With all of today’s new technology finding a good pair of waders isn’t all that hard. However, the dilemma most anglers are faced with is cost.
Depending on whether or not you want to buy boot-foot or stocking-foot, you could spend upwards of $500 JUST on waders. We’ve priced a few different options and here are the best value waders on the market:
Most novice fly-fishermen started out with a pair of boot-foot waders. This is primarily because of their low cost.
Advantages of boot-foot waders:
- Not having to lace up your boots every time you go out (which as many of us know can be a real pain when its 10 degrees outside).
- Typically less expensive.
- Generally easier to put on and take off
- typically warmer
Now, some of the disadvantages of boot-foot waders:
- Most boot-foot waders are really big, baggy, and noisy making it much hard to creep up on fish.
- Often times you cant find the right combination of things you may want in a wader (ex: I want a neoprene wader with lace up boots and rubber soles)
- The worst part of boot-foot waders is if they leak, you’re out of a pair of boots AND waders. (unless of course they have a repair policy in which case might take several weeks to get back)
Here are the boot-foot waders we recommend:
Stocking-foot waders are certainly the most popular of the two kinds. The advantages of buying stocking-foot waders are far more than that of the boot-foot.
Advantages of stocking-foot waders:
- This is for various reasons; mainly because they tend to be a bit more high-quality than boot-foot.
- The great thing about stocking-foot waders is they can be purchased separately from your boots.
- If you get a nice big hole in your waders, you can just replace the waders and keep your boots.
As far as disadvantages go:
- The only real disadvantage of purchasing stocking-foot waders is they’re just not as warm as boot-foot.
If you’d like to purchase some stocking-foot waders this is what we recommend: