1. L.L. Bean West Branch
_$170; 800-441-5713; llbean.com _
The lower third portion of these waders is tough enough to withstand hiking on the thorniest trail. Three generous loops keep the belt in place. And on the front, a soft, lined pocket provides a comfortable place to rest your hands.** Best Features:** With 11 different sizes and articulated knees, the fit is great. **Points to Ponder: **It sacrifices some breathability due to the extra layering.