Waders, chest waders or sleepers – what to choose and what’s the difference?

Chest waders, waders, sleepers… for most anglers it’s all the same. Even if we use these terms interchangeably, we must admit that there are various models of waders on the market: from very high wellies to fishing pants with a sock. Each of these products has different advantages and, above all, a completely different application. Question: which one to choose?

Which waders are the best?

When it comes to fishing clothing, the absolute basis is a jacket and pants (or fishing suit) and … decent, waterproof shoes. Fishermen used waders as early as the 19th century to facilitate the use of nets and to protect themselves from catching a cold due to wading in cold water.

Today after waders and chest waders fly anglers and spinning anglers who often try to catch fish away from the shore, for example in the middle of a river current, are especially popular. Especially – but not only. Even if you are not in the habit of wading in the water and prefer to lazily fish from the shore, remember: anything can happen. It happens that the fish pulls the fishing rod into the water or the haul is so demanding that you just need to get a little wet. In such a situation, the lack of waterproof shoes can ruin the entire trip. Meanwhile, the waders will make us come out of such an adventure whole and… dry 😀

We loyally warn you right away: we cannot simply indicate which type of waders you should choose, because it depends only on you and your expectations. We will tell you what the advantages of each option are and we will recommend a few specific models of chest waders. With such knowledge, making a decision is a piece of cake!

Waders – basic types

There are several types of waders on the market to choose from. The main difference between them is their length. These are, in turn:

  • high galoshes that are attached to the belt,
  • waterproof, high-waisted chest waders – built on the basis of classic trousers and reaching more or less to the waist,
  • chest waders that cover the entire chest and reach up to the armpits – these can be classic waders combined with galoshes or waterproof rompers without shoes (with a neoprene sock; footwear must be selected separately).

Groin waders, i.e. high boots

Classic waders are simply very high boots made of waterproof material. Usually it is a PVC or a PVC coated polyester backing. They are distinguished from boots by the fact that the upper reaches up to the height of the groin. However, these are not pants – the buttocks remain unprotected, we still have two separate shoes on our feet.

Such waders are an excellent choice if you intend to wade in shallow rivers or right next to the shores of lakes. The rubberized material is resistant to mechanical damage, including abrasions by branches or stones. Seams welded on both sides ensure above-average durability. While the bottom of the waders is usually designed in such a way that the shoes are as stable as possible and stick to the ground well, the grip on slippery terrain is very limited – so it is worth being extra careful when wading.

An example of quite sensible waders is the Spro model – PVC Hip Waders. Available in a wide range of sizes (up to 47), they are made of durable PVC. As usual, they are attached to the belt, so we can be sure that the upper will not slip. They are comfortable, durable shoes perfect for wet banks or for fishing in shallow mountain streams.

Chest waders with braces – why is it worth investing with them?

Chest waders are generally the longer version of the waders. Watertight pants can go up to the waist, but usually go all the way to the armpits. Of course, the higher the waders, the more possibilities we have, which means: the deeper we can dive. As usual, something for something: putting them on takes a lot of time, choosing the perfect size is not so easy, and decent models are not the cheapest.


You also have to decide whether you are interested in classic chest waders with permanently welded galoshes, or maybe the characteristic “sleepy boots” finished with neoprene foam socks. In the first case, we can recommend high Jaxon waders with a super-hard sole with protector – they are made of 4.5 mm thick neoprene and reach up to the chest. As for option two, this is a tempting proposition breathable chest waders DAM Comfortzone. They are finished with a neoprene sock and have high parameters of water resistance (15,000 mm of water column) and breathability (5,000 mvp) at the same time. Due to the fact that they are made of a three-layer micro-polyester, they provide anglers with great comfort. The downside is that you need to choose wading shoes for them separately. They are not waterproof – a waterproof sock is responsible for keeping the foot dry. In fact, the manufacturers of such footwear deliberately leave small holes in the metatarsal area, just above the sole, so that water can get inside more easily. Spiked wading boots are the best – they have good grip even on rocks.

Bottom line: Chest waders do much more than waders. It is a better choice, e.g. when using a float; it is also the number one option if we happen to sit on a wet surface. They are light, comfortable, have adjustable braces and waterproof pockets – in a word: they give a greater field to show off than wellies reaching only the groin. The only question is whether you really care about it, or maybe you never venture above your knees anyway.

What to look for when choosing the perfect waders?

First things first: think about where you want to shop. The most convenient option without leaving home is to place an online order. Even if you avoid buying regular shoes online, waders are a different matter – the size doesn’t have to be that perfect. In addition, you can always return the order or exchange the chest waders for smaller or larger ones. For example: Sklepwedkarski.pl offers logged in customers the option of sending unused products up to 100 days. You will find there insulated waders from various manufacturers – including Mikado, Spro, DAM, Savage Gear, Jaxon and Scierra.

When browsing products, pay attention to:

  • Material – it determines the quality and durability of waders. The most popular in autumn and spring are neoprene models – waterproof and extremely durable. Gore-Tex reigns supreme in the summer. Anyway: the material should be waterproof, breathable as possible and provide thermal comfort, and special reinforcements will be useful in sensitive areas (on the knees, waist),
  • sole – it must be properly strengthened, and the tread should allow you to keep balance even on a rocky bottom,
  • details and amenities – the option of adjusting the harness, the presence of hooks and pockets for fishing accessories, etc. Each such detail is a plus.

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