What is Wet Wading?

Wet wading is a fishing technique that involves standing in water, typically with pants and shoes that are capable of getting wet. Unlike traditional fishing methods that require hip boots or waders to remain dry, wet wading allows anglers to immerse themselves in the water without the need for additional gear. This method of fishing has gained significant popularity, particularly in places like New Zealand where it has been favored for some time. At Backcountry Skinz, we understand the appeal of avoiding cumbersome waders whenever possible. We discovered that many others shared this sentiment, which inspired us to create products that cater specifically to anglers and paddlers who embrace wet wading. Our aim is to enhance the wet wading experience, enabling enthusiasts to extend their fishing season, enjoy greater mobility, stay warm, protect themselves from bugs and bushes, and conveniently carry our products in and out of their expeditions. Additionally, our versatile designs allow for the option to wear our gear inside waders during the winter months. It is all about providing versatility and comfort to those who indulge in wet wading.


What are the benefits of wading and/or paddling in your neoprene pants ? 


  1. Comfort: The neoprene material used to make the pants conforms to the shape of your body, which allows for greater comfort when wet wading than non-neoprene pants. 


  1. Support: The neoprene material wraps around your waist and legs and gives you extra support while standing, walking, and fishing in water. The pants also provide warmth in cold water and when temperatures are cooler outside.


  1. Durability: Our thin neoprene compression pants are extremely durable against bushes, bugs, coral, and rocks. The neoprene material is extremely tough and resilient, providing long-lasting wear and protection from the elements. With four-way stretch technology, the pants move with your body for increased mobility, so you can be confident you won't be held back.


  1. Waterproof: The neoprene material provides a waterproof barrier, which prevents water from seeping through the pants, when it does it it regulates the water temperature on your skin so you're always comfortable.


  1. Mobility: The neoprene material is stretchable and flexible, as opposed to some traditional fishing pants, which allows for more freedom of movement. This makes wet wading easier and more pleasant for the angler.


  1. Lightweight/Compact: Our thin neoprene pants are incredibly lightweight, yet extremely durable. They feature a cool, comfortable fit, making them the perfect companion for outdoor activities such as fishing and paddling. Sensitive areas are easily protected from sunburn and rash, while these pants can be easily rolled up and kept in any bag, and they'll stay flexible and light when worn. Best of all, they are perfect for making quick, efficient river crossings, as they cut through the water with minimal resistance. With our thin neoprene pants, staying active outdoors is easier and more comfortable than ever.


Are your neoprene pants waterproof ?

 Yes, all neoprene pants are waterproof. While wading and being submerged underwater, there is a minimal possibility of water entering the pants, but it should be hardly noticeable. These pants also have the ability to regulate the temperature of the water on your legs, effectively warming cold water and delivering a refreshing sensation on hot days, much like a wetsuit. It's truly magical!


Are our neoprene pants breathable ?

 Our neoprene pants are designed to offer partial breathability. They feature a thin neoprene design that provides mobility and durability, with a soft nylon layer on the inside to help wick away sweat. These pants also provide high-quality, durable neoprene protection from the elements. They are ideal for both cold-water and warm-day situations, ensuring your comfort as you wade or paddle in the water. They effectively regulate water temperature on your legs. Additionally, these pants bridge the gap between waders and lighter dry pants. They are easy to pack in your bags when you get too hot or to unpack and wear if the weather turns sour, which is often the case in the backcountry.

What socks do you recommend to go with your Z-Series pants?

We offer three different variations of wading socks: waterproof socks, our regular Z-Drainz wading socks, and Z-Drainz with built-in rock guards.
 For the WATERPROOF SOCKS, we recommend using them in situations such as leaky waders, small stream crossings, rainy days or hot days when paired with our shorts or UV pants and running shoes. These socks have three bonded layers of nylon, a waterproof middle layer, and inner merino wool, making them great for avoiding abrasions and blisters during long excursions. They are best paired with running shoes as they may not fill out your wading boots in terms of thickness. If you are a versatile light angler hiker, paddler, hunter these socks are the perfect fit !
For our regular Z-DRAINZ socks, we highly recommend them as an excellent option to pair with our Z-series neoprene leggings. These socks feature a draining footbed that effectively eliminates foot muck, and they are compatible with both running shoes and wading boots. Additionally, they are easy to layer with a merino wool sock underneath, allowing you to add thickness for a snug fit in your wading boots or for extra warmth in extremely cold water. Overall, these socks are incredibly versatile and provide optimal comfort and flexibility during your fishing adventures.
For our Z-DRAINZ socks built with ROCK GUARDS that go over your boots, this is our thickest and most popular sock. It features a draining footbed to effectively remove foot muck, and the rock guard can be folded down over the boot to keep out debris. These socks are best paired with any of our wading pants and a pair of regular wading boots.


With your Waterproof Socks and neoprene  pants combined together do I get wet ?

 With our waterproof socks combined with our 2.0 neoprene pant, you do not stay fully dry. Although this combination of our gear will keep you pretty sealed and dry through small river crossings and rainy days on river banks or wet days paddling, when wading submerged under water for a prolonged period of time, water can still seep in. This is why we call it wet wading, but it is wet wading while staying warm and protected from the elements. Most of our customers reach out saying how they barely wore their waders all season from spring to fall, as our pants and socks are so warm.

 Will water enter my waterproof socks if it goes over the top of the sock line ?

 Yes, water can enter your waterproof socks if it goes over the top of the sock line. Even though our socks are 100% waterproof, if your foot is submerged under water above the top of the sock line, water can enter the sock. However, this will keep your feet warmer than regular socks when wet, as the water will warm up the area around your foot. Our waterproof membrane socks are ideal for small river crossings, leaky waders, mud and ice, and summer wading.

 Are you planning on expanding your sizing on all your products ?

Yes, of course! As of right now, we are a new brand that is not even a year old yet. We are growing organically and everything goes back into building our inventory. Our goal is to have all sizes for all of our products very soon, so stay tuned!

 Are your products good for paddling, biking, hiking and boating ?

 Backcountry Skinz gear provides the perfect combination of comfort and protection for a variety of outdoor activities. Whether you are biking, paddling, hiking, or boating, our lightweight and breathable fabric provide superior comfort and keep you dry even in harsh weather conditions. With its waterproof design, our gear helps you stay warm and dry no matter what you're doing. It also provides excellent sun and wind protection as well as a layer of protection against branches and other debris you may come in contact with while out in the wild. With an adjustable fit, our gear fits snugly without being too tight, so you can enjoy all your outdoor activities without having to worry about your gear. Backcountry Skinz gear provides unbeatable protection and comfort so you can enjoy your outdoor adventures with peace of mind.

 Is your gear good for saltwater applications?

 Our gear is great for salt water applications. It provides excellent sun protection, while also offering full protection from abrasions caused by coral or critters. Whether fishing in the surf, paddling, or surfing, our gear keeps you comfortable and safe.

How do I wash my neoprene gear ?

 We prefer hand wash with soap and water and hang to dry to prolong the longevity of our gear .

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