Good Gear: Banded Redzone Waders

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Say goodbye to neoprene forever. With the Redzone lineup, Banded has created the most comfortable duck hunting waders on the market. Made from a waterproof, breathable, plastic-based laminate with waterproof-taped seems, they feel like a pair of heavy-duty sweatpants rather than stiff, blocky neoprene or rubber.

The knees are reinforced with a puncture-resistant 900d Cordura. Honestly, I thought the main breathable fabric wouldn’t hold up to hard-use, but so far they have proven to be durable. I even have friends who’ve used them hard over multiple seasons with no tears, rips or punctures to date. Banded makes an insulated version that’s warm enough for late-season diver hunts here in upstate New York, but I prefer the uninsulated models for season-long versatility. You can always wear layers of long underwear and wader pants on those single-digit days.

The boots are a molded sole 1,600 gram Thinsulate, and in my experience they fit a hair small. Consider going up a boot size if you plan to hunt in heavy socks. If you've ever wondered why nearly every waterfowl TV show now shows guys in these RedZone waders, the reason is that they're very, very good. The uninsulated RedZones are running for $330 right now on Amazon. Buy It Now.