Get Your Gear Fixed: Patagonia’s Worn Wear Tour Goes Fishing

Patagonia’s Worn Wear Wagon is hitting the road for 3 weeks to repair fishing gear in the Pacific Northwest.

And if you’re lucky, it just might be coming to a town near you.

Why Worn Wear?

Since 2013, Patagonia’s Worn Wear program has saved countless items of clothing destined for the landfill. Through patching, sewing, and repairing used items, the program seeks to extend the life of what we’re wearing. And doing this also cuts back substantially on carbon, water, and waste footprints.

Worn Wear offers a few routes to extend the life of its garments. You can trade in old Patagonia items and earn credit toward new or used gear. The company also sells gear it repaired at reduced costs as part of the internal program. And it built a substantial educational component on the site to help people repair garments at home.

The Wagon is the external force behind the program.

What About the Wagon?

Patagonia Worn Wear Wagon

Patagonia equipped the Worn Wear Wagon to fix waders and clothing. And it welcomes all brands into the repair shop. Ted Manning, Patagonia’s director of Fish, expands on why the brand is branching out.

“We know that no matter whose gear you use, if you are lucky enough to get out and use it a lot, it will wear out. This Worn Wear tour is the convergence of those two ideas: get people back on the water and keep the gear they’ve loved going with them,” he said.

In addition to fixing waders, all garments are welcome, as are non-anglers. The tour is stopping at six towns across the Pacific Northwest.

Patagonia Worn Wear Fish Tour 2019

  • April 13: Gig Harbor Fly Shop, Gig Harbor, WA
  • April 14: Elysian Brewery, Seattle, WA
  • April 17: Caddis Fly Shop, Eugene, OR
  • April 20-21: River Pig Saloon, Bend, OR
  • April 26-27: Silver Creek Outfitters, Ketchum, ID
  • May 3-5: Mangy Moose, Jackson, WY

Find all extended details and add your name to the Facebook events for the tour here.

Nicole Qualtieri
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Based in Montana, Nicole Qualtieri is GearJunkie's Hunt + Fish Editor. She also serves as a Board Director for Orion the Hunters Insititute, a non-profit promoting fair chase and hunting ethics nationwide. A DIY hunter, she comes from a non-traditional hunting background and began hunting and fishing in her 30s. She's been a voice for hunting, fishing, and conservation since 2014, when she got started working on the television show MeatEater. She's an avid horsewoman, bird dog aficionado, snowboarder, hiker/backpacker, food nerd, and all-around outdoorswoman. Find her online at @nkqualtieri.