Having suffered in the past with sunburnt legs and near misses with hooks, I tend to always wear long trousers on the kayak when fishing. When abroard competing in high temperatures and humidity a pair of thin fast drying hiking pants are the norm. But when fishing in Europe I switch to something with a little more hook protection.
Having the right paddle pants for Summer fishing from a Sit-on-Top kayak has always meant wearing a bib and brace, its either that or put up with a damp back as the water wicks up the back of your shirt. With the introduction of the comfy fully adjustable raised seat, the days of sitting in puddles are thankfully over, so looking for a cooler alternative of paddle pant is now an option.
My 2015 Hobie Revoluton have a raised seat, so for the 2015 season I thought I would give the Palm Neon paddle pant a go. When ordering I had a pair of optional XP 4-layer socks fitted. My legs are raised in the Hobie and I didn’t want to have water running down inside the pant.
When they arrived I was sure they would get as much use as my Ion bib & brace, but as the year has progressed they have got worn more and more, here we are in November and I’m still wearing them on trips to my local lake.
I have been using them mostly for freshwater kayak fishing, they generally have to be washed and dried after each trip so that I don’t carry any foreign beasties from one lake to another. Their simple design means they tend to dry very quickly, useful when the next trip might be only a couple of days away. They are also standing up to being washed regularly on a cold wash in the washing machine.
The fabric has proven to be relatively hook and snag proof which is very important when fishing. Last thing you want is a hook in the pants or pinholes caused by snagged hooks. Size and fit and comfort are spot on and during the hotter days they remain comfortable.
One thing I would consider for my next pair is a pee zip, it’s the only thing I miss from my drysuit and bib & brace. I’m sure one could be added to these, but I couldn’t be without them for long enough to have one fitted. Maybe during the winter months.
About the author
About the author
David is the founder/owner of anglersafloat.co.uk an information site with a popular forum. He’s been kayak fishing since 2003 and fishing since a young lad, spending most of his summer holidays in Sussex on his aunty's farm fishing their private twenty acre lake.
If he’s not fishing, he’s thinking of fishing, or planning for the next tournament.