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The Best Waders: Simms Headwaters Gore-Tex Stockingfoot

After spending the winter dreaming about fly-fishing, I'm itching to get back out on the river. What are the best waders for early-season fish-stalking?

A:Before Simms, fishing waders were like big, clammy rubber gloves. Then the Bozeman, Montana company partnered with W.L. Gore to create breathable waders: waterproof pants that stay dry on the inside after a long day of fishing. The latest version, the Headwaters, are constructed from a three-layer Gore-Tex fabric with articulated legs, reinforced seams, and abrasion-resistant gravel guards at the foot. Feeling chilly? Use the large hand warmer pocket at your chest and pull the shock cord to cinch the fabric and keep heat in. Gender-specific versions keep the fit both roomy and tailored.

Price: $349.95

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