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Sockeye Salmon Leggings

Educational resources & donation included with every purchase. Learn more.

Sockeye salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka, spend a portion of their life in both fresh and salt water and play a significant role in the health of both ecosystems. As ocean inhabitants, sockeye are shades of silver and blue. However, as they journey back to their freshwater spawning grounds their head turns green and changes shape, while the red-orange pigments from their flesh move to their skin, transforming the color of their bodies into a bright, brilliant red.

    1. Raw hem and internally stitched bar-tacks allow for customizable inseam lengths of 31”, 29”, 27”, 25”, and 23”. Crop to 7/8ths length or customize for your height. Learn how here.
    2. Streamlined pockets on the side of both legs for your phone, wallet, snacks or sunscreen
    3. UPF 50+ sun protection (max rating achievable)
    4. Fibers mechanically engineered for quick dry, moisture wicking and breathability
    5. Resilient 4-way stretch and recovery for shape retention in and out of the water
    6. Tag-less, wide waistband for comfort, added security and fold over option
    7. 100% chlorine, sun, saltwater and sunscreen resistant
  • 88% Repreve® RPET (recycled polyester made from post-consumer plastic bottles), 12% spandex

UPF 50+ Sun Protection (Max Rating Achievable)

100% Fade-Proof From Chlorine, Sun & Saltwater

Anti-Microbial = Smell-Resistant

Fibers Mechanically Engineered For Quick-Dry & Moisture-Wicking

Made From Recycled Materials

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Fast, free shipping

We ship orders same or next business day. Free priority shipping on all U.S. orders over $135, free express international shipping over $250.

Packaged responsibly

We lovingly prepare each one of our orders for its journey to you using the best packaging materials we can find with the least environmental impact.

Free returns + exchanges

Free within the U.S. International orders must pay return postage. Exchanges orders can be placed immediately with an instant credit.

Happiness Guaranteed

We stand behind every product we make. If you have a problem, we will solve it with the relentless determination of a salmon swimming upstream to spawn.

Advocate Apparel Inspired by Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus Nerka)

Sockeye salmon are a keystone species, an ecological term that refers to species that are critical to the survival of other species in their ecosystem. From birds to bears, and the forests and communities that surround them, so many depend on the marine-rich nutrients that wild salmon bring to the region.

Sockeye are born in rivers, lakes and streams, but soon venture out into the ocean where they spend most of their lives. When it's time to spawn, they swim hundreds of miles - from the ocean back to the precise location where they were born. For stream spawners, finding the mouth of the stream is only the beginning, as they then must “run the gauntlet” as researchers call it, swimming upstream in exposed waters where they are vulnerable to predators like bears, eagles, and gulls. This predation may seem tragic, but it is part of what makes sockeye so important to the ecosystem.

Vast numbers of salmon struggling to make headway up the river to spawn after arduous journeys from the ocean is arguably the most powerful example of a will to survive that we’ve ever witnessed in the animal kingdom. We humans often underestimate fish in the grand scheme of Earth’s living beings. To some, they seem foreign, unintelligent, and disposable. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Sockeye are absolutely amazing, full of secrets, and keystone contributors to the planet’s ecosystem.

10% of profits from your purchase of this product are donated to the Alaska Salmon Program at the University of Washington

"The Alaska Salmon Program is excited to partner with Waterlust to widely share our education and research missions.  Waterlust's unique approach to science communication allows us to showcase over 70 years of data and knowledge that bear on management and conservation of salmon ecosystems and fisheries in a format that is engaging and accessible to a broad audience. We look forward to continue merging our passion for salmon education and science with their passion for advocacy.”

Daniel Schindler

the Alaska Salmon Program at the University of Washington

Customer Reviews

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S.B.
My favorite!

I work as a Dive Master and these outfits are THE BEST for my job and the active activities I love doing for fun.
I have several of these outfits however I will have to say this one is my very favorite. I love the colors and they look great near the blue ocean for photos.

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Christine PG
Happy salmon veterinarian :)

I am a fish veterinarian and these leggings bring me so much joy! They're comfortable, durable, and "squat-proof." My favorite part (besides the awesome print) is that they're actually long enough for me (6' tall). I can't wait to buy my next pair, but which ones... :)

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Leanne DiCarlo (Princeton, NJ, US)
Skin Tight Scrumptious!!! 😝 😝 😝 😝

As a at home 53 year old mother of 5, these sockeye salmon leggings are one of the best purchases I have made since my husband. These fit perfectly and are great for my physical pilates and speed walking I do each day. These are comfortable, stretchable, breathable, and quite swagger. I look to buy some for my kids as well and I highly endorse your goals of saving the environment. These leggings have inspired me to go vegan and to keep these beautiful sockeye salmons alive and well in the environment. Now, I restrict myself from evil corporate animal products in favor of healthier options such as eggs and milk for breakfast. My Blackberry phone fit perfectly in the side pocket along with my other belongings such as my car keys and vaseline. It helps a lot that you can also adjust the side pocket, making it a huge plus when I have to carry my child. The Extra Extra Legendary size helps to fit my loose skin and brings me back to my younger days, really making me feel confident out in public and in the bedroom. If you are a 4'10" 207 lb female looking for perfect leggings, this is the place to go! Can't wait to make kid #6 in these!!!

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Pearl Bearhart (La Crosse, WI, US)
Wanted to love

First, the good:
The material was comfortable
the pattern was amazing
i love that you can adjust the size
the pockets were great, held my phone no problem

The bad:
First I tried a medium, they were too tight for sure. When I bent my knee the fabric stretched so much that it turned white and around my hips and butt, it was like that all the time giving it a stretched out look, so I exchanged for a large/legendary.

The legendary large fit much better in the leg and butt area, but the waist kept rolling down. Every time I bent over, the waist, which felt like it was supposed to sit at the belly button (I have a short torso) kept rolling down to my hips, which was both uncomfortable and annoying. I wore them for a quick trip to Walmart to see if I would get used to it and by the time I got home I couldn't wait to take them off.

So I emailed Customer service (who was very helpful!), to ask if another size up might help, so I tried the XL.

Unfortunately, the XL were so baggy around my butt and waist they kept falling down and were overall very unflattering on me.

I'm still giving a three stars because I feel like I would have loved them if they fit me correctly. For reference, I am 5'5" 143 lbs, a 36C, and around my middle (around my belly button) I am about 37" or so.

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Sonja Schroeder (Kalispell, MT, US)
So cool!

Will be sporting these fancy pants on my adventures. Love the pockets! Still need to cut them to length and put them to the test on the trails.
Cheers!

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Emma Hathcock (New York, NY, US)
Beautiful craftsmanship

Gorgeous print, remarkable fabric, beautifully made, and I love the effort toward sustainability.

A work of art, really.

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