Wade with comfort
Vision Gillie waders £350
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.
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