2018 New Guns & Gear: Waders and Bibs

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The 2018 lineup of new waders is as exciting as it's ever been with new breathable and breathable lined options for waterfowlers.


[1] Drake Waterfowl Guardian Elite Insulated Breathable Waders 

Drake redesigned its breathable waders from the ground up, launching the Guardian Elite Insulated Breathables for 2018. New features include lighter-weight Buckshot Mudder Boots, no-buckle X-Crossing-Back shoulder straps, thicker seam welds for increased durability, and an improved 300-gram polyester-insulated quilted liner. This product is available in Mossy Oak Ducks Unlimited Shadow Grass Blades and other camo patterns. drakewaterfowl.com 

[2] Gator Waders Women's Shield Series Insulated Breathable Waders 

Gator Waders' Shield Series offers women's sizing in insulated breathable waders. These waders feature a Neo/Flex rib gusset that allows the waders to wrap around your body while still allowing for expansion as you add layers on cold mornings. The Shield Series includes 360-degree leg reinforcements, 1,600-gram Thinsulate boots, six shell holders, and a magnetic chest pocket. gatorwaders.com 

[3] Drake Waterfowl Guardian Elite Bibs 

Guardian Elite bibs are Drake's newest addition to its line of functional outdoor clothing. They are constructed of a durable, water-repellent tri-layer material and feature 180 grams of polyester insulation with taped seams. These bibs also offer reinforced knees and seat, against-the-body hand warmers, and zippered legs. drakewaterfowl.com 

[4] Frogg Toggs Grand Refuge 2.0 Bootfoot Breathable Chest Waders 

Frogg Toggs touts its Grand Refuge 2.0 waders as "multi-climate" due to their new zip-out 120-gram insulated liner. These waders feature 1,200-gram Thinsulate insulation in the boots, a four-ply poly upper, and heavy-duty abrasion-resistant nylon in the shin, knee, and seat. They are available in Mossy Oak Bottomland and Realtree MAX-5 camo. froggtoggs.com

[5] Banded RedZone Base Bibs 

Banded's new RedZone Base Bibs provide a one-two punch, functioning as an extra layer under waders or a windproof and water-repellent outer layer for any hunting adventure. These bibs offer two levels of insulation—25- and 60-gram Primaloft Silver—and a windproof finish. Other features include reinforced knees, zippered pockets, and an adjustable belt. banded.com 

[6] Sitka Delta Zip Waders 

Sitka's new Delta Zip Waders feature a four-layer Gore-Tex Pro laminate shell and integrated LaCrosse AeroForm boots insulated with 1,500-gram Thinsulate. These lightweight waders offer a durable exterior and enough room to add layers underneath as needed. The heavy-duty zipper allows for easy entry and exit from the waders. Delta Zip Waders are available in Optifade Marsh and Timber camouflage. sitkagear.com