Waders are a must for every fly fisherman, but sometimes they can be heavy and really weigh you down in the water. To keep you agile and help you move around in the water, here’s a quick list of a few of our favorite lightweight fishing waders under $300.
The Frogg Toggs Hellbenders have been around forever, but they’re reliable, durable, and lightweight. Throw in long-lasting, and you’ve got yourself a great value at this price. They are surprisingly breathable and come with reinforced knees and shins, built-in gravel guards and pockets, and double-taped booties.
These new entry-level waders from Cabela’s offer everything a beginner or novice angler could want — great mobility, non-slip booties, taped seams, and rubberized gravel gaiters to help you stay put. They are basic waders, but rather lightweight, and offer an added bonus of neoprene suspenders.
With a lot of extra features like a roomy chest pocket, internal pocket, and anatomical neoprene booties, the Hodgman is still making great, budget-friendly waders after all these years. Hodgman gear is known to hold up well, and these waders in particular are durable, breathable, and lightweight.
The most expensive waders on our list, but also the lightest at just 56 oz., the Orvis Ultralight stays true to its name, but doesn’t skimp on quality either. The weight is shaved in the seams, using a stitch and seal system that makes them lighter. They still have their usual 4-layer waterproof breathable nylon shell, which will keep you comfortable, dry, and nimble in the water. The boots are also ultralight neoprene, making these the lightest waders you can find. If you’re looking to really get out and rip quick and fast, then you won’t mind the higher cost, as these waders perform just as well as the competition.
This list should help you get started on your quest for the best lightweight fishing waders. We do suggest focusing on features and performance first, but if weight is a high-priority, these waders should be toward the top of your list. Now get out there and reel them in!