Product Focus : Patagonia Men's Guidewater Pants
The current range of Patagonia clothing suitable for fly fishing is growing and new products continue to be developed every season to tempt us. We put their Men's Guidewater Pants (that's trousers to you and me!) through their paces recently to see if they lived up to the claim of being suitable for both fishing and casual wear.
Drift boat. Flats skiff. Spring creek. Supermarket. Airliner. We created our new Guidewater Pants specifically for situations where you might need, well, pants.
Water-specific features, including zippered side-leg pocket, mesh drainage in all pockets and remarkably fast dry time make these the fishing pants of choice for anglers. But the comfortable fit, zippered fly and constructed waist with stretch sections and belt loops make the Guidewaters ideal for pretty much any activity.
- Recyclable, lightweight, woven nylon fabric is durable and quick-drying and provides 50+ UPF sun protection
- Front pockets, zippered side-leg and rear pocket all have mesh drainage
- Constructed waist with two stretch sections and zip fly for maximum comfort
- 4.3-oz 100% nylon with DWR (durable water repellent) finish and 50+ UPF sun protection. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program
345 g (12.2 oz)
- Colour : Sage Khaki
- Sizes Available : Medium - XXLarge
I've been wearing the Men's Guidewater Pants from Patagonia on and off over the last couple of months now when fishing but I've also been wearing them to the office to check how comfortable they are all day. They have passed both tests easily I am glad to report.
During a day's fishing at Arlington reservoir in East Sussex recently we endured some light showers that saw the water beeding up nicely on the water repellant material rather than soaking straight through and so keeping me dry. During heavier rain the material did show some signs of water not running off completely in places where it pooled (we were boat fishing so I was sitting) but I have to say I never actually noticed feeling damp and they dried very quickly once the rain stopped so they are perfectly good for wearing during showers I would say. Heavier persistant rain in cold climates would still require over-trousers but in warmer climes the quick drying material and also the drainage in all the pockets means you could wear them all day long and even wet wade too. They also have a sun protection factor of 50+ - more than enough for the most tropical of locations or an English summer day. I also like the "Sage Khaki" colour which is quite subdued and therefore great for stalking and blending in with the bankside vegetation.
While being made of a woven nylon material they do not generate as much rustling or other noise when walking as the nylon trousers of old which used to get quite annoying after a while. I have hardly noticed anything like that when wearing them all day and have matched them with a shirt and shoes for the Fish&Fly office where they have not looked out of place. They would make great travelling trousers I am sure or for outdoors use in general. They also seem to be quite good at resisting stains - always handy when fishing - presumably also due to the properties of the nylon material and of course creasing is also not a problem - another travel benefit.
At £69 these are equivalent in price to a top-notch pair of jeans and of equal long-wearing quality due to the quality of construction. When they finally do give out they are recyclable through Patagonia's 'Common Threads' program which sees your old Patagonia clothing returned to the factory where the material is re-used to make new products rather than becoming landfill.
Find out more about the 2011 range of Fly Fishing clothing from Patagonia in their online digital catalogue - CLICK HERE.
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