The Best Men's Fishing Waders

Our criteria for testing men’s fishing waders included the need to fit a 6’ 2” and 220-pound male with size 11 feet. The waders compared for these reviews were used in the summer on the Madison River in Montana near $3 Bridge, but it happened to snow on the nearby foothills one of the days during the testing. The waders were also used on the Green River below Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Utah in late summer and on the Provo River in late fall.

The waders were tested on four core criteria: Fit, Breathability, Features, and Versatility. Scroll through the reviews below to find the waders that best match your style of fishing and click into the review for an in-depth analysis.

Review Year
Best in Class
Overall Rating
Price
Name Overall Rating Ratings The Good The Bad Price
Patagonia Men’s Rio Gallegos Zip-Front Waders
91
Best in Class
2015
Fit 9
Breathability 8
Features 8
Versatility 9
Value 7

Fit on the upper body is excellent

Bootie fit is excellent

Rich feature set, including remove kneepads

The cost—$200 more than the other three waders in the review.

Merino-lined booties can be too warm

MSRP
$599.00
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Simms Headwaters Convertible Stockingfoot waders
89
Fit 7
Breathability 8
Features 7
Versatility 9
Value 8

Going topless was never so easy

Moderately priced

Finding the right fit requires a lot of tinkering.

Few extra features

Fit was a bit snug in lower leg/feet

MSRP
$399.95
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Redington SonicDry Fly Waders
89
Fit 8
Breathability 8
Features 7
Versatility 8
Value 8

Good feature set—a mix of the best features of the other models

Good breathability

The conversion from full waders to pants is not as easy as it could be

Snug fit

MSRP
$499.95
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Orvis Silver Sonic Guide Waders
89
Fit 7
Breathability 8
Features 10
Versatility 7
Value 7

Good feature set

Good comfort, storage and protection with breathability

Sizing is tricky

Not much of a convertible option

MSRP
$395.00
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Patagonia Men’s Rio Gallegos Zip-Front Waders

The Patagonia Rio Gallegos make use of the company’s decades of apparel design experience to deliver a new perfect fit. The Rio Gallegos offer a host of extra little features that create a very versatile wader, but which also drive up the cost. Still, the waders out-shone every other model in this test to earn our Best in Class Rating.

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Orvis Silver Sonic Guide Waders

The Orvis Silver Sonic Guide Waders offers the best features of any waders we tested, with a very handy waterproof storage pocket, roomy hand-warming pockets, and great durability. The fit was a bit hit and miss, though I could be an anomaly since I fell smack-dab between two sizes. Others found the fit exceptional. Overall, the performance, features and price of the Silver Sonic Guide had them in a tight race for best in class, and clearly won them the Best Value award.

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