Redington SonicDry Fly Waders
- Good feature set—a mix of the best features of the other models
- Good breathability
- The conversion from full waders to pants is not as easy as it could be
- Snug fit
The Redington SonicDry Waders use a proprietary laminate for waterproof-breathability and it proved to work well. The waders never became clammy in pants mode, despite temps in the 80s and standing on the front of the dory for a couple of hours. That said, the fit was a bit snugger and constricting than that offered by other brands in the test.
A little snug in the recommended size when dressed for colder weather, but still doable. Although designed ergonomically for right and left, the booties were somewhat tight. Articulated knees on the waders make bending or kneeling easy.
Redington uses a proprietary waterproof-breathable laminate it dubs 37.5 technology on its SonicDry Fly waders. The company claims the technology “captures and releases moisture, drying up to five times faster than similar fabrics, diminishing wet cling and keeping you more comfortable.” I’m still trying to figure out what wet cling is, but I’m quite certain I did not experience it while checking out these waders. The waders never became clammy in pants mode despite temps in the 80s and standing on the front of the dory for a couple of hours.
Two inner mesh pockets are deep enough to hold several fly boxes or maybe a phone/camera. Hand warmer fleece-lined slits on each side of the chest are hidden well and go deep—an option for fly boxes and other needs. One external mesh chest pocket and one zipper pocket add to the vest-less possibilities. As the name implies, Redington uses Orvis Sonic seam technology.
The breathability, durability and comfort, in combination with the capacity to convert to pants, make the SonicDry Fly waders a solid choice for all seasons.
At $500 the SonicDry Fly waders might be a little overpriced, but if you find they fit you well, they might be worth the extra dough.
How We Tested It
We asked the companies to suggest their best all-around model and to select the appropriate size based on the information provided— they needed to fit a 6’ 2’’ and 220-pound male with size 11 feet. The waders compared for this review were used in the summer on the Madison River in Montana near $3 Bridge, but it happened to snow on the nearby foothills one of the days during the testing. The waders were also used on the Green River below Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Utah in the late summer and on the Provo River in the late fall.
The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.
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