If you’re an avid fisherman and want to show your little ones how it’s done, they’re going to need waders — just like yours but smaller — to keep them warm and dry. Beyond fishing, they’re also great for playing in the mud and rain. To help you find the best style for your money, FN did some research and rounded up a few top options on the market designed for children. Quality styles should be 100% waterproof, adjustable and come attached with sturdy boots that help prevent slippage. The styles we selected check all these boxes and are bound to make any youngster feel comfortable and confident in the great outdoors.
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1. TideWe Chest Wader
These camo waders include a neoprene upper with a tough polyester-jersey shell and comfortable stretch liner. Double-stitched and sealed seams are designed for durability, while a belted waist and adjustable arm straps allow for growth.
Pros: The securely attached rubber boots feature Thinsulate insulation for added warmth and thickened vamps for protection. Their soles also have a deep-angled cleated design that’s slip resistant. Reinforced knee padding adds an extra protective layer. Hand-warming pockets enhance comfort. These come in toddler to big kid sizes.
Cons: These may run a bit small.
2. Lone Cone Chest Wader
These lightweight poly-nylon blend waders offer a flexible, breathable fit. A lined rainbow trout-print pocket provides storage and warmth.
Pros: The rubber boots are lined with neoprene to keep feet dry. Triple-layer reinforcement in high-wear areas boost their durability. They come in sizes four to 15.
Cons: This style can be a bit big.
3. Oaki Chest Wader
These warm, rugged neoprene waders feature multilayer construction in the legs and chest.
Pros: They come in three designs to choose from. Reinforced knee pads with Hydro-Flex technology allow for easy mobility. The rubber boots have 800 grams of Thinsulate insulation and buckles to adjust the fit. Multiple pockets deliver an ideal amount of storage. They come in toddler, little kid and big kid sizes.
Cons: Some wearers may find these run small.