When I’m on the river, I want to be dry, comfortable and catching fish. Past waders have left me with one wet leg and sweaty at the end of the day. The Redington’s Sonic-Pro Stocking Foot Wader fights these fisherman ailments with their water-resistant coated, 100% nylon breathable fabric, welded seams, fitted stocking feet and multilayer design.
Redington Sonic-Pro Stocking Foot Wader, $280, www.redington.com
The Good: Water falls off while you stay dry; Good fit; Great pocket and suspender design.
The Bad: The getaway elastic wading belt.
The Ugly: The baggy butt; they don’t fit like the Speedos I wore on the company float down the Trinity River.
I was able to test the Sonic-Pro waders over four days on the river under varying weather conditions including ranging from rainy windy to perfectly warm and clear. A typical test day included: 2 miles of hiking, 3 hours of fishing/wading (from ankle to chest deep) and scrambling over a number of downed trees.
I was impressed by the fit in the legs and feet of the waders. The feet are constructed of neoprene, offering additional padding and warmth to the ole tootsies, and are asymmetrically shaped for my asymmetrically shaped feet. The legs offer plenty of room to move without the unnecessary bagginess found in other waders.
Though the waders did not leak, I sure had to on Test Day 2 after downing a couple of beers at lunch an hour prior. After performing the potty dance on shore the elastic wading belt allowed me to “get to everything” without having to strip on shore. This proved to me that fishermen with small bladders do not have to drop an additional $100 on a pair of zip-front waders.
With that said, when I had enough time to unbuckle the wading belt, I found that the elastic in the belt would cause it to spring out of the belt loops. This left me chasing the tag ends of the belt around my body, which is no easy task when wearing a chest pack.
The breathable water-resistant coated, nylon fabric did its job. I was dry while fishing on the rainy days while not being cooked by the waders on the warm days. Though I only tested the waders over a period of four days, the material seems to be robust enough to endure tree branches and seat drops on gravel over the long haul.
The Sonic-Pro waders provide all of the features that you would expect in a good pair of waders while impressing you with the niceties of a micro-fleece lined hand warmer pocket and inner and outer stash pockets. Redington offers the Sonic-Pro’s in 12 different sizes, assuring everybody can get in a pair of these well designed waders.
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