Wading at Big Y

For the month of April Big Y is offering a special of up to 20% all products in our wading department. We figured there would be no better time than the present to go over the pros and cons of the two types of waders we currently carry, a friendly stand off between Redington and Aquaz if you will. We will do a side by side comparison between Redington's Most Expensive Wader, the Redington Sonic-Pro HDZ and Aquaz's Most Expensive Wader, the Aquaz DryZip. Along with a low end comparison of Redington's Palix Waders and Aquaz's Rogue Waders. In hopes that we leave you a bit more informed on your next wader purchase. Scroll to the bottom to get an "at a glance" chart.

Redington's high end waders are put together using a sonic weld technique which is licensed through Orvis. They are also made out of a nylon material (same as Orvis), with that being said it is pretty safe to assume Redington is using the same material (or pretty close to) as Orvis. The material more or less is as follows, a nylon face fabric, followed by a monolithic polyurethane membrane with microporous polyurethane coating, finished with tricot liner. Redington is giving the angler a 4 layer construction throughout the waders, and they are made from their HD (highly durable) material. With 3.5mm booties, reinforced to 4mm in high stress areas and for added comfort. For a zipper they are using a TIZIP waterproof zipper. They are offered in 8 sizes including 4 styles of Large. Fit wise, Redington offers some of the best fitting waders, and with numerous sizes its hard to not find the perfect size for you. Bottom line these waders are going to be some of the most comfortable waders you will ever step into. MSRP on these bad boys are $499.95. However, with our current sale, combined with a Redington $25 rebate you can get a pair for $424.96.



Aquaz Waders may seem new to the wader scene, but they have quietly been in the industry in one capacity or another since 1986. Additionally they have been making Patagonia waders for a while now. One can assume that the material they use is going to be somewhat similar (if not the same) as Patagonia.  Seams are stitched, glued and tape, in what seems to the time tested method of making durable waders. The material used is more or less is as follows, a polyester face fabric, followed by a monolithic polyurethane membrane with microporous polyurethane coating, finished with tricot liner. Aquaz is boasting a 5 layer constructed in the legs with a 4 layer throughout the rest of the wader. Being that they are faced with polyester and given a 5 layer construction in the legs we find them to be some of the most durable waders out there. Additionally they are using the same TIZIP for the main front zipper, with YKK on the pockets and hand warmers. That being said fit may be an issue for some, even though there are 9 available sizes, only 2 are available in a large. MSRP on these waders are $399.95, with our current sale you can pick them up for $359.96.


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Redington Palix River Waders are their economic model of waders. Made out of a more economic material than the Redington HDZ. These waders are offering a 3 layer construction out of their DWR coated polyester fabric, with reinforced legs. Additionally the seams on these waders are stitched, glued, taped, and not welder. With 12 sizes available it will be hard to not find a pair that will perfectly fit you. MSRP $169.95, however given our sale and Redington's rebate program, you can pick these up for $127.96

Aqauz Rouge Waders are their entry level waders. Made out of the same polyester material as their DryZip waders, however, in just a 3 layer construction. These waders include all the basics and are a great buy for guys on a budget, or just getting into the sport. While we currently only carry these in the 5 most common sizes, Aquaz does offer this wader in 13 sizes. So if we aren't carrying a size that will work for you give us a call and we can get them in. MSRP on these are $149.95 making them the cheapest MSRP wader we carry. Combine that with our sale and you can get them for $134.96.



Redington HDZ
Aquaz DryZip
Redington Palix
Aquaz Rogue
Price
$499.95
$399.95
$169.95
$149.95
Sale/Rebate Price
$424.96
$359.96
$127.96
$134.96
Zippers
TIZIP and YKK
TIZIP and YKK
YKK
YKK
Layers
4
4 plus 5 in legs
3 +
3
Material
Redington HD (nylon)
Aquaz Aqualex Durtex (polyester)
Redington DWR coated (polyester)
Aquaz Aqualex Pro (polyester)
Chest Pockets
2
2
1
1
Handwarmers
2 separate pockets with YKK zippers
2 separate pockets with YKK zippers
1 sleeve behind main chest pocket
NO
Interior pockets
1 pocket, 1 dettachable flap pocket, 1 pouch
NO
1 pocket that can fold out
NO
Seams
Welded
Stitched, Glued, and Taped, with no inside seams in the 5 layer
Stitched, Glued, and Taped
Stitched, Glued, and Taped
Our overall conclusion
Most Comfortable
Most Durable
Most Bang for your buck
Most economical




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