By Kent Danjanovich
When you are around the water, casting a line as much as I am, you need to know as much as possible about wading equipment. A good pair of breathable waders and wading boots are a must and your local Sportsman’s Warehouse carries a great selection to choose from. Not all stores will carry all of these offerings, so if you can’t find them in your local store, check online at www.sportsmanswarehouse.com.
G3 Guide Waders
If you spend more of your waking moments submerged mid-thigh in a river casting out to a sipping fish than anywhere else, then invest in the Simms Men’s G3 Guide Stockingfoot Waders. Built with Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric and Gore taped seams, the G3 provides unbelievable waterproof protection and breathability to ensure the ultimate comfort while you fish. Simms’ exclusive 5-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric is found in the seat, waist and throughout the leg for rugged durability and absolute protection and there’s 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro in the upper part for greater comfort and breathability. Its nylon YKK zippers minimize corrosion and provide high-performing, durable wear for years to come.
Simms also gave the G3 its patented front and back leg seam design which allows for an unprecedented amount of mobility and leg articulation in the wader while eliminating seams from the inner leg critical wear zones. The G3 Guide is designed to easily convert to a waist-high wader for versatility in any fishing environment while articulated knees ensure maximum comfort and mobility as you reel in your catch. Adjustable elastic suspenders with opposing buckles and built-in low-profile belt loops also ensure a comfortable, secure and just-right fit.
Built-in gravel guards feature 2-millimeters of high-density, abrasion-resistant neoprene with stainless steel boot hooks and a reinforced attachment design while anatomically-engineered, hourglass-shaped, 4-millimeter neoprene stocking feet offer a better, more comfortable fit. To help keep your small essentials readily accessible, Simms incorporated a removable flip-out tippet tender pocket with dual-entry zippers and retractor docking station, a zippered chest pocket and integrated utility tabs for convenience. In addition, a reach-through hand-warmer pocket with storm flaps and micro-fleece lining furnishes incredible comfort when your fingers are icy cold. I will be putting the G3’s to the test this summer on my many trips to Alaska.
G3 Guide Boots
Simms’ G3 Guide Boot has blazed more miles than any other wading boot in existence—and it’s just warming up. Advancements to this year’s incarnation include the guide-approved performance of a RiverTread platform featuring proprioception, which minimizes rigid underfoot materials for enhanced feel whether on the trail or in the water. Vibram Idrogrip outsoles add to this great-grip equation thanks to multi-directional lugs—compatible with all Simms’ AlumiBite and HardBite cleats and studs. Additional features include a TPU molded heel clip for a positive, locked-in fit, as well as neoprene internals that deliver cushioning where it counts for superior wading warmth, comfort and easy on/off activation.
The Simms Men’s G3 Guide Boot provides a lighter weight with more durability for wet trails and all-day wading (as compared to the signature Guide Boot). Its waterproof Nubuck leather and TPU-coated textile uppers offer protection, durability and abrasion resistance while you wade, hike down a steep ravine to the water’s edge or bushwack through the woods to your secret spot on the river. Partial neoprene lining provides wading warmth, cushioning and an easy on-and-off while the G3’s traditional lacing helps ensure a just-right performance fit. Simms also gave the G3 a CleanStream design which includes features and materials (less exposed stitching, fewer ridges, non-absorbent materials) that are more resistant to hitchhiking organisms—all to make the boots easier to inspect, clean and dry faster.
Designed with Simms RiverTread platforms, the G3 delivers maximum comfort, performance, and slip-resistance so you can concentrate on making that perfect cast. In addition, the RiverTread is both trail-ready and wading-ready, thanks to its molded 3D footbed with arch support and ball flex that align your foot for all-day comfort and optimal bio-mechanics. The molded dual-density EVA midsole provides cushioning for hiking comfort enhanced proprioception. Simms also equipped the RiverTread platform with molded, minimal, and hidden TPU retention plates for lightweight cleat retention and enhanced proprioception. And for long-lasting traction on trails, slip-resistance in water, and toe protection you can rely on, the G3 has a molded Vibram Idogrib rubber outsole with 4-millimeters of self-sharpening, multi-directional lugs.
G3 Guide Jacket
And I just had to mention the G3 Guide Jacket. The new model is 25 percent lighter, while ratcheting performance thanks to rugged, rip-stopping 3-layer GORE-TEX Shell fabric. Guide-tested including 2-large top-loaded fly boxes pockets and zippered chest, internal stash and micro fleece-lined hand-warmer pockets. The stowable 3-point Storm Hood adjusts to fight the fiercest downpour. And proven Dry Cuffs keep water out of the sleeves when tailing and releasing, fish.
Whether or not you spend upwards of 300 days a year on the water, you want gear that won’t let you down when you do get to spend some quality time on the river. With its three-layer Gore-Tex shell, the Simms Men’s G3 Guide jacket handles everything from drizzly days in Alaska to storm days in the Rockies. A burly 70-denier face fabric resists the wear and tear only a river can dish out, while its fully adjustable hood lets you hunker down when the rains fall on a slant.
Caddis Wading System
Deluxe Breathable Waders
Caddis Deluxe Breathables are the number one selling deluxe wader in North America. Caddis ensures that every second you spend in the outdoors is done with maximum comfort, warmth, confidence and a hefty dose of good looks. Pockets right where you need them, reinforced knees for those frequent occasions when you’re releasing fish, technology that keeps water out, warmth in and condensation a non-issue. Well I think you get the picture!
Caddis Wading Systems is guided by a simple mission: To continuously develop new innovative wading solutions for angling, hunting, work and play. Caddis goes the extra step to fully tape and seal all seams on stocking foot waders from both the inside and the outside. Caddis waders are sized to fit right without bunching up or constricting during most common movements. In short, because they understand the wading environment so well, Caddis is able to offer products that deliver improved performance and function.
Northern Guide Ultralite Wading Boots
The wading boot environment is changing and caddis is leading the way. Like it or not, wading boots, specifically felt-soled, are coming under increasing regulatory pressure. Concerns over the transfer of invasive species and non-native plants have prompted several states to enact felt-free wading boot laws and it’s likely the list of participating states will grow in the coming years. In response, Caddis has introduced a comprehensive new line of environmentally- friendly, felt-free, EcoSmart Soles. Available on the new Northern Guide Ultralite, lightweight and traditional wading boot models, EcoSmart soles provide all the grip, support and security without the concern of unintentional transfer of matter. It’s forward-thinking innovation for the reality of our world.
As material technology continues to advance, Caddis is first to incorporate the most proven fabrics to gain maximum advantage. At a scant 1lb. 1oz., the Northern Guide Ultralite is their lightest wading boot ever. Caddis Northern Guide Lightweight wading boots are a mere 1lb. 5oz. Both feature nylon uppers with reinforced toes and heels, a little extra padding on the ankle for comfort and new EcoSmart soles approved for felt-free zones. Wear them for miles. Wear them for days. As hard as you try, they’ll never wear you out.
Sonic Pro Waders
Redington’s Sonic Pro Breathable Nylon Stockingfoot Wader is ergonomically designed for fit and comfort with exceptional results. Constructed from extremely durable, waterproof DWR-coated nylon, this wader is completely fortified with 3-ply fabric, with additional 5-ply fabric in lower leg and seat areas where waders take the most abuse. High-tech, double-taped, sonic welded seams (adhered together with sound as compared to being sewn) provide greater durability, comfort and increased mobility.
The Redington Sonic Pro is outfitted with multiple pockets for ample storage. External pocket is both roomy and waterproof. Custom internal flip-out pocket has plenty of places to attach hemostats, retractors and other necessary gear. Fleece-lined hand warming pocket provides much needed relief for frozen fingers and zips shut to prevent snagging. Strategically placed additional belt loops keep adjustable elastic belt snug and securely fastened so you don’t lose it. Other high-end features include adjustable X-Back nylon suspenders with several attached D-loops; high density, ergonomically shaped neoprene booties; and gravel guard molded lace hooks that stay put and keep your fly line from tangling up on your boots.
You will love the full range of movement without binding with these driftwood/basalt colored waders, while there is ample room to layer up if needed. Freedom of movement is exceptional whether scrambling up or down steep banks, jumping over boulders or in fast moving water.
The Sonic Pro Waders by Redington are truly a winner. I love their features and fit and you will love their durability.
Skagit River Wading Boot
The Redington Skagit Wading Boots are a top-of-the-line boot built for comfort, durability, and support. Made with lightweight and quick drying materials, the Skagit Wading Boot is built for a long day on the river. Mesh panels on the body of the boot allow for easy drainage and quick dry times.
Redington Skagit Wading Boots offer the full support and durability needed for a great day of fly fishing, with the good looks and great price you’ve been looking for. The Skagit Boots are quality wading boots that guarantee solid footing and comfort, which is essential to providing a more enjoyable fishing experience. These Redington boots are extremely durable with a rubber rand and toe cap, making them resistant to wear; they are also equipped with a DWR coating that makes the boot’s fabric water-resistant. The Skagit Wading Boot also features neoprene padded ankle support, mesh panels for quick drainage, webbing pull loops for easy on and off and deep draw lacing with molded, non-corrosive metal hardware. If that’s not enough, Redington even made this boot to be compatible with studs for added versatility. Rich with features and performance, Redington’s Skagit Wading Boot looks great, feels great and, most importantly, fishes great!
Rustic Ridge LX Breathable Wader
Designed by fisherman for fisherman, the Rustic Ridge LX Breathable Wader is Sportsman’s Warehouses’ top seller. Made from a 100% Polyester Out Shell and a 100% Nylon Inner Shell, the LX also features a reinforced seat and lower leg while being treated with the fabric protector Teflon for repellency. Attached, stretch-fit gravel guards are standard. With an internal flip-out zippered front pocket and a fleece lined handwarmer pocket on the front and also a few more organizational pockets on the immediate front of the bib, the Rustic Ridge LX Breathable Wader is a great choice when heading out to your favorite waters.
Each fabric is carefully selected for the best combination of breathability and durability at an affordable price. Take the Rustic Ridge Breathable Wader down the river on your next trip out fishing and decide for yourself. Every Rustic Ridge Wader is thoroughly tested before leaving the factory to ensure the waterproof integrity of the product. When you buy a Rustic Ridge wader, you are assured of high performance, great value and most importantly, a dry fishing experience.
Pilot II Breathable Wader
With the guide-quality lightweight nylon shell material and exclusive DriPore C3 technology, the Pilot II wader is 100% waterproof and breathable and built to last. Patented swing leg protection panels and articulated knees make the Pilot II extremely comfortable and terrifically durable.
The Pilot II’s are fully taped and sealed, with 6-ply swing leg protection. They also offer 4mm, form-fitting neoprene booties that are made of 100% ‘CR’ neoprene that are double-taped for added waterproof protection. Durable nylon/Dura-Span attached gravel guards, with non-slip rubberized elastic openings are another standard feature.
Frogg Toggs Pilot II incorporates an adjustable, X-back elastic suspender system with attached D-ring supports as well as a zippered flip-out security chest pocket and adjustable locking cord for added convenience.
Anura Wading Boots
Frogg Toggs Anura Sticky Rubber Sole Wading Shoe features a durable, lightweight mesh upper with non-shrinking PVC outer skin. The Anura wading shoe upper is fully surrounded by a reinforced, rubberized base for extra durability and excellent foot protection.
The specially designed sticky rubber sole gives superior traction and stability on slippery surfaces and cleans up easily. Other features include an extra stable wide footbed, comfortable neoprene tongue with padded mesh collar and an easy-on heel pull. The Frogg Toggs Anura Sticky Rubber Sole Wading Shoe is camel, olive and stone in color, with sticky, black rubber sole.
Whitehorse Wading Boots
Korkers Whitehorse Wading Boot combines traditional styling with new construction design and technology to offer durability, high performance, comfort and fit. Fabricated with new, innovative outsole technology, the Whitehorse features Kling-On soles and Korkers’ OmniTrax Interchangeable Sole System that allows you to adapt traction with your performance needs by easily switching rubber or felt soles. This functional, yet versatile cleat system has taken boots to another level. The Whitehorse boot gives you the ability to maximize performance, despite any water condition.
Whitehorse Wading Boots are constructed with hydrophobic materials that reduce water absorption, aid with quick drying and resist the spread of invasive species. Midsole integrated drainage ports channel water out of the boot, allowing them to dry faster and maintain their light weight. Oversized, molded rubber toe and heel caps add extra durability and protection.
Korkers Whitehorse boot sports the M2 Boa lacing system that sets it apart from traditional lacing systems on the market. The lacing system provides a glove-like fit with custom comfort, smooth even pressure and no pressure points. It continually micro-adjusts both in and out of the water. An easy, one-handed adjustment, with a quick turn of the Boa dial and the Boa closure sheds water, mud and ice. The Boa system is quick on and quick off and once it is locked in place, Boa reels and laces stay that way.
Korkers is the only wading boot manufacturer to offer interchangeable soles. The OmniTrax Interchangeable Sole System is a revolutionary new concept changing the way people think about footwear. The soles of Korkers wading boots and cold-weather performance boots can be easily changed and customized for a variety of different activities. This innovative technology was created with 3 simple design criteria in mind: ease of use, reliability and durability. Make sure you check out this great wading boot at your local Sportsman’s Warehouse.
STREAMtrekkers Traction Cleats
STREAMtrekkers will help keep you upright when fishing in fast moving rivers and streams. They can be worn over rubber and felt-soled fishing shoes as well as wading boots. The patented Diamond Bead design has hundreds of biting edges that grip in all directions for sure traction on slick rocks. The beads, made of case-hardened steel alloy, are strung on extremely durable steel aircraft cable. The tough rubber outer band adapts to all types of footwear and provides a secure fit. The simple to use design can be easily cleaned to stop aquatic invasive species transport.
DryGuy Force Dry DX Boot and Glove Dryer
From rain soaked soccer cleats and sweaty ski or hunting boots to soggy gloves filled with melting snow, the Force Dry DX dries a variety of footwear and gloves in a snap, leaving you to start your day with dry, comfortable hands and feet. Utilizing gentle forced air and heating to around 105°F, it quickly removes moisture and helps prevent the growth of fungus and bacteria that cause odors and deteriorate your footwear over time. It is completely safe to use and will not shrink, warp or otherwise harm delicate garments and custom fit liners. The DryGuy Force Dry DX can dry two pairs of boots, shoes or gloves in about an hour and with the extra-long attachments, you can turn it into a great wader dryer as well. Remember, it is just as important to dry the inside of your boots as it is the outside after a long day on the river!