Redington SonicDry Wader

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The run-off is now on hard here in Colorado and my fishing has suffered a bit. Not to mention a week full of birthdays in our household as well. Not to worry however, I’ve gotten some good time in on the river and have been fishing a new pair of waders as part of that.

Redington has been busy as well this Spring with the release of their SonicDry wader line. A step up from the SonicPro waders that we’ve reviewed here, these premium waders seem to be in direct competition with Simms G-series of waders. They were gracious enough to provide me with a pair for review and here are my initial thoughts

As I’ve come to expect with Redington, you are going to get a ton of value in these waders for all the features they have. There are a few key ones that I’d like to highlight quickly, and then I’ll post a longer review in June after I fished them in the hotter weather and on my Gunnison Gorge trip.

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Lightweight Material

Handling these waders side by side with a pair of the SonicPro version you can notice a significant difference in weight. The fabric is clearly lighter weight while still maintaining a significant level of durability.

Don’t worry, you’re not missing out on any of the reinforced seams, knees, or legs. They are all still there, with a new premium fabric. The seams are still double taped and if anything it appears the precision is higher with these new Redington SonicDry waders.

Dries Faster

Ever been fishing in the river moving from spot to spot frequently on a sunny day and get out of the water with your waders clinging to your legs. I hate that feeling. Its like a hot humid day from your chest down irrespective of the elements around you. Cheap waders take a while to dry, and the result is you end up with a sticky unenjoyable experience.

The new SonicDry waders utilize 37.5 technology to eliminate all that hassle. The waders really do dry quickly. Moving from hole to hole and hiking back to my vehicle, I was impressed with how quickly the waders lost moisture. Not to mention how comfortable they are in terms of breathability.

Design Improvements

A few things to note here. 1) this might seem silly, but the belt loops are highly improved in the new SonicDry waders. 2) the hook on the gravel guard is much better. The SonicPro version had a plastic hook that was hard to slip over laces. Using metal, the SonicDry waders’ hook is much more functional. 3) the neoprene bootie is sized more precisely now and reduces the amount of extra material left over in a boot.20140503-IMG_3726

So far these waders are holding up to every bit of value I would expect from a Redington product. I’ll check back in a month down the road to give an update.

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