Stay dry and comfortable with these top-notch waders

Lightweight, breathable gear.

man in river with waders
What are you wading for?Paul Wolke via Unsplash

Whether you’re chasing trout in the high country, smallmouth in the river between the hills, or just tossing spinners for panfish in the local creek, these piscatorial pursuits have one commonality: Waders that keep you from getting wet. Here’s a few top choices.

Piscifun breathable stockingfoot chest waders
Loaded with features and value.Amazon

Featuring triple-layer nylon construction with 4mm neoprene booties, these stocking foot waders pack a lot of features. The waders boast a handwarmer pocket, waterproof zippered chest pocket and built-in gravel guards.The waders come with a one-year warranty that includes free repairs should they ever leak.

Compass 360 Tailwater Stockingfoot breathable chest waders
Tough, durable waders for rocky environments.Amazon

If your outings take place in areas that are a bit wild, these waders are up to the task. With four layers of nylon throughout and six layers in critical wear areas, the Tailwaters are made for the rough stuff. The waders feature a pass-through waterproof chest pocket, a flip-out storage pocket and built-in gravel guards.

Frogg Toggs Hellbender Breathable Stockingfoot chest waders
Do-it-all option for varying conditions.Amazon

The Hellbender features a strong nylon outer shell, a waterproof middle layer and a smooth tricot lining that gives these waders a light, airy feeling. The large chest pocket includes storage and a hand-warming pocket. The neoprene booties are protected by built-in rock guards.

Simms Freestone stockingfoot waders
Premium performance for discerning anglers.Amazon

The Freestone is built to handle brushy banks and cold water. The articulated fit promotes easy movement and the Quadralam fabric boast four layers of durability and breathable water-proofing. The waders features a reach-through, fleece-lined, hand-warming chest pocket and a zippered stash pocket for storage.