The affordable Magellan Outdoors Women's Pro Angler line from Academy Sports + Outdoors offers everything lady anglers need to hit the water.
Although women's gear has made massive strides in the last decade or two, it still generally falls way behind the plentiful options available for sportsmen. Texas-based Academy Sports + Outdoors is changing the game with comprehensive lines of budget-friendly gear for female hunters and anglers right alongside their extensive sporting goods collections.
One of Academy's private label brands, Magellan Outdoors, outfits both men and women with great outdoor gear for a morning on the water or an afternoon in the stand. All pieces come with a price tag significantly smaller than big name brands, but they still perform incredibly well in the field.
On a recent trip to Rockport, Texas with the Academy crew, I had the chance to try out a variety of angling-centric women's clothing styles, including these standouts from the Women's Magellan Pro Angler line.
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Magellan Outdoors Pro Angler Women's Line
Long Sleeve Gaiter Hoodie
Providing protection from sun and surf without unnecessary bulk, the Women's Pro Angler Long Sleeve Gaiter Hoodie is perfect for a day of in-shore fishing. It's lightweight and stretchy with COOLCOR mesh panels for breathability, and moisture-wicking technology prevents that hot, sweaty stink. A gaiter built into the hood offers optional neck and face coverage, while UPF 50+ blocks harmful rays. The hoodie — which comes in solid colors — also features a sunglass wipe, convenient zippered pocket, and thumbholes for just $34.99.
Pieced Long Sleeve Crew
A trimmed-down version of the Gaiter Hoodie, the Women's Pro Angler Pieced Long Sleeve Crew Top sports the same lightweight, breathable construction but with a crew-style neckline. It also boasts UPF 50 protection, a sunglass wipe, and thumbholes. This machine-washable women's top features a more tailored, feminine cut than the men's version. It's available in several Realtree Wav3 and Academy-exclusive Mossy Oak Whitecap camo colorways for $29.99
When you want your arms free of fabric for even more mobility, reach for the Women's Pro Angler Tank Top. The racerback design features a lipped media pocket to secure your phone on the water. The cooling fabric boasts a UPF 50 treatment and moisture-wicking technology. Mesh panels on the side and back offer ventilation, and the tank also sports a built-in sunglass wipe. Available in several solids, the tank runs a little long, but it's still a great buy at $19.99. Let's just say it blows a sleeveless cotton t-shirt out of the water
For bottoms that can go from the boat to the trail to anywhere your daily errands take you, check out the Women's Pro Angler Technical Shorties. The polyester and spandex blend construction provides just enough stretch, and the water-repellant finish keeps your lap and your bottom dry. An adjustable waistband allows for a customized fit. Five pockets — including once that's reinforced for carrying tools such as pliers — provide plenty of storage. Probably the coolest feature of these shorts is the line-cutter shank conveniently built into the fly button; it makes for one less tool to tote onto the boat. I would have liked a slightly longer inseam on these shorts, but overall they're a great comfortable bargain at $24.99. The Technical Shorties are available in several solid color options.
Forget diamonds — leggings with pockets are a girl's real best friend. The Women's Pro Angler Pieced Leggings feature four, including two with added zipper security. The moisture-wicking leggings have articulated knees for ease of motion, and an interior Quickcord makes adjustments a breeze. The Flex fabric is finished with a UPF treatment for an added layer of protection. The black leggings are currently available with Realtree Wav3 or Mossy Oak Whitecap side panels in several colors, and Realtree Aspect styles are coming this spring. Even with all this innovation, they're easy on the wallet at $34.99.
Pro Angler Fishing Shoes
The featherlight Women's Pro Angler Fishing Shoes prevent soaked, stinky feet on the boat. The three-layer open mesh upper lets feet breathe, and a drainable EVA midsole keeps water from sitting in the shoes.The footbed is removable and perforated for added drainage. A TPR outsole offers durable traction on wet, slippery surfaces. The shoes fasten with bungee laces and a cord stopper for a perfect fit as well as easy on and off. Academy is moving toward more sustainable manufacturing, and these fishing shoes feature a Nature Tex70 Strobel/Insole board made with 70% recycled materials. They come in white with bright color accents for $49.99.
After wearing this gear out on the water for a few days, I was impressed. The Magellan Outdoors Pro Angler women's line features fun colors, well-cut fits, and functional details that outperform their price points. And Academy's customers agree. The wildly successful line has been flying off the shelves, and more styles are in the works for the future.
If you've been searching for fishing gear actually designed for the female figure, jump on Magellan Outdoors Men's and Women's Pro Angler line.