Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Fly Fishing Waders

Orvis Silver Sonic Guide Waders

92

2015

Orvis Silver Sonic Guide Waders

The Orvis Silver Sonic Guide Waders offer the best features of any waders we tested, with a very handy waterproof storage pocket, roomy hand-warming pockets, and great durability.

Redington SonicDry Fly Waders

91

2015

Redington SonicDry Fly Waders

The Redington SonicDry Waders use a proprietary laminate for the waterproof-breathability and it proved to work well.

Simms Headwaters Convertible Stockingfoot waders

91

2015

Simms Headwaters Convertible Stockingfoot waders

The Simms Headwater Convertible Waders make it easy to shift from full chest-waders to wading pants, with a simple but effective roll-down design.

Patagonia Men's Rio Gallegos Zip-Front Waders

94

2015

Patagonia Men's Rio Gallegos Zip-Front Waders

The Patagonia Rio Gallegos make use of the company’s decades of apparel design experience to deliver a new perfect fit.

Simms Women’s G3 Guide Stockingfoot

89

2014

Simms Women’s G3 Guide Stockingfoot

Using top-shelf materials and bulletproof construction, the G3 Guide is as good as you can get with waders—but at a price that is more than double that of most other brands.

Cabela’s Women’s Dry-Plus Premium Stockingfoot Waders

78

2014

Cabela’s Women’s Dry-Plus Premium Stockingfoot Waders

These are serviceable waders at an extremely low price: they give beginners and occasional anglers a viable way to get on the water in comfort.

L.L. Bean Women’s Kennebec Waders

81

2014

L.L. Bean Women’s Kennebec Waders

Best for bigger-bodied anglers, these waders use a roomy cut for full freedom of movement. There’s lots of room for thick fleece pants, puffy coats, multiple socks and anything else you might want to don while you fish.

Redington Siren

86

2014

Redington Siren

Light and airy, the Siren is ideal for hot-weather fishing, but diehards may find it insubstantial.

Patagonia Women’s Spring River Waders

94

2014

Patagonia Women’s Spring River Waders

The fit is dialed and the features are smart on Patagonia’s first-ever pair of women’s waders, which strike the ideal balance between performance and practicality.

Orvis Women’s Silver Sonic Convertible-Top Waders

92

2014

Orvis Women’s Silver Sonic Convertible-Top Waders

An outstanding value, the Silver Sonic fits great and feels rugged.