Alright, so over the years I’ve tried a bunch of different products to keep my legs warm when wading. Hands down, these Redington Fleece Wader Liners are the absolute best I’ve ever worn. No, our site isn’t sponsored by Redington, nor am I getting any sort of advertising spiff for hyping these. I just love ‘em and think you should know about ‘em.
When I first started fly fishing, I would go to Southwest Wisconsin to fish the driftless section – those small creeks and rivers winding through the very hilly farm country. The first pair of waders I used were the neoprene waders – a bit heavy, but very warm in the late winter to early spring months when there is still snow on the ground. This was when breathable waders were just starting to make a splash yet were still a bit expensive. I didn’t need wader liners then.
Unfortunately over the years I “grew out of” the neoprenes I had (ha!). I moved on to breathable waders. The problem was finding decent long underwear to keep my legs warm. Then I ran across a pair of fleece wader liners made by Cabelas. I bought ‘em. At the time they were great. I wore them in place of regular long underwear anytime I needed, whether I was hunting or fishing, skiing or shoveling snow. But, they were cheaply made and didn’t last that long; the seams gave out and the lycra stirrups ripped. So I looked for others like it… and I looked. Sure there were other fleece pants on the market but they weren’t made as liners, with decent stirrups to keep them down inside the boot. Or I found other types of wader liners that weren’t really heavy enough nor did they have stirrups. Sorry, but pulling socks up over liners or long underwear don’t work for me as inevitably they inch up and become uncomfortable leaving my ankles a bit cold.
Then, by some mystic chance I came across these Redington liners… o.k., maybe it wasn’t so mystic, just luck or a good keyword hit. Anyway, they looked well-made and at only $50 I bought a pair. Hell, Redington is a solid brand in the fly fishing world and I figured if anyone could get it right maybe it’s them. BINGO!
If you’ve read some other posts, you know that I fish year-round, even in the bitter cold. I figure, hey as long as the water temps are cooperating then there’s a chance I might catch fish, not to mention the simple joy of being outdoors. These liners are all I wear under my breathable waders, and they’re all I need to stay toasty warm. Too warm if I’m trudging through the snow? No. Too warm as the outside temps near 60 degrees? No. Fact is, dare I say they’re perfect. The only time I don’t wear them is during the summer months.
These Redington Wader Liners are:
* made from 280g of non-piling fleece (honestly, I have no idea what that means in relation to other liners), which wicks away moisture keeping you cool.
* unlike other liners, there are built more like pants,
* tapered to the ankle
* an elastic waistline,
* a rear zippered back pocket,
* two front side pockets, a front zipper, and
* a snap front closure.
They’re perfect to keep your wallet, keys and other necessities on you and inside your waders without keeping all that in your waders or vest. The stirrups are superb – well constructed and firmly adhered to the pants themselves. They’re fully machine washable as well. I’ve had my original pair for five years and beat the hell out of them and they’re still in great shape. Last year, I went out and bought two more pair just in case Redington decides to stop making them.
They come in sizes ranging from Small to XXL. I have a 34″ waist and wear a Medium. And they’re only $50! Could you find others that are cheaper? I’m sure, but would they be as well made? Dunno. When I find something that works so well, I stop looking.
If you’re looking for a phenomenal pair of wader liners, buy these. From one wicked fly fisherman to another, you won’t be disappointed.
Come on… tie one on!