Keep your legs and feet comfortably dry while waterfowl hunting in cold weather with these women's waders.
Sure, you could wear your some hand-me-downs or buy a readily available pair of waders for men. But duck hunting waders can already feel a bit bulky and cumbersome when they fit right. That means settling for oversized, ill-fitting men's styles is not the best option when heading to the blind.
A more tailored fit, strategic body mapping, and drop seat options are some of the best features men's waders leave to be desired but are frequently found in female varieties.
These are some of the best women's-specific waders.
LaCrosse Hail Call Women's Waders
Featuring 1600G Thinsulate Ultra insulation, these breathable, warm, and waterproof waders won't weigh you down like traditional neoprene waders. LaCrosse's Active Fit keeps feet in place yet makes stepping in and out a breeze, and the Swamp-Lite outsoles boast excellent traction on wet, slippery surfaces. A removable front pouch and fleece hand warmer pocket provide plenty of versatile storage options, and Y-back suspenders allow for a wide range of motion without moving off your shoulders. The versatile waders can easily convert from chest waders to pants by simply rolling down the abrasion-resistant nylon upper and securing it with the adjustable belt. Finished in Realtree Max-5, LaCrosse Hail Call Women's Waders weight in at 7.5 pounds for the pair and retail for $330.
Drake Waterfowl Women's Eqwader 1600 Breathable Wader with Tear-Away Liner
These waders are completely waterproof and windproof yet breathable, thanks to Guardian Elite 3-layer fabric with a DWR treatment and reinforced taped seams. The 1600g Thinsulate Buckshot Mudder insulated boots keep feet warm and dry in cold water, and HD2 material offers rugged protection on high-wear areas. The unique tear-away liner helps regulate temperature and is body-mapped with 125g LokDown insulation in the front and 200g LokDown insulation in the back. No-buckle X-crossing shoulder straps provide a secure, no-hassle fit. They also feature a cargo front pocket, inside zippered pouch, and shell holder loops. The Drake Waterfowl Women's Eqwader is available in Realtree Max-5 or Mossy Oak Bottomland camo patterns and retails for $329.99.
Frogg Toggs Women & Youth Grand Refuge Wader
These incredibly versatile and breathable chest waders feature 1200g Thinsulate boots with cleated outsoles and a removable 120g insulated liner system so you can shed layers as temps heat up. High-quality abrasion-resistant nylon shields your shins, knees, and seat from harsh wear. The waders sport a zippered flip-out pocket, 10-count shell holder, and a Realtree MAX-5 finish. While they're marketed for both women and youth, the waders run in youth sizing. The Grand Refuge 2.0 is currently available for $289.99, and the new 3.0 - which will feature updates including 5mm, 1,200g Thinsulate Ridgebuster boots and an internal fleece-lined hand warmer pocket - is coming soon at $319.99.
Ducks Unlimited Women's Susie Camo Neoprene Wader
Equipped with 400g Thinsulate Ultra insulation, these DU Susie waders can take you through the entire season alone or with layers. A foam-lined boot shaft provides added comfort when wading, and a two-piece lug outsole ensures durability. The radial crotch design makes moving comfortably easy. Convert the shoulder harnesses into a belt for more wearing options. The Ducks Unlimited Women's Susie Camo Neoprene Wader is available in Realtree MAX-5 for $139.99.
TideWe Women's Waterfowl Chest Waders
These waders from TideWe are sure to keep you protected on a budget. They use 100% waterproof neoprene, armor weld double-stitched and sealed seams, and polyurethane-coated leggings to guarantee no freezing cold water leaks into your feet in the duck blind. A flip chest pocket, fleece-lined hand warmer pockets, three front compartments, and quick-detach shell pouch make carrying all your waterfowl hunting gear easy. Reinforced double-layer knees help prevent wear and tear. The built-in soft rubber boot features 600g insulation, a steel shank for added support, a puncture-resistant shoe vamp, and a heel optimized for easy kicking on and off. TideWe Women's Waterfowl Chest Waders come in Realtree MAX-5 camo for $129.99.
LaCrosse Estuary Women's Waders
Naturally waterproof, these neoprene insulated waders sport 1200G Thinsulate Ultra. They easily stretch to fit your body perfectly and feature Brush Tuff material - a combination of Lycra and spandex over neoprene - for heavy-duty durability. An adjustable chest gusset and optimized cut allow for comfort and ease of movement. Polyurethane reinforced seat and knees add an extra layer of protection where it's needed most in the marsh. The waders come with cross-back suspenders and are finished in Realtree Max-5 camo. The LaCrosse Estuary Women's Waders retail for $240 and tip the scales at 9.5 pounds for the pair.
Bonus: Sitka Women's Hudson Bib
If you can settle for bibs paired with rubber boots rather than full-on waders, try Sitka's women-designed Hudson Bib. The drop seat and incredible pockets alone put this piece at the top of my gear favorites list. The three-layer GORE-TEX stretch fabric is waterproof/breathable and won't limit mobility. The interior features body-mapped brushed flannel and micro-grid fleece for optimized yet non-bulky warmth. The adjustable no-buckle suspension system allows for a quick, custom fit, and removable internal knee pads provide added protection. Full-length size zippers and a reinforced drop seat make this bib the best choice for responding when nature calls. The bib is finished in Optifade Waterfowl Marsh camo. Hudson Bib sizing runs from XS-XXL at $499.99, and they're backed by Sitka's warranty.
Before you invest in a pair of waterfowl hunting waders, be sure to do your research and find a pair that checks all your boxes of must-haves. Because they typically go by boot sizes which can make getting a good fit tricky, so be sure to check size charts to get the best wader fit possible.
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