Best Waders and Wading Accessories in Alaska in 2022
Korkers River Ops Wading Boot korkers.com Without a doubt, this is the toughest, best wading boot that Korkers has produced to date. Made with hydrophobic synthetic materials, the boots are light, fast drying and help reduce the spread of invasive species. Water drains from them rapidly, so you won’t be slogging along the riverbank with heavy, waterlogged boots. They’re sold with a choice of two different sole options: felt and Vibram XS soles, or Vibram XS and Studded XS Trek Soles. Since felt is outlawed in Alaska, the second sole option is the one for us. That said, we put the optional Triple Threat Aluminum Hex Disc soles on ours, since they provide great traction in all wading environments, yet won’t cut up vinyl boat floors. River Ops come with laces, a plus on remote float trips; if you carry a spare set of laces, you’re quickly back in the game. River Ops are also made with a BOA lacing system. They’re available in sizes 8 through 15 and feature a two-year warranty. We’ve walked many miles in these boots and can attest to their durability, versatility, and comfort. Patagonia Women’s Swiftcurrent Waders patagonia.com These waders are tough, well designed and made for serious angling. They feature Patagonia’s H2No waterproof tech, as well as a fluorinated DWR finish. They are breathable, waterproof and include a unique suspender system that allows an angler to convert the waders to waist height. The rear-buckle system makes it easy to drop the waders when nature calls. In addition to the waterproof interior and large exterior pockets, the waders also feature a handy reach-through handwarmer pocket. Our tester appreciates this pocket for warming her hands after releasing fish back into Alaska’s icy water. Caddis Breathable Stockingfoot Youth Waders caddiswaders.com This is a great set of breathable waders for your children. Our tester liked that she could fit layers under the waders to stay warm and still had great range of motion. This is not usually the case when you pack your kids into neoprene. The waders feature CaddisDry breathable technology, attached gravel guards, inside and outside pockets, wader belt, and a repair kit. The feet are high-density neoprene for comfort and warmth. Refer to the Caddis website for sizing guidelines on small-, medium-, large- and X large options.