At Patagonia’s core, creating a durable, long-lasting product has been the goal from the very beginning. If you’ve owned one, you’re likely aware of that.

The clothing company is venturing into foul weather gear, tailoring it to commercial fishermen and farmers who brave some of the gnarliest day-to-day routines.

“Alaskan fishing crews gave us feedback. We listened. Our slickers are built to outlast many seasons of getting it done in the harshest, muckiest, saltiest conditions,” the company’s website notes.

Their Hose-Down Slicker set includes bib overalls and a jacket, and is constructed from a two-layer, 7.9 oz, 100% recycled nylon ripstop face fabric with a TPU-film laminate. Available in both Campfire Orange and Basin Green, they’re ready for whatever you can throw at ‘em.

The Slicker Jacket features a fixed hood with a hook-and-loop closure to prevent loose ends from getting caught in machinery or fishing gear. The cuffs utilize a sleek, stretchy TPU nylon material, adjustable via an easy-to-operate hook-and-loop D-ring strap for a watertight seal. These items are noticeably lighter than competing products in the market.

What sets Patagonia apart from most clothing companies is its belief in its products. Its repair policy shows that commitment and is widely regarded as one of the best in the industry. If your Patagonia gear needs fixing, its Ironclad Guarantee ensures hassle-free returns, repairs, or replacements, no questions asked. 

An additional line worth noting is the company’s Iron Forge Hemp™ products, which work for dry days in the pilot house, slaving over the boat when she’s on land, or giving your wholesaler the runaround for a few extra cents or dollars per pound, depending on the species you’re bringing in.

Patagonia states that its 12.9-oz Iron Forge Hemp™ canvas is 25% more abrasion-resistant than conventional cotton duck canvas and needs no break-in. The material is comprised of 55% industrial hemp, 27% recycled polyester, and 18% organic cotton canvas.

The entire Workwear line is made in a Fair Trade Certified factory. Winter favorites include their insulated overalls and canvas chore coat. In warmer weather, rep the all-season double-knee pants and canvas vest

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Ben Hayden grew up in the shipyards of northern Massachusetts.  His passion for storytelling came about on a freelance film that highlighted businesses, farmers, and fishermen while sailing up the coast of Maine. He can be reached at [email protected].

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