Waders allow the angler to go into the water and stay dry. Waders protect the fisherman from outside weather conditions. There are different types of waders depending on the depth of the water, the temperature and the purpose of use. Waders made of plastic are often offered for working use. Over the course of time, the material used for this purpose has undergone constant development. In the past, heavier neoprene waders were mainly used for fishing, but now people rely on breathable, lightweight material in various thicknesses and qualities because of its numerous positive properties.


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Waders made of plastic are often offered for work use. Over time, the material used for this purpose has constantly evolved. In the past, heavier neoprene waders were mainly used for angling, but now people rely on breathable, lightweight material in various thicknesses and qualities due to its numerous positive properties.

Function of waders

Waders protect the wearer from the elements. Breathable waders prevent water from penetrating, and the material is a good conductor of heat and cold. With the right choice of intermediate layers, breathable waders can be worn all year round and provide a comfortable feeling even in cold temperatures. Beware of warm temperatures or physical exertion and non-breathable materials.

What are the parts of the waders


The waders themselves are a closed system and thus no water can penetrate from the outside.

Welded neoprene footies

Neoprene footies are made of compressed neoprene. Wading shoes are worn over the neoprene footies. This combination results in a very compact fit due to the lacing of the wading shoes. Water penetrates between the neoprene booties and the wading shoes, but this does not pose any problems due to the closed circuit of the waders.

Welded waders

Easy to put on or take off the waders, but often the compact hold suffers with this combination. A wading boot is wider than a wading shoe.

Suspender system

Worn on chest-high models to keep waders from sliding down.

Chest piece to roll down: This allows the waders to be worn as a tall or short model. The suspender is worn as a hip belt after rolling down.

Hip belt

Is worn on waist-high models. Gives the necessary support.

Wading belt

Breathable waders are not buoyant. For safety reasons, if you slip and fall into the water, it is recommended to wear a wading belt. This prevents water from entering the waders.

Breast pocket

A small pocket that is worn inside or folded out to the outside, depending on use in the chest-high version. Ideal with various attachments for attaching accessories.

Chest pocket

In some chest-high models, two interconnected opening on the front of the waders, is often used as a hand warmer.

Material and workmanship

There are large differences in the quality of waders. Decisive for the quality are the materials used, high-quality processing and great product know-how and accuracy in production. And in the case of a functioning repair service.

Depending on the water temperature and the length of the venture, it is recommended to use stronger materials and thicker intermediate layers, also for health reasons.

Types of waders

Different types and shapes of breathable waders are offered, which are suitable for different purposes and fishing techniques. A hip wader is used primarily in shallow waters and during the warmer summer months, while a short wader is also suitable for these purposes. The classic chest-high wader, on the other hand, is recommended year-round and is used in deeper waters

Neoprene waders

Neoprene waders are mostly used in the very cold season. During use, water molecules stick to the outside of the material. When lifting the foot, the neoprene waders become very heavy due to the water drops. Especially in summer, this model of waders becomes very warm inside and sometimes uncomfortably damp.

A breathable waders? Does it exist?

Breathable waders have a very smooth surface. Water molecules do not stick to the breathable material and bounce off. If you lift your foot or stand in the current, the waders remain pleasantly light. When walking, the material conveys a very high comfort for the wearer at a wide range of temperatures in conjunction with suitable intermediate layers. used.

Hip waders - PantWading stocking
- HipwaderBreast
waders - Stockingfoot

The above models are
either with neoprene booties and wading shoes or
with integrated wading boots

Optimal fit of waders

The optimal fit of the waders is crucial for their durability. The waders should offer enough freedom of movement and space for intermediate layers and yet not be too large. It should be possible to bend down or sit with them. Breathable materials are not stretchy. If the waders are too tight, there will be problems with the overstressed areas and the service life will be reduced. Special attention should be paid to the neoprene sock. A suitable reinforced wading sock, ideally made of technical merino, should have enough room. Neoprene footies or wading socks that are too small will cause major problems when wading after a short time. It is advisable to have a consultation with a long-time specialist before buying.

What prolongs the life of waders?

One of the most important things is proper fit. For the care of the waders, use appropriate detergents to clean the pores of the waders and maintain breathability. The label will show the care instructions. Do not wash too often, do not spin, hang up dripping wet and sometimes it is enough just to clean or brush out the waders with a wet cloth. Never place waders under a car window when transporting. Waders should always be dried well after use. Moisture can cause mold to form. Store waders in an airy place. Put on or take off waders with feeling and do not tear at the support system. Be especially careful of the transition between the neoprene footling and the breathable material. Enjoy wearing your waders.

What garments are best combined with waders?

Waders are always worn in combination with a suitable breathable intermediate layer. This is selected in number or thickness depending on the temperature. On the skin, breathable functional underwear is recommended, e.g. with technical merino. Cotton is not recommended for this because it prevents the transfer of moisture to the outside. Warm merino socks are also suitable as wading socks. For safety reasons, use a wading belt. The wading shoes should have an appropriate non-slip sole. A wading jacket is cut short, rests on the hips, and is therefore ideal for wading in deeper water and as protection from the weather.

  • Wading shoe (link to category)
  • Wading jacket (link to category)
  • Fly vest
  • Backpack or sling pack
  • Intermediate layers/underwear
  • Wading belt

Only for anglers? Not at all - the waders for leisure and work

Waders for fly fishing and angling

Waders are used by various anglers, such as fly fishermen, spin fishermen, boat fishermen, peace fishermen and inshore fishermen.

Waders for farmers and pond keepers, fishing companies

In the economic field, waders are used by pond farmers, fishing companies, water managers and biologists.

Waders for cleaning ponds and biotopes

Waders are used in the private sector for cleaning biotopes, ponds and swimming pools.

High quality brands

Simms: has been in the market for many years with an extensive product range of high quality waders. Offers high quality breathable waders in a wide variety of price ranges. Wader models: Tributary, Freestone, Headwater, Flyweight, G3 Guide, G4, kids, pant - hip waders, stockingfoot - chest high waders and many more. The Simms brand has a smooth repair service.

Quote: Pijawetz: For many years the company Pijawetz, located in Kindberg, Austria has been engaged in the sale of high quality waders of various Price ranges. On the basis of many years of personal experience, we give many a valuable tip. Personal advice and satisfied customers are very important to us.


With which shoes can waders be combined?

Special wading shoes are used with waders. Light materials are advantageous. The wading shoe should have a good footbed. There are models with laces and modern Boa turn buckle systems. For the sole we recommend Vibram soles which can be upgraded with spikes for better grip. Felt soles are very slip-resistant on the bottom of the water, but are less in demand due to transmissible fish diseases. The wading shoe should have a good fit. It should provide good support for the foot and allow fatigue-free walking over a longer period of time.

Are there special waders for women?

Simms offers a range of waders specially designed for women. Special design such as waisted cut, special neoprene booties and shoe sizes distinguish the women's program.

Are waders available in oversizes?

Simms offers waders in up to 23 different sizes, including numerous oversizes in different waders models. From youth waders, a specially cut women's collection to very large sizes.

Which waders are suitable for Belly Boat?

When fishing with a Belly Boat, chest-high breathable waders with neoprene feet are suitable. When choosing the waders, you should make sure that they have enough freedom of movement. Neoprene footies are an advantage. Over these, or over light wading shoes, put on various fins. Depending on the type of belly boat and water temperature, you should pay attention to the appropriate intermediate layers.

What to wear under the waders?

Basically, you should never buy waders too tight. If you use the waders in different seasons and the temperatures fluctuate, you get the warmth needed for the use by functional underwear and functional midlayers. Depending on the temperature, this can be several layers. The so-called onion principle in functional clothing. It is also recommended to wear a reinforced wading sock.