Buying waders for yourself or someone who fishes? We’ve put together a list of the best waders that you can buy for under $300. It’s possible to spend a ridiculous amount of money on waders (up to $800), but the waders we’ve chosen are the best value for dollar and will keep you dry in any conditions. All waders are the same once you fall in anyway! Happy wading.
Orvis Encounter Waders
These guys are affordable and will get the job done. They also have the kangaroo pocket, which is ideal especially for this price.
Simms Freestone Waders
If you’re uniquely shaped, these are the waders for you. They have more sizing options than McDonalds.
Redington SonicPro Stocking Foot Waders
Probably my favorite on this list. These are a sure thing and have that kangaroo pocket and the two side pockets for warming your hands. Pockets are incredibly under rated in waders and can enable you to wear just a lanyard or a pack instead of a bulky vest.
Redington SonicDry Pant
Pants are pretty cool for wading and are definitely on the rise. It’s rare that you wade above your belly button in the first place, and these will be much more breathable in the summer. With that little pocket and the suspenders, you’ll be good to go. Very new school.
Orvis Encounter Wading Boots
If you ask me, people pay way too much for wading boots. These are some of the best on the market for their value, but if you want my advice you’ll be fine heading down to a sporting goods thrift store and buying some used boots. You don’t need anything fancy here, just a boot that fits right and has a decent grip to it. Be careful when buying felt or rubber bottoms. A lot of rivers don’t allow felt bottoms as they have been known to carry trout diseases from river to river. Rubber is your safest bet, but felt will grip in rocky rivers much better.