Gear Review: Redington Sonic-Pro Waders

Waders can make or break a good day of fishing.  Finding a decent pair of waders without spending and arm and a leg is often a difficult task to accomplish.  Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to use the Redington Sonic-Pro Waders.  I’ve gone through many different waders over the years and can honestly say they are some of the best waders I’ve ever worn.

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Redington Sonic-Pro Waders – No worse for the wear

Wader Specs and Features:

Redington offers a unique array of features when it comes to the Sonic-Pro’s.  For starters, they are made of a 100% nylon material that also happens to be very breathable.  This comes in handy, especially for those who like to hike a lot while fishing.  Sweating inside your waders is just as annoying as leaky waders, and the Sonic-Pro’s breathable material prevents that from happening to a large extent.  By using four layers of material in high wear spots, areas that are normally prone to leaks are significantly more durable and abrasion resistant.

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Things That Go Bump in the Night

The main feature and biggest draw of the Sonic-Pro’s is the way the seams are built.  Instead of using the traditional needle and thread sewing methods, ultra-sonic sound waves are used to weld the seams together using a special glue.  Every seam is double taped to prevent any leaking.  On top of that, the materials used are also waterproof and treated with Redington’s DWR Finish to ensure they stay that way.  Simply put, they are built to keep you dry!

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Warm Spring Day on the Henry’s Fork

There are a few other important features to take note of.  One of my favorite features are the micro fleece lined pockets.  On breezy and chilly days, they warm your hands right up.  There is also a front pocket and and inside pocket, so there is plenty of room to store a few things.  Although I didn’t use it very often, the inside pocket also features a tool pocket with individual places for your forceps, nippers, and tippet.  Just be careful not to put your cellphone or any other electronic device in any of the pockets because they are not 100% waterproof.  I forgot about this one time and my phone got a little wet.  All of these features help set the Redington Sonic-Pro’s a step above the competition.

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Field Testing:

Comfort is one of the most important things to me when it comes to waders.  One of the first things I noticed while fishing in the Sonic-Pro’s is how comfortable they are to move around in.  Many waders are too tight in one area, or far too loose in another.  This is not the case with these waders.  Wading boots slip right on with little effort and the neoprene booties fit perfectly.  Kneeling down for a photo or to net a fish doesn’t require any extra effort.

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Pre-spawn Smallmouth on the Snake River

Durability is extremely important to me with any gear that I am using.  I usually fish 3-4 days a week and whatever gear I am using is going to take a beating.  One of the first areas to fail in waders I’ve owned in the past has been the neoprene booties.  Because Redington uses a high density neoprene, this is no longer an issue.  Not only are leaky waders and cold feet annoying, it can also be damaging to your body and put you in a dangerous situation.  The only issue that I’ve had is a broken zipper on the inside pocket.  However, this does not really affect the overall functionality of the waders and is not a huge problem.  I’ve put many miles on these waders, and they still function just as well as they did the first day I used them.  I’ve taken a few falls in them, including through thistles, and they still keep me completely dry.

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Wild Idaho Cutthroat Trout

Versatility is also important to me.  There is a lot to be said about a product that can be used in a wide variety of situations.  I’ve worn the Sonic-Pro’s in temperatures in the mid teens while steelhead fishing and they kept me warm the entire time.  On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve worn them all day while chasing carp at Blackfoot Reservoir with temps in the mid 80’s and never got too hot.  It is convenient knowing that my waders will work fine no matter what the weather is like.

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Conclusion:

I have been nothing but pleased with Redington’s Sonic-Pro Waders.  As I mentioned previously, I have put them through the ringer and they still work great.  If there is one thing to take away, it’s that Redington has created one durable pair of waders.  I plan on putting many more miles on them in the months to come and I know they will continue to work well.  I would highly recommend them to anyone who is in the market for a new pair of waders.  Good waders are hard to come by, and I already know what I’ll be getting when this pair wears out.

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Blackfoot Reservoir Carp

Redington’s Sonic-Pro Waders have a retail value of $299.95.  At that price, they are pretty hard to beat.  Want to get your hands on some Sonic-Pro’s of your own or any of Redington’s other great products?  Head on over to their website at www.redington.com.

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