New Gear for Up Here and Out There

Nano-green-BLG-254x300Charge into fall 2014 with boosted traction and a top temperature regulator from Patagonia

As summer transcends into fall, we’re already thinking about supercharged sea-run browns in Tierra del Fuego and the steelhead season ahead of us in the Pacific Northwest. Of course, fall fishing also brings a seasonal drop in temperatures. We’ll see rain, wind, and bitter days. And in order to stay dry and warm through the mixbag weather, we’ll need to stay on our feet, while dressing appropriately for the occasion.

That’s where Patagonia Inc. steps in with two exciting releases worth considering for your autumnal wading and outerwear arsenals.

At the top of the list, and primed to march into the rushing Rio Grande, is Patagonia’s new wading shoe built for comfort, support, and trustworthy traction on challenging river bottoms. The Foot Tractor ($279), according to the company, “elevates our award-winning, patent-pending aluminum bar technology to new levels of performance.”



What’s awesome about aluminum on the bottom of your boot is its ability to grip slick rock by deforming and biting into the river bottom better than less malleable materials. The new multi-directional design promises more versatile non-slip performance across a range of wading scenarios. In addition, the boot’s Clarion synthetic leather upper is comfortable and increases durability. And Venergy monofilament mesh panels shave weight, lock out debris, and drain quickly.

While Foot Tractors maximize traction, Patagonia’s new Nano Air Jacket ($249), on the other hand, was designed to maintain optimal core comfort via temperature regulating Full Range Insulation. The brilliance lies in a piece you can “Put On… and Leave On” during the massive temperature sweeps that often occur through fall and into winter.

Patagonia’s Nano Air Jacket combines light and durable 100-percent nylon ripstop shell with a plain weave liner offering 4-way mechanical stretch mobility. A DWR (durable water repellant) finish sheds water and crosschecks wind. And Nano Puff brick quilting in the side panels, articulated patterning, and other quilting details improve overall fit and durability.

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