Have Waders, Will Travel

The right pair of waders almost act as a built in boat. Keep a set handy and you'll fish waters that rarely see anglers.

In my book, a good pair of waders is a boat you wear. Seriously, have waders, will travel. Like Drambuie-beaked Karl Malden’s reliance on American Express, I never leave home without ‘em.

From dapping crappies with long rods in the spring to wading for walleyes in the fall, slipping on a pair of waders is often the best way to access fish. Not to the necessity of waders for trout and salmon fishing throughout the country. Add surf and inshore applications and, well, you get the drift …

But one of the problems with waders has been the prohibitive expense of models that promise leak-proof performance. Sure, you can pick up a big, heavy pair of rubber skins for under $100 but one wet and freezing trip later will have you rethinking your skinflint ways.

In my opinion, the ease of movement gained by switching to lighter breathable waders is well worth it. Add a base layer like Cabela’s Polartech Power Dry Bottoms under fleece pants or the Hodgman Core waders liner and you’ll be amazed by the warmth.

To those ends, Hodgman recently introduced a new series of breathable stocking-foot waders that sets the bar for affordability and performance. The new Aesis Sonic Digi waders feature sonically-welded seams, 5-layer seat and legs with puncture and abrasion resistance, a micro-fleece lined hand warmer, gravel guards, a flip-out internal storage pocket with removable waterproof touchscreen pouch, and features for man-sized guys like a stretch wade belt and sizing to XXL.

Looking to upgrade your waders? The Hodgman Aesis Sonic Digi will be available in early January.

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