Redington HD and HDZ Wader Review

April 11, 2017

I got some new waders to replace my aging Redington Sonic Pro Zippered waders and took a few minutes to do a testimonial of my old Redington Waders and a video review of my new Redington HDZ Waders.  I have the zippered version but the standard Redington Sonic Pro HD is also great.

I was very happy with my old set and actually got over 2.5 years of guiding out of them!  In fact, they were so reliable that I had a new pair that I had intended to start using but gave them to one of our younger guides that needed waders. I kept wearing my old ones and they never leaked.

Things I Love About the Redington HDZ

First off, these are $500 waders. They should and had better be very nice, durable, and reliable for that much money.  I admit these aren't "cheap", so my expectations for this product are high.  I don't let these companies off easy when they charge a premium price.  There are lots of other waders that are likely a better 'value' for the casual angler.  These waders are for folks that want to make a one time purchase, or only purchase waders every 5-10 years or so.  

1. Breath-ability - I like the light feel and great breathability of the Redington Sonic Pro Waders.  I like and have worn Simms as well, but these seem to breath better and I get less clammy.

2. Pocket Configuration - The pocket system on the new models is awesome.  The cell phone pocket is a nice add on. I know you can buy this type of thing separately but I probably wouldn't and it clips to my waders so I quit losing stuff.

The nice fleece lining on the hand warmer pockets is nicer than any wader I have personally used. 

3. Reliability - I can count on these waders. They've never let me down. If you get cold feet and are worried about a pin hole leak ruining your fishing trip. Buck up and get the Simms G4.  I personally trust these waders and in the event I was to get small leak, it won't bother me.  

Redington HDZ Waders (Zipper Front)

Redington HD Stockingfoot Waders

Before I totally blow these waders out I thought it best to get a new set so that I have a reliable back up pair.  The Redington HDZ is a great wader. Here is a video.


Redington Waders are covered by a one-year warranty against defects in material and workmanship. Any claim against this warranty must include a dated proof of purchase.

This warranty is limited to repair or replacement of the product only, and does not cover direct, indirect, consequential, incidental or any other type of damage resulting from the use of the product. This warranty does not cover misuse, neglect, normal wear, fire, theft, loss, or intentional damage. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights that vary from state to state.

Redington reserves the right to replace any discontinued models with the newer models when necessary. In order to invoke this warranty, the original owner must send the entire Redington product, freight paid and insured to the Bainbridge Island address listed below.

A Few Technical Details of the Redington HDZ

For the Sonic-Pro waders, we use a bi-component fabric. This fabric is a combination of both Hydrophobic (water-hating) and Hydrophilic (water-loving) properties.

The Hydrophobic membrane provides waterproof protection while allowing moisture to escape. The Hydrophilic membrane absorbs and transports moisture condensation away from your body/clothing and out through the waterproof layer.

This means that while the waterproof laminate fabric is keeping you completely dry from the elements, the membrane within the material itself is working to draw moisture vapor from your body and dissipate it from your system through a process of moisture displacement. This process allows the wader to stay dry on the interior and to breath, therefore, providing the wearer with the highest level of performance and comfort available. This waterproof fabric system has been tested extensively in the lab and in the field and has proven to be our best fabric for use with inclement weather conditions and for keeping you dry in your waders.
The Sonic-Pro series waders use 4-Layer nylon fabric with a durable water repellent (DWR) coating to quickly shed water.  A heavier-weight, more-dense fabric is used on the lower-leg of each wader style for increased durability in areas which would  usually see high wear.  This is especially helpful for anglers doing a lot of bushwhacking.
The fabric which is used for our Sonic-Pro HDZ and Sonic-Pro HD waders has a very dense weave to stand up to the roughest river conditions.  For these waders, we chose superior woven nylon materials and Ultra-Sonic Welded® them to create stitch-less seams which eliminate weak points and unnecessary holes in the shell fabric.

Updated features for this new wader series are as follows:

  • We’ve updated the fit for this series to create a very refined fit for all available sizes.
  • Updated bootie neoprene thickness to 3.5MM upper/4MM base and added PK nylon to the base of the booties for additional abrasion resistance and resistance to punctures.
  • Re-patterned seam tape on the neoprene booties to allow for a more comfortable and ergonomic fit at the bridge and the heel of the foot.
  • Loftier/ more dense fleece in the hand-warmer pockets for additional warmth and comfort.
  • Fully anti-corrosive hardware.
  • Slim wading belt which is compatible with the majority of available pliers and staffs.
  • Large internal stretch-woven pockets for easy access and quick storage of fly boxes and other fishing tools.
  • The Sonic-Pro HDZ Zip wader features a TIZIP center front zipper for superior durability when wading deep and ease of use ‘when nature calls’.  
  • The Sonic-Pro HDZ Zip wader includes and Integrated tool dock station at the chest pocket for attaching quick access tools such as nippers, pliers, etc.
  • The Sonic-Pro HDZ Zip wader also includes a water-resistant TPU pocket for storing items that you would be best kept dry.
  1. Joe: Great review on an interesting set of waders.... WTS...can I surmise, from the complete lack of mention of fishing conditions on the Yak, that it's as shitty as I think it is? MM