Wade with com­fort

Vi­sion Gil­lie waders £350

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Tackle -

THE Gil­lie waders are made from a fourlayer light­weight fab­ric which is wa­ter­proof, wind­proof and breath­able. A much thicker and more abra­sion-re­sis­tant ver­sion of this fab­ric has been used on the lower part of the waders to just above waist level so it will with­stand a lot of wear, and above this the fab­ric is lighter and more flex­i­ble for ease of move­ment and com­fort. The cut of the waders is curved and con­toured, adding to the com­fort fac­tor. The leg seams are lo­cated away from high wear ar­eas and all seams through­out are fully taped. The size range is ex­cel­lent with reg­u­lar S, M, L, XL, XXL, M-short and L-short, M-long and L-long, M-king and L-king.

1The elas­ti­cated web­bing braces have 1.5 inch-wide straps and are ad­justable and de­tach­able at the front but fixed at the back. The buck­les are op­pos­ing male and fe­male so if you want to turn the waders into a waist-high style, roll the top part of the waders down to your waist, wrap both braces straps around your waist and clip the op­pos­ing buck­les to­gether. There is a tri­an­gu­lar spreader block at the back to stop the braces from twist­ing.

2On the front of the chest there is a large zipped pocket that is suit­able for a range of small ac­ces­sories. It is made from a soft stretch ma­te­rial but isn’t wa­ter­proof, only wa­ter re­sis­tant. There is also a de­tach­able clear se­cu­rity pocket that is wa­ter­proof and air­tight, great for items that need to stay dry such as a mo­bile phone or li­cence. This clear pocket has a vel­cro strip on the back and can be at­tached ei­ther to the in­side of the chest pocket, or to a fab­ric strip on the in­side of the waders, turn­ing it into a flip-out pocket. It can be fur­ther se­cured in both places with quick-re­lease hooks that clip into eye­lets set into the top of the pocket.

3The waders come with a 1.5-inch wide ad­justable web­bing belt with a quick-re­lease buckle. The belt sits in three low-pro­file fab­ric belt loops.

4The hard-wear­ing fab­ric used in the lower part of the waders ex­tends into the gravel guards that have an elas­ti­cated hem with a rub­ber grip strip on the in­side to give a tight and stay-fast seal around the boot. A me­tal lace hook en­sures they stay in place.

5The waders fea­ture anatom­i­cally de­signed left and right foot neo­prene boots with fully taped seams for ex­tra dura­bil­ity and com­fort.

VER­DICT:

The waders are light­weight and breathe very well. I like the com­fort af­forded by the lighter fab­ric on the top half. They are well cut and the legs have a good con­toured fit with no loose ma­te­rial to flap about in the cur­rent. The only draw­back I can see is with the main chest pocket which isn’t wa­ter­proof so if you wade into deeper wa­ter the con­tents will get wet. Web: www.vi­sion­fly­fish­ing.co.uk Tel: 07703 609513

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