What Size Waders Do I Need?

If you’re new to wader fishing, you might be wondering what size waders you need. In this blog post, we’ll give you some guidance on choosing the right size waders for your height and weight.

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Wader Sizing

Waders are an important piece of gear for any fisherman, but especially for fly fisherman. They keep you dry while wading in the river and provide a layer of insulation from the cold water. Waders come in a variety of sizes to fit different body types. To find the right size waders for you, it is important to know your measurements.

How to measure for wader size

To select the proper wader size, take your measurements while wearing the thickest socks you anticipate wearing with the waders.

For chest waders, take your measurements over your clothing. For hip and waist-high waders, take your measurements over your bare skin or swimming trunks.

Use a soft, flexible tape measure and hold it level.chest measurement is taken at the fullest part of the chest, just under the arms and across the shoulder blades. The tape measure should be comfortably snug, but not constricting.

Hip measurement is taken at the point where you would normally wear your waders (2″ below your natural waistline). Again, the tape measure should be comfortably snug without binding.

Inseam is measured from the crotch down to the floor (heel of shoe). For an accurate inseam measurement, it is best to have someone else do it for you. If measuring yourself, stand with legs slightly apart and bend one leg slightly. Measure from this point down to the floor (heel of shoe).

Wader size chart

Wader sizing is very important in order to be comfortable and maximize mobility while fishing or hunting. To help you choose the right size, we’ve put together a wader size chart based on body measurements. Because every brand sizes their waders differently, be sure to check the size chart for the specific brand and style you’re interested in.

If you fall between two sizes or have a large body type, we recommend going up a size. It’s always better to have waders that are too big than too small. You can always wear extra layers underneath if needed, but you can’t make them bigger!

Wader Size Chart
Height: 5’2″ – 5’6″
Weight: 125 lbs – 145 lbs
Shoe Size: 7 – 9
Recommended Wader Size: Small or Medium/Regular

Height: 5’7″ – 5’11”
Weight: 150 lbs – 170 lbs
Shoe Size: 9 – 11
Recommended Wader Size: Medium/Regular or Large/Tall

Wader Styles

Waders are an important part of any angler’s gear, and the right pair will keep you comfortable and dry while you’re out on the water. There are a few different styles of waders to choose from, and the best choice for you will depend on the type of fishing you’re doing and the conditions you’ll be fishing in. Here’s a quick overview of the different styles of waders available.

Waders for fly fishing

Waders are an essential piece of gear for any fly fisherman, but with all the different styles and materials on the market, it can be hard to know which pair is right for you. In this article, we’ll help you choose the best fly fishing waders for your needs.

There are two main types of fly fishing waders: chest waders and hip waders. Chest waders are typically used in deeper water where you need the extra coverage to keep dry. Hip waders are better for shallower water or when wading in a stream or river.

There are also different materials to choose from when it comes to fly fishing waders. The most popular options are neoprene and breathable fabric. Neoprene is more durable and insulated, making it a good choice for cold-water fishing. Breathable fabric is more lightweight and comfortable in warm weather, but it’s not as durable as neoprene.

When deciding which pair of fly fishing waders is right for you, consider the type of fishing you’ll be doing and the climate you’ll be fishing in. If you plan on fishing in cold water, chest waders made of neoprene will keep you dry and warm. If you’re going to be fishing in warmer weather, hip waders made of breathable fabric will be more comfortable. No matter which type of fly fishing wader you choose, make sure they fit properly so you can stay comfortable and dry all day long.

Waders for hunting

Waders come in many different styles, but for the hunter, there are really only two main types – insulated and non-insulated. Insulated waders are best for colder weather hunting, while non-insulated waders can be worn in a wider range of temperatures.

There are also a few different styles of waders to choose from. The most popular style is the chest wader, which extends from your feet up to your chest. These are great for deep water fishing or hunting in wet conditions. Another style is the hip wader, which only extends up to your waist. These are a good choice for warmer weather or shallower water conditions.

Wader Materials

Waders are usually made of neoprene, which is a synthetic rubber. Neoprene is a good material for waders because it is waterproof and insulates well. It is also flexible, so it will move with you as you walk.

Neoprene waders

Neoprene waders are made of a synthetic rubber material that is quite durable. They are designed to insulate against the cold and can be used in a variety of weather conditions. Neoprene waders come in different thicknesses, so be sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendations before purchasing. Thicker neoprene will provide more insulation but may also be more cumbersome to move around in.

Breathable waders

Breathable waders are made with a waterproof/breathable fabric technology that allows sweat and moisture to pass through them while stopping water from entering. This means that you’ll stay dry and comfortable even when you’re working up a sweat. Breathable waders also tend to be lighter weight and more packable than their non-breathable counterparts, making them a good choice for backpacking and travel.

Wader Accessories

In addition to the right size and style of wader, you’ll also need some wader accessories to go with them. These can include things like a wading belt, wading boots, and wading socks. Waders are an essential piece of gear for any angler, but you need to make sure you have the right size and style for your fishing needs. Let’s take a look at some of the different types of waders and wader accessories available.

Wader boots

Wader boots come in a variety of sizes, from 5 to 15, to fit almost any foot. If you plan to spend any significant time wading in cold water, you’ll want a boot that is large enough to accommodate a thick sock and provides good insulation. Many wader boots also have a built-in gravel guard to keep debris from entering the boot.

Wader belts

Wader belts are an essential piece of gear for any angler. They help to keep your waders in place and provide a little extra warmth on chilly days. Be sure to choose a belt that is comfortable and easy to adjust.

Wader suspenders

Wader suspenders are an important piece of wader accessories, as they help to keep your waders up and in place while you’re working.There are a few different types of wader suspenders on the market, so it’s important to choose the right one for your needs.

Y-shaped suspenders are the most common type of wader suspenders, and they’re typically adjustable so that you can get a perfect fit. These suspenders usually have clips that attach to the front and back of your waders, and they typically have a bit of give or stretch to them so that you can move around easily while wearing them.

H-shaped suspenders are another type of wader suspender, and they offer a bit more support than Y-shaped suspenders. These suspenders typically have two straps that go over your shoulders, as well as a strap that goes around your waist. This type of suspender is ideal for people who need a bit more support for their waders, or for people who will be wearing their waders for extended periods of time.

no-show suspenders are another type of wader accessory, and as the name suggests, they’re designed to be worn underneath your clothing so that they’re not visible. These suspenders typically have clips that attach to the inside of your waistband, and they usually have an elastic band that goes around your back. No-show suspenders are a good option if you don’t want your wader suspenders to be visible, or if you’re wearing slim-fitting clothing.