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Old 04-30-2012, 02:03 PM
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My boys and I will be backpacking the John Muir Trail this summer, and I am looking for a pair of super light weight waders. I'm OK wearing thermals and socks under them, but am really looking for something under 1 pound without the neopreem booties but still water tight. Anything out there you guys can suggest? I haven't done too well looking online.
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Hi Fred,

Do these have to be chest waders? For the most packable and lightest I would be leaning toward the hip or waist style waders. I just saw a selection at Mountain View Sports when I was in Anchorage last week but didn't check the makers. I think Orvis, Simms, and Patagonia all make these. Try Cabela's also they may be the best price.

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You might want to have a look at the Orvis Sonic Seam waders in either chest or waist high. They are very lightweight and make for comfortable warmer weather fishing. They seem durable enough and pack down smaller than anything I've ever owned. Pretty sure Redington uses Orvis' technology on their version as well.
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+1 to Jaybo's suggestion. I also use the Orvis Sonicseams and they are very lightweight, I've even used them in the middle of winter with the proper layering.
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Default Re: Light weight waders

There were some companies making waders with fabric booties a few years back, but I think they all abandoned the idea. Now some are doing convertible hipper/bootfoots, Chota and Cabela's offer versions. On the JMT you will probably not need anything more than waist highs, and in addition to the aforementioned brands, look at the LLBean Emergers as well. milt.
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