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Patagonia Minimalist wading jacket

By Magnus Angus

Simple, lightweight, waterproof.
Simple, lightweight, waterproof.

Minimalist by name, but not by features. This is a lightweight wading/fishing jacket. The cut is fairly generous, I can move freely and this fits over bulky layers if needed. The Minimalist is listed as Patagonia's longest wading jacket, it comes well below my waist, so this can easily serve as a rain-jacket. This is designed to be lightweight, so is made using fewer layers, waterproof nylon Ripstop outer, waterproof main zip, two front pockets with waterproof zips, two huge side-pockets with conventional zips. The main zip comes high, to my face. The hood sits nicely with a slightly stiffened peak and a drawstring volume adjuster at the back. Simple Velcro straps adjust to tighten at my wrists.

With all the zips closed, I like the lack of clutter on my front, I have with waders, waistcoat or small fishing-pack to carry all the clutter and paraphernalia, therefore I don't really need zingers and D-rings on a wading jacket.

Then, when the shower passes, or the boat ride is over, roll this up and stuff it back in a boat-bag. A very handy travel-jacket, far lighter and less bulky than my normal wading jacket, and long enough to use as an everyday waterproof jacket.

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Price: £160.
From: Patagonia stockists.

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