We tasked our team with an impossible job—rethink waders from the ground up. Make them lighter, stronger and more versatile while using durable recycled materials that never need to see a landfill. In short, we wanted tomorrow’s waders today.
They delivered. The game-changing Patagonia Swiftcurrent Ultralight Waders are the most innovative waders on the water. Engineered with 4-layer face fabrics in a design that sheds bulk and reduces abrasion, they’re impossibly lightweight and tough, weighing only 36 ounces. These river-tested, breathable fabrics employ an exclusive patterning that delivers a non-baggy fit that moves athletically in and out of the water. Groundbreaking, vacuum-molded, 3D-formed booties cut ounces and offer just enough stretch to ensure a comfortable fit. Cramped, sweaty feet are a thing of the past.
Swiftcurrent Ultralight features include:
- 4-layer, 70% recycled face bonded to a 100% recycled polyester backer, with a waterproof/breathable barrier and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish in a design that sheds bulk and reduces abrasion.
- Quick-drying, comfortable vacuum-molded 3D-formed booties.
- Easy-to-use suspender system with integrated gear docks quickly convert to waist-highs.
- Internal waterproof pocket.
- Black Hole scuff guards for added toughness
“Building no-nonsense, no-compromise gear made for a long life has been our guiding principle for more than 50 years,” said Matt Millette, Patagonia Fly Fish head of marketing. “With the Ultralights, we’re using recycled fabrics and a bootie that eliminates neoprene. Not only are these materials better for the planet, they’re simply better materials. They’re light, tough and comfortable. If you’ve been trapped in stiff, baggy, heavy waders, the Ultralights will be a revelation.”
Over the last five years, Patagonia has granted more than $6 million to conservation groups protecting wild fish and clean water. These organizations reconnect our rivers, oppose the wasteful futility of hatcheries and deadbeat dams and fight the open net-pen salmon farming disaster. Our rivers, oceans and fish were born wild. We vow to keep them that way.