Monday, March 5, 2012

Redington’s Sonic Pro Wader Pant Review.


I was excited when presented with the opportunity to review the Sonic Pro Wader Pant from Redington. I had been in the market for a good pair of wading pants for the last year or so, and had been a little reluctant to pull the trigger because the traditional waders that I own work just fine, and on most hot days I wet wade anyway. But I was searching in hopes of finding a reasonably priced pair of pants that could bridge the gap between confused fishing seasons. I needed something to wear when it was too warm to wear full breathable waders all day, but still too cold to comfortably wet wade for hours on end.  So, finding a pair of pants seemed like a logical thing to do.

Having spent a few days on the water with the pants since receiving them a couple of weeks ago, I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable they are. They are extremely light, much lighter than my traditional waders, and are noticeably more comfortable when walking trails down to the water. The pants are nice in the sense that if you want to fish light, they seem to provide you with an option that keeps you comfortable enough to realistically fish them in both cold and warm weather.

I was impressed with the design, as these pants seem to have many creature comforts reserved for some of the more expensive pants that are on the market. I especially like the option of being able to tighten the built-in belt as well as having removable suspenders for extra support. The pockets add a nice touch as well, giving at least a little storage to the pants.

Overall, these pants seem to fit the bill for what I was looking for. They are light, durable, well built, and most importantly, comfortable. I look forward to putting them through the paces this spring and summer as the weather gets warmer, and from everything that I am seeing from the get go, I won’t be disappointed.



Pros:
  • ·         Light weight material makes these waders extremely comfortable, even in the colder weather.
  • ·         Constructed and built with the fisherman in mind, mixing durable materials and comforts, so not to be confused with thoughts like, “Will these waders just keep me dry, or will the perform in a way that I can appreciate while on the water?”
  • ·         Reasonably priced (comparatively)
Cons:
  • ·         The hook on the gravel guard is plastic, and unlike other waders I own, seems to come unpinned frequently.
  • ·         The neoprene socks were advertised (on a medium) to fit a size 8-10, I found them to be a little small. Just make sure to try them on before buying or ordering.

Specs:
  • ·         Awarded the “Kudos Award” in the Wader category for Fly Rod & Reel magazine
  • ·         100% nylon, 3-layer, wader fabric
  • ·         High-tech Ultra Sonic Welded construction (no sew) and double taped seams throughout
  • ·         Removable suspenders
  • ·         Laser cut exterior pockets with YKK water resistant zippers
  • ·         Adjustable waist band
  • ·         High density, ergonomically shaped neoprene booties
  • ·         Interior welded storage pocket
  • ·         Articulated seams for increased mobility
  • ·         Mesh carry bag included
  • ·         Seam technology licensed via Orvis Patent

In my opinion, these pants are worth a look the next time you find yourself in the market for a good pair of wading pants. And at $229.95, they aren’t cheap, but they are worth the investment. Now, if they could only help me catch more fish...

*Please check them out at:  http://www.redington.com/Sonic-Pro-Wader-Pant.html


17 comments:

  1. I keep hearing good things about Redington waders.

    Nice review.

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    1. Thanks. I've worn both Cabelas and Simms waders in the past, and was very pleased with the Redington's. Next time you're in the market, they are definitely worth checking out.

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  2. I do too, think it's time i get me a pair! nice site and nice review!

    what wader boots do you use? did you find the waders to work well with the shoes?

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. The pants are really nice, as I'm sure the chest waders are as well.

      I currently wear Simms Rivershed boots, which I really like (light and comfortable to hike in), they seem to work well with the pants, although like I mentioned, the clasp for the gravel guard doesn't seem to like them...small price to pay I guess.

      Been enjoying your site, keep up the good work!

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  3. I'm struggling a bit with the whole "pant" vs. "pants" issue, but you've answered all other questions I had about them. Good review!

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    1. Thanks!

      I'm glad you brought that up...I was curious as to why they chose pant v. pants, maybe trying to buck the establishment...

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  4. Nice review...I purchased a pair of Redington Sonic Pro Waders with the front zipper earlier this year and I've been very happy with them so far. That front zipper is a godsend when you put off the call of nature just a little too long because the fishing is just so good!!

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    1. Thanks. I want to give those front zipper waders a try, for that very reason. Maybe that's why I like the pants...easy access

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  5. I've often thought that wading "pants" were my early spring solution here on my home waters. Thanks for the review!

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    1. The pants are perfect for this time of year, especially since a pair of board shorts would make wading a little too chilly. These are worth a look if you are considering buying a pair. Just make sure you get the right size stockings...my feet are a little cramped.

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  6. I'm looking for a new pair of lightweight guide pants. I'll check these out.

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    1. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice these pants are. Very light and easy to hike in. Might be perfect for the kind of small creek fishing you do out east.

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  7. Sanders
    I have been studying these waders for some time and you just help me make up my mind. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Glad I could help :-) These are great waders, you won't be disappointed.

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  8. Great review, lots of good information. The only thing I'm not believing is that you actually need to help to catch fish!

    I'm a big fan of pants versus full farmer john waders. Thanks for the good lead.

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  9. Thanks for the review on the pants. I like the idea of pants and not just hip waders. Now I have to figure out how to pay for them :) Tight Lines.

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  10. They are extremely light, much lighter than my traditional waders, and are noticeably more comfortable when walking trails down to the water. The pants are nice in the sense that if you want to fish light, they seem to provide you with an option that keeps you comfortable enough to realistically fish them in both cold and warm weather. These are amazing.

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