2021 New Guns and Gear: Waders and Footwear

Stay dry and warm with these new waders and boots

By Phil Bourjaily and Chris Jennings

Chêne Gear Waders

Chêne is a new company on a mission to build the perfect pair of waders. These uninsulated chest waders are constructed with five layers of nylon for increased strength and all-welded seams throughout to keep you dry. The boots are built on a thick EVA midsole base, similar to a tennis shoe, to ensure durability and all-day comfort. Chêne offers a lifetime warranty on every pair as well as full-service repair. They are available in Mossy Oak Bottomland camo. chenegear.com


Frogg Toggs Legend Series 2-N-1 Waders

Frogg Toggs’ Legend 2-N-1 breathable waders feature a four-ply polyester upper, a 120-gram quilted insulated liner that zips in and out, and new fleece-lined Ridgebuster boots with 1,200 grams of Thinsulate. Other highlights include adjustable G-buckle suspenders; abrasion-resistant nylon on the shin, knee, and seat areas; and fleece-lined handwarmer pockets. froggtoggs.com


LaCrosse Alpha Agility Select Waders

Built on the flexibility, comfort, and versatility of LaCrosse’s Alpha Agility boots, these next-generation waders are the latest addition to the line. The lightweight, breathable, abrasion-resistant nylon exterior is 100 percent waterproof and comes with double-stitched taped seams and a removable liner containing 120-gram quilted insulation. Handy features include Y-back suspenders, a waterproof tech pouch, neoprene shell loops, and a front chest zipper. The boots are made of hand-laid premium rubber with a 7-mm neoprene core and 1,600 grams of Thinsulate Ultra insulation. lacrossefootwear.com

Drake Front Zip Guardian Elite 4-Layer Wader with Tear-Away Liner

These versatile waders will keep you dry and comfortable in a wide range of temperatures and activity levels. The flexible front zipper is designed with TIZIP MasterSeal 10 technology that is guaranteed never to leak. Other features include Drake’s 3-Layer breathable fabric; reinforced boots, knees, and seat; and a tear-away insulated liner that can be removed when temperatures rise or before the walk out. drakewaterfowl.com


Banded Catalyst All-Season Breathable Wader

Part of Banded’s Aspire Collection, the Catalyst All-Season Breathable Wader features eVent breathable waterproof technology and an arc-welded stitchless design with anatomical seam mapping for greater comfort and durability. Other highlights include an integrated light system in the chest pocket and padded knee and shin protection. banded.com


Frogg Toggs Grinder Deck Shoes

Keep your feet dry and comfortable while boating and around camp with Frogg Toggs’ Grinder Deck Shoes. Made with neoprene and rubber uppers, they are 100 percent waterproof and feature slip resistant maritime soles, heel pulls, and a scalloped top. froggtoggs.com