Last year I purchased a pair of the Redington Sonic Pro Wader Pants from a local fly fishing shop here in Denver. I had already purchased a pair of chest waders but found that the chest waders were a little to warm on a warm summer day in Colorado. Being a Tenkara fisherman I figured that there really was no need for a pair of chest waders on most days or rivers that I had fished since the water is never much above my knees anyway. So, after doing a bit of research, I decided that the Redington Sonic Pro Wader Pant would be a good way to go. I had the shop order me a pair and I can now say with almost a years worth of out of them that it was one of the best purchases I made in regards to my apparel for my Tenkara fishing.
They have taken a beating this past year and I can tell I have a few more years in them before they even show any signs of wear. I am impressed with the details that have gone into these waders beyond the Sonic Seam process that Redington has come up with. A great feature of the Sonic Weld technology is that seams are so small that you do not have any uncomfortable seams to deal with. Also it keeps the overall bulk of the waders to a minimum. The two pockets on the front of the pants are gusseted and they are really quite deep so with that depth you can carry everything in your pockets and don’t really even need a chest pack or vest if you are going minimalistic.
Another feature that I really like about these waders are the neoprene socks and the gravel guards that are included. The neoprene is nice and thick so it keeps your feet warm and toasty whenever you are in reasonably cold water. The size of the booties fits my feet very well with my boots on and I believe that they will work for anyone unless you have a very strangely shaped foot. The gravel guards are extremely well designed as well and ride low on the boot, thus keeping them from working there way over the top of the boot and exposing the interior of the boot. Because of the cut of the gravel guard and the tapering and tightness of the lower bands on the guards you very ever seldom find any resistance or extra fabric that catches the water flow.
The pants from top to bottom are almost cut in my opinion as a boot cut which I really like because there is very little fabric that gets pulled and pushed by the running water of the river. Redington has added fabric in the knees for extra durability but I do have to admit that I would like to see it just a little thicker in the knees and butt area but otherwise everything is amazing.
So, if you are looking for a great pair of waders for a very reasonable price and not a lot of bulk then these are what I would suggest as an awesome pair of new waders for the budding or experienced Tenkara fisherman. Since the typical Tenkara fisherman is primarily on small rivers these will be a great way to go and not be overkill.
I would definitely suggest that you try these on at your local Redington dealer due to the fact that sizing is a little difficult for length if you order online. I would also suggest that you read any other reviews that you can find on these waders. If you want to check out the Redington website you can find the link on the Great Suppliers page.