Top 5 Breathable Waders for Hunting

Waders have come a long way in the last few years. No longer does a waterfowl hunter have to suffer with heavy rubber and fabrics that don't let moisture out. Here are some of the main benefits to breathable duck hunting waders that will keep you comfortable in the blind this season.

Waterproof Breathability

Waders are meant to keep the water out so you can stay dry… But what happens when you break a sweat? Breathable waders let moisture out while keeping the water out, too. This helps to keep you cool and dry in the early season and helps you stay dry in the late season, promoting warmth.

Lightweight

Breathable waders are made of lightweight materials like nylon to ensure comfort for the most active hunts.

Durability

Just because they are lightweight doesn’t mean they sacrifice durability. Many models, like the Frogg Toggs Legend Series and the LaCrosse Wetlands offer abrasion-resistant nylon in the shins, knees, and seat areas for unmatched durability and longevity.

Pockets & Pouches

Whether you prefer the streamlined pocket designs of the Sitka Gear Delta Zip Waders, or the pocket and pouch-loaded Banded RedZone Waders, we’ve got what you’re looking for. Preferences on the number and style of pockets will vary between hunters, but we have options from all your favorite brands to keep you covered. Choose from models with handwarmer pockets, waterproof zippered pockets, shell loops, and large pouches for your gear.

Check out this selection of top breathable waders to ensure that you stay dry while you adjust those decoys one more time.

1

LaCrosse Alpha Swampfox Breathable 3.5mm 1000 Gram Insulated Nylon Chest Waders Men's

Step into breathable, insulated comfort. Stand up to mud and muck in the new Insulated Alpha Swampfox Drop Top wader. Bringing you the latest in breathable technology, insulation and all the waterproof protection of neoprene at a fraction of the weight. These waders feature Alpha-constructed boots that provide the ultimate in comfort and support. High-performance 1000G Thinsulate Ultra insulation that keeps you warm in the snow and rain without weighing you down. The Alpha Swampfox use a lightweight, breathable and abrasion resistant nylon to build this versatile wader. Easy to layer underneath when it's cold and more comfortable than neoprene when temperatures are warmer. These waders can convert from chest waders to pant waders by rolling the Taslon Nylon upper down and securing with the belt. Suspenders included. The active fit has a comfortable, secure fit to keep your foot in place while on the move, boots also go on and come off with ease. Integrated with 120G lofted insulation in the entire upper, this is ideal for cold conditions. The synthetic material maintains its warmth even in wet conditions, which makes it perfect for waders.

Features

  • Lightweight, breathable nylon upper
  • Convertible upper
  • Integrated lofted insulated upper
  • Active fit keeps your foot in place while on the move
  • Swamp Tuff outsole easily sheds debris and mud



What Customers Are Saying

Leak out of the box.

Bought a few months ago. Wore yesterday for opening day of duck season. Had wet legs at the end of the morning. They appear to leak at the junction of the boot and wader.
- Ckb1267, 9/24/2023

About LaCrosse

Established in 1897, LaCrosse has a long history in manufacturing and distributing premium footwear for various outdoor and work applications. Their pioneering contribution came in 1951 with the introduction of the "Pac" boot, the first rubber pac boot, which offered warmth, comfort, and waterproof protection. LaCrosse expanded its product line to cater to various needs, developing specialized boots for hunting, fishing, agriculture, and industrial work with models like the Alphaburly, Wetlands, Alpha Agility, Burly, Iceman, and more. They constantly innovate, incorporating new technologies and materials to enhance performance and durability. In addition to its focus on functionality, LaCrosse has also embraced style and fashion trends, offering a diverse range of boot designs that cater to both practical and aesthetic preferences. Today, LaCrosse offers a broad selection of boots, including rubber boots, leather boots, work boots, hiking boots, and lifestyle boots, among others.

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Frogg Toggs Men's Grand Refuge 3.0 Insulated Breathable Boot Foot Chest Waders

  1. Realtree Max-5
  2. Realtree Max-7
  3. Mossy Oak Bottomland
  4. Realtree Timber
  5. Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Habitat
  6. Natural Gear Camo
5 Color Options

The Frogg Toggs Grand Refuge 3.0 Breathable Insulated Chest Waders are designed to keep you comfortable during your outdoor pursuits. The waders deliver breathable and insulated 120 gram quilted liner. The Ridge buster boots offer 1,200 grams of Thinsulate insulation to keep your feet comfortable when you are heading to your hole. The zippered front storage pocket with quick access handles a 10-count shell holder. In case your hands also get chilly there is an internal fleece-lined hand warmer pocket. These waders will be a good addition to any gear arsenal when the temperature starts to drop.

Features

  • Adjustable suspenders with low-profile buckles and D-rings
  • Internal zippered flip-out, see-through pocket
  • 4-ply polyester upper
  • Zippered front storage pocket with quick-access, 10-count shell holder
  • Internal fleece-lined hand warmer pocket
  • Adjustable wading belt with locking buckle
  • Patented zip-in, zip-out removable insulated liner
  • Heavy-duty, abrasion-resistant nylon in the shin, knee, and seat areas
  • 120-gram quilted insulated liner in upper
  • 5mm, 1,200-gram Thinsulate Ridgebuster boot


 

What Customers Are Saying

So far, so good

After my considerably more expensive waders sprung a leak, and after hearing good things about them, I bought a pair. I normally wear size 10 shoes and went with that here in Regular. I was a little concerned when I tried them on that they would be too snug with a heavier wool wading sock, but ended up being just right. From my experience, buy your normal shoe size. I like that the chest has cinch straps on the side and a drawstring in the front. I tend to swim in the uppers of most waders, but these fit pretty well. I haven't messed with the removable liner, but it looks pretty easy to manage. I find the internal handwarmer pocket to be just a little bit awkward and hard to find, but that may be because my last pair had an external fleece pouch as well. Maybe once I've worn them a bit more that will feel more natural. Can't speak to durability yet, after hunting with them once, but they appear to be built well.
- NH, 11/30/2021

About Frogg Toggs

Founded in 1996, Frogg Toggs started with a focus on developing lightweight and breathable rainwear. Over time, Frogg Toggs expanded its offerings to include boots and waders designed for outdoor enthusiasts. Their boots feature waterproof materials and durable construction to withstand various weather conditions. Frogg Toggs' commitment to quality and performance has made them a trusted brand among hunters, fishermen, hikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. With a focus on innovation and customer satisfaction, Frogg Toggs continues to provide reliable clothing & footwear for those who love to explore the outdoors.

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Avery Men's Originals Insulated Breathable Neoprene Boot Foot Chest Waders

  1. Mossy Oak Bottomland
  2. Realtree Max-7
3 Color Options

When the hunt is on you cant have your waders let you down. The Avery Originals Breathable Insulated Waders prove they are the best around and will keep you comfortable when the temperature drops so you can hunt all day.

Features

  • Built with SHEDS waterproof/breathable fabric technology 
  • HARS premium body insulation throughout 
  • Reinforced lapped seam stitching sealed with waterproof taping 
  • 900-D DuraMax abrasion-resistant knee and shin reinforcement
  • 1600-g Thinsulate Ultra insulation in the boot 
  • Adjustable suspender and belt with quick-release buckle closure 
  • Large drop-in chest pocket 
  • Average weight per pair 16-18 lbs.

 

About Avery

Leading the way in waterfowling for over 25 years. It started in ‘94 with our popular and original Quick-Set Boat Blind, still a staple today in versatile Duck blinds for boats. Within a few years, Avery released a full line of Original, first-of-its-kind waterfowl hunting products. First to bring waterfowl hunters Floating Blind Bags and Gun Cases. First to offer lifelike decoy poses through exclusive carvings. First to bring in an assortment of hunting accessories and blinds, and the First to bring a full line of sporting dog products. MidwayUSA offers Avery’s most popular waterfowl hunting accessories including boat blinds, layout blinds, and blind material kits. We also carry clothing, gun cases, dog training supplies, and decoy bags to improve your hunting experience. Avery was your First - forever creating lasting memories.

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Avery Men's Heritage Insulated Breathable Boot Foot Chest Waders

The Avery Heritage Breathable Insulated Waders have over-the-boot, removable protective pants that connect with an easy-to-use built-in belt system, eliminating stitching, to provide long-lasting durability and sensation comfort. Reconfigured anatomical seam mapping mirrors body movement, dramatically reducing seam fatigue. GO-FLATSEAM assembly with single stitch design provides an ultra-smooth, lay-flat surface to securely seat waterproof taping, while reducing the total seam stitch-count by over 50%. RZ-TRACTION Boot is anatomically molded to match foot movement with a unique deep-fluted traction pattern that grips, flexes and responds for maximum traction and stability.

Features

  • RZ-CLINCHFIT STRAP SYSTEM
  • GO-FLATSEAM assembly waterproof seams
  • RZ-TRACTION boot is anatomically molded to match foot movement, deep-fluted traction pattern for maximum traction and stability
  • GO3-LAYER fabric construction is lightweight and provides superior durability and performance
  • SHEDS TM Waterproof Breathable Technology
  • HARS TM Insulation Technology
  • 1600 gram ThinsulateTM insulated boot
  • Mobility-enhancing articulated knee design allows maximum range of motion
  • Designated area for custom embroidering
  • Fleece-lined hand-warmer chest pocket
  • Internal flip-up device pocket allows touch-screen use while enclosed
  • 900D Reinforced knee for maximum durability
  • Six easy-grab shell loops on chest perfectly angled for natural arm rotation
  • Adjustable suspenders and belt for adaptability
  • Avery insulated wader comfort rating: -10 F to 50 F Degrees
  • Average weight per pair 16-18 lbs.

About Avery

Leading the way in waterfowling for over 25 years. It started in ‘94 with our popular and original Quick-Set Boat Blind, still a staple today in versatile Duck blinds for boats. Within a few years, Avery released a full line of Original, first-of-its-kind waterfowl hunting products. First to bring waterfowl hunters Floating Blind Bags and Gun Cases. First to offer lifelike decoy poses through exclusive carvings. First to bring in an assortment of hunting accessories and blinds, and the First to bring a full line of sporting dog products. MidwayUSA offers Avery’s most popular waterfowl hunting accessories including boat blinds, layout blinds, and blind material kits. We also carry clothing, gun cases, dog training supplies, and decoy bags to improve your hunting experience. Avery was your First - forever creating lasting memories.

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LaCrosse Men's Alpha Agility Insulated Breathable Boot Foot Chest Waders

The LaCrosse Alpha Agility Breathable 1600 Gram Insulated Chest Waders are made to be breathable and more lightweight than traditional waders. This design is waterproof with double-stitched and taped seams. The removable liner  in the wader offers 120G of quilted insulation for warmth depending on the season. These are also equipped with a drop top feature, waterproof tech pouch, and flexible Y-back suspenders. The boots offer lightweight warmth, support, durability, and athletic agility for all-day use.

Features

  • 100% waterproof lightweight, breathable and abrasion-resistant nylon with double-stitched and taped seams
  • Removable liner with 120G quilted insulation
  • Y-back suspenders, belt and elastic suspenders featuring buckle closures for durability
  • Drop Top feature
  • Convenient, waterproof tech pouch
  • Integrated neoprene stretch-fit shell loops for convenience
  • YKK waterproof front zipper for easy on/off
  • Hand-laid premium rubber over a 7mm neoprene core for flexible, waterproof comfort
  • 1600G Thinsulate Ultra Insulation for lightweight warmth
  • Moisture-wicking and quick-drying polyester jersey liner
  • Multilayer rubber provides support and durability with added texture in high-wear areas
  • Active Fit
  • Specially formulated LXA midsole compound

About LaCrosse

Established in 1897, LaCrosse has a long history in manufacturing and distributing premium footwear for various outdoor and work applications. Their pioneering contribution came in 1951 with the introduction of the "Pac" boot, the first rubber pac boot, which offered warmth, comfort, and waterproof protection. LaCrosse expanded its product line to cater to various needs, developing specialized boots for hunting, fishing, agriculture, and industrial work with models like the Alphaburly, Wetlands, Alpha Agility, Burly, Iceman, and more. They constantly innovate, incorporating new technologies and materials to enhance performance and durability. In addition to its focus on functionality, LaCrosse has also embraced style and fashion trends, offering a diverse range of boot designs that cater to both practical and aesthetic preferences. Today, LaCrosse offers a broad selection of boots, including rubber boots, leather boots, work boots, hiking boots, and lifestyle boots, among others.

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