Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose a Fishing Waders
If you are going fishing that includes a lot of activities: investigation of the bottom relief, using gear, snuggling complementary food, moving from shore to shore and so on, then it is better to give preference purchasing waders.
In the production of the waders are used a variety of materials:
membrane (provides additional protection against cold);
PVC (differs by rigidity);
rubberized fabric (may not be high-quality enough and let water in);
waterproof fabric (durable about 3-5 years).
Waders are a one-piece suit with boots (some may not include rubber boots). They can be universal and special. Special include those that have a special, anti-slip type sole. This feature slightly increases the cost of the anti-wetting form, but thus provides the fisherman safe walking on the slippery bottom of the reservoir. The abandonment of PVC ceases to be in demand among the target audience as fishermen prefer more reliable, soft and long-lasting materials. Before you buy a new pair of waders, you should learn the subtleties and characteristics of the material, tailoring and other things.
Types of waders
There are four types of specialized footwear for fishermen:
The listed types also can be divided into different types – as a result, fishermen have a fairly large selection of shoes for all types of fishing places and all methods of fishing.
The construction of waders. Currently, there are two main types – traditional boots – fishing forts and wading overalls. The first allows you to enter the water just above the knee, others are so-called “trousers” and allow you to pass hard-to-reach areas of depth along the chest.
The most affordable option of waders made of PVC. In addition to the low price, the advantage of such waders is that they are sold with built-in boots and have high durability, allowing easy pass through bushes, reeds, and other water vegetation. As for the disadvantages, they are not lightweight and lack of steam conductivity. In other words, on a hot summer day in PVC waders condensate of sweat will accumulate, which is very unpleasant and inconvenient. Although for fishing it is possible to endure several hours wearing them.
There are also nylon waders that are much easier and more practical. The thin waterproof material is soft and reliable enough to move easily and conveniently, including difficult conditions. Waders made of nylon are also equipped with boots made of PVC, less often of rubber. They, as PVC models, are very affordable but are not breathable.
Thanks to the invention of neoprene, there are a lot of good waterproof waders on the market. The new synthetic material keeps the heat perfectly. Therefore, neoprene waders are great for fishing in cold water and are widely used in the spring, autumn and winter in ice-free water bodies. Also, the isothermal properties of the material reduce the intensity of condensation of vapors from the body, which increases the comfort of their use. The disadvantages are lack of steam and fragility. Neoprene waders are easy to damage, so you should walk very carefully around the pond. They can be equipped with boots, as well as the preceding woven semi-overalls made of nylon and PVC, and neoprene socks. In the latter case, you will have to buy special wading boots that serve to protect socks and ensure a good grip on the bottom.
Stitches. Be sure to check the overall strength and the method of connection in place of the seam. The seams must be sealed and not damaged.
Practicality. The good waders are always equipped with a lot of convenient pockets, and its straps should be wide and do not squeeze the shoulders. The straps and belts should be adjustable.
Choosing waders, you should pay attention to the minimum comfort temperature threshold declared by the manufacturer. This characteristic should be taken into account when you plan to go fishing in waders not only in summer but also in early spring and late autumn when the water temperature does not exceed 5 degrees. However, it should be remembered that the warmer the waders, the thicker and therefore heavier they are. This feature also affects the price as summer options, as a rule, are cheaper than insulated waders.
If you want quickly put on and take off the wader’s boot use slippery nylon socks, putting them on neoprene.
If you can afford, it is better to choose models with a waterproof zipper. However, if there is no possibility, still choose waders with lightning that is located at the front of the waders. It is much more convenient and more correct than diapers.
A belt is better to fasten, squeezing out the air of the waders. Enter the water and sit down, the air will be squeezed out. Get up and quickly fasten the belt.
How to take care of the waders
After the end of fishing, waders of any type must be taken off and rinsed in clean, running water to remove sand, small clay stones, or dirt that fell on the outside of the wanderers. This mandatory procedure helps to avoid abrasion of the fabric with the small bits of abrasive material and significantly increase the lifetime of this equipment.
The next steps should be drying. After all, even in the case of very short storage, wet waders can quickly mold and get an unpleasant smell, attracting the attention of mice, or insects, which can damage the waders. Waders should be turned inside out and hung in a well- ventilated place, protected from the direct sunlight. Besides, it is good to wipe the surface of the waders with a dry and clean rag, or a napkin. And after 20-40 minutes, the waders should be turned to the front and left in the shade till the final drying.
You should also avoid keeping waders in the garage, or at home workshop. Gasoline, solvent, or paint, in any case, has a negative effect on the material of waders.
Depending on the frequency of use and their contamination, waders should be washed. This procedure can be done at least once a year. The washing process itself must be carried out exclusively by hands and in a large volume container. In clean, slightly warm water, you should add a small amount of neutral detergent, but the ideal option will be washing with the use of special detergents for membrane fabrics, which are produced by manufacturers of waders.
To purchase certain waders, the fisherman should pay a lot of attention to their selection. Before choosing a wading fisherman’s suit, first of all, you should compare the characteristics of the suitable models and their features, as well as study the ratings of the best models. Also, it is necessary to get acquainted with the reviews and reports of the fishermen, who had an opportunity to test them. The most important thing is to consider the material of waders. Only in this case, after confirming the operational qualities and applicability in specific conditions, it is possible to make a choice.