Saturday, April 25, 2015

LaCrosse Teal Waders- Review

Make and Model- LaCrosse Teal Waders (not the Teal II available now)
Color/Camo- Advantage Max-4 HD
3.5mm Neoprene
600 grams of Thinsulate
Top-loading front pocket
Velcro Straps
Steel Shank
Trac-Lite Outsole

What I Like-

Durability:  These waders have been through everything I have thrown at them without springing a single leak or crack.  I have used these in warm, early season conditions as well as January hunts on big water.  I have folded them up and put them in the bottom of my kayak and left them in the bed of my truck for weeks upon weeks.  They have not faltered at all and still prove to be as warm as they were day 1.  

Camouflage:  The Realtree Advantage Max-4 HD pattern on these waders is crisp and clear.  Sure, they've been muddied up over the years, but the durability of the neoprene has kept the pattern consistent and allows me to stay hidden. 

Versatility:  I can comfortably wear these waders from early September through the later part of December (this may vary in different parts of the country).  I can go without any layers when its 70 degrees or dress with up to 3 layers on underneath when the temperatures drop.  The 600 grams of Thinsulate does it's job up to a certain point.  

What I Don't Like-

Sizing: As a "plus-sized" man, these waders fit me like a pair of skinny jeans would.  Now, I'm not talking from experience, but I've seen how those jeans are cut and these waders look like that when I wear them (it gets worse with more layers).  Luckily the ducks don't care what I look like.  The important thing is that they don't know I'm there.  This is entirely my fault.  When I bought these, I was unaware that there were Tall or Big (Stout) options, so don't take that as a negative.  These are just my observations.  

Straps:  While I like the comfort and safety benefits of the Velcro straps, they are not intended for anybody over 6' tall.  Along with the skinny jeans look, I now have the crotch riding up like Steve Urkel from Family Matters when I try and get them tight.  Again, I don't know if the straps are longer on the other models, so just be wary if you are a tall person.  


For the past 4 duck seasons here in Maryland, these waders have accompanied me on every trip.  They are very versatile, however they don't withstand those deep temperature drops that come in January.  I have been able to make these work, especially given the budget I had when I purchased these.  I will be adding a second pair of heavier (1000-1600g Thinsulate) waders to my collection this fall to ensure total comfort on those bone chilling days, but these will stay with me until the day they decide to give out.  These are a great option for all-season wear if you live further south or if you are just starting out.  They have a price tag of about half of the heavy duty models and will give you a real idea of what you can wear in your area.  Also, if you are a larger person, make sure you look into the additional sizing options when purchasing any pair of waders.  


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