The best chest waders you can choose are ones that are hard wearing, waterproof and comfortable to wear.
You wouldn’t want them to tear when baiting up a margin, or landing a fish!
I have put together a helpful guide, showcasing the best fishing waders availabl, which you can check out below.
For the benefit of those unfamiliar with buying waders, I have included some tips about caring for your waders, cleaning them, and what size you should choose.
I hope you enjoy reading!
Types Of Chest Waders
There are three types of waders, which are hip , chest and thigh.
Each has there own benefits, but for carp fishing, chest waders are preferred.
This because you may want to wade along a fairly deep margin, or move out into the lake to land a fish.
Choosing The Best Chest Waders
To make choosing the best pair of waders easy as possible for you , I’ve made sure to highlight the features and materials used in each wader review.
As I mentioned earlier, please choose a size bigger than your everyday shoe size for maximum comfort.
Make sure to check the waders size guide (usually available on the manufacturer’s website), especially the waist, chest and inseam measurements.
A sample chart can be seen below.
Chest Wader Buying Guide 2019
A neoprene wading sock that is attached to the end of each wader leg.
Often waterproof, these are designed to keep anglers feet nice and dry.
There may be a great degree of padding which also helps you keep comfortable when wading.
Although this type of wader can often be a struggle to get in and out of, it does prolong the lifespan of your waders.
This is because you can change the boot when it does eventually break or become damaged due to wear and tear.
This style involves a wellington boot, which is welded firmly onto the base of each leg.
This makes them easy to get in and out of, but sizing options can often be confusing for anglers.
Probably not as comfortable as the stocking foot, neither does it give you much support around the ankle.
Wader Materials – There are really only three options here. A breathable option that is made up of multiple fibres, PVC or the popular Neoprene material.
They maybe a little more expensive, but you will feel a lot more comfortable!
Neoprene is not a breathable material, but it does have very good stretch properties.
Not ideal for warm weather, but can offer anglers decent insulation for those colder months!
PVC is not as popular as it once was.
But it is very cheap and lightweight, so therefore could suit beginners to carp fishing – or those who want to give wading a go!
PVC offers no ankle support or foot protection, so you may want to wear a quality pair of thick socks and strong wading boots to protect these areas.
Neoprene vs Breathable Waders
I think it’s about time I jumped into the best chest waders I could find, so let’s proceed…
1. Greys Strata CTX Breathable Fishing Waders
These chest waders are absolute quality.
Not only are they breathable, for our measure of how good a pair of waders are is the ability to move as freely as possible.
You’ll also want your fishing waders to last as long as possible.
The upper chest section is very durable, and has an outer chest pocket.
This can be used for storing your ready-tied rigs, or bait, or simply as a hand warmer when temperatures plummet.
The leg material is made from Climate5L which is heavy, but puncture and abrasion resistant – in other words, hardwearing and long lasting!
At each leg-side there are internal flip-out zipped security pockets with a key clip.
An exernal double chest pocket is Velcro fastening which again, can be use for storage or keeping your hands warm as you wade out.
Other excellent features of these chest waders is the neoprene gravel guards, and rubber neoprene sock for extra durability and warmth.
Overall, a fantastic pair of fishing waders that takes 1st position on our best fishing wader list!
Sizes available are: Medium, Large, X-Large and XX-Large.
The outer chest pocket doubles as storage and a convenient hand warmer.
Climatex4L™ Highly breathable and durable upper
Climatex5L™ Heavier, puncture and abrasion resistant lower leg
Internal flip-out zipped security pocket with key clip
External double chest pocket. Velcro fastening stash pocket for handy storage and fleece lined hand warmer pocket
Anatomically shaped leg for improved manoeuvrability
Neoprene gravel guard
4mm CR Rubber Neoprene Sock
Cleaning Your Fishing Waders
Looking after your waders will make them last longer, because the moisture won’t attack the material.
Your main focus should be inside, especially when drying.
Whether you use them once a week, you should clean, dry and store them correctly.
Most fishing waders are breathable, meaning moisture is allowed to escape.
This doesn’t mean condensation won’t appear inside – because it will!
Dirt, dust and debris can build up over time, initiating a perfect breeding ground for mould to set in.
The steps below will show you how to keep your waders fresh and ready for your next session, with no signs of mould appearing in the future.
Drying Your Waders
If you’ve worn your waders, you should dry them out every single time!
Firstly, remove all the contents from any pockets.
Then, turn your waders inside out and hang them outside (they will dry much faster) on a washing line, preferably from the boot.
This way will create better airflow in and around spaces that could collect moisture.
After an hour or so, repeat this process but turn them out to dry the outer material.
When your fishing waders are 100% dry, simply fold them up and store in a cool dry place, such as a rucksack, ready for your next fishing trip!
Once in a while, you may want to take additional care by removing any debris.
Pay particular attention to the seams (both inside and outside) as this is where twigs, debris and moisture can gather.
Next, get a bucket of warm soapy water and a soft sponge or cloth.
Wash down the entire material, both inside and outside.
Once you’re happy that all the dirt has been removed, you should dry them out as mentioned above.
Some waders may be OK to pop into a washing machine on a very low temperature – but please read the information that came with the waders when you bought them first!
Over time, a washing machine can damage the membrane….
One final tip is cleaning the zips.
Simply use a toothbrush to clean in between the zip teeth which should remove the majority of dirt that may of become lodged.
Wader Care Guide
2. Vass Tex 700 Series Nova Edition Fishing Chest Waders
The Vass Tex 700 Series chest waders sues the highest quality smooth outer PVC with a warm (and comfortable) polyester that is stretchable.
This use of materials makes these one of the best pair of fishing waders currently on the market.
The non-studded boot is a Vass boot that uses a chunky yellow sole that offers excellent grip, especially when wading over rough or uneven terrain.
Furthermore, the seams are quad-welded with no signs of tear even after multiple uses over the course of a few years.
The brace loops are elasticated and can easily be repaired if necessary.
Chest wader box stitch reinforcement with elasticated braceloop with a quick release buckle
Quad-Welded seams for ultimate strength
Easy Repair Material (see website for repair instructions)
Large Heal Kicker
Internal pocket and draw cord around the chest
High Quality Vass Boot, wider calf and foot fitting for comfort
UK 6 / Euro 39
UK 7 / Euro 40/41
UK 8 / Euro 42
UK 9 / Euro 43
UK 10 / Euro 44/45
UK 11 / Euro 46
UK 12 / Euro 47
UK 13 / Euro 48
Vass Tex 700 Series Video Review
3. Daiwa Breathable Chest Waders
Daiwa’s Lightweight Breathable waders are great for rock hopping to deep wading.
Highly waterproof, this is balanced with a breathable material that also allows you to move freely in or out of the water.
Featuring a zipped pocket for stashing away small accessories, there is a hand warmer pocket for those cold surface chills.
The hardwearing braces are completely adjustable, as is the waist pocket.
All the wader seams are taped for a long lasting use.
Fabric taped seams throughout.
Hydrostatic Head 10,000
Waterproof zipped front pocket
Hand warmer pocket
Neoprene foot with gravel guard
Wading belt supplied
|M||34 inch||44 inch||44 inch|
|L||35 inch||48 inch||48 inch|
|XL||36 inch||52 inch||52 inch|
|XXL||37 inch||56 inch||56 inch|
4. Fox Chunk Camo Lightweight Chest Waders
Lightweight, these Fox Chunk Camo Chest Waders are perhaps well suited to warmer months due to the Taslon fabric used.
Designed to cover all your wading needs, from walking down the margins or further out to land fish that can be tricky by the traditional methods.
All the seams are fully taped, whilst the PVC boots have textured soles for excellent grip when the ground is uneven.
Likewise, the braces are both elasticated and adjustable so you can be sure of feeling comfortable at all times.
Other features include quick-release buckles and a chest draw cord to improve fitting further.
Finally, an inner chest pocket is ideal for keys, wallet or mobile phone for security.
We liked the style of these waders – although the camo print is unnecessary.
We guess that is a personal choice of colour rather than anything else!
Overall, a good pair of value for money chest waders which is another reason to include them in our best fishing waders article!
Constructed from durable Nylon Taslon fabric
Lightweight fabric makes them ideal for use in warmer months
Perfect for anglers who spend a lot of time fishing in their waders
Fully taped seams
Styled in unique Fox Camo print
Heavy duty PVC boots with textured soles that give good grip
Adjustable, elasticated braces that feature quick-release buckles
Chest drawcord for comfortable fit
Inner chest pocket for storing essentials
Available in sizes 7(41)-12(46)
5. Trakker N2 Chest Waders
I’ve always enjoyed the quality of Trakker products – and these N2 Chest Waders are no exception.
Once I’d slipped these over my base layers, I found them extremely comfortable and I was able to move freely, even when bending down.
According to the Trakker product page, they are made from a lightweight and durable material that is quick-drying.
The boots are made from a soft compound which doesn’t compromise grip.
In fact they felt very comfortable, with no signs of me wanting to quickly get out of them!
I did have to adjust them slightly which was carried out via the adjustable shoulder straps and waist adjuster – after a minute or so, they fit perfectly.
I found them very pleasant to wear, and after taking them off, I hung them on a nearby tree branch to dry out.
After my session, they stored neatly into a bag that (apparently) allows you to store the waders whether they are wet – or dry!
Overall, I really cannot fault the Trakker N2 Chest Waders at all – and they were actually a few quid cheaper than other branded models such as the Vass 700 Series, or Fox Waders, a right bargain!
Lightweight and comfortable
High-quality elasticated braces
Fully-adjustable waist straps
Internal chest wader pocket
Two-tone quality PVC boot
Supplied in unique air-drying carry bag
Wader repair kit included
Material: Heavy-duty nylon/PVC
Available Sizes: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13
Trakker N2 Chest Waders Video Review
6. Imax Challenge Neoprene Best Waders
These impressive chest waders are made using neoprene, which keeps anglers warm and dry.
Neoprene is stretchy and durable, and moulds perfectly around your body shape.
100% waterproof, with a 4mm thick body to keep any water at bay, they were designed with a thin insulator to retain warmth to all the right areas.
Hand warmer pockets are designed to keep any chills to a minimum.
The Imax Challenge Neoprene Chest Waders are solid, comfortable and built to last many trips into the water.
100% waterproof 4mm thick neoprene
Stitch and inside taping construction on all seams
Double front pocket design w/flap-closed pocket and hand warmer pocket
Elasticated suspenders with logo
2 D-rings upper front chest
Adjustable waist belt for great fit
Printed rubber reinforcement on knees
3mm neoprene lined boots
Genuine rubber boots with cleated sole and steel studs