Waders with sonic seams

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Wy­ch­wood SDS Gorge waders £209.99 www.wych­woodgame.co.uk

WY­CH­WOOD’S new top of the range waders are the Gorge, avail­able in M, L, XL and XXL sizes and a larger ‘king’ fit­ting in M, L and XL. They are made from a light­weight and durable wa­ter­proof and breath­able ma­te­rial, with a five-layer ny­lon fabric used through­out the legs and seat and a softer, more flex­i­ble polyester around the chest. The ma­te­rial has also been given a DWR fifin­ish so wa­ter just beads off the out­side. All seams utilise sonic weld­ing tech­nol­ogy, which dis­penses with tra­di­tional stitch­ing, and are backed with wa­ter­proof tape for dura­bil­ity. The only stitch­ing on the waders is around the front chest pocket and the top hem. All leg seams are placed on the sides, away from high wear ar­eas. The cut and shape of the waders is quite a tai­lored de­sign with shaped and ar­tic­u­lated legs to help with free range of move­ment. 1 The elas­ti­cated and ad­justable web­bing braces are fixed at the back but de­tach­able at the front with male and fe­male op­pos­ing quick-re­lease buck­les. A tri­an­gu­lar spreader block at the back prevents the braces from twist­ing and cross­ing. Lo­cated just be­low the front buck­les are two D-rings and two flex­i­ble rub­ber tool tabs and there is a sin­gle tog­gle lock ad­juster with an elas­ti­cated cord around the top hem. 2 Two in­ter­nal D-rings on the chest sup­port an elas­ti­cated cord with four quick-re­lease clips that can be used to at­tach tools or ac­ces­sories. 3 The chest pocket is a good size and has a wa­ter-re­sis­tant zip. The waders also fea­ture a flip-out zipped pocket, on the front of which is a clear roll-top wa­ter­proof pouch, per­fect for a phone or valu­ables. This clear pouch is de­tach­able via a Vel­cro strip. 4 Three welded in­te­gral belt loops sup­port an ad­justable and de­tach­able elas­ti­cated wad­ing belt. You can dis­pense with this belt, roll the waders down and se­cure them with the braces that dou­ble up as an ad­di­tional belt. 5 The built-in gravel guards fea­ture elas­ti­cated cuffs with wide grip­per strips on the in­side. A metal lace hook keeps them sealed and tightly in place. The boots are made from 4mm neo­prene and de­signed with an er­gonomic left and right foot fit. The seams are fully taped for dura­bil­ity.

VER­DICT:

I liked the de­sign and qual­ity of these waders, and es­pe­cially the neo­prene booties that were very com­fort­able. The medium size was plenty big enough for me around the chest but too long in the leg (not a sur­prise re­ally as I am 5ft 6in) and there’s no shorter size op­tion to go down to. Look out for the wader/wad­ing boots combo at around £259.99.

Tools can be at­tached to quick-re­lease clips. Wa­ter­proof pouch pro­tects valu­ables.

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