishing while wet is a different story. I tried sealing the seams by painting with liquid Flex Seal, but they continue to seep. The Patagonia waders fit well, but so did the previous ones. They appear to be well constructed. I expect they will be ok when I put them to the test tomorrow. The key test will be how their durability compares with the others over time. If they hold up longer than the others, I might eventually re-visit my review raise my rating to 5 stars.
As others have mentioned, this is a well appointed wader. The features are impressive. However, going from the Rio Gallegos to the Swiftcurrent, the design failed to give adequate room in the crotch. I am not sure quite how this cleared the design process, but this issue makes the waders most undesirable. Ill unfortunately have to return these wade... Read Morers.
Excellent First Experience
Just purchased the waders and took a three day wade trip. Totally comfortable, felt solid, safe and secure even in fairly deep water and strong current. No complaints, and the quality seems superb. We'll see how they wear over time, but at this point I'm very happy.
Paid the bucks and glad I did
I'm 6'2'', 226 #, 45" largest girth(chest) and size 11 foot. I ordered LLM. I have owned several brands of waders over the past 30 years of fly fishing. My first time out this year both booties leaked in my go-to waders. Sent them in for repair (4-6 weeks). My back-up waders also leaked. They're old and I decided to r... Read Moreetire them. I was felt with a pair of hippers that are fine but limit access to the water I like to fish. I live in a rural area and don't have access to shops I can go and try waders on. So, after 2 days of intense online research, I ordered the Swiftcurrent zippered. Guides and friends who have zippered waders and love them. My style of fishing is to work a pool or stretch of water and leave my pack on the bank. I find this less tiring and easier to cast. To change flies, add tippet, land and release fish I need reasonal pockets and attachment points to carry some gear with my waders and stay on the fish. The Swiftcurrents seemed to fit the bill. As soon as they arrived I put them on and walked, sat, squatted, kneeled down, and got in and out of my truck. No problems. At first, I thought they might be a tad too long, but after all my gyrations they seemed to conform. I'm glad I ordered the L length (34"). My inseam from crotch to floor is 34. When I buy pants I get a 32" imseam. If I had ordered a M inseam for the waders they would definitely have been too short. The next day 6 hours on the water. These waders are awesome. Comfortable on the water, on land, and driving from spot to spot. Having the zipper is a fantastic feature for convenience, and easy on/off. I can see these becoming my Golden Retriever of waders.
I picked these up to add a warmer, but adaptable, chest-high option to complement my Gunnison wading pants. I was a little nervous about the fit after reading a previous review from someone with the same or at least very similar body dimensions. I'm 6'2", and my pant size is typically 32or33x34. Shoe size is 10.5. My wading pants are... Read More Medium Regular, but I opted to follow the current size chart and order up the MLM, which best matched up to my measurements. I don't like excess bulk in my clothing, particularly in waders, so I opted to trust the size chart and rely on Patagonia's proven willingness to make it right in the event that I had the same fit issues. Straight off I had no issues with the bootie sizing with a thin liner sock. But they would definitely be snug with a light wool hiking sock in there. I got the suspenders up over my shoulders, and they definitely crept up in the rear in a way that would be distracting, if not uncomfortable during a day of fishing. Everything else seemed perfect, so I took a closer look at the waders for adjustment options. Sure enough there were some adjustments on the front of the suspenders. I had to drop the hook to the lowest hole, but once I did, the fit was perfect for me. I could lift my knees, raise my arms, etc without any binding down below. I haven't had them out on the water, but the fit, and my simulated run-through of typical actions I might do to access pockets on the water were good. There is definitely adjustment available, but longer torsos, or that additional inch of height might tax that a bit. I definitely recommend these waders for quality and features. They happen to fit me very well, but you might have to try them on for yourself to make sure the adjustments accommodate your dimensions.
Great, with one caveat...
These are the nicest waders I've owned and I've had quite a few different ones over the past 30 years. I did find that the bootie/foot sizing on these is not inline with my actual foot size though. I have size 12 feet and ordered accordingly. When the waders arrived the booties were huge so I had to return/swap for the same size wader wit... Read Moreh smaller feet which must be made large to accommodate socks or something but the size 12/13 booties are far too big for my size 12 feet. Additionally, I think it takes walking around in these for 10-15 minutes to really gauge fit and sizing. When I initially put mine on they seemed too small as they are a bit more trim than the Rio Gallegos waders I previously had. However, once I'd walked around the house in them for ten minutes it was clear that while certainly a "trimmer" fit, I do in fact wear the same size in these as I did the Rio Gallegos, they just fit a little differently (probably better actually). These are my first zippered waders and while I had originally thought the zipper would make getting into them far easier, I think the real advantage with the zipper is getting out of them, and the noon moment behind the bushes. Overall, these are great, a big improvement over any waders I've previously owned, I'm very happy with them.
Saved My Pennies for a Lifetime Opportunity
Patagonia, I absolutely love you, your people, and your desire to protect and serve this place we call home. Your ascetic is very much that which best represent my own, in a brand. I choose to work with you regularly becuase of the quality, devotion to environmentalism, and overall organizational ethic you encompass. This is the reason that for all... Read More things, climbing, running and fishing I choose you. Alas, after much consternation, convincing of my wife, and hording of my pennies I decided to buy what I believed to be the perfect pair of waders, the Swifcurrent (and the front-zip at that)! On receipt I realized that the size chart must have been wrong and referenced back to the one provided on-line. I am 6'2" with a 33 inch waist and a 10.5 shoe size and when reading the guide I should be a MLM....beeeeeep... wrong answer, and in pulling them on I could barely sit, the booties were skin tight to my foot and the inseam pulling tight into my nether-region. Ok Ok, "I got this," I said to myself, "lets try the MLL." Returned, shipped and received later- and the waders fit perfet less one very uncomfortable thing- the nether-region. Wow, "am I going to tear myself or these waders first," I thought. So, this time I made an executive decision and I went into my local PDX Patagonia and with the help of the staff found an LRL (as they did not have the LLL) and tried that on. Eureka, the crotch was comfortable but the 44" girth made it feel like I was swimming in them. Alas, I kept the MLL and walked away with one of the staff metioning, "this was the 5th time he heard someone mention the issue in the crotch." I hope to not hike far, tuck myself tight and look for a future repair job that may add some room down below. Patagonia- I ain't normally fussy, nor do I ever write reviews but for the quality you put into your products it may make sense to add a little room below for us tall gents who are fit and not girthy. Your friend- Connor
With a busy work schedule I only get on the water for a couple of multi day trips each year. I had been looking for a new pair of waders for some time now as my current pair were approximately 10 years old. They were from another manufacturer and have served me incredibly well. But a lot has changed in the past decade and I was looking for somethin... Read Moreg with more features. I purchased the LSM Zip Front waders and the fit is perfect (Im 59, 210) from head to toe. The booties are amazing and finally I dont have material bunched at the front of my boot. The knee pads are a nice touch and the updated belt is very sturdy and comfortable. The articulation throughout the garment is awesome and will provide for a full range of motion on the water and over the trails. The top half of the waders are cut a little bigger which allows for plenty of layering options to match your weather conditions. All of the zippers are super sturdy and the various pockets give lots of options for gear. The internal waterproof pouch is perfectly sized for cell phones which is perfect as that is my go to for photos and videos. I was I little nervous about the shoulder straps just having one attachment point in the back, but they work great and there are many fine tuning options for a perfect fit. The quick release suspender system also works amazingly well and will be perfect for a quick conversion to hip waders as the weather heats up throughout the day. From the online pictures I wasnt sure how I would feel about the color but they look really sharp and its certainly different from the standard issue khaki of every other manufacturer. The only design element that I dont love is the boot lace hook at the front of the gravel guards. Im used to that extending all the way down to the front of my boot and hooking into the first crossing of the laces. However, the design on the waders only allows you to get about half way down your laces. Its not a big deal and overall the gravel guard design is much improved from the waders I had previously worn. These waders are certainly not cheap but are a huge upgrade from featureless waders of the past. Im looking forward to wearing these waders for a very long time and through many adventures!
These waders are next level
I didnt think these waders were a big upgrade from the Rio Gallegos but I was completely wrong. The fit alone is well worth getting these. Patagonia really did put in the effort on making sure the fit is right. So many little upgrades that make these perfect.
The Best Waders I’ve Ever Owned!
I was fortunate to get to try these out a few months back and just recently got my very own pair. The fit is great. Love the colors. Apple the upgrades, like a bigger waterproof pocket and quick release suspenders. It’s wonderful they’ve found a way to use recycled materials to build these. Obviously can’t comment on the longevity, but they seem bu... Read Moreilt to last. The new construction should help with that. Ultimately I’m not worried, because Patagonia has the best warranty program on the planet. They truly stand behind their products, while helping steward the lands we love so much.
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