Patagonia Women’s Torrentshell 3L Pants in blackSure, the occasional splash is fun, but getting wet when you’re on the move can quickly put a damper on things. So, when I was packing for a circumnavigation of Newfoundland – a place well known for rain, drizzle, and fog – quality waterproof pants were a must.

From daily zodiac rides, to waterfall hikes, to searching the horizon for whale blows, my Patagonia Women’s Torrentshell 3L Pants became part of my daily wardrobe. Loose enough to fit over your clothing, but not so baggy and bulky that they get in the way, the pants are named 3L for their breathable, three-layer shell.

The waistband is adjustable, with an internal drawstring, but I especially appreciated the generous two-way side zips; they made it easy to put on and pull off my Xtratuf Legacy Boots. And at just shy of 11 ounces, the pants are easy to travel with as they don’t take up much room in a suitcase.

An added perk, they’re made in a Fair Trade Certified™ factory. Patagonia pays a premium for every item made in a Fair Trade Certified factory. The extra funds go directly to the workers at the factory, and they decide how to spend it. Think everything from childcare and healthcare, to bonuses.

Patagonia Women’s Torrentshell 3L Pants are available in black in a 30″ inseam (short) and a 32″ (regular) inseam. Cost is $129 on Patagonia’s website.