We are now at less than 10 days of the trout season opening so it is time for a gear check up to avoid some last minute inconvenience spoiling the party I have been waiting for six months.
The opening day is rarely a good day of fishing but it is the ritual and we have to be on the river's edge.
I have very few illusions about the meteorological conditions for this opening day so I prepare a proper attire: waterproof!
After many deceptions with entry level waperproof trousers in the past I decided three years ago to invest a little more money in some good quality trousers and after researches on the internet I did choose a SCIERRA Aquatex Pro.
-2 layer strong 320D taslon nylon shell fabric with PU coating and taped seams
-100% waterproof of 8.000mm and high breathability of 5.000 mvp
-Soft comfortable full taffeta lining
-Higher back for warmth and elastic inserts at waist for better fit
-Belt with nice slim buckle included
-2 side zipper pockets
-2 side thigh pockets with velcro
-Reinforced inner leg for high wear and tear
-Pre bended reinforced knees for great fit
-Adjustable velcro at leg
These theoretical characteristics seem vey interesting but do they make these over trousers worth the 200 USD I paid for them?
The adjustable belt is slightly stretchy, very comfortable and has a very slim buckle that is only 10 millimeters thick. And after hundreds of use the belt elastics did not relax and the buckle is still operational.
The higher back panel has micro fleece lining, this feature is simple and effective.
After three seasons the waterproof zips pockets are still fully operational which is a first in my experience with fishing over trousers. I do not know which manufacturer they come from but Scierra made the right choice! These two slant pockets are lined with micro fleece that perfectly fulfills its function by warming your hands. After three seasons that micro fleece has not even begun to fluff, so it is very good quality.
When I go fishing I walk a lot and I put the ordeal on the legs seams on the Scierra but they have not yet needed to be repaired or rebuilt. This is noteworthy because it is the seams that determine the lifespan of a waterproof garment. No worries here!
The breathability is really good because I've never had felt overheating with these pants on even after several kilometers marches. These trousers help keep you comfortable even if you are static in cold or/and windy conditions.
The thigh pockets are closed by very strong closing velcro that insures you that anything you keep in these pockets will not go away. Once again on this garment the seams are very strong and do not need maintenance after three years of hard use.
The lower leg is adjustable thanks to a velcro strap. The movable portion of this velcro is covered with very strong rubber. You can see on the picture below the state in which it is after frequent encounter with brambles:
To conclude my opinion is that these over trousers do not have any major defect besides not being in the Scierra range anymore. One can find these last available ones for very good prices on the internet.
Of course its successor, the KENAI, is available.