Redington Women’s Sonic-Pro Waders
Retail Price: $349.95
“Offering technical features that all anglers desire but designed FOR WOMEN. The women’s Sonic-Pro zip front wader makes getting in and out a breeze and the added stretch material make spending a day in your fishing waders more comfortable than traditional chest waders. With Redington’s premier Sonic-Pro technology, this is the most technical women’s specific wader on the market.”
I love and I hate these things — that’s my honest opinion.
First of all, Redington was kind enough to send me these to review months ago, and I’ve had these babies for most of the season now. I like to beat the shiz outta the gear before I jump on here and give you all the low-down, so sorry for the delay.
I ‘grade’ gear on 3 F’s ~
Function: These babies function exactly the way they are designed. Sonic sound seam welded technology you say? Yeah, that means the seams are flatter and more comfortable than sewn seams. A heavy-duty water-proof zipper down the front provides easy in and out access. There are 4 zippered pockets in the front, and I absolutely adore the ‘ergonomic zippered hand warmer pockets’. They are breathable, durable — can I say durable again — I’m not too light on my stuff and I’ve had no breaks, rips, tears, leaks or anything of the sort. They keep me dry and they feel good — as long as I remember not to wear jeans underneath and I wear my SmartWool socks!
Fashion: Hands down, the best looking women’s waders available on the market today. They actually have some ‘design’ to them and aren’t just a shaved-down brown bag. The feature I like most in this regard is the special black stretchy fabric that runs along the top edge of the waders. It’s a very nice touch. When I bend over and move around I feel like the waders move with me and they don’t cut into me. They have also added their logo in a teal blue on the women’s style, which happens to be one of my favorite colors. I appreciate that Redington didn’t settle with pink ‘just because’ it’s for ladies. THANK YOU.
Fit: Here’s where the problem lies. Fit. I like things to fit. I’m big on fit….and these don’t fit me right. I’m 120lbs and 5’8″ but I happen to have a long inseam, so I needed to order ‘longs’. Well, if you notice on the size chart I’ve provided for you below…the LONG fit doesn’t start until size Medium…which is already at least 2 sizes too big for me. THEN you add in the fact that the booties on these suckers are for a foot size of 9-10, and I’m a 7.5-8 shoe size at best. So while the length is just perfect for me, the waders are baggy and the footies are BIG – so big they are a pain to stuff into my boots. If they were to make the perfect size for me it would be a Small-Long with a 7-8 shoe size. Hint. Hint.
So now that I’ve gotten all that off my chest. I’m personally rating these a 3.5/5 – all in all, if you can find a fit that’s perfect for you – they would be a 5/5 – which is entirely possible!
On another good note – my husband owns the men’s style – and they TOTALLY keep his farts isolated. Until he takes them off, during which time I make sure I’m not around.