Waders are waterproof by design, and many are also breathable. This model by Redington goes a step farther, using the activated carbon branded as 37.5 (formerly Cocona) to help quickly transfer moisture from sweat away from the skin.
I put the SonicDry Waders from Redington through the wringer this spring. Used mostly for trout fishing in the Rocky Mountains, I’ve also made some fairly long approaches to the water through brush and along trails in hot sun. So far I have found few flaws.
The waders are comfortable, dry and have spacious storage. They seem durable, but with only about 10 days of use, it’s hard to say how well they will hold up to months of scrambling over bush-lined banks. Time will tell.
Apart from waterproof/breathable fabric, the SonicDry has material impregnated with the activated carbon molecule. It’s a great mover-of-moisture (the company claims fabrics with it dry fives times faster) and stink-fighter. We’ve tested several types of apparel with 37.5 in the material makeup and have been consistently impressed.
Fishing in weather ranging from just above freezing to balmy, sunny 80s, the waders kept me comfortable and non-clammy.
It’s important to note that these are the most expensive waders I’ve used. While there are a few models that cost more, the SonicDry is on the high end of the scale. Most of the waders I’ve used in the past were budget models, and these are certainly superior. To me, they work exceptionally well and attributes like ample storage, comfort and moisture wicking will be appreciated by those who spend long hours deep in the creek.
The Gear: Redington SonicDry Waders
Where To Test It: Trout streams, rivers, lakes, water foul blinds
Who’s It For: Anglers, hunters or anyone who needs to spend hours waist-deep in water while still able to comfortably walk in a variety of conditions.
Boring But Important: The booties in these waders are anatomically correct for each foot. They fit my foot and kept my feet comfortable and warm for hours in near-freezing water with Redington’s Skagit Sticky Rubber Walnut Wading Boots.
Important Specs: Surgeshell waterproof/breathable fabric; 37.5 activated carbon speeds moisture evaporation “up to 5 times faster,” according to the company; “Ultra-sonic welded construction” with double taped backing for waterproof seams; Horizontal stash pocket with water resistant zip; Reinforced lower leg; Two-sided fleece hand warmer pockets; Internal or external hemostat holder; Internal drop mesh pocket; Opposing suspender buckles for conversion to waist high wader; 3mm high density, ergonomic right and left neoprene booties; Gravel-guard with lace hook and mesh for drainage; Wading belt, suspenders, and storage bag included.
Made In: China
Killer! 37.5 active particle is a permanent technology that captures and releases moisture, drying up to five times faster than similar fabrics, diminishing wet cling and keeping you comfortable.
Flaw: So far these waders have worked well. With only a few weeks of testing, it is hard to measure longevity. So far no problems.
First Impressions: Comfortable, dry and effective.
Who Should Buy It: Anglers looking for a quality wader for long days in the water.
Contact Brand/More Beta: Redington SonicDry Waders
—Sean McCoy is Managing Editor. Our “First Look” column highlights new gear arrivals at GearJunkie.com. Photos © Monopoint Media LLC