When it comes to fishing, we want to own a dependable pair of waders that can make a big difference in every individual’s comfort level. There are different styles of waders all around the world. There are also features to consider when choosing waders. Now, I’ll give you everything you need to know in this article.

The Three Types of Waders

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There are actually three types of waders; they are Hip Waders, Waist- High Waders, and Chest Waders. They come with different styles and measurement depending on the water depth you intend to wade into.

Hip Waders

These kind of waders are intended for water no deeper than knee-level. They are designed in two separate pieces- one for each leg. They have a unique designed which each side attaches to your belt with straps in order to prevent the wader from sliding down when wearing it. These hip waders are the lightest among the three of them. They are just easy to put on and take off. They also provide comfort even in a hot weather. These waders are ideal for smaller streams and shallows. Easy to pack and great to have on hand for any activities such as trailing boats and launching, hunting in boggy terrain and this is also an advantage for digging for clams.

Waist- High Waders

These waders fall in between hip waders and chest waders. It has a style as a baggy pair of pants and designed for water that is not deeper than mid-thigh. They are closely designed as pants. These waders have belt loops to hold them up. On the other hand, they can also be used with suspenders, if you would like to.  They have more coverage than hip waders, however not as restrictive as chest waders. The upper body part is completely exposed for convenient and breathability in warmer or hot kind of weather.

Chest Waders

These chest waders are the best option among the three waders. They have the maximum coverage so you can take a journey into everything from the ankle-deep streams to waist-deep river pools. The suspenders keep the chest waders secure to allow you to make any positions. They usually come in a baggy style for extra room. The coverage of chest waders can really help you fight with rogue waves, hidden holes, faster currents, stubborn fish landings and other unexpected problems where it becomes easy to tip your waders.

Chest waders are versatile and have the widest range of water depths. These waders are ideal for wading in rivers with deeper pools and stronger currents. They have the maximum protection from rain and wind.

The Wader Construction

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Wader construction is very important in an angler and fishermen out there! You are searching for a wader that will give you comfort and convenient in fishing. You might be searching for a wader that could stand in a cold or winter, and can protect you from feeling hot in the summer season.

Insulated Chest Waders

Insulated chest waders are made of neoprene material used for colder conditions and construct wetsuits. The neoprene waders are very warm, stretchy, waterproof and durable. It is really perfect for col-water wading. They come in various thicknesses which offer various degrees of warmth. These kinds of waders are generally less expensive than other waders. However, these neoprene made of waders are not breathable which means when you start working up a sweat, the moisture will likely be trapped inside of your wader. If you have a neoprene wader which has 7mm or greater of thickness they will make you buoyant which can be awkward for walking through deeper in a fast flowing water. For this reason, you can also consider the breathable kind of chest waders which won’t increase buoyancy.

How to Clean Neoprene Chest Waders

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Chest waders are very important for every angler in the world, right? Some waders are expensive and some are not. Waders help us in so many ways when fishing and catch our target in any condition of the day. For this reason, we want to keep them clean before and after use.

Even if your wader is clean on the outside but you find them uncomfortable when wearing them on it might be time to clean them. Did you know that cleaning will provide you greater comfort? Absolutely, that’s true! They will look better on you and can benefit your personal hygiene.

There are two options to wash your chest waders. You can hand wash or machine wash them. But also follow the care instructions provided with the waders to avoid unexpected and bad results when washing them. Wash them to the very best you can.

Maybe, you are now wondering what kind of detergent you might use? Ideally, a powder detergent or other powders that is non-biological. There are biological liquid detergents that have color and shine enhancers which are not ideal for waders as the fish can detect and see you easier as light is magnified under the water. Also, don’t add softeners because they are not designed for waders.

If washing machine is recommended by the manufacturer, you must tie up or remove the straps or you can even zip them into the pouch. Close all zips and use a delicate cycle with cold water and a cold rinse. It is necessary to air dry your waders and avoid tumble dry. If hand washing, make ensure to rinse the waders thoroughly to remove detergent residues before drying.

Finishing Touch

After washing, always hang your waders out to dry thoroughly after use. If you used you waders in a saltwater area, rinse them well with fresh water before letting them dry. In this method, this will prevent salt deposits from forming. When storing waders, ensure that the waders are totally dry before hanging them up in a cool and dark place with no direct of sunlight. Lastly, avoid leaving your waders sitting in the sun for a long period of time.