Best Fly Fishing Waders Reviews

Encounter waders

Ok folks let’s take a look at our best fly fishing waders reviews.

Before we get started though let’s talk about waders. Waders can be expensive, if you really want you can spend a thousand dollars on a pair of waders, so unless you’re made of money  we don’t think that is at all necessary. Here is how we like to think about it. If you are a beginners angler, on a budget and not sure where this journey is going to take you then don’t spend a ton of money on waders that you may only use a handful of times. On the flip side, if you think this is the sport for you, then by all means, step it up a little and invest in something that will last more than a year or two. Now if you’re more than serious and have some cash then the higher end wader is a great option and won’t disappoint.

With that said, there are a few things everyone needs to know about waders. First of all, the best ones need to be lightweight and breathable. Most new waders are made of nylon or Gore-Tex, these are great lightweight materials that breathe well and are comfortable. Secondly, the construction is important for durability, the more layers the more durable the wader is going to be. Durability is important but that all depends on how much time you will be spending on the water.

 

Ok let’s get started with our best suggestions!

Hodgman H3. This is a good entry level wader that will do the trick for the beginner. This wader is made of a 3 layer construction, yes that is at the lower end as far as construction goes but for the price it may be all a beginner needs to get started in this great sport.

What This Wader Has

  • This is a 3 layer construction

    Waders Hodgeman H3
    Hodgeman H3

  • It has neoprene booties
  • Wading belt
  • pocket
  • Fleece hand warmers
  • Gravel guards
  • This wader also comes in many sizes

What This Wader Does Not Have

This wader does not have reinforced knee and lower leg guards

Overview
This is a good wader for the price and has a lot going on. Yes it is a entry level wader that will probably not last more than a few years but for the money we would certainly take our chances.

Orvis encounter. Orvis is a great company and has wonderful gear. This wader is a 4 layer nylon construction and is inexpensive for what you get. Plenty of value and extras here. Depending on how much time you spend on the water this wader could last for years.

What This Wader Has

  • A 4 layer, stylish nylon construction

    Encounter waders
    Encounter

  • Hand warmer pockets
  • Zippered chest storage pocket
  • Lower leg protection
  • Wading belt
  • Neoprene booties
  • Gravel guards
  • Sizes for all

What This Wader Does Not Have

  • Not much, it’s just not a 5 layer construction

Overview

Obviously Orvis is a great name in all of fly fishing. For the price this wader has a lot going on, it’s stylish comfortable and well built. For the beginner this is highly recommended and should last for many years.

 

Hodgman H5. Hodgman decided to do something special with this hybrid of 3 layer and 5 layer construction. They put 5 layer where it counts on the legs and seat and decided to put the 3 layer where comfort is important. This works well and helps keep the price down.

What This Wader Has

  • A hybrid of 5 layer and 3 layer construction. We like thisHodgman h5 wader
  • Water repellent outer coating
  • External pocket with water resistant zipper
  • Micro-fleece lined hand warmer
  • Internal storage pocket
  • Wade belt
  • Neoprene booties

Overview

Hodgman is making sense with this 3 layer and 5 layer construction. They have decided to take comfort and durability in mind when delivering this awesome wader.  This is highly recommended for any angler who is serious about getting into this great sport.

We hope you enjoyed our best fly fishing waders reviews. Fly fishing gear for beginners has more information about all of these waders and more on our Fishing Waders page.

 

 

 

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